DJI Phantom 4 Review (Best Drone With Camera)
DJI Phantom 4 Review: Dji’s innovations are often compared to the revolutionary iPhones’, Androids’ and so on and to be specific- rightly so. They are on their move to the future generations’. The improvements are going through making newly featured phantoms are leading the way. Eventually, artificial intelligence are giving science the wheat to fulfill the technology freaks stomach.
Let’s come straight to the point in this DJI Phantom 4 Review; It is the DJI Phantom 4- The quadcopter drone which you can hand over to a three years’ kid. The specification and the features made it so much attractive that the blinds’ now believe they have eyes. The live stream from the Phantom 4 Drone camera to your smartphone is giving you the third eye. The autonomous turns with full volatile motion are giving pictures in high definition frames you can upload in Google earth.
Scenario before DJI Phantom 4:
Now, let’s revise the history. It is a camera drone you have yourself for tracking through mountains and into the sky it flies; returning only the GPS signals. With only having GPS signals on it- the drone was one-eyed with hectic problems to adjust with the direction, motion, 360-degree movement and rest go the speed. It tucks on a tree, and your dreams go off with it. And surely it is before the new autonomous flier- The DJI’s Phantom 4. Now, you can have it. Dreams won be lasting for a couple of minutes but hours to last.
Pros and Cons of DJI Phantom 4:
There has been a significant improvement made by DJI to Phantom 4. The five-way obstacle avoidance system gives it more stability to avoid being blind in the air. It prevents the trees, mountains automatically- all over to be said it is highly a quick creation during its flight time. Worries have fled with its flight where cables are not needed to be attached to the controller to the smartphones. Incoming calls, messages won’t bother the user anymore. The only downside that you can also ignore (because of Phantom 4’s cost affectivity) the DJI’s Mavic pro’s portability is not in the offering for the mighty Phantom 4. Also, it’s still enough to be fitted into your backpack.
The best offering is the sports mode. The 20-megapixel CMOS image capture capability makes it a unique creation and also the video capturing compatibility at an increased speed with autonomous flight systems with obstacle detection mode fully packed ultrasonic sensors make it more vulnerable, amazing, and important to play the photographer role or whatever one can desire of. Now, it is the responsibility of the owner to have all the software and firmware booted and updated before starting the autonomous sports mode flight this mind-blowing machine.
It is fully packed with an aircraft body that can be controlled by a remote controller along with the carrying case. Alongside this, the propeller pairs of 4 sets with Gimbal clamp and the most important 3 cables- The Micro USB one, OTG, and the power cable are fully packed with this quadcopter. Micro SD card is 16GB, and the user will have the manual with all necessary instructions with it with only offered $758.99 by Amazon on 25th April 2018; with free shipping (Discounts are in as previously the drone had price as 1199). The slow-motion video capture ability has taken it to another level among the existing quadcopters or drones in the market.
DJI Phantom 4 Design of high quality and Ease of Usage:
We have written this DJI Phantom 4 review as it is the best drone with camera for its reliable flight, nice structural design, beautiful footage, construction quality and it comes with the grey Styrofoam suitcase as well as it is more compact in all aspects, and durable too. More one can offer at this price is much as a high ambition to touch the sky.
Furthermore, the battery capacity and to be specific the battery life is averaged above 25 minutes when it was tested, and it can be fully charged within an hour from zero to full. Now, the user is worried about the remote control. Okay, no problem. It has the remote control which is charged within an hour and used for three to four flights as the users’ claim. The plastic frame, aerodynamic body, ever shining metal on the visual motors and moreover, in the middle- the grey plastic distinguish it from the white hardcore frame design all over the metallic body of the phantom 4. As I previously mentioned, it can be used by kids makes it more straightforward to use. The remote controller has matte plastic with a shiny coat on it making it look like beautiful clouds covering the sky.
DJI Phantom 4 Speed and Footage:
Smooth footage with three variable speeds makes Phantom 4 a First class drone. Previously mentioned, the obstacle avoidance capability having turned on, it accelerates up to 30 kilometers per hour. Now, if the user has it as normal flight mode on, it moves 50 kilometers an hour, and in Sports mode, which is the most interesting one, it flies at a speed of 65-70 kilometer per hour with capturing smooth footages along its pathway. It brings the utmost pleasure to the professional cameraman’s when experienced pilots operate it to catch beautiful images for high-speed stunts and races for live streaming. The usage of high-quality ultrasonic sensors (sonars) for its visual positioning system on Phantom 4 and landing posture at some inches within its takeoff position makes it look like Handycam flying in the sky. The Phantom 3 used the Lightbridge video downlink technology for the remote controller, which was entirely admired by the technology reviewers and so the chosen remote controller for the Phantom 4 remains the same. Less saturation, more flexibility, waypoint navigation, less digital sharpening, higher dynamic range and last but not the least – the lag-free video streaming capability has made it a wonder of its origin.
