DJI Phantom Pro 4 V2.0 Review (Half A Year Later)

The DJI Phantom Pro 4 V2.0 is probably the most recognizable and popular drone that has existed. The reason being, the entire line of phantom drones from DJI have been serious drones, with big size and a lot of capabilities. 

That doesn’t change with the Phantom Pro 4 v2.0. The drone itself looks similar to its previous iterations but this version really aims to bring the phantom line up into 2021 with features seen in most modern drones from DJI.

Let’s be honest DJI is the only reputable quadcopter manufacturer that makes drones good enough for professional and semiprofessional aerial photography and cinematography. Hence, this drone’s biggest competitor is actually the DJI Mavic 2 pro.

Both these drones are really different in the way they are designed simply because they have a different target audience. The Phantom Pro 4 v2.0 is a big drone and is not very portable. However, that size does give it a lot of advantages as in more stability, better control and top of the line camera performance.

The Mavic Pro 2, comparatively, is tiny. It folds up and fits into a small little case.  It’s much easier to carry around. The downsides being that it is not as good as the Phantom when it comes to controllability, stability and camera performance. Not to say that the Mavic pro is bad, it’s just not as good as the Phantom 4 pro v2.0

Before I get into the pros and cons of The DJI Phantom, I am going to list out the specifications, so you guys can get an idea of what to expect from this drone.

DJI Phantom Pro 4 V2.0 Review

DJI Phantom Pro 4 V2.0: Design and Durability

The design of the phantom pro is what inspired the rest of the industry. The phantoms have carved their design into the stone of drone designs. They have been the kings of performance, durability and aesthetics.

That doesn’t change with the Phantom 4 pro v2.0. There isn’t much difference in the design but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There are of course slight improvements as there are with each iteration. 

But overall, if you have used a phantom before this, it is very similar and provides a really good flying experience, even if this is your first phantom. 

As far as the durability is concerned, I got 3 ways to define it for you.

  • Hard to break, it’s sturdy and well built, you don’t need to worry about the drone that much. It’s a professional drone. It’s big and it is meant to perform. The drone begs the drone pilot to fly it high and take shots with it. It’s a drone so it may break but the chances of this one breaking to the point of no return is very low.
  • Easily repairable: if you manage to damage or break the drone. It can be repaired. It’s one of the most popular drones till date. It’s going to be repairable, by either first party or 3rd party components.
  • Weatherproof: It’s like the phantom 4 pro v2.0 was just built to withstand any kind of climate. It is great at holding its position in the air and flying in the middle of the most violent winds. It’s got the size and power to do that, motors are strong enough to fly stably in harsh winds. It’s not supposed to be waterproof but this can most definitely fly in light rain as well. 

That should pretty much sum up the design for you. It looks like an old phantom with some minor upgrades and is just an absolute beast of a drone, meant to be flown in the harshest of conditions. If the kind of cinematography or photography you wish to do involves flying in suboptimal conditions, nothing on the market can beat the stability, performance and footage of Phantom 4 Pro v2.0. 

DJI Phantom Pro 4 V2.0: Flying the Phantom Pro 4 V2.0

If you haven’t already guessed it, this quadcopter is a joy to fly. It was built to take stable footage, and that translates to a very easy and simple flying experience. 

That is to be expected though, you are spending over 1500$ on a drone but the drone is big and bulky.

That said, the money doesn’t go to waste. Phantom 4 pro V2.0 uses Vision sensors and GPS positioning for precise hovering. These technologies work really well. The quadcopter stays stable in the air even in harsh winds and can take time lapses.  

It has a hover time of around 28 minutes in windless conditions, ideally you are going to have some winds, so, the drone most probably will average around 25 minutes of hovering. But unless you are planning to capture everything from a still perspective, you are going to want to fly this thing around. 

This drone flies around quite well. It’s big and heavy but the power that the motors are able to produce are more than enough to keep this thing stable as well as fast in the air. It uses intelligent gyroscopes and flight systems to achieve this, and works quite well. 

So, what can it do flying wise? Well, it’s not made to do tricks but the speed, height and range of the drone do make for some incredible cinematography moments. 

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How Fast can Phantom 4 Pro v2.0 go?

The max speed of the phantom is 45 mph in its S-Mode, aimed at capturing sports. That’s the max speed though, there are other modes like P-Mode and A-Mode which restrict the top speed to 31 mph and 36 mph, respectively.

But that’s not the only thing that matters. The ascent and descent speed also matter when capturing sports and shots. 

The quadcopter can ascent at 16.4 feet per second in P-mode while it can ascend 20 feet per second in S-mode. While it can descent at 13.1 feet per second in P-mode, it can descend 9.8 feet per second in S-mode

So, it’s capable as a drone can be when it comes to flying, but how much is the operating range? It doesn’t disappoint there either. I could just give you the official range of the drone but the truth of the matter is you reasonably don’t want to be flying on the edge of your range. As the drone might not be able to come back if the battery runs out. 

