DJI is arguably the one to beat when it comes to consumer drones, and its new Phantom 4 looks to keep things that way for a while longer. The latest quadcopter parades a more appealing design and boasts a number of new features to ensure stress-free flying.
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Described as the sexiest drone to date by its maker, the DJI Phantom 4 is an elegant machine that could be said to reflect its price. It is redesigned and flaunts a more streamlined body, compared to the Phantom 3.
The drone is slightly more portable and promises better maneuverability. The chassis is made of magnesium ensuring reduced weight and improved stability.
Flight and Camera
The DJI Phantom 4 comes with a remote control that works in unison with the DJI Go app for controlling the quadcopter. After charging both drone and remote, you launch this small aircraft using the Go app installed on your mobile device, which is connected to the remote using a cable.
The DJI Phantom 4 offers multiple modes to suit users’ needs, including a new Sport Mode that gets it to fly at speeds of up to 72 km per hour. It has a new Tap to Fly feature which easily gets it up in the air and bring it back with no more than a double tap.
You get flight time of 28 minutes, about 25% improvement over the Phantom 3.
Users can expect similar photography and video capability as that of the DJI Phantom 3. This new drone shoots 4K videos and takes 12MP still pictures. It boasts an impressive array of cameras.
There is a pair of optical snappers on the front to help the DJI Phantom 4 sense objects or obstacles ahead to avoid collision. However, these front-facing cameras are disabled when in Sport Mode, making you vulnerable to crashes.
The DJI Phantom 4 boasts a Visual Positioning System, which relies on sonar sensors and downward-facing cameras, to enable it find its bearings without complete reliance on GPS.
The Phantom 4 offers an ActiveTrack feature that allows you command the main camera to focus on a specific person or object while in flight. With increased attention on drone regulation, the DJI Go app comes with some no-fly zones incorporated and will warn users appropriately when close to any of these.