All in all, Gimbal stabilized 4K/12 Mega Pixel camera for smart footage capture, along with visual sensor for obstacle avoidance with streamlined shell and magnesium unibody has made it spectacularly more attractive than other existing drones in the market. DJI’s Phantom 4 has a maximum control range up to 5.02 kilometer, and it tracks visually moving objects with slow-motion video streaming and high definition capturing mode. Its vision positioning altitude is way above than two and a half feet with the option of Tapfly which means flying with a tap of a finger while avoiding all obstacles on its returning home having up to 28 minutes of flight time which shows good battery life.
A package of the 21st centuries upgraded technology:
GPS navigation has made the life more comfortable for the people living on this earth. GPS is used to by billions’ of people this day, and the user-friendly navigation is not only bringing the people closer to communicate with each other but also giving comfort to them for the ease of movement from one place to another without any worries of calculating pathways location, length, and other attributes. It is the satellite which is used for indication of tracks all along free movement and GPS is using it. This amazing technology integration in Phantom 4 helps it to takeoff automatically as well as auto home returning feature has made this quadcopter control easier to easiest. It is fully functioned with built-in apps which redirects it for monitoring and multiple functional camera operations in work for the people who own it.
Besides, it has been mentioned in the above discussion that the DJI’s Phantom 4 captures ultra-high definition 4k videos with 12 megapixels (4000 x 3000) camera resolution. Another unique feature that is catching the eye of the ultra-modern technology adaptors is the slow-motion video capturing capability at a rate of 30 frames per second by it. The f/2.8 focal lens with a huge field adds crystal clear images.
Furthermore, the user will have a glimpse through well-written user manual provided by the DJI’s with it as the proper usage of DJI director software is ready to help along its flight. Video editing is becoming vastly popular for the new aged people and having this in mind the DJI has developed the DJI director application very much user-friendly with the firmware given within it to edit videos on the go. Alongside this, music added to the video editing unlocks the future movement of the new generation fellows. The user can easily add more options to their videos captured by DJI Phantom 4.
However, the gimbal stabilization invention with hover function gives the user possibility of filming clean and smooth footage during Phantom 4’s air flight. In sum, the box where the mini helicopter is put onto has an aircraft body, a remote controller, four propeller pairs for intelligent flight, one set of battery with a nice looking battery charger, a power cable, a manual, a gimbal clamp, a USB OTG cable, a micro USB cable, a micro SD card of 16 gigabytes memory and lastly posh looked carrying along with it. And so, this amazing 21st-century invention is ready to roll with its user then (after purchasing).
Comparison to the previously manufactured DJI Phantom 3:
The assembly function is not changed that much, though the rotors that have been used in Phantom 4 have a function- new locking system. DJI states that the ‘sport mode’ feature on phantom 4 unleashes a better connection to engage the rotors from flying off more than the previously manufactured Phantom 3 by them. The battery is a little bigger in contrast with Phantom 4 to Phantom 3 but moreover identical. The detachment of the battery from the Phantom 4 is very much easy. The latest one has eye-catching both metallic and glossy plastic frame and a thinner aerodynamic body. The colored bands on the arms of Phantom 3 are replaced with shining metal on exposed motors in Phantom 4. The Phantom 4 has a better architectural design’s touch on it. More speed has come into offering by the Phantom 4 than the Phantom 3. The manufacturer of the latest drone claims to have 5x (five times) more stabilization in comparing with its predecessors, and the user has reviewed it for the delivery of incredible footages with the later one. It has been tested in variable winds condition, and the findings are astonishing. In strong winds also, the Phantom 4 does not give up the hold of its spectacular position even of an inch or more on its flight on the air. Concerning the Phantom 3, the newer one has extra stability in offering for the additional IMU as well as the 2x(two times) number count of downward facing camera and ultrasonic sensors brings more correction for the positioning of the drone. To be more specific- the sonars attached to it; increase its stable attribute by a more significant margin. This usage of the sensors, establish a more powerful visual positioning system by the Phantom 4 in contrast with its previous one. The user claims, execution of an automatic return to its home position of the craft continually has landed within only a few inches from its takeoff position. This error is so small in value and so that much negligible by its good qualities that- it is reported by the users of the Phantom 4 which are a couple of times better from most of the aspects with the comparison to its early developed model by the DJI Company.
