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DJI Phantom 4 Pro Preview: Now with a BIGGER Image Sensor!!!

Only eight months after DJI released the Phantom 4 they officially announced the Phantom 4 Pro. What’s different in the pro you may ask, let me quickly show you.

NEW Camera with a 1 inch 20 megapixel image sensor.
12 stops of dynamic range
100-6400 ISO for Video
100-12800 ISO for Photos
Mechanical Shutter which means NO ROLLING SHUTTER
Manual Aperture control from F2.8 to F11 as well as full manual exposure
84 Degree FOV which is a 24mm equivalent.
Touch Auto Focus similar to the mavic
4k @ 60P H264 or 4k @ 30P H265 Both recording at 100 megabits a second
New Optional remote with built in 5.5 inch 1000 nit bright display.
360 degree obstacle avoidance
Front / Rear / Left / Right
30 meeter front and back and 7 meter left and right
Batteries from the P4 will work in the P4P along with a newer more powerful battery
28 Min flight time with the old one and 30 with the new one.
New gesture mode and Draw mode
Prices $1499 with regular remote and $1799 with new controller

This drone seems to be more on the professional side with a much better camera. A larger sensor and no rolling shutter is a huge deal for higher quality stills and video.

The 360 degree obstacle avoidance is also a very nice feature to have. Now you can squeeze your drone threw doorways without it stopping.

This seems like a great upgrade form the P4 especially with the new image sensor. What are your thoughts about this?

DJI Press Release

Phantom 4 Pro

Professional Imaging
Phantom 4 Pro offers a powerful imaging system for professional photo and video creators as well as non-professionals who demand excellence from the camera and platform they use to pursue their creative visions. The camera now packs a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor, and almost 12 stops of dynamic range bring out levels of detail and low-light performance unprecedented in a flying camera of this size. Its mechanical shutter helps prevent motion blur to the largest extent possible in fast-moving scenes. Phantom 4 Pro can capture slow-motion 4K video up to 60 fps at a maximum bitrate of 100 mbps. In addition, the Phantom 4 Pro offers H.265 video compression, which substantially improves video quality at the same bitrate.

Reliable with Enhanced FlightAutonomy System
Phantom 4 Pro builds on DJI’s original obstacle avoidance system with FlightAutonomy – three sets of visual systems that build a 3D map of obstacles in front of, behind and below the aircraft, as well as infrared sensing systems on both sides. FlightAutonomy can position, navigate and plan routes for Phantom 4 Pro, enabling it to avoid obstacles in a sensing range up to 98 feet at front and rear, even in complex 3D environments. When returning to home and tapping to initiate auto takeoff or landing, the Landing Protection function is able to detect and help avoid landing on uneven ground or water. Phantom 4 Pro has high-performance battery technology that provides up to 30 minutes of flight time. The Phantom 4 Pro flies at 31 mph in P mode with obstacle avoidance in effect, and has a 45 mph top speed in sport mode.

Professional Control with New Remote Controller
Phantom 4 Pro’s revolutionary new compact remote controller comes with an optional high luminance display, providing a clear and vivid live HD view from the main camera as well as essential telemetry data, even in direct sunlight. The aircraft will automatically choose between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz once powering on to gain a clear signal in areas with high radio interference. The new controller has a built-in GPS, compass, Micro-SD card slot and HDMI port.

Intelligent Flight
New intelligent flight modes make Phantom 4 Pro the smartest flying camera of its size, opening new vistas for creators, such as the new Draw Mode that allows operators to draw lines on the controller display and direct the Phantom 4 Pro to fly that route. ActiveTrack recognizes common subjects such as people and bikes, then follows them from any angle while maintaining camera focus, and includes three new modes – New Circle, Profile and Spotlight. Narrow sensing enhances obstacle avoidance sensitivity so the aircraft can fly through complex environments like narrow doorways. TapFly now works backwards and comes with a new Free mode that allows a pilot to set the direction of flight, turn the Phantom 4 Pro or tilt the gimbal without changing the direction of flight. With the new AR Route feature, operators will be able to tell the flight route on the screen. As an additional safety feature, within a minute of losing GPS signal, the aircraft will automatically return to the last connected position and hover there precisely to wait for the pilot’s command. With the enhanced return to home function, the aircraft knows where it should be going from up to 984 feet away and avoids obstacles along the route.

Price and Availability
Phantom 4 Pro’s U.S. retail price is $1,499 with a standard controller. The Phantom 4 Pro+, which includes a Phantom 4 Pro aircraft, and a high luminance display remote controller, will be available at $1,799. Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 Pro+ are immediately available for pre-order at and DJI flagship stores in Shenzhen, Seoul and Hong Kong. These products will begin shipping one week after launch.