DJI launches the DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter, the first consumer quadcopter camera to use highly advanced computer vision and sensing technology to make professional aerial imaging easier for everyone.
The Phantom 4 expands on previous generations of DJI’s iconic Phantom line by adding new on-board intelligence that make piloting and shooting great shots simple through features like its Obstacle Sensing System, ActiveTrack and TapFly functionality.
The Obstacle Sensing System features two forward-facing optical sensors that scan for obstacles and automatically direct the aircraft around the impediment when possible, reducing risk of collision, while ensuring flight direction remains constant. Obstacle avoidance also engages if the user triggers the drone’s “Return to Home” function to reduce the risk of collision when automatically flying back to its take off point.
With ActiveTrack, the Phantom 4 breaks new ground, allowing users running the DJI Go app to follow and keep the camera centred on the subject as it moves simply by tapping the subject on their smartphone or tablet. Perfectly-framed shots of moving joggers or cyclists, for example, simply require activating the ActiveTrack mode in the app. The Phantom 4 understands three-dimensional images and uses machine learning to keep the object in the shot, even when the subject changes its shape or turns while moving. Users have full control over camera movement while in ActiveTrack mode, and can even move the camera around the object while it is in motion as the Phantom 4 keeps the subject framed in the centre of the shot autonomously.
By using the TapFly function in the DJI Go app, users can double-tap a destination for their Phantom 4 on the screen, and the Phantom 4 calculates an optimal flight route to reach the destination, while avoiding any obstructions in its path. Tap another spot and the Phantom 4 will smoothly transition towards that destination making even the beginner pilot look like a seasoned professional.
The Phantom 4’s camera, still the world’s best aerial-optimised 4K imaging device, has undergone an upgrade that includes improved optics for better corner sharpness and reduced chromatic aberration. The Phantom 4 also has DJI’s signature Lightbridge video transmission system onboard, allowing users to see what their camera sees in HD and in real-time on their smart devices at a distance up to 5km.
The Phantom 4’s form factor, still the classic quadcopter style pioneered by DJI, has been redesigned and redefined to emphasise elegance and smoother, more-aerodynamic lines. Its frame incorporates a lightweight composite core to provide enhanced stability and more-agile flight. The core now features a redesigned gimbal that provides more stability and vibration dampening, and has been repositioned for a better centre of gravity and to reduce the risk of propellers getting in the shot.
Refinements to motor efficiency, power management and a new intelligent battery have extended the Phantom 4’s flight time to 28 minutes, which means more time in the air to capture professional photos and video.
In addition to intelligence and ease-of-use, the Phantom 4 is built for fun. Its new “Sport Mode” for advanced flyers gives a taste of what drone racing feels like. In “Sport Mode,” the Phantom 4 can fly 20 meters per second and ascends and descends more rapidly than in other modes. The craft’s acceleration and top speed in “Sport Mode” also mean it can reach locations for shots faster and capture shots you couldn’t get before.
- Avoid obstacles automatically
- Track moving subjects automatically using ActiveTrack
- TapFly lets you fly with a tap of the finger
- Smart Return Home allows the Phantom to avoid obstacles as it returns home
- 28 minute maximum flight time, maximum control range of 5km
- Maximum speed of 72kmh
- Integrated gimbal for greater camera stability and smoother footage
- Optimised Vision Positioning System raises positioning altitude up to 10 meters
Revolutionary Materials And Enhanced Agility
The Phantom 4’s magnesium skeleton reduces weight while keeping stiffness at a maximum to minimise vibration. The new core design lifts the centre of gravity closer to the Phantom 4’s heart, improving balance, making it more agile and impressively precise.
Multiple Flight Modes
Switching flight modes to meet your needs, whether you are looking for simplicity and intelligent navigation, speed or smooth cinematic movements is easy.
Fly Far For Longer
Fly for 28 minutes, an increase in effective flight time of 25% from the Phantom 3 Professional. Enjoy 3.1mi (5km) of range, with complete control and a live 720p HD view of everything the camera sees.
Sense And Avoid
Front obstacle sensors combine with advanced computer vision and processing to give the Phantom active obstacle avoidance that allows it to react to and avoid obstacles in its path. Additionally, DJI’s Vision Positioning System has been refined, increasing its effective altitude by over 300% from the Phantom 3’s altitude to 10 meters and sharpening up its positioning capabilities, allowing for greater security and confidence when flying indoors.
The Phantom 4 reacts to your touch. In TapFly mode, simply tap on the live view on your smart device screen to send it flying in that direction. With Obstacle Sensing Systems you can watch it fly without worry.
Using ActiveTrack, the Phantom 4 will recognise your subject, follow them naturally, and keep them in the frame. No GPS bracelet, tracker or beacon required.
