Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 Vs. Mavic 2 Pro

Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 Vs. Mavic 2 Pro: Which Drone Should You Buy?

Integrating cutting-edge technology, engineering, and innovation into highly efficient drones has been a continuous goal at DJI. With products like the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 and Mavic 2 Pro, the possibilities of aerial photography have been redefined for content creators. Both drones are equipped with incredible features and durable designs, ensuring pilots that their demands for photography and videography will always be met.Still, a question remains. Of the two drones, which is the best fit for your needs? In this article, we will compare the key features and highlights of both drones and help you to make the right purchasing decision. Let’s get started!Highlights​Phantom 4 Pro V2.0Mavic 2 Pro​DesignIconic Phantom ​Series DesignFoldable, Portable​Weight1375 g907 gDimensions251×398.78×172.72 mm214×91×84 mm (folded)​Stabilization​3-Axis Gimbal​3-Axis Gimbal​Video4K/60fps at 100 Mbps4K/30fps at 100 Mbps​Camera1-Inch CMOS, 20 MP, Mechanical Shutter1-Inch CMOS, 20 MPMax Transmission8 km8 kmMax Flight Time30 Minutes31 minutesObstacle Sensing5 DirectionsOmnidirectional(6 Directions)​Phantom 4 Pro V2.0       DesignIconic Phantom Series DesignLike all Phantom drones, the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is robust and features the iconic Phantom series design. ...
Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 unboxing

Phantom 4 Pro V2.0: Unboxing and Highlights

The iconic 4k camera drone that started it all is back! DJI has relaunched the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0, an exceptional drone that’s loaded with advanced performance features, making it a top choice for content creators and professionals.In this article, we’ll be unboxing a brand-new Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 to show you everything that comes with this amazing drone. We’ll also discuss some of the reasons why Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is an unrivaled option for creating professional-level aerial content.So, without any further delay, let’s take a look inside the box!Inside the BoxPhantom 4 Pro V2.0 x1Remote controller ×1Intelligent Flight Battery ×1Charger ×1Power cable ×1Propellers (Pairs) ×4Gimbal clamp ×1microSD card (32 GB) ×1 *Micro USB cable ×1Carrying case ×1* Some units may come with a 16 GB microSD card depending on the location of purchase.Highlights and Features4K/60fps1-Inch SensorMechanical Shutter30-Minute Max Flight TimeOcuSync 2.0 Transmission System5-Direction Obstacle SensingCamera PerformanceThe Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 comes equipped with a 3-axis motorized gimbal and a 1-inch 20MP CMOS sensor with a mechanical shutter that eliminates rolling shutter distortion.The camera’s optimized f/2.8 wide-angle lens captures more of the scene while delivering a high level of detail, vividness, and color accuracy.Capture videos and high-res slow-motion...

Phantom 3 vs. Mavic Air: The Evolution of DJI Drones

In today’s fierce global marketplace, companies need to adapt quickly and innovate to survive. DJI products have come an incredibly long way in a few short years, helping the company stay ahead of the competition. In April of 2015, DJI released the first two drones in their Phantom 3 series, the Phantom 3 Advanced and Professional. Less than three years later, the company unveiled the Mavic Air, a powerful, foldable, 4K drone that’s a fraction of the Phantom 3’s size with even more smart features and advanced hardware. To get an idea of just how much DJI technology has improved, let’s take a closer look at some key features of the Mavic Air and Phantom 3 Pro. Size Like with most technology, drones are getting smaller and smaller. Not long ago, the only UAVs for hobbyists were colossal and unwieldy fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters. DJI broke new ground with the Phantom, which was small enough to fit into a dedicated backpack, along with a couple of extra batteries and a controller. Drones like the Phantom 3 Pro are great, but they still take up a good deal of space, they weigh quite a bit, and traveling with one is certainly a commitment. Conversely, the...

DJI Phantom 3 (Pro) vs. Phantom 4 (Pro): Review of the Image Quality Comparison [Video Test]

Phantom series drones are probably DJI’s most widely recognized products. My first drone was a Phantom 3 Pro, and it couldn’t have served me any better while I had it. That being said, last year I picked up the latest model, the Phantom 4 Pro. There are some differences between these two models, but both drones are fabulous for any type of photography work. The question is, how do you decide which Phantom is right for you? Photo Quality Comparison When comparing the Phantom 3 vs. the Phantom 4, it makes sense to start with the cameras. The Phantom 3 Pro has a 12-megapixel camera, while the Phantom 4 Pro has a 20-megapixel camera with a slightly larger, 1” sensor. You will notice that the Phantom 4 Pro also produces sharper and brighter images than the Phantom 3 Pro. It also shoots at a higher ISO than the Phantom 3 Pro, while putting out less noise. These photos were shot in DNG (Learn what is DNG/RAW here), and I applied a slight correction to the color and distortion, but they are pretty close to the results straight out of the camera. ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/400s ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/800s ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/800s ISO 800, f/2.8,...

