The Phantom 4 Pro was released in November of 2016, and it has a few must-have upgrades to the Phantom series. It’s extremely similar to the P4 Advanced, so this review will only cover the upgrades it has compared to the advanced. Check out my Advanced review for more detailed information.
The Phantom 4 Pro is DJI’s highest priced consumer level drone at $1499. There are two colors for this drone, the regular white (see picture above), and the obsidian (see picture to the left). The obsidian is the same price. Also, there’s a more expensive Phantom 4 Pro+, for 1799 dollars. The only real difference is that the Pro+ comes with its own monitor built into the controller, so you don’t need your phone at all. Depending on your needs, this could be a big upgrade. As of right now, Amazon has the Pro and Pro+ on big discounts, the Pro for 1385, and the Pro+ for 1569. Links below.
The real upgrade from the rest of the Phantoms is the 5-direction obstacle sensing. This means that it has sensors not only on the front, but also on the sides and rear and bottom, so you can fly knowing you’re not in danger of crashing your 1500 dollar drone. The flight time and range are the same as the Advanced: 30 mins flight time, and a 4.3 mile range. It also gets 45 mph at max speed, like the Advanced.
Camera and Controller
The camera is the same as the Advanced. The Controller is also the same (except for the screen built into the Pro+, see picture to the right).
For 300 dollars more than the Advanced, the Pro is a good option if you’re buying a drone for professional work or for more advanced hobbyist film-making. The 5-direction obstacle sensing is huge; I think that alone is worth 300 dollars, especially if you’ve crashed previous drones. If the 1500 dollars just isn’t reasonable, look at the Mavic Pro. Overall though, you can’t go wrong with this drone, and once you get good at filming, you can amaze your friends and family with the quality of this camera.