High Performance Camera
Shoot sharp, clean video in up to 4K at 30fps and Full HD 1080p at 120fps for slow motion, through a newly designed lens that dramatically increases sharpness.
Professional Post Production
A range of video colour profiles are available to help you get the look you want easily, from bright vibrant colours to professional flat profiles including D-Log and Cine-D that are ready for video post-production. Photographers can shoot images in 12 megapixel Adobe DNG RAW.
An advanced 3-axis gimbal takes out unwanted vibration and movement in-flight, enabling the camera to capture smooth and fluid footage even during complex manoeuvres.
Beginner flyers should build confidence by flying low and close. Beginner mode prevents new pilots from going beyond their skills. An adjustable maximum height and distance can also be set when flying skills improve.
Intelligent Flight Positioning
The Phantom 4 connects to both GPS and GLONASS, allowing it to connect to satellites faster and position itself with extreme accuracy in the air.
Customisable Remote Controller
All the controls on the Phantom 4 can be completely customised to match your flying style, from control stick sensitivity to the functionality of dedicated buttons.
Newly designed prop mounts allow each prop to be securely locked in place with a push and a twist and released just as easily. This locking mechanism allows the propeller to withstand harsh turning forces.
DJI Go & SDK Support
DJI GO is all you need to fly, create, share, and connect. Compatible with the Phantom series, Inspire series, Osmo and more. In addition, through the DJI SDK, the Phantom 4 is open to software and hardware development.
|Weight (Including Battery)||1380 g|
|Max Ascent Speed||6 m/s (Sport mode)|
|Max Descent Speed||4 m/s (Sport mode)|
|Max Speed||20 m/s (Sport mode)|
|Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level||(6000 m)|
|Max Flight Time||Approx. 28 minutes|
|Operating Temperature Range||0° to 40° C|
|Satellite Systems||GPS / GLONASS|
|Hovering Accuracy||Vertical: +/- 0.1 m (when Vision Positioning is active) or +/-0.5 m Horizontal: +/- 0.3 m (when Vision Positioning is active) or +/-1.5 m|
|OBSTACLE SENSING SYSTEM|
|Obstacle Sensory Range||0.7 - 15 m|
|Operating Environment||Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (lux > 15)|
|Sensor||1/2.3” Effective pixels:12 M|
|Lens||FOV ( Field Of View ) 94° 20 mm ( 35 mm format equivalent ) f/2.8 focus at ∞|
|ISO Range||100 - 3200 ( video ) 100 - 1600 ( photo )|
|Electronic Shutter Speed||8 s to 1/8000 s|
|Max Image Size||4000×3000|
|Still Photography Modes||Single shot Burst shooting: 3 / 5 / 7 frames Auto Exposure Bracketing ( AEB ): 3 / 5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias Time-lapse HDR|
|Video Recording Modes||UHD: 4096×2160 (4K) 24 / 25p 3840×2160 (4K) 24 / 25 / 30p 2704×1520 (2.7K) 24 / 25 / 30p FHD: 1920×1080 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60 / 120p HD: 1280×720 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60p|
|Max Video Bitrate||60 Mbps|
|Supported File Systems||FAT32 ( ≤ 32 GB ); exFAT ( > 32 GB )|
|Photo||JPEG, DNG ( RAW )|
|Video||MP4 / MOV ( MPEG – 4 AVC / H.264 )|
|Supported SD Cards||Micro SD, Max capacity: 64GB. Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required|
|Operating Temperature||0° to 40° C|
|Controllable Range||Pitch: -90° to +30°|
|VISION POSITIONING SYSTEM|
|Velocity Range||≤10 m/s ( 2 m above ground )|
|Altitude Range||0 - 10 m|
|Operating Range||0 - 10 m|
|Operating Environment||Surfaces with a clear pattern and adequate lighting (lux > 15)|
|Operating Frequency||2.400 GHz to 2.483 GHz|
|Max Transmission Distance||FCC Compliant: 3.1 mi ( 5 km ); CE Compliant: 2.2 mi ( 3.5 km )( Unobstructed, free of interference )|
|Operating Temperature||0° to 40° C|
|Battery||6000 mAh LiPo 2S|
|Transmitter Power ( EIRP )||FCC: 23 dBm; CE: 17 dBm|
|Operating Voltage||7.4V @ 1.2A|
|INTELLIGENT FLIGHT BATTERY ( PH4 - 5350 MAH -15.2 V )|
|Battery Type||LiPo 4S|
|Net Weight||462 g|
|Operating Temperature||-10° to 40° C|
|Max Charging Power||100 W|
|Rated Power||100 W|