May 02, 2017
The new DJI Phantom 4 Advanced has just been released, taking the place of the recently discontinued and hugely popular Phantom 4. The latest drone in DJI's iconic Phantom series combines the camera of the Phantom 4 Pro with the obstacle avoidance system of the Phantom 4, offering up a middle ground between the two drones. For those looking to hit the airways with an upgraded camera at a more affordable price point, the Phantom 4 Advanced could be the perfect flying camera to capture your aerial vision.
Just like the Phantom 4 Pro, the Advanced features a 1-inch, 20-megapixel camera with 12 stops of dynamic range. The Phantom 4 Advanced is capable of recording 4K/60fps vide at 100Mbps at a H.265 compression for amazing slow motion footage. It also features a mechanical shutter to eliminate rolling shutter when users are looking to capture fast moving subjects. The camera additionally features an adjustable aperture so that pilots can easily adjust their depth of field to expand the creativity of their shots.
Like the Phantom 4, the Phantom 4 Advanced features front and bottom facing sensors to autonomously detect obstacles in its path. This is a step down from the Phantom 4 Pro's complete 360 degree obstacle avoidance system.
The Phantom 4 Advances features 5 total vision sensors as well as dual satellite positioning systems including GPS and GLONASS. The drone additionally features ultrasonic range finders and redundant sensors, enabling Phantom 4 Advanced to fly as precisely as possible or hover in place without GPS. Its dual-forward vision sensors can also reach 30m in front of the aircraft for automatic braking, hovering, or detour functions relating to objects that are within a 15-meter range.
The Phantom 4 Advanced features all the flight modes familiar to the Phantom 4 plus the latest ones to come out with the Mavic Pro and the Phantom 4 Pro. The new modes featured in the Phantom 4 Advanced include Tripod, Trace, Profile mode and more.
With Trace Mode, users can simply draw a path on their display and have the drone carry out the route. In Tripod Mode sensitivity is lowered, so that pilots can shoot smoother footage or fly more confidently in small spaces. The drone additionally includes all of the existing modes of the Phantom 4 like ActiveTrack and TapFly.
The Phantom 4 Advanced features a maximum flight time of 30 minutes and a range of 7 km just like the Phantom 4 Advanced. The Phantom 4 Advanced is compatible with the regular Phantom 4 batteries or the high capacity batteries.
The drone like its predecessors has software that is constantly calculating the drones flight time and range. If the minimum amount of battery life is detected to Return to Home, a warning will appear on your screen. The Phantom's batteries will also discharge automatically to maintain health during long-term storage.
The Phantom 4 Advanced, similar to the Phantom 4 Pro, features a plus version that comes with a remote controller with a built-in 5.5 inch HD display. The screen displays key telemetry data and is 2x brighter in direct sunlight compared to any other mobile device.
The recently released Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro both feature the option to switch between 2.4 Ghz and 5.8 Ghz for a stronger signal and reduced interference. The Phantom 4 Advanced only supports the 2.4 Ghz bandwidth.
The highlight of the Phantom 4 Advanced is the 1-inch, 20-megapixel camera that delivers footage with incredibly high resolution and rich colour. The Phantom 4 Advanced is a slightly more affordable option for those who want the power of the P4Pro's camera and don't feel the need to have a full 360 obstacle avoidance system. Along with the camera and new intelligent flight modes, drone pilots will appreciate the drone's 30 minute flight time and 7 km range. If you are looking for professional level footage that won't break the bank, the Phantom 4 Advanced is the perfect happy medium that is ready to launch.