With the Phantom 4 Quadcopter, DJI continues to cement its place as an innovator in advanced drone technology. The DJI Phantom 4 features include forward sense-and-avoid capability, enhanced smart modes such as tap-to-fly and active track, a 28 minute maximum flight time and sport mode which allows it to fly at up to 45 miles per hour.
Safety and Performance
The Phantom 4's collision avoidance capability and smart flight modes help you focus less on flying the aircraft and more on getting the video or image you want. Its forward facing collision avoidance combines sensors with advanced computer vision technology to allow the Phantom 4 to detect obstacles in its path and then maneuver to avoid them.
TapFly does just what it says. Simply tap where you want the Phantom 4 to go on the live view of your smart device screen and it will fly in that direction, avoiding obstacles along the way.
With ActiveTrack, the Phantom 4 will recognize and follow your subject, keeping them in frame without requiring the subject to carry any sort of beacon or tracking device.
On the other end of the spectrum, you can enable Sport mode and the Phantom 4 to fly at up to 45 miles per hour, allowing you to capture exciting video of fast moving subjects. (Warning: Obstacle avoidance is not available in Sport Mode)
To attach the propeller to the Phantom 4, simply push and twist, locking it into place. Remove it the same way. With this mechanism, you can be sure your propellers will remain with the aircraft in spite of the harsh turning forces required to fly, even at high speeds.
The Phantom 4 uses both GPS and GLONASS satellites for positioning as well as dual compass and inertial measurement units. When low to the ground, it also uses optical flow technology to maintain its height, allowing it to maintain stable flight indoors or when satellites are unavailable.
The Phantom 4's newly redesigned camera allows you to shoot sharp, clean video in up to 4K at 30fps and Full HD 1080p at 120fps for slow motion. Photographers can shoot still images in 12 megapixel Adobe DNG RAW. A range of video color profiles are available to help you get the look you want easily, from bright vibrant colors to professional flat profiles including D-Log and Cine-D that are ready for video post-production.
Each Phantom 4 Package comes with:
- Phantom 4 with integrated gimbal and camera
- Protective case
- Intelligent flight battery
- Remote controller
- 2 sets of propellers
- USB OTG cable and Micro-USB cable
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|Weight (Including Battery)||3.04 lbs (1380g)|
35.8 mph (ATTI Mode)
44.7 mph (Sport Mode)
|Max Ascent Speed||
9 mph (Sport Mode)
|Max Descent Speed||
13.4 mph (Sport Mode)
|Max Service Ceiling (MSL)||
|Max Flight Time||
GPS / GLONASS
|Obstacle Sensor Range||
2 - 49' (0.7 - 15m)
|Operating Environment||Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting ( lux > 15)|
|Lens||F/2.8 20mm (94 deg FOV)|
|ISO Range||100 - 3200 (video) 100-1600 (photo)|
|Electronic Shutter Speed||8s to 1/8000s|
|Max Image Size||4000x3000|
|Video Recording Modes||
UHD: 4096x2160 (4k) 24/25p
3840x2160 (4k) 24/25/30p
FHD: 1920x1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p
HD: 1280x720 24/25/30/48/50/60p
|Still Photography Modes||
Burst Shooting (3 / 5 / 7 frames)
Auto Exposure Bracketing (3 / 5)
Bracketed Frames at 0.7 EV Bias
|Max Video Bitrate||
|Supported Files Systems||
FAT32 , exFAT
MP4 / MOV (MPEG4 AVC / H.264)
JPG, DNG (RAW)
|Gimbal Pitch Range||
-90 to +30 Degrees
Intelligent Flight Battery
|Battery Type||Lithium Polymer 4S|
|Max Chargin Power||
|Operating Frequency||2.400 to 2.483 GHz|
|Max Transmission Distance||FCC Compliant : 3.1 mi (5km) when unobstructed, free of inteference|
|Battery||6000 mAh LiPo 25|
|Transmitter Power (EIRP)||FCC: 23 dBm|
|Operating Voltage||7.4V @ 1.2A|
DJI Phantom 4 - Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is ActiveTrack?
ActiveTrack allows an aircraft to track a moving subject without a separate GPS tracker. Tap on the mobile device screen inside the DJI GO app to select the subject to be tracked. The aircraft will lock on the subject and start tracking it automatically from a safe distance.2. What is TapFly?
