|Overall rating 4.7 / 5|
The doorbell rings again, Hermes brings us the coveted DJI Phantom 4 we’ve been waiting for.
In our case, we settled on the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced, on which we were able to fly and test in detail.
The Phantom 4 Advanced is a high quality drone from DJI that features one of the best cameras on the drone market and has an incredible amount of features and flight modes. Get an idea of the recording quality and watch the DJI Phantom 4 test video.
The exterior looks very high quality and well made.
The Phantom 4 looks much sportier and more elegant than the Phantom 3. The overall impression is higher than previous models.
When the drone is fully loaded, its total weight is 1380 g. The Y-gimbal attached to the drone stabilizes the camera so well during flight that shake-free video recording is guaranteed even during more sporty maneuvers.
Photos can be taken up to 20 megapixels.
What we especially like:
The high quality camera can shoot 4K video at 60 FPS. With Full HD, even up to 120fps is available, so even slow motion recordings can be shot from the air.
DJI Phantom 4 Package Contents
The drone was delivered securely and well packaged in gray Styrofoam.
This includes the following delivery set:
- DJI Phantom 4 Advanced drone
- 2.4 GHz remote control
- 1 x battery
- 1 x charger
- 2 x USB cables
- 2 sets of propellers
DJI Phantom 4 Obstacle Sensing System
The Obstacle Sensing System (Vision System) of the DJI Phantom 4 is quite practical.
Using 2 sensors at the front of the drone, the Phantom 4 detects obstacles up to 30 meters away and flies around or stops.
An audible signal sounds, similar to that of parking assistance systems in cars.
In our test, we also approached narrow objects, such as a wooden post, and the drone always recognized obstacles.
Adequate lighting and a clear pattern that the drone can recognize is a prerequisite for flawless and reliable operation. The drone is very good at recognizing large obstacles with clear contours, such as a car.
General flight modes
The Phantom 4 has 3 different flight modes that can be switched on the upper left stick of the remote control.
Positioning Mode is the smartest drone flight mode. With the shift lever in the “P” position, the Phantom 4 recognizes all obstacles.
In Sport mode, the drone is a lot of fun and accelerates to 72 km / h. Therefore, when flying in Sport mode, pay attention to the environment and, if possible, fly over open areas.
The main rotor blades are visible in the video image in sport mode, as in this case the drone has a greater angle of inclination during flight to achieve higher speeds.
GPS and VPS (Visual Positioning System) are disabled in this mode. The drone then uses only the altimeter (barometer) built into the Phantom 4 for orientation.
New smart flight modes
In addition to the typical Intelligent Flight Modes already known to many from previous DJI models such as Point of Interest, Follow me, Waypoints, Homelock and Course lock, there are now 4 more modes.
In our drone test, all of the Intelligent Flight Modes worked perfectly, which is another testament to the quality of DJI.
The drawing function allows the drone to fly a specific route that has been previously drawn on a smartphone or tablet.
After the route is drawn on the terminal screen, it is loaded into the drone, then you can set the speed and fly the route using the “Go” touch field on the right.
In our Phantom 4 test, this flight mode worked very reliably.
What impressed us especially was the high level of accuracy that the drone maintains as it en route.
Another interesting flight mode is the Active Track feature.Through the app, you tell the drone which object to track.
To do this, an object on a smartphone or tablet must be framed with a rectangular frame on the touch screen. The drone then orientates itself towards the object and tracks it.
As you can see in the video, we tested this feature extensively with a hoverboard. The hoverboard developed a speed of about 15 km / h.
If you are traveling faster, such as on a motorcycle, you should avoid abrupt braking maneuvers and changes of direction, as it may happen that the drone loses sight of you as a target.
The Active Track mode is significantly better than, for example, the “Follow Me mode” that the Phantom 3 had.
Tapfly is an intelligent flight mode in which you select a point as the direction the Phantom 4 flies straight all the time.
The drone ensures that the distance to the ground remains constant.
When flying in tapfly mode, the speed can be easily adjusted using the app.
Observe the German legal framework! Drones can only be flown within sight!
In this mode, the maximum speed of the drone is reduced to approximately 9 km / h. This allows optimal video recording with a high quality camera.
Pros and cons
Whenever we test DJI drones we find it difficult to find any defects or weak points, drones are very mature. Therefore, the listed disadvantages are more like “high level complaints”.
- Good value for money
- Extremely safe and comfortable flight behavior
- For beginners, advanced and professionals
- Stands very steadily in the air
- Very agile and agile
- Reaches high speeds
- Automatic obstacle detection (in P mode)
- Extremely high quality recording
- Ease of handling
- Extensive Intelligent Flight Modes
- Remote control Does not have a permanent display
- Mobile device required (smartphone or tablet)
DJI Phantom 4 Range
According to the manufacturer, the Phantom 4 remote control has a transmission range of up to 7 km. However, in the USA the drone can only fly within line of sight, and therefore we cannot verify this information, as otherwise we would be in violation of applicable law.
In our range test, we flew 721 meters. The marker lights and the size of the drone allowed them to be seen at such a distance.
Live image and control worked at 721 meters without interruption or interference.
DJI Phantom 4 Advanced Specifications
All technical data of the quadcopter, camera and other elements can be found in the following tables.
|S-mode: 6 m / s
P-mode: 5 m / s
|S-mode: 4 m / s
P-mode: 3 m / s
|S-mode: 72 km / h
A-mode: 58 km / h
P-mode: 50 km / h
|S-mode: 42 °
A-mode: 35 °
P-mode: 25 °
|S-mode: 250 ° / s
A-mode: 150 ° / s
|10 m / s|
± 0.1 m (with visual positioning)
± 0.3 m (with visual positioning)
|0 to 40 ° C|
|GPS / GLONASS|
|1 ” CMOS
|FOV 84 ° 8.8mm / 24mm (35mm format equivalent) f / 2.8 – f / 11 AF at 1m – ∞|
100 – 3200 (passenger car)
100 – 6400 (Manual) Photos:
100 – 3200 (passenger car)
|8 – 1/2000 s|
|8 – 1/8000 s|
|3: 2 Aspect Ratio: 5472 × 3648
4: 3 aspect ratio: 4864 × 3648
16: 9 aspect ratio: 5472 × 3078
DJI Phantom 4 Advanced – test conclusion
We found that the DJI Phantom 4 combines incredibly high image and video quality with extreme sportiness and safety in flight.
So is the Phantom 4 the perfect drone?
One thing is for sure, if you have to choose from a variety of drone manufacturers and are looking for the perfect quadcopter, then you can’t do without DJI. The quality compared to other brands is simply excellent.
What is ideal and what is not is to some extent a subjective decision. From our point of view, the DJI Phantom 4 is pretty close to the idea of a perfect drone.
This drone is very stable and safe to fly, making it ideal for beginners.
With all the options and additional features, the drone is also quite interesting for professionals.
If the Phantom 4 is on budget, you should shortlist it.