The Phantom 4 Pro features an updated camera is equipped with a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor capable of shooting 4K/60fps video and Burst Mode stills at 14 fps. The adoption of titanium alloy and magnesium alloy construction increases the rigidity of the airframe and reduces weight, making the Phantom 4 Pro similar in weight to the Phantom 4. The Flight Autonomy system adds dual rear vision sensors and infrared sensing systems for a total of 5-direction of obstacle sensing and 4-direction of obstacle avoidance.
Camera with 1" 20MP Sensor
The onboard camera has been redesigned to use a 1-inch 20-megapixel CMOS sensor. A custom engineered lens made up of eight elements is arranged in seven groups, it is the first DJI camera to use a mechanical shutter, eliminating rolling shutter distortion which can occur when taking images of fast moving subjects or when flying at high speed. In effect, it is as powerful as many traditional ground cameras. More powerful video processing supports H.264 4K videos at 60fps or H.265 4K at 30fps, both with a 100Mbps bitrate. Advanced sensors and processors ensure everything is captured with more image detail and the image data needed for advanced post-production. Sensor size is more important to image quality than the number of pixels because a larger sensor captures more information in every pixel, improving dynamic range, signal-to-noise ratio, and low light performance. The 1-inch 20-megapixel CMOS sensor in the Phantom 4 Pro is almost four times the size of the Phantom 4's 1/2.3in sensor. It uses larger pixels and has a maximum ISO of 12800 as well as increased contrast. It is good enough for images to be used immediately, while also capturing enough detail for advanced post-processing.
Production Optimized 4K
An enhanced video processing system allows video to be captured in cinema and production optimized DCI 4K/60 (4096 x 2160/60fps) at a bitrate of 100Mbps, enabling you to get high-resolution slow motion shots. The Phantom 4 Pro also supports the H.265 video codec (Maximum resolution 4096X2160/30fps). For a given bitrate, H.265 doubles the amount of image processing as H.264, resulting in significantly enhanced image quality. Record in the high dynamic range D-log mode to make the most of this image data for colour grading.
High Resolution Lens
The resolution and contrast of a lens is critical to image quality, because only a quality lens can capture sharp, vivid photos at high resolutions. The brand new Phantom 4 Pro camera has an aerial optimized F2.8 wide-angle lens with a 24mm equivalent focal length. It features eight elements – 2 aspherical – arranged in seven groups that fit into a smaller, more compact frame. Its images are consistently detailed with low distortion and low dispersion, ensuring that photos and videos are sharp and vivid. For the first time ever with a DJI camera, MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) results have been made public, so people can get a better understanding of lens performance.
Capture Every Moment
Aerial imaging is not only used to capture landscapes; it brings new perspectives to everything from action scenes to motor racing. Capturing objects moving at high speed has always been a challenge for flying cameras using an electronic shutter. This is why the Phantom 4 Pro is the first DJI Phantom to use a mechanical shutter and a large-aperture prime lens. A mechanical shutter with a max speed of 1/2000s eliminates rolling shutter distortion which can occur when taking images of fast moving subjects or when flying at high speed. The electronic shutter has also been improved with a max shutter speed of 1/8000 seconds, and a new Burst Mode shoot capable of shooting 14 fps at 20 megapixels to catch the perfect moment.
5-Directions of Obstacle Sensing
Pilots always need to be aware of obstacles when shooting from the air. This is a challenge for beginner pilots as well as experienced pilots, especially when sight lines are obstructed. The Phantom 4 Pro is equipped with an environment-sensing system based on stereo vision sensors and infrared sensors. It is able to detect obstacles 98ft (30m) in front, allowing it to plan its flight path to avoid them or simply hover in the event of an emergency. This same system also allows it to hover in position without GPS. Combined with infrared sensors on its left and right sides, the Phantom 4 Pro can avoid obstacles in a total of four directions. Forward and rearward obstacle sensing range has been increased, allowing the Phantom 4 Pro to fly at 31mph (50kph) with full protection of its stereo vision obstacle sensing system. It makes fast, dramatic video easier and ultimately safer to capture.
6-Camera Navigation System
Three sets of dual vision sensors form a 6-camera navigation system that works constantly to calculate the relative speed and distance between the aircraft and an object. Using this network of forward, rearward and downward vision sensors, the Phantom 4 Pro is able to hover precisely in places without GPS when taking off indoors, or on balconies, or even when flying through windows with minimal pilot control. In the unlikely event that front and downward sensors are unable to operate, the aircraft can still hover in place using the rear stereo vision system. The Phantom 4 Pro also is able to fly in complex environments at a flight speed of up to 31mph (50kph) while avoiding obstacles in its path. In Narrow Sensing Mode, the Phantom 4 Pro narrows its sensing scope enabling it to see in more detail and fly through small spaces.
What is FlightAutonomy?
