DJI Phantom 4 Review – Improving on its Predecessor in More Ways Than One

Published: 23 May 2016Updated: 28 May 2016

The DJI Phantom 4 is one of the many ways the drone-maker asserts its dominance in the consumer drone sector. This particular quadcopter refines the firm’s iconic design that has been found in its predecessors but now it has been a glossier finish and a more streamlined chassis. It contains all the features that has been found in the Phantom 3 Professional, and even adds on some new ones into the mix. One of which is a functionality that will stop the drone in its tracks, even in mid-flight, when it detects an obstacle up ahead.

DJI Phantom 4 Review - Improving on its Predecessor in More Ways Than One

The DJI Phantom 4 May be Pricey, But it Does Tick the Right Boxes

As mentioned earlier, the DJI Phantom 4 retains the same basic format and design as the Phantom 3 series that came before it. But this time around, the white plastic shell has been given a more streamlined look in order to improve its aerodynamics and its fashion sense. The drone measures in at 7 x 11.5 x 11.5-inches for its dimensions and weighs 3-pounds. Therefore, those who are flying it in the United States would still have to register it with the FAA first.

Still, the DJI Phantom 4 Drone is still a surprisingly compact quadcopter, and a functional one at that. It also comes with a carrying case for its standard packaging. In its case, there’s room for the drone itself, its remote, the charger, the propellers, as well as a couple of spare batteries. Speaking of batteries, only one is included with the purchase but those who need another can purchase one more separately.

Its gimbal has been redesigned from its predecessor and the flexible shock mount can now be located inside the chassis. The camera is secured at both the left and right sides of the chassis. As for the camera’s movement, it can tilt up and down, and the attachment point towards the drone allows for a rather modest left and right movement.

When taking this particular quadcopter for a spin, there are two distinct ways to control it. One is by the use of the basic control sticks on the remote control to make for a traditional method of flight. The other is that you can go for one of the quadcopter’s automated flight modes to let it fly by itself.

Overall, the DJI Phantom 4 is a significant improvement from its predecessor, but it is still not readily available for just about any drone enthusiast. It has a high price point which means you might have to put a few dents into your bank account first.


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