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DJI Phantom 4 Pro Review
Price: $1,500 List | $1,414.98 at Amazon
Pros: Top quality, stable video, great flight performance
Bottom line: Perfect for those that want professional quality video and don't mind sacrificing a built in controller screen to save a little money
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is the exact same drone as the Phantom 4 Pro+, but the controller lacks the built in screen. Essentially, it is a Phantom 4 Pro+ drone with a Phantom 4 controller. If you want top quality video and don't mind having to connect a smartphone or tablet in order to view the video downlink, then you can save $300 on the list price by opting for the Phantom 4 Pro over the Pro+.
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What do You Get With the Phantom 4 Pro?
With the Phantom 4 Pro you get the same drone as you would if you bought its Pro+ sibling. This means you get all the high end video quality, gimbal stabilization, and flight performance of our Editors' Choice Award winner for best overall camera drone. For a more detailed discussion of these attributes see the video quality and flight performance sections of our Phantom 4 Pro+ review.
What do You Miss With the Phantom 4 Pro?
The only disadvantage to opting for the Phantom 4 Pro over the Pro+ is the controller, which lacks the built in screen of the Pro+'s controller. While we feel the built in screen has clear advantages in terms of brightness, immersiveness, and convenience, we found that attaching a smartphone the to Phantom 4 Pro's controller is more than adequate for precise maneuvering and framing the perfect shot. The Phantom 4 Pro's controller is essentially the same as the Phantom 4's controller, so refer to the ease of use and video downlink sections of that review for more information.
The Phantom 4 Pro offers all of the field leading video quality and flight performance of the Phantom 4 Pro+, but with a stripped down controller. If you want top notch video and don't mind sacrificing the convenience of a built in controller screen, the Phantom 4 Pro can save you a decent chunk of change.
— Max Mutter and Steven Tata
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