Did everyone watch the spring trip video? If not, click the link and watch.

This video was shot by two gadgets.

Aerial footages were captured by DJI Phantom 4 Pro, and the ground footages by SONY a7s M2.

Here we will introduce you the powerful equipment we used.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

The camera on the Phantom 4 Pro

Sensor size comparison. A CMOS sensor is imbedded in the Phantom 4 Pro camera which is the same with the SONY RX100‘s, leaving more room for photography. It collects more lights and brings stunning images like never before.

You can find a lot of backlight footages in the video, compared to the Phantom 4, the Phantom 4 Pro preserves more details of the shades.

A Photo

The resolution of this photo is 5472 × 3078, the size is 7.5MB. You can even see the details of the remote controller when enlarging it. It’s obvious that the photo shot by Phantom 4 Pro is in high quality and ready for printing.

Maneuver / Control

I have flown Inspire 2 and Mavic Pro for a very long time, however, I was still amazed by the powerful propulsion and quick response of the Phantom 4 Pro.

In this task, we had to shoot from the west gate to the east gate, the Phantom 4 Pro was able to be in the camera set very quickly, saving us a large amount of time and work.

I have to say DJI engineers really worked hard on building the Phantom 4 Pro – it is the best out of Phantom series with abilities to response and move instantly.

Narrow streets and messy power lines make the old town a less ideal flying area. But with its ability to sense in five directions and avoid obstacles in four directions, the Phantom 4 Pro made its flight worry-free.

What’s worth mentioning here is that the video transmission didn’t get interrupted when the aircraft passing through the gate and flying over the roofs. It is a proof of the enhanced anti-interference ability of the Phantom 4 Pro.

However, I disenabled the obstacle avoidance when getting this one-take shot, it was not safe actually, please don’t try imitate my operation, or else your drone may end up with a crash.

Integrated Remote Controller

This integrated remote controller makes an awkward answering a friend’s call during flight a long gone history.

This time we’d brought five batteries.

I applaud for the flight time. Five batteries are enough for a long day shooting with a surprise of the remote controller still showing two LED lights on.

SONY a7s M2 full-frame compact camera with anti-shake functionality in five axis.

It’s capable of shooting video at 1080p, 120 fps, and it’s quite heavy when mounted with a FE24-70 2.8 GM lens. Thanks to the Phantom 4 Pro’s stable hovering capability, when capturing the drone’s flight altitude, I can just put the remote controller aside and use the Sony a7s M2 to shoot the drone. As for footages of flying drones, I can control the drone by one hand, and use the other hand to control the Sony a7s M2.

However, if you don’t have a professional camera at hand, you can also use an iPhone to shoot slow motion videos, the image quality is good as well.

Summary

To me, the greatest improvement of Phantom 4 Pro is its camera, I believe most photography enthusiasts will agree with me on this point. The image quality achieved by the Phantom 4 Pro can fulfill most people’s need, can even compete with the Inspire 2.

The CMOS sensor that also used in SONY RX100 makes the Phantom 4 Pro’s camera a top aerial camera in the market, I believe the 1 inch sensor is a perfect balance of the size and performance.

SONY RX100 was once selected to be the best backup camera for professional photographers, and the Phantom 4 Pro is also absolutely the best back up aerial camera for professional aerial photographers, for example, in the first phase of a big aerial photography project, you can use the Phantom 4 Pro to check around the shooting site and help with composition, make preparation for formal aerial shooting, what’s more, the footages taken by the Phantom 4 Pro can also be used as backups.

A little supplement here, for general non-professional users, the Mavic Pro is still the best choice.

Whether a new product is worth buying or not depends on your specific needs, it will be your best companion when it fulfills your needs.

Today’s drone market is a segmented market, which is good news to us.

If you are a drone beginner, and have high requirements for the portability, then you should not look for anything besides Mavic Pro.

If you have high requirements for image quality and relatively lower requirements for portability (Compared to the Inspire series), then then Phantom 4 Pro is quite a nice choice.

However, if you are a professional photographer, then don’t hesitate to get an Inspire 2 or a M600 PRO.

 

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