DJI’s new Phantom 4 Pro is a video and photographer’s dream

DJI Phantom 4 Pro is freaking outrageous! I just saw DJI’s video and it’s making me drool. Video from DJI.

They should have called this the Phantom 5 – that’s how much of an improvement I feel DJI has accomplished with this wonderful quadcopter. I’ll talk about the photo/video quality first then move on to the drone’s other features as I’m a picture/video buff!

1st. It has a new 1-inch camera sensor capable of 20 megapixels at F2.8-F11 and a high dynamic range of 11.6 stops! It also has a mechanical shutter which will help with rolling shutter effects! Recording in 4k at a higher bit rate of 100 Mbps instead of 60 Mbps (Note that this new system is using the new H.265 format which is great and has a much better compression and sharper pictures – though editing H.265 videos might be tougher if your video editor doesn’t support it.).

You can also record in 4K at 60 frames per second! That is going to make your videos look better if you want to slow it down for that slow-mo effect.

The Phantom 4 Pro can take 20 MP raw files in Adobe’s DNG format which mean you can edit pictures with quality and more data to edit the picture for highlights, shadows, and be in Photoshop heaven.

When you need high action pictures, you can rely on it’s 14 fps burst mode to get the shot! The 1-inch sensor means that you can get more light into the sensor which helps with noise in your video or pictures during low light shots. You might be able to use the shot instead of having a wasted moment.

The drone now has 360 degrees sensors for the front, sides, back, and bottom. These sensors help to keep your drone from crashing, though it’d be great to have a sensor for the top as well for indoor flights. The sides are infrared. The five sensors work to keep your drone safe during flight, and if you lose GPS signal, it’ll fly back home in  the flight path that the drone flew while using the sensors to avoid object surrounding the drone.

I believe the back sensor will also help with your tracking shots if you wanted the camera to do a follow shot but have the camera follow you while flying backward.

The three types of tracking shots the Phantom 4 Pro can do are Profile which allows side follow (horizontal flying), where the drone tracks you from the side while tracking you. Spotlight allows you to fly the camera freely while the camera tracks the person or item selected for tracking. Circle allows the drone to fly around the selected person/item in a circle.

The new battery allows for 30 minutes of flight time, but I believe you cannot use your old Phantom 4 batteries as replacements like the new DJI Inspire 2.

The Phantom 4 Pro+ also has a remote control with a built-in5.5-inchh monitor. The monitor is actually a lot brighter than the phones or tablets you may be using, almost twice as much. I know that even using my Samsung Note 4 with my Phantom 3 Pro is difficult in bright sunlight, I can hardly see the screen and Samsung phones are rated as having the highest lumens. Info from screen test by “High on Android.” This would be a welcome change for me. The remote control also uses the lightbridge technology which also automatically switches between 2.4 GHz to 5.4 GHz transmission for best connection during flight. It also does Livestream viewing of your flight at 720p.

All in all, DJI keeps coming up with better drones. I would upgrade my Phantom 3 Pro to this if I could right now. I don’t believe owners of the original Phantom 4 would need to upgrade to this yet but for Phantom 3 owners, it’d be a great upgrade for the features and safety the Phantom 4 Pro would offer.

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