So, the max out you can go is 3 miles as the drone will not be able to return back to you if you go any further. If you want to pilot the drone from a range further than that then the quadcopter has both 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz transmitter support and has a max range of 4.3 miles. That’s more than you will want to reasonably go. So, you won’t be facing an issue with range anyways. 

The last thing is flight time, and it’s pretty standard – 30 min. It’s not amazing like the rest of the drone. But it’s not disappointing either, 30 mins is plenty enough. 

DJI Phantom Pro 4 V2.0: Camera

I already made a big deal in the introduction about the camera and how it was better than the Mavic 2 pro. You can view the exact specs of the camera at the end of this blog. It will give you an idea and what to expect. 

But how does it actually perform?

Well, it’s rather impressive. It provides better image quality than any of the other DJI drones, mostly because it has physics in its corner: a bigger camera sensor of 1 inch allows for great video and picture quality. 

The shots which you can get with this drone are stunning. The real kicker is when you put it beside the Mavic 2 pro and realize that – yeah, this size and heft does pay off! The quality is better. And you do get more detail from this drone. 

Other than that, it sends FPV footage at 1080p 30fps and 720p 30fps, while the drone can record in 4k 60fps at 100 bits. 

Here is some footage from the drone so you can get an idea of what it is capable of.

DJI Phantom Pro 4 V2.0: Features

Good hardware isn’t worth much without good software. So, DJI decided to add functions and features to the drone that help in taking videos and photos. 

The first is Active Track, pretty straight forward, follows the object using trace, spotlight and profile. 

Waypoints allows you to set way points on the map using the DJI Go 4 app. The drone will fly through these points and take video or photos along the way.

Terrain Follow mode you can set a height and phantom 4 will fly one that height parallel to the ground.

Tripod Mode gives you  slow speed for smooth and stable footage.

Beginner mode: the phantom 4 pro cannot fly 100 feet away from the set home point.

Course Lock sets the drone along a path to the locked location

Home Lock, similar in nature but returns to the home point set.

Gesture Mode allows the camera to recognize hand gestures. 

Sensing and narrow sensing: Sensing allows for obstacle avoidance, while narrow sensing allows to get closer to obstacles. 

ATTI or attitude mode, allows you to get full manual control of the drone in case it is flying somewhere it shouldn’t be.

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DJI Phantom Pro 4 V2.0: Specifications

Aircraft

  • Weight (Battery & Propellers Included)
  • 1375 g
  • Diagonal Size (Propellers Excluded)
  • 350 mm
  • Max Ascent Speed
  • S-mode: 6 m/s
    P-mode: 5 m/s
  • Max Descent Speed
  • S-mode: 4 m/s
    P-mode: 3 m/s
  • Max Speed
  • S-mode: 45 mph (72 kph)
    A-mode: 36 mph (58 kph)
    P-mode: 31 mph (50 kph)
  • Max Tilt Angle
  • S-mode: 42°
    A-mode: 35°
    P-mode: 25°
  • Max Angular Speed
  • S-mode: 250°/s
    A-mode: 150°/s
  • Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level
  • 19685 ft (6000 m)
  • Max Wind Speed Resistance
  • 10 m/s
  • Max Flight Time
  • Approx. 30 minutes
  • Operating Temperature Range
  • 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
  • Satellite Positioning Systems
  • GPS/GLONASS
  • Hover Accuracy Range
  • Vertical:
    ±0.1 m (with Vision Positioning)
    ±0.5 m (with GPS Positioning)
    Horizontal:
    ±0.3 m (with Vision Positioning)
    ±1.5 m (with GPS Positioning)

Gimbal

  • Stabilization
  • 3-axis (pitch, roll, yaw)
  • Controllable Range
  • Pitch: -90° to +30°
  • Max Controllable Angular Speed
  • Pitch: 90°/s
  • Angular Vibration Range
  • ±0.02°

Vision System

  • Vision System
  • Forward Vision System
    Backward Vision System
    Downward Vision System
  • Velocity Range
  • ≤31 mph (50 kph) at 6.6 ft (2 m) above ground
  • Altitude Range
  • 0-33 ft (0-10 m)
  • Operating Range
  • 0-33 ft (0-10 m)
  • Obstacle Sensory Range
  • 2-98 ft (0.7-30 m)
  • FOV
  • Forward: 60° (Horizontal), ±27° (Vertical)
    Backward: 60° (Horizontal), ±27° (Vertical)
    Downward: 70° (Front and Rear), 50° (Left and Right)
  • Measuring Frequency
  • Forward: 10 Hz
    Backward: 10 Hz
    Downward: 20 Hz
  • Operating Environment
  • Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (lux>15)

Infrared Sensing System

  • Obstacle Sensory Range
  • 0.6-23 feet (0.2-7 m)
  • FOV
  • 70° (Horizontal), ±10° (Vertical)
  • Measuring Frequency
  • 10 Hz
  • Operating Environment
  • Surface with diffuse reflection material, and reflectivity > 8% (such as wall, trees, humans, etc.)

