The Phantom 4 Pro features 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. The 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor capable of shooting 4K/60fps video; or switch to Burst Mode to shoot stills at 14 fps.
Advanced sensors and processors ensure everything is captured with more image detail and data for advanced post-production. Titanium alloys increase the rigidity of the airframe and reduce the weight, while the integrated screen is twice as bright as conventional smart devices.
The Flight Autonomy system has been upgraded to include rear vision sensors and infrared to ensure obstacles are detected and avoided from five different directions. Not only protecting your Phantom drone, but giving you the confidence to capture more complex images.
As the DJI GO app is built into the screen, hardware and software can be fully optimized, allowing you to edit and share instantly. A five-hour battery life makes the Phantom 4 Pro + a complete aerial imaging solution. The integrated upgraded Lightbridge HD video transmission system supports dual frequencies for greater interference resistance and a maximum video transmission range of 7km.
You can now draw a route on screen and the Phantom 4 Pro will move in that direction while keeping its altitude locked. This allows the pilot to focus on camera control and enables more complex shots. There are two Draw modes that can be used in different scenarios.
- Forward: The aircraft follows the route at a constant speed with the camera facing in the direction of flight.
- Free: The aircraft only moves along the route when instructed. In this mode, the camera can face in any direction during a flight.
The Phantom 4 Pro automatically recognizes subjects, follows and captures them as they move, making it easier to get complex shots. Advanced image recognition allow the drone to recognize and track objects while keeping them in frame.
Pilots can now choose between:
- Trace – Follow behind or in front of a subject, avoiding obstacles automatically.
- Profile – Fly alongside a subject at a variety of angles to get profile shots of the subject.
- Spotlight – Keep the camera trained on a subject while the aircraft flies almost anywhere.
Tap anywhere on-screen to smoothly adjust the direction of flight while automatically avoiding obstacles. Tap the screen again or use control sticks to change direction. A new AR route function shows the aircraft’s real-time flight direction as its route is adjusted. TapFly Free allows a pilot to set the direction of flight, allowing them to turn the Phantom 4 Pro or tilt the gimbal as required without changing the direction of flight. This means you no longer have to juggle the altitude, course, speed and camera pitch simultaneously.
In total, there are now three TapFly modes:
- TapFly Forward – Tap to fly in the selected direction
- TapFly Backward – Tap to fly in the opposite direction of the tap, i.e. tap in the bottom right corner of the screen to fly backward towards the top left.
- TapFly Free – Lock the forward direction of the Phantom without locking the camera direction allowing it to turn as it flies.
In its upgraded Return to Home mode, the Phantom 4 Pro can automatically choose the best route to return home depending on environmental conditions. It records its route as it flies, allowing it to return along the same route avoiding obstacles if the control signal is disconnected. The drone can also adjust its Return Home flight path to avoid obstacles it has seen during its flight. It can also detect the ground to see whether there is suitable spot for landing. If any obstacles are found or there is water on the ground, it will alert the pilot and hover at an appropriate height to help the aircraft land more safely.
Using Gesture Mode, you can easily take selfies by instructing your Phantom 4 Pro through gestures. The subject simply lifts their arms when facing the camera and the aircraft will recognize this movement by locking on and placing the subject in the center of the frame. When ready for a photo, the subject holds their arms out to signal the aircraft. A three second countdown will begin, giving time to strike a pose and allowing moments to be captured without the remote control.
The Phantom 4 Pro drone offers multiple modes for flight: Position, Atti, Sport and Tripod mode. Switching between them allows pilots to get the control they need, whether they seek smoothness, simplicity, intelligent navigation or speed.
- Position Mode allows you to access TapFly, ActiveTrack, obstacle sensing and positioning features.
- Sport Mode adds extra agility and higher speed, reaching 72kph.
- Atti Mode switches off satellite stabilization and holds the drone's altitude. It is ideal for experienced pilots looking to capture smoother footage.
- Tripod Mode, which limits speed to 7kph, provides precision control for fine framing and indoor flying. Both the infrared sensing system and vision sensors are enabled for a safer flight experience.
Using brand new DJI Lightbridge HD video transmission technology, the Phantom 4 Pro has a maximum transmission range of 7km. Before each flight, it scans a range of available frequencies to find and use the one with the least interference. By supporting 2.4GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands, it gives you more reliable control. Tightly integrated with DJI GO 4, Lightbridge video transmission also sends vital flight statistics in real time and can be used to quickly download photos and videos to connected mobile devices.
The Lightbridge video transmission system uses advanced transmission technologies and can automatically adjust to environmental conditions. It ensures high quality, low latency image transmission across its range and offers pilots a better shooting experience. Traditional analog video transmission occupies a larger bandwidth and is more susceptible to interference. It also suffers from poor image quality and short range. Wi-Fi transmission also compares poorly, suffering from low latency, lengthy re-connection times, and short transmission distances due to the high cost of more powerful Wi-Fi transmission.
The Phantom 4 Pro features dual compass modules and dual IMU units, making it more reliable when compared to many hexacopters and octocopers. Compasses and IMUs are important sensors to ensure a stable flight and the Phantom 4 Pro constantly compares the data it receives through both pairs. This data is run through advanced algorithms to check accuracy and any inaccurate data is simply discarded without affecting flight, keeping flight steady and reliable.
With a maximum flight time of 30 minutes, you now have more time in the air to capture the perfect shot. The DJI GO 4 app shows battery lifetime and calculates remaining flight times according to distance traveled and more. An advanced battery management system is also in place to prevent overcharging and over draining. When placed in longer term storage, batteries will discharge power to maintain good health.
Using the DJI GO 4 app, a large number of Intelligent Flight Modes are available. It also provides access to full manual camera controls, including ISO, aperture, shutter speed, image formats, and more. Any changes in DJI GO 4 will appear almost instantly on-screen. Vital flight data and video transmission status are easy to check in-app, further enhancing control efficiency and convenience. The DJI GO 4 app is optimized for aerials and is updated along with the aircraft to ensure all features are supported.
DJI GO 4 includes editing features for quick editing and sharing to social media and even live streaming. After each flight, flight routes and data are automatically recorded and synchronized to the attached DJI GO 4 account, keeping it readily accessible for you to review. Both flight logs and data are easy to record and review.