A Professional Choice: The Phantom 4 Pro vs Inspire 2

As we may all know, the Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 are two of DJI’s top professional-level drones. However, as a professional photographer, I know from experience the importance of choosing the right drone. So what sets these two drones apart from one another? The Phantom 4 Pro: Professional Quality in a Smaller Design The Phantom 4 Pro is a smaller drone with a 24 mm fixed focal length and 1” sensor, shooting still photos at 20 MP and 4K videos at up to 60fps (Related: The Phantom 4 Pro hands on ). To add to your creativity, it also offers a mechanical shutter for more control over the lens. This drone is capable of achieving flight times of up to 30 minutes, and with sensors on the bottom, front and sides of the aircraft, it has one of the most advanced sensor systems available. At a price point of around $1500, the Phantom 4 Pro is the ideal drone for any professional aerial photographer (Related: 8 Crucial Things to Know Before Buying a Photography Drone). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6BvN1vzUSI The Inspire 2: Full-Sized and Customizable for the Big-Screen The Inspire 2 is a much bigger drone with the capability of holding a micro 4/3 camera. With the...

Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian: Unboxing and Hands on

The New Phantom 4 Pro The Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian is the latest addition to DJI’s signature Phantom series. Retaining all the advanced flight and camera features of the Phantom 4 Pro, the P4P Obsidian also includes a new matte, dark gray shell, as well as a magnesium gimbal that has been electroplated and anti-fingerprint coated for the ultimate in renegade style. The   DJI P4P Obsidian has all the strong qualities of the Phantom 4 Pro. A 1” 20 MP CMOS sensor shoots 4K 60 fps video, as well as Burst mode stills at 14 fps. An advanced FlightAutonomy system adds dual rear vision sensors and infrared sensing systems to sense obstacles in five directions and avoid them in four. New additions include a sleek, matte gray finish on the body and magnesium, electroplated gimbal with an anti-fingerprint coating. The Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian is listed at the same price of the original P4P at USD $1,729 Unboxing: A Closer Look at P4P Obsidian Let’s take a closer look at everything you get when you receive your cool, new Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian. ▲ The Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian retains the same shake-resistant foam case of the Phantom Series. What's in the box? Taking out everything...
Phantom 3 SE vs Phantom 3 Standard

Phantom 3 SE vs Phantom 3 Standard

With the release of the Phantom 3 SE, you may be pondering which drone you should get out of a choice of Phantom 3 Standard $499 or the Phantom 3 SE $599.  This buying guide aims to make the differences between the two of them clear so that you can make the right decision based on your needs. So let's take a look at Phantom 3 SE vs Phantom 3 Standard. General Specifications There isn't much difference between the two drones in this category, so we shall look at what's the same first. Both drones have a max flight time of about 25 minutes and a max speed of 57 kph. The only real difference is the weight as the Phantom SE weighs a slightly heavier 1236g vs the Phantom 3 Standard 1216g. Transmission Distance and Remote Controllers Here the differences become clearer as the Phantom 3 SE has a max transmission range of 4 km vs the Phantom 3 Standard's of 1 km. This, of course, means you can fly the Phantom 3 SE much further giving you more flexibility when it comes to getting the shots you want. Also, the Mobile Device holders have different aesthetics with the Phantom 3 SE having a cool...
Phantom 3 SE Unboxing

DJI Phantom 3 SE Unboxing: Featuring a 4k Camera

The Phantom 3 SE (Special Edition) is the last of the Phantom 3 series and a befitting departure for the series with some great features at a great price ($599) for the specs. In this Phantom 3 SE unboxing, we will be taking a close look at the drone and the features that make it an impressive bit of engineering. Phantom 3 SE Unboxing The Phantom 3 SE comes in an easy to carry cardboard box that can be used for transporting the drone around. What's in the box In your box, you'll find  1 Phantom 3 SE, 1 Remote Controller, 1 Intelligent Flight Battery, 2 Set of propellers, 1 propeller bag, 1 battery charger and one manual. The Aircraft If you've seen any of the other Phantom 3 aircraft, you'll instantly recognize the design and spot that the key difference is the gold stripes on the aircraft.  The aircraft's 4 motors can get you a nippy maximum speed of 57 kph (35 mph) and even keep the Phantom 3 SE flying in strong winds. The propellers are also quick and simple to attach to the aircraft. The Camera The Phantom 3 SE’s camera shoots 4K 30 fps video and 12 MP photos, delivering impressively clear and detailed images....
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Infinite Road to Transylvania – Themed Aerial Photos Taken with the Mavic Pro and Phantom 4

