The Phantom 4 Pro is DJI’s entry-level quadcopter, capable of recording high-quality footage up to 4K resolution at 60fps. The Phantom is perfect for hobbyists or commercial operators alike, with an intelligent FlightAutonomy system that makes flying the Phantom an easy task for new drone flyers.
The adoption of titanium alloy and magnesium alloy construction increases the rigidity of the airframe and reduces weight, making the Phantom 4 Pro similar in weight to the Phantom 4.The FlightAutonomy system adds dual rear vision sensors and infrared sensing systems for a total of 5-direction of obstacle sensing and 4-direction of obstacle avoidance. It also features a forward vision system, backward vision system and a downward vision system.
The Phantom 4 battery life allows for 30 minutes (maximum) flight time, a 5-minute upgrade on that of its predecessor. The Phantom 4 battery itself is a 5870 mAh Intelligent Flight Battery. It can reach top speeds of up to 45 mph (in sports mode), meaning it is more than capable of keeping up with fast-paced movements during filming sequences.
Its integrated upgraded Lightbridge HD video transmission system supports dual frequencies for greater interference resistance and a maximum video transmission range of 4.3mi (7km). It features a number of intelligent flight modes, these include Draw, ActiveTrack, TapFly, Return to Home and Gesture Mode.
Production Optimised 4K
An enhanced video processing system allows video to be captured in cinema and production optimized DCI 4K/60 (4096 x 2160/60fps) at a bitrate of 100Mbps, enabling you to get high-resolution slow-motion shots. The Phantom also supports the H.265 video codec (Maximum resolution 4096X2160/30fps). For a given bitrate, H.265 doubles the amount of image processing as H.264, resulting in significantly enhanced image quality. Record in the high dynamic range D-log mode to make the most of this image data for colour grading.
5-Direction of ObstacleSensing
FlightAutonomy is expanded with an additional set of high-resolution stereo vision sensors placed at the rear in addition to the pair placed at the front as well as infrared sensing systems placed on the left and right sides. This network creates a total of 5-direction of obstacle sensing and 4-direction of obstacle avoidance, protecting the Phantom from more obstacles and giving filmmakers the confidence to capture more complex images.
Camera With 1-Inch 20MP Sensor
The onboard camera has been redesigned to use a 1-inch 20-megapixel CMOS sensor. A custom engineered lens made up of eight elements is arranged in seven groups, it is the first DJI camera to use a mechanical shutter, eliminating rolling shutter distortion which can occur when taking images of fast-moving subjects or when flying at high speed. In effect, it is as powerful as many traditional ground cameras. More powerful video processing supports H.264 4K videos at 60fps or H.265 4K at 30fps, both with a 100Mbps bitrate. Advanced sensors and processors ensure everything is captured with more image detail and the image data needed for advanced post-production.
Remote Controller With Built-In Screen
The Phantom’s controller features a 5.5in 1080p screen and offers 100 cd/m2 of brightness, this is more than twice as bright as conventional smart devices. As the DJI GO app is built into the screen, hardware and software can be fully optimised, this allows you to edit and share your shots instantly. It has a five-hour battery life, making the Phantom 4 a complete aerial imaging solution.
What do I need to do to fly this aircraft legally?
As a minimum, you need to read and understand the UK CAA Drone Code and register for a Flyer ID (this is free to do so. You also need to get an Operator ID from the CAA at a yearly cost of £9. You will then need to stick this Operator ID to your aircraft.