DJI’s recent release of its Phantom 4 Pro has many asking if the older all-time favourite Phantom 4 is now obsolete. The short answer is: no. The long answer examines how each may have more value depending on who you are and what you do.
One of the highlights of the Phantom 4 Pro is in its enhanced camera capabilities. With a 1-inch CMOS sensor that shoots 20 megapixel stills and captures up to 11.6 dynamic range, the Phantom 4 Pro enables photographers to capture impressively vivid as well as night time footage without compromising resolution and balance.
“We’re half an hour after sunset…and that’s what we’re looking at in terms of brightness. Unbelievable! I can’t believe I’m shooting this right now on a Phantom,” exclaims drone videography tutor Collin Smith on his YouTube channel as he takes the Phantom 4 Pro out on an evening flight test.
The new mechanical shutter minimizes most the shakiness when filming quick pans or following fast moving subjects. These features coupled with its 14 phots/second burst mode and adjustable field of view make it a powerful tool for capturing clean crisp shots.
As noted by photography instructors Tony and Chelsea Northrup in their review video, the Phantom 4 Pro captures cleaner and sharper footage with a more natural saturation and exposure than the Phantom 4.
Furthermore, filmmakers trying to push creative boundaries while staying safe will find the Phantom Pro’s 4 direction obstacle avoidance very helpful especially those that require extra peace of mind or are first time pilots.
Meanwhile, the original Phantom 4 also has its perks. Those that are more experienced in flying and working the camera may find that the Phantom 4 is already packed with more intelligent features than they require for their work. For industries like real estate, inspection and construction, having eyes at the front for obstacle sensing while controlling the gimbal’s 3-axis allows plenty of freedom to capture what they need.
With a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor, 94 degree FOV and ability to capture 12MP photos, the Phantom 4 is sufficient for most jobs, from seeing cracks in the wall of a building to capturing a UHD video of a property for sale to helping out with solar panel inspections.
As emphasized in a drone industry specialist’s blog, “the Phantom 4 has a 4K camera, so collecting insanely high quality pictures and videos for roofs, joist or areas that you just don’t want to climb is going to be easier and safer than before.”
For those that demand cinematic-grade footage, increased range (7km as opposed to 5km) and can make use of all the additional features like different types of tracking, precision landing, etc., you get what you pay for with the Phantom 4 Pro.
With the Phantom 4, it surpasses similar products in its class in terms of ease of use, intelligent flight mechanisms and stability. And for those who use aerial technology for industrial or everyday use, the Phantom 4 is more than enough for what you require.
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