My name's Calin Stan, and I'm a professional photographer, drone pilot, and the founder of TheDrone.ro. I've owned a Phantom 4 for over a year now, and I also own a Mavic. Recently, I won the second prize in the Dronestagram and National Geographic Aerial Photography Contest with one of the first pictures I took with my Phantom 4. While traveling with a client to Brasov from Bucharest, the winding roads of the DN1A inspired me to capture one section from the air with my Phantom 4. Much to my surprise, the picture went viral on social media. That's how my Infinite Road to Transylvania Project started. Realizing that Transylvanian roads were a fascinating subject, I decided to capture more of them with a themed project. Everybody knows Transylvania and the story of Dracula, so I had name recognition on my side. My idea was to show what a modern-day Dracula would see flying over the Transylvania, with highways and cars replacing the dirt roads carriages of the past. For this project, I used my DJI Phantom 4 and the DJI Mavic Pro, for some winter shots. The biggest challenge with shooting roads like these is that you can't always park where...

Low-light Phantom 4 vs Phantom 4 Pro Test – Lab Results

Low-light Test The video made by tester Chris So compared the low-light performance of Phantom 4 and new Phantom 4 Pro. Chris So deserves some kind of award. He braved freezing temperatures – twice – to set up the ultimate low-light comparison between the Phantom 4 and the new Phantom 4 Professional, which features a 1″-type “R” CMOS sensor. The P4 has 12.4 effective megapixels; the P4P 20 megapixels. What Chris wanted to see was how the images compared in terms of both low light and dynamic range. How deep would the blacks look? What will happen with the highlights? How much detail will there be in mid-tones? Overall, how do images taken by the two different cameras at the same place, at the same time, look when compared with one another? It’s one thing to look at the video (remember to check out the video description)—and another to look at the charts. Lab Results P4 vs. P4P We have shown you how these two cameras compare in the lab. We ran them through an exhaustive DxO analysis that clearly showed the Phantom 4 Pro was better in a whole variety of areas, including color sensitivity, low-light performance, and more. For those of you who...

Phantom 4 Advanced vs Phantom 4 Pro: 4 Differences You Need to Know

Update: The Phantom 4 Advanced and Phantom 4 Pro are no longer in production. For the latest in DJI technology, please view our products here. DJI’s most recent release, the Phantom 4 Advanced, is a slightly altered version of the Phantom 4 Pro unit which came out late last year. Its titanium and magnesium alloy makes the aircraft more durable than most others in the market, as well as light. With a maximum flight time of 30 minutes, users can get the most out of their drone. Though mostly the same as the Phantom 4 Pro, the Phantom 4 Advanced is designed with some tweaks that give consumers a more affordable yet still professional choice for aerial imaging. Professional Imaging Like the Phantom 4 Pro, the Phantom 4 Advanced includes a camera with a 1" 20 MP sensor that has close to 12 stops of dynamic range. It also has a mechanical shutter to eliminate rolling shutter effects from capturing fast moving subjects or images at high aircraft speeds. It can record 4K/60 fps video at 100 Mbps and offers H.265 video compression. Professional Control The DJI Phantom 4 Advanced comes with an optional controller that has an integrated high luminance display. This display monitor...
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Phantom 4 Series Accessories You Need Part Three: Photography and Fun

The Phantom 4 Pro $1729 and Phantom 4 Advanced are powerful camera drones in their own right, but can be made even more effective with the right accessories. But which ones do you need? In parts one and two, we looked at some must-have accessories for every user, followed by accessories for travelers and adventurers. Today, we’ll introduce the most important additions to your Phantom 4 Pro or Phantom 4 Advanced for discerning photographers and videographers, as well as users who fly purely for fun. Accessories for Aerial Photography  A Remote Controller Monitor Hood or Remote Controller with a Display   On a bright, clear day your smartphone or tablet screen is no match for the sun. It will be too dim to see your shot clearly, and the glare can create an uncomfortable, unsafe view. Fortunately, a Remote Controller Monitor Hood keeps your screen in the shade so you can see every detail on display. Better yet, a Remote Controller with display gives you a 5.5” 1080p screen with twice the brightness of a smartphone, so you can see your shot perfectly on the sunniest of days. ND Filters   For photos and video with rich detail, opening up your shutter speed is a great idea....

