Tested: DJI Phantom 4 Review

After flying DJI’s Phantom 4 quadcopter for a month, we share our evaluations of this new drone’s ambitious features: the new obstacle avoidance system, active subject tracking, sport mode, and increased battery life. Here’s why we think you’re better off buying last year’s Phantom 3 model.

Shot by Joey Fameli and edited by Norman Chan

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7 thoughts on “Tested: DJI Phantom 4 Review

  1. Well done Norm! I agree 100% with your review even though I do not have the P4. I have the P3A just purchasing it in December last year and very happy with the features it has compared to the P4.

  2. those were done on Treasure Island, an old naval base between San Francisco and Oakland. One of my favorite (and most comfortable) places to fly in the bay area!

  3. Norm, I realized that after a quick map search. Looks perfect for drones and mythbusting. Are the Barracks still Used? Considering what housing and office space cost you would think that somebody would want to lease the island.

  4. Absolutely agree with Norm’s conclusions. As a photographer, I am less concerned about battery life (though more would be better) than the camera system, it’s controls and the stability of the platform. Next up is protection of the expensive craft itself (and safety measures). Sense-and-avoid will be the killer app for future drones, but Norm is right…. it needs to be 360-degrees (also on 3 axes)

    . Another year or so. My Phantom 3 Professional is solid, safe and reliable. Definitely my recommendation for aerial photography. As far as subject tracking, I think DJI would have been better served with a hardware solution versus software. A small tracking receiver the size of a wristwatch would have been far more accurate for tracking.

  5. Every time I see DJI I read it as DUI…

    When will we see people getting fined for flying drones while inebriated?

  6. Thanks Norm, I was about to make this purchase, but based on your advice I am saving a bunch of money and doing either a 3a or 3p. Thanks for the great work.

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