The similarities that the Phantom 4 has (when comparing it to the Phantom 3) -The Lightbridge video downlink technology; introduced by the previous drone- the Phantom 3- is not changed in the manufacture of the DJI Phantom 4. Besides this, the remote controller of the later one seems to be kind of similar to the previous one. The creative flight modes on the Phantom 3 such as- waypoint navigation, orbit, follow, track, etc. are available on the Phantom 4 too.
Testimonial by the examiners on DJI Phantom 4:
When video teams tested the Phantom 4, they found it to be flawlessly correct on the- no lost connection while video streaming as well sharper images in every frame made them fully pleased with it. The broadcast of real-time video capturing by the phantom 4 was extremely clean and bright and also was entirely free of lagging. The increased value of much more flexibility was found by the video team while editing and coloring the footages afterward. Higher dynamic range, less digital sharpening, alongside this- the less amount of saturation by the Phantom 4; won the hearts of the examiners’. The GPS waypoint navigation stood up in the front then the newly available autonomous feature for its more user friendly attribute on waypoint tracking; though the added feature surely reflects a strong signal for the upcoming movement of bright future- as it makes clear viewpoint like that- up-gradation is going to be taking place of this heavily perfectionist drone, in very near times.
Practical experience on air flight:
The improvements made by the whole DJI team to the Phantom series are remarkable. The autonomous feature of this quadcopter. Phantom 4 has the newly introduced autonomous feature which can be identified as a spectacular change on the model. Now, reviewers have cut loose here. Since, bearing the so-called limitations which are surely negligible- as of all the things in this lively planet- having molecules running through it has the potential trademark of some insignificant negative values added to the product, that the user could easily overlook when it is necessary. So, it is the time to get rid of that subtraction of that smaller marginal value to identify the exact potential value of this highly innovative invention. It is clear that the Phantom 4 to has limitations like all the other machines. The most admirable feature of this drone is by far the ‘TapFly’ option. The user will get a live feed from the drone’s main camera on the smart phone s/he is carrying with him/her. It is a screen on which the user will always look up onto to check the air flight video streaming by the quadcopter Phantom 4. Now, the owner has only one thing to cast the magic spell of TapFly- Tapping anywhere on the image on the screen of live broadcasting, and the drone will fly in that direction. Marvelous, isn’t it? However, the drone itself will be automatically eased on turns, broadcasting a smooth motion in its way which the user can record as a practical air flight of the Phantom 4 when it is flying manually. Now, it is the autonomy which limits the flight time; ensuring safe, easy and a smooth air drive.
Limitations on autonomous air flight:
Now, it is high time we get to know exact limitation has been discussed above. The limitation is that- the drone itself is only moving towards one direction- the forward one while tackling smoothly with the obstacles in its way on the movement forward. The sensors that have been described above have a 60-degree field of view, which means the drone only be turned at a roughly 30-degree angle, all the time of its air flight on moving forward. The limitation can also be limited as the user need the control sticks on his/her hand for the head back towards the path it came across or use the Phantom 4’s ‘return to home’ function.
In addition to that negative factor, the users’ claimed to get negative feedback from the ‘TapFly’ feature when the drone was commanded to navigate through a stand of trees with a little centimeter of clearance on either side. What it meant is- the user have to be interacting with a touch to the sticks, some moments before switching over to depend fully on the smartphone screen of his/her.
Another set of trouble that the users are facing now is- the battery that the DJI is offering is only one set, and also the cost of buying it seems to be not cheap at all. So, this is the financial issue that the reviewers are telling can be dealt by the users if they always make the right choice for their usage purpose and it is true for them that smart equipment purchase behavior will always save money. Sometimes it becomes necessary to forget about the pricing; only a little bit of focus is enough to buy the right machine for the greatest work which is very much true for the DJI Phantom 4.
