DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter

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/5 on August 7, 2016

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Numerous revisions were made to the 4th generation of DJI's Phantom. The major upgrade is the Obstacle Sensing System (OSS). Other features also make it an excellent buy, especially if the list price of $1399 is discounted (see Amazon for the latest price).


The OSS allows the quadcopter to sense obstacles and prevent crashes. Two cameras are deployed, one in front and the other at the bottom. Both have integrated optical sensors. The technology calculates the distance to any obstacle and adjusts flight parameters, such as reducing speed or halting forward motion. Tests demonstrated that the embedded artificial intelligence stopped the Phantom 4 from crashing into a person - it stopped approximately 2 meters away. The Phantom 4 connects to GPS and GLONASS, which greatly improves accuracy and performance.  Note: GLONASS is an acronym, which stands for Globalnaya Navigazionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema, or Global Navigation Satellite System. GLONASS is Russia’s version of GPS (Global Position System).

The diagonal wheelbase, height, and maximum altitude are the same as the previous models, but the Phantom 4 has a new gimbal mechanism that renders the quadcopter sturdier, more versatile and capable of more complex maneuvers. The magnesium shell reduces weight and improves its balance.

The Phantom 4 camera allows the pilot to shoot video at 30 frames per second. High resolution allows up to 120 frames per second. The lens of this model is greatly improved compared to previous Phantoms.

Flying the Phantom 4 in Sport Mode allows pilots to fly at a maximum speed of 45 mph – more than 10 mph greater than previous models.

Sensor 1/2.3” Effective pixels:12 M
Lens FOV 94°, 20 mm ( 35 mm format equivalent ) f/2.8 focus at ∞
ISO Range 100 - 3200 ( video ) 100 - 1600 ( photo )
Electronic Shutter Speed 8 s to 1/8000 s
Max Image Size 4000×3000
Still Photography Modes Single shot
  Burst shooting: 3 / 5 / 7 frames
  Auto Exposure Bracketing ( AEB ): 3 / 5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
Video Recording Modes UHD: 4096×2160 (4K) 24 / 25p
   3840×2160 (4K) 24 / 25 / 30p
  2704×1520 (2.7K) 24 / 25 / 30p
  FHD: 1920×1080 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60 / 120p
  HD: 1280×720 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60p
Max Video Bitrate 60 Mbps
Supported File Systems FAT32 ( ≤ 32 GB ); exFAT ( > 32 GB )
Photo JPEG, DNG ( RAW )
Video MP4 / MOV ( MPEG – 4 AVC / H.264 )
Supported SD Cards Micro SD, Max capacity: 64GB. Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required
Operating Temperature 32° to 104° F ( 0° to 40° C )


Obstacle Sensory Range 2 to 49 ft.
Gimbal Control Range -90° to +30° Pitch
Camera Sensor 1/2.3"
Lens FOV 94°
ISO Range 100-3200
Max Image Size 4000x3000
Max Video Size 4096x2160
Max Video Bitrate 60 Mbps
File Systems FAT32, exFAT
Photo Formats JPEG, DNG
Video Formats MP4, MOV, MPEG

Pilots agree with DJI. Anyone can fly the Phantom 4. One button sends the drone up. Another button brings it back. Control is still with a joystick. A nice feature is the "Home" button. When pressed, the vehicle immediately returns to home base.


The Phantom 4 is the latest version of DJI's famed Phantom series of quadcopters. Numerous problems were encountered in the early days of release. A list of resolved issues follows:

High Voltage issue charging from ~10% battery. RESOLVED.

Video looks washed out and murky after firmware upgrade. RESOLVED WITH FIRMWARE 1.1.411

DJI GO App 2.8.2 for IOS video downlink issue. RESOLVED!

Height drop when releasing forward/backwards stick. RESOLVED with latest firmware 1.2.503

Update via GO App was a problem. RESOLVED!
Since DJI updated the GO App to 2.8.1, the updating for new users has been relatively smooth..