TapFly means you can fly in any direction with a tap of the finger. With Obstacle Avoidance turned on, the aircraft will automatically avoid obstacles, slow down or hover when required, provided that the scene is bright enough ( < 300 lux) or too bright ( > 10,000 lux).
3. What is the Phantom 4 Obstacle Sensing System?
The Phantom 4 is equipped with an Obstacle Sensing System that constantly scans for obstacles in front of it, allowing it to avoid collisions by going around, over or hovering.
4. Why does the Phantom 4 have a magnesium core?
The revolutionary magnesium core embedded into the aircraft reduces weight and greatly increases rigidity, minimizing unwanted vibrations. This ensures the precision and performance of the inertial measurement unit (IMU).
5. What changes were made to the Phantom 4 remote?
The Phantom 4 introduces a Sport mode, accessible through a new trio of modes, P, S and A. P (Position) mode is the standard mode, giving access to normal flight as well as Intelligent Flight Modes, ActiveTrack and TapFly. S (Sport) Mode unlocks maximum flight speeds of up to 45mph (72kmh). A (Attitude) Mode remains the same and removes satellite stabilization in flight. It allows the Phantom to move more smoothly and naturally. The ‘Playback’ button on the top right of the remote controller has been changed into a ‘Pause’ button that lets you put the Phantom into hover during any Intelligent Flight Mode, ActiveTrack or TapFly with a tap.
6. What improvements have been made to the Phantom 4 Vision Positioning Unit?
The Vision Positioning System now uses four sensors to increase hovering accuracy and reliability, creating a more controlled flying experience. Its sonar system has been improved and now functions from up to 10 meters off the ground. In ideal situations, these combine to give the Phantom 4 Vision Positioning System a vertical hover accuracy of +/- 0.1 m and a horizontal hover accuracy of +/- 0.3 m.
7. What is the effective range of the Obstacle Sensing System on Phantom 4?
The effective range of the Obstacle Sensing System is 0.7 to 15 meters. Although the DJI GO app will indicate when there are obstacles present, pilots should always pay attention to the aircraft during flight.
8. Does Obstacle Sensing System work in all modes?
The Obstacle Sensing System can be enabled in ActiveTrack, TapFly, Normal mode and all Intelligent Navigation functions.
9. How many minutes of flight time can Phantom 4 achieve with the new Intelligent Flight Battery?
At sea level in calm environments when flying in ATTI mode, the Phantom 4 can achieve 28 minute flight times. This will vary due to different flight patterns, weather conditions and altitudes.
10. What makes the Phantom 4 camera better?
The Phantom 4 camera has improved image quality. Chromatic aberration has been reduced by 56% and lens distortion had been reduced by 36% compared to Phantom 3 Professional. In addition to lens improvements, camera firmware has been tweaked to enable the camera to capture 120fps video in full 1080p FHD (the camera’s field of view will be reconfigured to 47° when recording in this mode) for smooth slow motion.
11. What are the highlights of the Phantom 4 remote control and live feed?
The Phantom 4’s remote control and live feed are based on DJI Lightbridge technology, providing effective control range of up to 3.1mi (5km) in unobstructed areas that are free from interference. Its HD live feed gives you an exact view of your flight, perfect for composing shots.
12. Does the Phantom 4 have Return-to-Home?
Yes. It also has Smart Return Home which engages the Obstacle Sensing System during return to home flight. If the aircraft sees an obstacle on its way back, it will intelligently avoid it as it comes home.
13. What is the difference between Sport Mode and ATTI Mode?
Phantom 4 can fly up to 44.7mph (72kph) in Sport Mode while in ATTI Mode it can fly up to 35.8mph (57.6kph). Phantom 4 will use GPS/Glonass and its Vision Positioning System to achieve precision while hovering. In ATTI Mode, GPS and Vision Positioning System will not function to aid the aircraft in terms of hovering or navigation.
14. In ActiveTrack, how do you untrack the subject? What happens to the aircraft after you stop tracking?
Tap the Stop button on the left of the screen or pull the pitch stick backward for 3 seconds to exit ActiveTrack. After exiting, the aircraft will hover in place.
15. How small an object can the Obstacle Sensing System see?
The minimum pixel size that the Obstacle Sensing system can see is 500 pixels.
16. What is ActiveTrack’s minimum altitude?
ActiveTrack will work down to 6ft (2m) above the ground when the aircraft is switched to P mode.