Phantom 4 Pro First Look & Review

Introduction DJI’s Phantom line is well known as the standard for consumer level Camera Drones. In our recent “Slugfest” of popular 2016 models we gave it our highest rating – an opinion shared by most experts. However, consumer-level ($400-$1200) Camera Drones have some limitations, especially when it comes to Photo and Video quality. Drones at this price level are closer to “smartphone quality” than the level of what many expect from fancier “prosumer” mirrorless cameras. As an example, my Sony RX-100 takes stunning pictures and videos – so good that many Aerial Photographers have attempted strapping them to drones to get these high quality images from aloft! DJI has now, in effect, put the Sony RX-100 level imaging into the new Phantom 4 Professional (P4P) model – ($1729) providing an unheard of level of Aerial Photography for a price that won’t break the bank. Until today, the pilot who needed better quality than the Phantom 4 had to step WAY up in price and size to the DJI Inspire line with the X5 Camera. With the release of the P4P, the price for a somewhat similar setup has now been cut in 1/2 or more – and cut down in size to allow...
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Phantom 4 Series Accessories You Need Part One: Must-Haves

Phantom 4 series drones are easy to fly and set up right out of the box. However, making do with just the basics isn't always ideal. A less-than-fully-charged battery can cut your flight session short and damaged propellers can pose safety hazards. If you want to get the most out of your new Phantom 4 series drone, these essential accessories will not only ensure worry-free flight, but also provide the ultimate drone-flying experience. Extra Intelligent Flight Batteries  Check the Price  After a long hike, you’ve made it to the top of the mountain, navigating your Phantom 4 series drone successfully through the skies. The last thing you want to see is a low battery warning. With 30 minutes of flight time, a single Intelligent Flight Battery often leaves pilots wanting more, and recharging is usually not an option. That’s why you can never go wrong with an extra battery or two… or three! A Battery Charging Hub  Check the Price Now that you have a whole set of extra batteries, just charge them one by one, right? Well, with a Battery Charging Hub, charging gets a whole lot easier. The hub charges up to three batteries in sequence according...
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Phantom 4 Series Accessories You Need Part Two: Travel and Adventure

With so many useful accessories for the Phantom 4 to choose, which accessories are the best for traveling? Let’s take a look at six essential additions for users who take their Phantom 4 series drone wherever adventure takes them. A Multifunctional Backpack Check the Price On a steep mountain hike or in a cramped aircraft compartment, your Phantom 4 drone needs to stay safe. Smartly designed, the Multifunctional Backpack is strong and water‑resistant, letting you easily run, fly or climb with your Phantom on your back. Multiple pockets inside and out store anything from your keys and wallet, to even external hard drives. A dedicated laptop compartment can hold a 15” MacBook Pro, letting you edit and upload your aerial shots on the spot. A Remote Controller Monitor Hood  Bright, clear skies are perfect for flying your drone, right? Sure, but all that sunshine reflects off of your mobile device, creating a blinding glare and unclear display. And let’s face it: keeping one hand on the controller and the other shading the screen is a little annoying. You want to be concentrating on piloting and composing! With a Remote Controller Monitor Hood, your screen remains in the shade so you can...

Phantom 4 vs Phantom 4 Advanced – The Newest Phantom

The Phantom 4 Advanced just entered the Phantom family! With the Phantom 4 having recently been discontinued, the Phantom 4 Advanced has taken its place and the budget version of the most current Phantom design. In this article, we'll take a look at how the new Phantom 4 Advanced compares to its predecessor, the Phantom 4. Camera Let's start by taking a look at the Phantom 4’s camera. Released in March of 2016, the Phantom 4 has an impressive 4K camera that shoots 12 MP still and achieves impressive ISO levels. Stills taken with a Phantom 4 look vibrant in RAW or JPEG format. When it comes to video, the P4 shoots 4096×2160 footage at 25 fps and 4K UHD footage at 30 fps. If you don’t need the full 4K treatment, there are also options to shoot in 2K, Full HD, or 720p. Additionally, live video streams to your mobile device in 720p when downlink resolution is set as high as possible. The Phantom 4 is an excellent drone, but the Phantom 4 Advanced features many notable advancements. Its 20 MP camera shoots 4K at up to 60 fps, which is perfect for slow motion shots. Perhaps most notably, the Phantom...