Camera

  • Sensor
  • 1-inch CMOS
    Effective pixels: 20M
  • Lens
  • FOV 84° 8.8 mm/24 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8-f/11 auto focus at 1 m-∞
  • ISO Range
  • Video:
    100-3200 (Auto)
    100-6400 (Manual)
    Photo:
    100-3200 (Auto)
    100-12800 (Manual)
  • Mechanical Shutter Speed
  • 8-1/2000 s
  • Electronic Shutter Speed
  • 8-1/8000 s
  • Image Size
  • 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 5472×3648
    4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4864×3648
    16:9 Aspect Ratio: 5472×3078
  • PIV Image Size
  • 4096×2160 (4096×2160 24/25/30/48/50p)
    3840×2160 (3840×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p)
    2720×1530 (2720×1530 24/25/30/48/50/60p)
    1920×1080 (1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p)
    1280×720 (1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p)
  • Still Photography Modes
  • Single Shot
    Burst Shooting: 3/5/7/10/14 frames
    Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
    Interval: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 s
  • Video Recording Modes
  • H.265
    C4K: 4096×2160 24/25/30p @100Mbps
    4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p @100Mbps
    2.7K:2720×1530 24/25/30p @65Mbps
    2.7K: 2720×1530 48/50/60p @80Mbps
    FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30p @50Mbps
    FHD: 1920×1080 48/50/60p @65Mbps
    FHD: 1920×1080 120p @100Mbps
    HD:1280×720 24/25/30p @25Mbps
    HD: 1280×720 48/50/60p @35Mbps
    HD: 1280×720 120p @60Mbps

    H.264
    C4K: 4096×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p @100Mbps
    4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p @100Mbps
    2.7K: 2720×1530 24/25/30p @80Mbps
    2.7K: 2720×1530 48/50/60p @100Mbps
    FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30p @60Mbps
    FHD: 1920×1080 48/50/60 @80Mbps
    FHD: 1920×1080 120p @100Mbps
    HD: 1280×720 24/25/30p @30Mbps
    HD: 1280×720 48/50/60p @45Mbps
    HD: 1280×720 120p @80Mbps
  • Max Video Bitrate
  • 100 Mbps
  • Supported File Systems
  • FAT32 (≤32 GB); exFAT (>32 GB)
  • Photo
  • JPEG, DNG (RAW), JPEG + DNG
  • Video
  • MP4/MOV (AVC/H.264; HEVC/H.265)
  • Supported SD Cards
  • microSD
    Max Capacity: 128 GB
    Write speed ≥15MB/s, Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required
  • Operating Temperature Range
  • 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)

Remote Controller

  • Operating Frequency
  • 2.400-2.483 GHz and 5.725-5.850 GHz
  • Max Transmission Distance
  • 2.400-2.483 GHz, 5.725-5.850 GHz (Unobstructed, free of interference)
    FCC: 10000 m
    CE: 6000 m
    SRRC: 6000 m
    MIC: 6000 m
  • Operating Temperature Range
  • 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
  • Battery
  • 6000 mAh LiPo 2S
  • Transmitter Power (EIRP)
  • 2.400-2.483 GHz
    FCC: 26 dBm
    CE: 20 dBm
    SRRC: 20 dBm
    MIC: 17 dBm
    5.725-5.850 GHz
    FCC: 26 dBm
    CE: 14 dBm
    SRRC: 20 dBm
    MIC: –
  • Operating Current/Voltage
  • 1.2 A@7.4 V
  • Video Output Port
  • GL300K: HDMI
    GL300L: USB
  • Mobile Device Holder
  • GL300K: Built-in display device (5.5-inch screen, 1920×1080, 1000 cd/m2, Android system, 4 GB RAM+16 GB ROM)
    GL300L: Tablets and smart phones

Charger

  • Voltage
  • 17.4 V
  • Rated Power
  • 100 W

Intelligent Flight Battery

  • Capacity
  • 5870 mAh
  • Voltage
  • 15.2 V
  • Battery Type
  • LiPo 4S
  • Energy
  • 89.2 Wh
  • Net Weight
  • 468 g
  • Charging Temperature Range
  • 41° to 104°F (5° to 40°C)
  • Max Charging Power
  • 160 W

App / Live View

  • Mobile App
  • DJI GO 4
  • Live View Working Frequency
  • 2.4 GHz ISM, 5.8 GHz ISM
  • Live View Quality
  • 720P @ 30fps, 1080P @ 30fps
  • Latency
  • Phantom 4 Pro V2.0: 220 ms (depending on conditions and mobile device)
    Phantom 4 Pro+ V2.0: 160-180 ms
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