The Phantom 4 Advanced was released about a year after the original Phantom 4, in April of 2017. Interestingly, the Advanced model was released after the Pro. Naturally, it has some major upgrades over the Phantom 4, and I’ll only go over those in this review. If you want to learn more, look at my review for the Phantom 4.
The Advanced model is intended less for hobbyists and beginners and more for professionals. This doesn’t mean that a beginner won’t be able to fly this, but it’s good to keep in mind that a cheaper option like the Spark might be better if you’re just using this for personal purposes.
The advanced has a pretty steep price, at $1199. The original Phantom 4 now goes on amazon for 869 dollars, so that’s a 340-dollar difference. When you think about it though, for another 340 bucks you’re getting a far better camera, a better flight experience, and much longer range. So it’s up to you, but I think it’s worth the upgrade.
The P4 Advanced has a 30-minute flight time, which is 2 minutes longer than the original. This is achievable because it’s actually lighter than the Phantom 4, weighing in at 1368 g. The Advanced, like the original, has forward obstacle avoidance, but unfortunately not in the rear or on the sides like the Pro. The nice thing about the advanced is that it has 3 flight modes: Position, Sport, and Atti. Position mode is basically normal mode, and Sport is for faster flight, with speeds reaching 45 mph! But the new one is Atti, which holds the altitude at a certain level, so that professionals can work on getting the right shot. Like almost all other DJI drones, it also has Tripod mode, where speed is significantly lower, and the drone focuses on stabilizing itself. The Advanced advertises a 4.3 mile range, which is as far as the Pro!
The camera steps up significantly from the P4 original. It has a 20 Megapixel camera with a 1-inch CMOS sensor, which means you’ll get ultra clear photos and videos. As a comparison, the original P4 only has a 1/2.3-inch sensor with just 12.4 megapixels. The advanced can shoot 4k video at 60 frames per second, a lot better than the original’s 30 fps. Even though those upgrades don’t seem like much, it will really make a difference in video quality, especially if you’re doing more professional work.
The controller is basically the same as the P4… huge and bulky. It’s got everything you need on it, but it’s just annoying to have something that huge in your hand. The Mavic and Spark controllers are far more practical.
On the whole, this drone is a great option. I would definitely recommend this over the original Phantom 4, if you have the extra few hundred dollars. If you think you’d rather spend your money on a cheaper drone, try looking at the Spark or Parrot Bebop 2, which are both under 500 dollars.
Generally, DJI is a brand that makes great products. If you can buy this drone, go for it, and you’ll definitely be satisfied.