DJI Phantom 4 Review
DJI Phantom 4 Latest Review
Since the introduction of the Phantom 2, DJI has slowly etched something of a stellar reputation within the world of drones. Although past models released by DJI have been nothing less than impressive, the drone world is one that is evolving every day, and as such, companies such as DJI have to keep up with the competition when it comes to UAVs that are fit for purpose, of fear falling by the wayside.
Although the Phantom 3 Professional was received well, it’s time for DJI to unleash a new beast, with improvements in all the right places, based on customer feedback and research.
If you’re a first-time buyer of a drone, then it’s possible you may not have enough budget to stretch to a carry case. Fortunately, the DJI Phantom 4 is packed in a sturdy Styrofoam box, which while not built to last, will at least see you through until you do have the funds available to invest in a new carry case, allowing you to test our your new tech as soon as you receive it. Although it should be noted that the box isn’t indestructible, so if a new carry case isn’t at the top of your agenda, it should be when making consideration of how your equipment will be transported in the future.
There have also been a number of improvements made to the camera when compared to past models. Those who have had the pleasure of flying the Phantom 3 Professional may not notice many improvements made to the camera’s exterior that is contained within the DJI Phantom 4 at first glance, but you have to consider the fact that there always has been little issue with the camera instilled within past DJI UAVs.
The propellers for the Phantom 4 have also had a makeover, now showing off a quick-release system, similar to those seen on competitor UAVs.
The camera is now able to offer 120 fps in 1080p, as well as other improvements being made to frame rate and top-end resolutions. There is now an additional 3840 x 2160 (4K) option, which sit alongside the existing 4096 x 2160 (4K) and a new 2704 x 1520 (2.7K) option. Ground-facing positioning camera ensure that the UAV is stable while in flight, working in partnership with front-facing sensors to keep the drone out of harm’s way while flying automatically.
Improved Battery Life
If there has ever been an aspect of the DJI series that has cause split opinion with the drone community, it’s the lifespan of the batteries. However, as the community have spoken, DJI has listened and looks to improve upon the batter life this time around. The original batteries normally last around 25-30 minutes, but the new battery promises to last an extra 25 percent longer. The DJI Phantom 4 is able to offer a reputable flight time that more than stands toe to toe with its competitors.
Technology is something that is evolving on a daily basis, and so change can be inevitable. However, this may not be enough to convince some, who may remain disgruntled of such changes. However, it should be noted that any change has been done with the best intentions with regards to many other factors of the Phantom 4, so it still remains good value for money from many different standpoints.
Control Your UAV with Ease
Although the controller is the same as last time, this is no bad thing. The video footage is delivered using Lightbridge download technology, meaning that any live footage can be viewed without interruption. The footage also seemed to be delivered in a higher quality than seen before, with less sharpening and less saturation making for a rawer feel to the footage. This kind of footage ensures that videographers have a lot more to play with in terms of creativity when editing footage.
There is also an additional feature known as TapFly, and this allows user to tap on the screen, and the drone will fly in that direction. When used in the right way, you can create even steadier foot age than if you’d manned the control yourself. However, it’s worth noting that there are limitations on turning, in that you only move forward. In this regard, if the UAV does stray from its path, then you will need to take over the controls yourself, or use the ‘return to home’ function.
There are also a number of flight modes included that seasoned drone users will more than familiar with. Although they will undoubtedly be overlooked in favour of the new autonomous features, it’s nice to see that DJI has taken fans of those features into account when crafting the Phantom 4.
The gimbal and camera of the Phantom 4 are controlled via the app, which is available for both iOS and Android users. Phantom 4 pilots can also adjust some of the camera settings using the scroll wheel. For example, if you press down on the wheel, then you will be able to toggle between the shutter speeds, as well as the sensitivity settings.
The app allows users to toggle between Manual and Auto options for both video footage and photographs, allowing for ISO100-3200 while in video mode, and ISO100-16 for any stills taken during the UAV’s flight.
As well as the new autonomous features, there is also an exciting Sports Mode take can be activated with a mere flick of a switch. This will allow experienced adrenaline junkies to fly up to speeds of 45 mph in both directions. It’s not only the speed of the drome where the Phantom 4 exceeds in Sports Mode, but also its ascend height. Ascending will see the Phantom 4 reach a height of 20 feet per second, while descending at 13 feet per second. This feature will really benefit those who need to get to a location quickly, while making for the perfect shot. Those who invest in a HDMI module for the controller can also connect a pair of FPV googles to be immersed in the experience real-time.
The only problem with the Sports Mode is that people are not just able to adopt it straight away. In this regard, new comers should practice using the other modes, before embracing the Sports Mode.
Needs of New Pilots
Although there is already a plethora of features for both amateur and experienced pilots, DJI has also ensured that there are features for those new to the world of drones. There are a number of features that have been included that will help aid new pilots. The first is a beginner mode that limits the flight speed of the UAV.
Another included feature is the ActiveTrack flight mode, something that will appeal to the budding photographers out there looking to up their game. It allows for an object to be focused on the device’s screen, and the drone will then follow it. Those who are looking to offer more exciting footage will find this feature very appealing.
There also some intelligent settings that allow drone pilots to set up points of interest with ease, which when set, will allow for the Phantom 4 to follow that point. There are also the basic commands that are often associated with all common drones, such as the setting of waypoints.
For example, the creation of the Phantom 4 was based on a lot of customer feedback, so instead of promising the latest and greatest drone, it simply offers a device that is able to deliver much of what its customer base wanted, at least for the most part. Not only does this allow for beginners to find their feet before dealing with more cumbersome flights, but it also allows those looking for more daring footage to really test their skill set while being in receipt of some truly amazing shots.
Videographers will also see the appeal in the Phantom 4 drone, as the footage captured has a more genuine and raw feel to it when compared to the footage shot by other drones and even past DJI UAVs. As such, a lot more fun can be had when it comes to the editing of footage.
The only drawback which will be a disappointment for some is that the batteries from past DJI Phantom models cannot be used with this particular drone. However, budding drone pilots should not let this one factor step in the way of a good investment. Many will understand the demanding needs of today’s drone users, so it really is good to see a company such as DJI invest so much time into catering for its user’s needs. Unfortunately, the drawback of this is that it can render hardware you’ve used in the past useless.
DJI have created a drone that not only caters to those who have more than their fair share of experience when it comes to flying, but also instils a number of safety features to give those new to the UAV arena more peace-of mind. This can also mean that as your skills develop, then you only have to change a series of settings, rather than invest in a new drone completely.
The DJI Phantom 4 is a very advanced piece of equipment which will appeal to many different UAV pilots due to the superior technology which makes it suitable to both novice and experienced flyers alike. DJI Phantom 4 has been a big hit in Dubai and in case you are on a lookout for the same, order with www.gadgetby.com and get delivery in 3-5 Hours in Dubai and 1-2 Days in the rest of UAE.
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