Phantom 4 Pro vs Phantom 4 Pro+: Which is for You?

In November 2016, DJI launched the Phantom 4 Pro and Pro Plus. These camera drones are a step up from their predecessor, the Phantom 4, especially when it comes to camera and remote controller capabilities. Let’s take a quick look at the Phantom 4 Pro’s top features: 30 minutes of flight time 24 mm lens, 1 inch sensor camera, 20 MP RAW and JPG images, and 60 fps/4K video 5 directional obstacle sensing and 4 directional obstacle avoidance 7 km of control range Draw, ActiveTrack, TapFly, Return to Home, Gesture Mode and more So how does the Phantom 4 Pro+ differ from the Pro? Why should you choose one over the other? Both models are identical in features and functionality, except for their remote controllers. The Phantom 4 Pro comes with a remote controller that leverages your smartphone or tablet. You just need to run the DJI Go app for control over your drone's camera and to stream a live video feed. The Phantom 4 Pro+’s remote controller, on the other hand, has an integrated Android tablet. The Pro+ is the first in the Phantom Series to include an integrated tablet in its remote controller instead of a smartphone/tablet holder. The tablet  has 16 GB of internal...
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Phantom 4 Advanced – Unboxing & First Look!

On April 13th, DJI released the latest Phantom drone family member, the Phantom 4 Advanced. The now iconic Phantom series has become a major cornerstone of DJI's product line as well as the drone market itself. The Phantom 4 Advanced is aerial photography personified with an advanced imaging system. Its 1-inch 20 megapixel sensor is capable of shooting 4K/60 fps video, and all the camera specs are on a par with the Phantom 4 Pro. The Phantom 4 Advanced is only shy of the Phantom 4 Pro when it comes to obstacle avoidance. Otherwise, the flight systems are all the same. To learn the details, you can check out our article on: Phantom 4 Advanced vs Phantom 4 Pro: 4 Differences You Need to Know The flight system of the Phantom 4 Advanced will satisfy most buyers, and it is more affordably priced ($1,199 USD) than the Phantom 4 Pro ($1,729 USD). Now photography enthusiasts have a new option of a high-end drone with professional-level camera capabilities. So what does it look like? Does it even look like the Phantom 4 Pro? Let's dive into the box and find out! What's in the Box?  ▲  Retail outer-box. ▲  An airline carry-on sized grey foam hard case.   ▲  In the box, find the P4A...
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Phantom 4 Pro Tests and In-Depth Review

The Phantom 4 Pro is here – revealed  at a special launch event November 15, 2016. We obtained and flew a Phantom 4 Pro. It convinced us it’s worthy of the “pro” designation. The Phantom 4 Pro Review When the original Phantom 4 was released earlier this year, reviewers felt DJI had pretty much reached the pinnacle of how much-advanced technology could be packed into a mid-priced consumer/prosumer drone: 4K video, forward obstacle avoidance – plus a host of intelligent features. It was extolled as the smartest, the fastest – the best. Now…there’s something better.     Photography by Chris So The Phantom 4 Pro Drone Specifications The Phantom 4 Pro takes the proven P4 and ups the ante in pretty much every single category, including: Camera Obstacle avoidance Safety and redundancy Power and flight time Video transmission Intelligence In short, this model has so many improvements that many P4 owners (especially those who shoot professionally) may want to upgrade. It’s priced at $2,199 USD. Since most people use their drones primarily as cameras in the sky, let’s look at the camera first. The tried and true Phantom 4 used a 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor, with 12.4M effective pixels. It took great photos, shot excellent video, but had a few quirks. Though you...

Phantom 4 Hands-on Review:Adventures with Phantom 4

Phantom 4 Hands-on If you have been following the blog for a while, you know that I love all types of photography. But I have to say that using drones to get aerial photos is one of my favorite things to do. And, although I have never claimed to be a videographer, it is the rare time that I love shooting and editing video. A little while back, I got my hands on the new DJI Phantom 4 aerial camera (also known as a drone) and been taking it on some day trips to capture photos and videos from unique perspectives. My second flight was over the California Coastline. And on this day, it was INCREDIBLY windy. So much so, that I had to launch the Phantom 4 from behind my car so that I could get it in the air without blowing over. Even in this blustering wind, I was able to maneuver the drone exactly where I wanted it. Compared to the Phantom 2 and Phantom 3, this new version seems to be easier to fly and the battery lasts noticeably longer. Here is the video of a big wave crash, as I followed the wave in towards the beach: For my...