Phantom 4 Advanced: Still a Great Choice

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Powerful yet Elegant, the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced is one of the most popular drones for enthusiasts and professionals all around the world. DJI’s top-tier unit is sleek and dependable, featuring a strong camera and several sensors for unrivaled performance.
The Phantom 4 Advanced, which was introduced two years ago, successfully spanned the gap between the ordinary Phantom 4 and the Phantom 4 Pro.

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To Whom the Phantom 4 Advanced Was Designed For?
The Phantom 4 Advanced was released on April 30, 2017, caters to those who were either confined by the Phantom 4’s limited business applicability or intimidated by the Phantom 4 Pro’s terrifying prowess.

The Phantom 4 Advanced was a boon for those looking for the practicality of a low to medium-tier unit. The reliability of a premium class drone at the time of its release. Prosumers had a run for their money, with a starting price that was at least $300 lower than the Pro version, given the features for both drones were not that dissimilar.

Comes with an amazing 20MP camera, Videos are shot in 4k with 60 fps. Good flight time between 20-25 minutes

Key Features

Three crucial elements distinguish the Phantom 4 Advanced from the Phantom 4. The camera on DJI’s mid-tier drone has been upgraded. The Flight Autonomy technology has been updated, and the design materials have been tweaked. The modifications also made it possible for the former to meet the requirements for entry-level commercial use.
The integrated onboard camera equips a 1″ CMOS sensor that can capture 20 megapixel still images. A mechanical shutter is also fixed with the rolling shutter distortion.

The amount of distortion has been reduced dramatically, allowing for greater visual clarity when flying at fast speeds or tracking moving targets. H.264 4K at 60 fps or H.265 at 30 fps with a 100Mbps bitrate are now possible thanks to improvements in video processing. The drone can now record in HDR, making post-production easier.

The Flight Autonomy system uses GPS and GLONASS satellite positioning.
DJI’s top-tier unit is sleek and dependable, featuring a sturdy camera and several sensors for unrivaled performance.

The hardware enables better hovering, auto braking, and obstacle evasion while flying.
The drone also uses magnesium and titanium alloys. Now lighter and more rigid than the Phantom 4.

Features
There are additional Intelligent Flights Modes and Flight Performance enhancements in addition to the core features listed before. Draw, Active Track, Tap Fly, Return to Home, and gesture Mode are available.

Draw
Waypoint flying is the first step up to draw. The operator can draw the drone’s flight route using their finger. The drone will maintain a constant altitude, allowing the pilot to concentrate on the camera.

Active Track
This function may be used to latch on to people, vehicles, and animals using complex algorithms. This function allows for smoother photos to be captured. You have the option of flying beside the object, following in front or behind it or keeping the camera locked on the subject while the drone flies where it has to go.

Tap Fly
TapFly allows pilots to tap the screen to direct the drone to a specific point.

Return to Home
Return to Home mode does exactly what it says on the tin, but it will also determine the best route to avoid obstacles.

Gesture
Gesture Mode is the ultimate selfie assistant. When facing the camera, they can take pictures of themselves using their arms.
Flight modes, sensor redundancy, Intelligent Flight Batteries, and the DJI Go 4 app all boost flight performance.
Position mode allows the drone to connect to GPS and is great for maintaining precise positions.

Sport mode allows the drone to not rely on GPS and gives it heightened agility and speeds up to 45 mph (72 km/h).
Redundancy means safety. Having dual compass modules and dual IMUs is a significant plus.

Intelligent flight batteries for you to see how much time is left in the air and will automatically land the drone if power is too low.

The DJI Go 4 app is a dream drone for many photographers. The pilot has full access to all the controls one would expect to have on a manual camera such as ISO; shutter speed, image formats, balance, etc.
DJI App Settings Go Flight Modes

Pros & Cons
As with any platform, there are aspects of the drone that we like and aspects that we wish DJI had done differently. The following is a list of Phantom 4 Advanced’s advantages and disadvantages.

Pros
The 1″ CMOS camera sensor is fantastic and captures beautiful 20MP images. It records the Video in 4K with 60fps@ 100mbps.
The Built-in return-to-home safety feature is very reliable.
Flight times are roughly 20-25 minutes for both GPS and GLONASS.

VPS and The obstacle avoidance system
With a maximum range of 4.3 miles and a high speed of 44.7 mph, plus superb pre-programmed features, even beginners can fly like a master.

Cons
The standard propellers are very loud, and can sometimes be seen in the camera.
At 5.8GHz Signal transmission is not available.
There are no object avoidance sensors on the side or back of the drone.