FlightAutonomy is an advanced aerial intelligence and flight automation platform. It is made up of a complex network of ten component groups including seven cameras — forward, rearward and downward dual vision sensors and the primary camera — an infrared sensing system, dual-band satellite positioning (GPS and GLONASS), two downward facing ultrasonic rangefinders, redundant IMUs and compasses, and a group of powerful, specialized computing cores. The Phantom 4 Pro acquires a real-time view of its environment and information about the height and position of nearby obstacles to create a 3D map it can locate itself within. The IMU and compasses collect crucial flight status, speed and direction data, while redundant IMUs and compasses monitor critical data and rule out possible errors, dramatically enhancing the reliability of flight.
Infrared Sensing System
The Phantom 4 Pro is the first DJI aircraft to use an infrared sensing system. Placed on the left, and right sides of the aircraft, these measure the distance between the aircraft and any obstacles using infrared 3D scanning. When in Beginner Mode and Tripod Mode, these sensors have a horizontal field of view of 70° and a vertical field of view of 20°, providing a wide view of the scene to the sides of the Phantom, and a maximum range of 23ft (7m). Traditional ultrasonic sensors only have a detection range of 3-5m and may be confused when affected by propeller vibration or when sensing uneven surfaces. The infrared sensing system is able to sense larger areas and measure the distance between the aircraft, identifying the closest objects accurately while avoiding interference, providing more reliable sensing and protection.
The Phantom 4 Pro controller integrates an upgraded Lightbridge HD video transmission system that adds 5.8 GHz transmission support. The ability to choose between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz allows pilots to cut through interference and eliminates image lag caused when flying in an area with extensive 2.4GHz frequency use. Normally, Wi-Fi video transmission systems use a 2.4GHz frequency to work with a controller using a 5.8GHz frequency as this prevents interference that can occur when both use the same frequency. If using the same frequency the video transmission system and the remote controller will interfere with each other, causing image lag. The use of two different frequencies has drawbacks in terms of flight performance. For example, flight performance will be affected when either of the two frequencies suffer interference.
The Lightbridge HD video transmission system used in the Phantom 4 Pro uses TDM (Time Division Multiplexing) to transmit signals, allowing it to send controller signals and receive video transmission signals at the same frequency. As the 2.4GHz frequency band is often affected by Wi-Fi, 4G cell towers, and other types of interference in urban areas, a 5.8GHz band will increase transmission reliability. When switched on, the Phantom 4 Pro evaluates local signal levels, automatically choosing the transmission frequency with the lowest level of interference. This ensures the optimum range of a maximum video transmission of 4.3mi (7km)
Draw - Draw is a brand new technology for waypoint control. Simply draw a route on screen and the Phantom 4 Pro will move in that direction while keeping its altitude locked. This allows the pilot to focus on camera control and enables more complex shots. There are two Draw modes that can be used in different scenarios. In Standard the aircraft follows the route at a constant speed with the camera facing in the direction of flight. In the Free aircraft only moves along the route when instructed. In this mode, the camera can face in any direction during a flight.
ActiveTrack - The Phantom 4 Pro automatically recognizes subjects, follows and captures them as they move, making it easier to get complex shots. Following fast-moving objects can be very challenging, but advanced image recognition algorithms used by the Phantom 4 Pro allow it to recognize and track the object while keeping it in frame. This new algorithm also recognizes more subjects, from people to vehicles to animals, and will adjust its flight dynamics to match, ensuring smoother shots.
TapFly - Fly in any direction visible on-screen with a simple tap. Tap anywhere on-screen to smoothly adjust the direction of flight while automatically avoiding obstacles * and tap the screen again or use control sticks to change direction. A new AR route function shows the aircraft’s real-time flight direction for reference as its route is adjusted. As it can be difficult to control altitude, course, speed and camera pitch simultaneously using joysticks, TapFly Free allows a pilot to set the direction of flight, allowing them to turn the Phantom 4 Pro or tilt the gimbal as required without changing the direction of flight.
Return to Home - In its upgraded Return to Home mode, the Phantom 4 Pro can automatically choose the best route to return home depending on environmental conditions. It records its route as it flies, allowing it to return along the same route avoiding obstacles if the control signal is disconnected.
Based on its altitude at the time of disconnection, the Phantom 4 Pro is also able to adjust its flight path to avoid obstacles it has seen during its flight. At takeoff, the Phantom 4 Pro will record the scene below and compare its recording with what it sees as it returns, for more precise landing. It can also detect the ground to see whether there is suitable spot for landing. If any obstacles are found, or there is water on the ground, it will alert the pilot and hover at an appropriate height, helping the aircraft to land more safely.
Gesture Mode - Using Gesture Mode, selfies can be captured easily using a few gestures without the remote controller. Advanced computer vision technology allows the Phantom 4 Pro to take instructions through gestures. The subject simply lifts their arms when facing the camera and the aircraft will recognize this movement by locking on and placing the subject in the center of the frame. When ready for a photo, the subject holds their arms out to signal the aircraft. A three second countdown will begin, making time to strike a pose, allowing moments to be captured without the remote control.