No Signal issue after updating to firmware version 1.1.301. RESOLVED
Since the latest GO App ( 2.8.1 upwards ) this issue seems resolved.

5 km Range Issue, downlink issue. No Longer An Issue!


DJI Phantom 4
Brand DJI
Product DJI Phantom
Compatibility Android phone, iPad, iPhone
Package Includes 16 GB MicroSD card, 4 pairs of propellers, battery charger, carrying case, gimbal clamp, micro-USB cable, power cable, remote controller
Operating Frequency 2.4 GHz
Max Operating Distance 3 miles
Vertical Accuracy +/- 0.1 meters
Horizontal Accuracy +/- 0.3 meters
Max Vertical Velocity 20 feet per second
Max Horizontal Velocity 65.6 feet per second
Interface USB, Wi-Fi
Control Angle Range -90 to 30 degrees (tilt)
Flash Memory Card microSD
Flash Memory Capacity 64 GB
Max View Angle 94 degrees
Camera included
Sensor Resolution 12
Capture Formats H.264, MOV, MP4, MPEG-4
Still Image Formats DNG, JPEG
Video Recorder Resolutions 1280 x 720 (720p), 1920 x 1080 (1080p), 2704 x 1520 (1520p), 3840 x 2160, 4096 x 2160
Frame Rate 30 frames per second
Battery 4S
Technology lithium polymer
Voltage 15.2 V
Capacity 5350 mAh
Run Time (Up To) 28 min
OS Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) or later, Apple iOS 8 or later
Weight 3.04 lbs
Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
Max Operating Temperature 104 °F

Phantom 4 Description

Avoid obstacles automatically. Track moving subjects automatically using ActiveTrack. TapFly lets you fly with a tap of the finger. Smart Return Home allows the Phantom to avoid obstacles as it returns home. 28 minute maximum flight time, maximum control range of 3.1mi (5km). Maximum speed of 44mph (72kmh). Integrated gimbal for greater camera stability and smoother footage. Optimized Vision Positioning System raises positioning altitude up to 10 meters.

Manufacturer Description

VISIONARY INTELLIGENCE ELEVATED IMAGINATION The DJI Phantom 4 is the smartest flying camera DJI has ever created. Able to fly intelligently with a tap, automatically create seamless tracking shots, fly intelligently over or around obstacles and much more. Flying has never been this easy or as much fun. SENSE AND AVOID Obstacle sensors enable the Phantom 4 to sense and react to its environment. FLY WITH TAP Simply tap on the screen to fly the Phantom 4 in the direction you want. It will avoid obstacles in its path. VISUAL TRACKING Lock on to your subject and track them as they move, let Phantom 4 take care of everything. INTELLIGENT FLIGHT SUPPORT SYSTEMS A dual satellite positioning system and an enhanced Vision Positioning System provides the Phantom 4 with a safer, more reliable flight experience both outdoors and indoors. POWERFUL CAMERA DESIGNED FOR THE SKY Capable of capturing 4K video at 30 frames per second and slow motion 1080p at 120 frames per second, creating impressive footage has never been so easy. ACTIVE CAMERA STABILIZATION A 3-axis u-frame camera stabilization system cancels out unwanted camera movements during flight. EXTENDED FLIGHT TIMES Fly with confidence for 28 minutes. INTEGRATED LONG RANGE TRANSMISSION See what the camera sees in 720p HD from up to 3.1 miles (5km) away with the Phantom 4’s integrated HD video downlink. Frame up your shot from far away with perfect precision. BUILT-IN REDUNDANCIES A dual compass module and dual Inertial Measurement Unit (IMUs) greatly increases reliability. ADVANCED AERODYNAMICS AND STABILITY Sleek, streamlined aerodynamics help the Phantom 4 slip more smoothly through the air. HIGH-SPEED FLIGHT Fly at up to 45mph with satellite and Vision Positioning support with the new Sport Mode on Phantom 4.

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