Applications, Features, Researchers concern of DJI Phantom 4:
Let’s know about another interesting feature of the DJI Phantom 4. It is the autonomous feature ‘AutoTrack.’ The user can use this application through selecting a person, a car, a bike; a bus, etc. and the quadcopter will lock onto the chosen subject as well as keeping them in the center of the frame. Almost every moving thing can be particularly be chosen (a spectacular height, mass, weight, unit, etc. should be maintained) as the mission subjected for the drone to be following. Inspection of certain matters, researching about any subject’s behavioral pattern or attributable elements, characteristics distinguishing an element of same race, patrolling an area or inspection of a harmful criminal daily movement, etc are the subjects that most of the users of this drones choose to maintain a high profile of analyzing official or business related matters. So, it is a kind of clear indication that artificial intelligence is marching ahead of the human race. The previous sentence can create controversy among the knowledge and invention seekers. For this reason, it should be beard on mind all the time that the researchers of the late twentieth century had had clear misconception about the predictions regarding AI-Artificial Intelligence, as they mixed it up all. Which we will only be solved using the two word’s for describing the whole matter altogether and that keywords will make a marketplace like a highly rated cinema hall. Fully pin drop silence- pin drop silence it is. Why are we always misguided by the innovator’s machines? The word ‘misguided’ is the word that the author chooses here surely to be replaced by ‘miscommunication.’ Yes, miscommunication, likewise misunderstanding always has its evil trademark. However, the two words are “CREATION” “DEVOTION.” We have made something for our regular usage, and now we think they will outbid us. It is fully impossible. It is us that we have always believed upon and made beautiful creations and made this modern civilization so much beautiful. Now, let’s get back to the discussion. More than sufficient philosophical writing has been written. It is the phantom 4 which made the user think so much about the surroundings’. So, s/he has already discovered a new pathway of movement towards the sky.
Subject tracking ability of DJI Phantom 4:
There are some glitches in the movement of the drone for tracking a given subject. It looks amazing when it is tracking and orbiting the subject that as the order of the user. Sometimes Phantom 4 refuses to track answering that the subject chosen to orbit around is too small or out of reach. It works best when it is given within a distance of ten to twelve feet. It works tremendously well when it is given the work to follow a particular subject but some of the times another person wearing the same color of the dress like the proposed subject, it becomes confusing. However, in AutoTrack, it initiates an orbit very easily by standing with the stick from left to right. A user with a singular subject following command gets his/her command fully done with this drone. A moving target cannot be tracked down as well as a standing still person moving forward as the drone sees in front of itself most of the time.
Summary of DJI Phantom 4:
The limited autonomous feature sometimes serves as a good as a beginner user quickly adopts its control with the stick gets much time while preventing the crushes of DJI Phantom 4 camera drone. Incredible shots are being taken by the professional filmmaker as they can have the ability to pursue full manual of the drone in the given time.
Lastly, it is told in the first paragraph that a kid with a minimum knowledge of machine controlling sense can get the full use of the drone that has been discussed in this review. But, as the drone is capable of taking breathtaking footages avoiding obstacles smoothly in its way, it brings of better usage when it comes to using of filmmaking of any subject for a particular time. Besides this, it should be beard on the mind of the buyers that it is not a toy that has been discussed here; rather it is a full innovative broadcaster with clean and sharp live streaming capability that DJI is handing over to them. The pace of innovation that is being offered by this drone matches the twenty-first-century demand by all means with little negligible machine limitations when it is in the of smart filmmakers. The reviewers are calling this drone- the DJI phantom 4- iPhone of the of drones because anyone with a little knowledge of drone controlling can habituate with it using it for a minimum amount of time spent. So, here, it is giving the idea to the buyers’ that it can be their first drone in operation, regardless of any kind of drone control knowledge like a professional that the user relies upon when it comes to the time of purchasing the drone for themselves. But it can become a little bit expensive for them as they don’t have that knowledge that drones like Phantom 4 posses within itself.
The DJI has offered another drone, ‘the Matrice’- which has a 360-degree autonomy feature that out beats the DJI Phantom 4 by a little margin. DJI releases a statement that it is the very first step that they took – while building the DJI Phantom 4 with an incredible feature- the autonomous movement by a drone with the broadcast of live footages in its pathway. Now, it is the time for the technology adaptors if they would be waiting for a more valued innovation or they would be satisfied with the experience for the first time of the fully featured clean footage taker-the drone of this time-‘the DJI Phantom 4’ – an ever so smooth filmmaker to be hand for some actions. The chosen decision should be an effective one to prove their selves smart enough as it could act another way around too to have the handing over of this innovation by the DJI to them by purchasing it online or from some random market. Here is the last instruction by the author. Please Choose a product wisely as some fully equipped machine can bring dissatisfaction if the purchased product doesn’t serve a user that is their desire.