The Phantom 4 Pro features dual compass modules and dual IMU units, making it more reliable when compared to many hexacopters and octocopers. Compasses and IMUs are important sensors to ensure a stable flight and the Phantom 4 Pro constantly compares the data it receives through both pairs. This data is run through advanced algorithms to check accuracy and any inaccurate data is simply discarded without affecting flight, keeping flight steady and reliable.
Professional aerial imaging benefits from longer flight times. The Phantom 4 Pro has a maximum flight time of 30 minutes, providing more time in the air to capture the perfect shot. The DJI GO app shows battery lifetime and calculates remaining flight times according to distance traveled and more. It will give alerts when it reaches a minimum safe amount required for a safe journey back to the takeoff point. An advanced battery management system is also in place to prevent overcharging and over draining. When placed in longer term storage, batteries will discharge power to maintain good health.
When shooting aerials, the remote controller is responsible for most physical controls including piloting and capture. However, more challenging shoots require a real-time video feed, vital flight statistics and advanced settings. These are traditionally handled through a smart device, making the smart device essential to aerial imaging. The DJI GO app is optimized for aerials and is updated along with the aircraft to ensure all features are supported. It can be used on smart devices and is available to be integrated into the DJI CrystalSky monitor, providing simple and convenient control.
Using the DJI GO app, a large number of Intelligent Flight Modes are available. It also provides access to full manual camera controls, including ISO, aperture, shutter speed, image formats, and more. Any changes in DJI GO will appear almost instantly on-screen. Vital flight data and video transmission status are easy to check in-app, further enhancing control efficiency and convenience.
DJI GO includes editing features for quick editing and sharing to social media and even live streaming. After each flight, flight routes and data are automatically recorded and synchronized to the attached DJI GO account, keeping it readily accessible for you to review. Both flight logs and data are easy to record and review.Customer Advisory:
It is your responsibility to be familiar with the Transport Canada rules that apply to operating your UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) or "flying camera". Please be advised that if you operate your UAV for any reason other than recreation enjoyment, you will require a Special Flight Operation Certificate, as per Canadian Aviation Regulations. For more information, please contact your local Transport Canada office and visit their web page on Unmanned Air Vehicles.Liability Disclaimer:
The Camera Store is not responsible for any damage, injury, or warranty claim that occurs with or in connection with any flying cameras purchased. UAV systems require careful training and preparation to use safely. Do not use a UAV if you are not properly trained or qualified, or are unsure of your equipment. The Camera Store does not assume responsibility for any loss, damage, or injury due to the use or misuse of a flying camera. Please be aware that the purchaser/operator assumes all liability and responsible for:
1. Damages to property and persons from the equipment
2. Improper use of the equipment
3. Any indirect or consequential damage related to the use of a UAV
4. Ensuring proper configuration, including Wi-Fi configuration, and maintenance.
5. Complying to all local and federal laws which may regulate the use of flying cameras in your area.
It is highly recommended that the purchaser and/or operator have proper liability insurance coverage at all times in the event that your use of the UAV damages property or hurts a person or other living creature.The Camera Storeʼs UAV Return Policy:
All sales of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles, drones, and flying cameras) are final.There are no returns on UAVs and exchanges will only occur if the unit is DOA. DOA is defined as a brand new unit that will not turn on, or a brand new unit that does function properly prior to first flight (e.g. lights will not turn on). Once a UAV has been used it cannot be exchanged.The Camera Storeʼs UAV Warranty Information
The DJI Phantoms have a 1 year manufacturerʼs warranty, with the exception of propellers,which are not covered under warranty. The manufacturerʼs warranty only covers manufacturerʼs defects.Frequently Asked QuestionsCan I return my Phantom if it is not functioning properly?
All Sales of UAVs are final sales. There are no returns on UAVs, and exchanges will only occur if the unit is DOA.What should I do prior to my first flight?
Read all the literature provided and go onto the following website for ʻout of the box setupʼ and ʻfirst flightʼ instruction. Check that all electrical connections, rotors, screws, nuts and bolts are all connected properly. We highly recommend the use of propeller guards.Check for any firmware updates before any planned flight. What is the first flight I should take?
The first flights should be training flights to familiarize the pilot with the controls. DJI Phantom supplies an exercise book that provides a number of exercises. These should be conducted in open areas, away from obstacles and people.Can I fly my Phantom by myself?
For recreational purposes Transport Canada requires that the UAV is always in sight and flies no higher than 400m. Keep in mind the pilot will also be checking their monitor so it is advisable to have a second person who can have eyes on the UAV at all times.Can I fly my UAV indoors?
No, there will be no GPS hook up and controlling the unit in indoors environment is very difficult.What do I need for a safe flight?
Make sure that the UAV has GPS connectivity and has locked on to multiple satellites.Be aware that flying near structures such as buildings and trees can interfere with the satellite signal. Also be aware that your UAV cannot detect these structures so fly with caution and always have eyes on the UAV.Who is responsible if my UAV crashes or gets lost?
The pilot/operator is 100% responsible for all damages and loss of the unit.