Recommended Accessories for the DJI Phantom 4 Pro
DJI Care Refresh offers you one year of coverage against crashes and damage for up to 2 accidents. For an initial payment for $149 you get the peace of mind should you ever have anything happen to your Phantom 4 Pro. In my opinion this is the number one accessory for any DJI product. There is a deductible of $99 for the first crash and $149 for the second. Shipping is covered and DJI will send you a brand new aircraft.
The Taco RC Phantom 4 Pro filters are a must-have to get the most out of the photo and video capabilities of your Phantom 4 Pro.
Quick mounting and releasing. Fast, powerful thrust, well balanced
The DJI Goggles offer an immersive FPV, a pair of 1920×1080 HD screens and a head tracking feature, enabling you to look at the world from above.
- Max 30-min flight time
- View battery status via DJI GO app
- Self-discharge protection
- Over-charge and discharge protection
Propeller protection for safer flight
The Hoodman 3ft landing pad is a great way to extend the life of your DJI Phantom 4 Pro. During takeoff and landing you will be blowing all kinds of dust and dirt onto the camera/gimbal and onto the aircraft body. This landing pad will prevent all of this grit from impairing the moving parts of your copter. It is also very easy to see from the air and navigate back to right where you took off.
The charging hub allows you to charge four batteries together, so you don’t have to swap batteries every hour. When one has finished it will move on to charging the next. Topping off your most full battery first.
If you are like me and you are pretty rough on things then you will definitely want to invest in a more protective case for your DJI Phantom 4 Pro. The GPC cases are amazing. They are a pelican case on steroids. The closed cell foam is ultra-protective. The case is waterproof and has its own pressure regulation valve for traveling. You could throw this case out of the plane, use it as a flotation device to swim to safety, and then go fly your DJI Phantom 4 Pro 🙂
Output video in real-time to professional equipment
The write speed up to 60MB/s, and supports 4K video recording at 60fps for up to 80 minutes.
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro a professional aerial photography drone
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is one of the most amazing aerial photography platforms for the price. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro boasts a 20 megapixel 1″ senor. Capable of shooting 4K@60FPS in H.264 and 4k30FPS in H.265 . You can easily get a 4 second night exposure while in flight with the amazing stabilization system on the DJI Phantom 4 Pro. It’s basically a flying Sony RX100 or a Lumix GH4 as far as quality goes.
What makes the DJI Phantom 4 Pro the best of the best?
When you buy the DJI brand, which has always been the industry leader in aerial photography and video equipment, you get it all! The DJI Phantom 4 Pro has tons of features and intelligent flight modes to make this the easiest drone you have ever flown. TheDJI Phantom 4 Pro includes a visual positioning system (VPS) which consists of 2 cameras and 2 sonar units facing downwards so when you are indoors and don’t have a GPS signal it will be constantly taking pictures and pinging sonar to make sure of its position and altitude. I would happily take off in a 5ft by 5ft space in my living room and set the controller down, grab a cup of coffee, come back, and see that it is still waiting for me at a hover right where I left it. The positioning on this drone is unbelievably accurate. When you are outdoors it will be using not only the VPS at low altitude but the 2 GPS/Glonass units to precisely determine its position via 10+ satellites. It also has automatic return-to-home should you ever loose signal, at which point it will come back to the point of take off. If you aren’t the best pilot just yet the DJI Phantom 4 Pro also includes 5- way obstacle sensing and avoidance system. The forward and rear-facing sensors will be active all the time as long as you have them enabled in the setting menu. The side-facing infrared sensors will only be active in “Tripod” or “Beginner” mode. One nice feature of the side-facing infrared sensors is that they work at night!
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro delivers professional quality photo and video
Lets talk a bit about the camera, The DJI Phantom 4 Pro has a 1” CMOS sensor capable of taking 20MP still and shooting 4K video at 60FPS at a 100 bitrate. One of the biggest camera feature of the Phantom 4 Pro isnan adjustable aperture of 8.8 mm/24 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8 – f/11 . This camera also features a true mechanical shutter so no more rolling shutter or bent telephone pole pictures when you are cruising along and want to snap a quick still.
Intelligent Flight Modes of the DJI Phantom 4 Pro
I’m not going to cover all of the intelligent flight modes of the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, just some of my favorite and seemingly most useful ones so far.
“Tripod” mode is probably the most useful flight modes with the Phantom 4 Pro because it enables the side obstacle avoidance sensors which work at night or low light because they are infrared sensors. This flight mode will limit your maximum speed to around 3 MPH so you can get some great cinematic shots. I have also used this with the Lume Cube – Drone Mount Kit for DJI Phantom 4 to do some roof inspections during the evening.
In close second is “Point of Interest”, this flight mode has to be one of my favorite for doing real estate videos. All you do is point the camera straight down and fly over the center point you want to use as the focus point. Save the point, then fly out to a distance and altitude that you like and save that point. Now you can select left or right and a speed and the DJI Phantom 4 Pro will orbit the center point and you can get a great shot of an entire property from all sides.
Next is “TapFly” you can have the DJI Phantom 4 Pro fly to a selected location simply by clicking the screen. I love having the DJI Mavic Pro face me and go backward and up about 100ft while keeping me in frame to give a great idea of perspective of my location.
“Gesture” mode is awesome. It basicly makes the DJI Phantom 4 Pro behave like its on a tripod. It will not move location but it will track with the camera and pan and tilt to keep a subject in frame. All you have to do to get the DJI Phantom 4 Pro’s attention is to put both hands in the air, like the “Y” in “YMCA”. It will then lock on to you and you can move while the DJI Phantom 4 Pro tracks you. You can even que a time delayed selfie by making a square with you hands.
“Active Track” will trace cars, bikes, people, boats, and four legged friends using a contrast based algorithm. If your black lab is laying on the black tile floor its not going to work well. You also want to make sure that you are out of the way of possible obstacles because the DJI Phantom 4 Pro will be following you either from the front, back, orbiting, or keeping your subject in frame as you fly.
Power and Performance
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is rated at 30mins of flight at sea level with its 5870mah Intelligent Flight battery. Here at a mile above sea level its getting a lot more like 24 mins which is still more than plenty of time to get great footage. The maximum operational ceiling is 1650 feet above the controller even though you shouldn’t be more than 400ft above ground level. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro doesn’t like to take off about 16k feet because the air is just too thin. I’ve hit 55.6mph in sport mode which is a hair above the rating from DJI.