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DJI Phantom 4 Pro Review

Perfect for those that want professional quality video and don't mind sacrificing a built in controller screen to save a little money
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Price:   $1,500 List
Pros:  Top quality, stable video, great flight performance
Cons:  Expensive
Manufacturer:   DJI
By Max Mutter and Steven Tata  ⋅  Feb 13, 2017
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  • Video Quality - 40% 10
  • Flight Performance - 25% 9
  • Portability - 20% 3
  • Ease of Use - 15% 9

Our Verdict

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 an old 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 a bit of money by opting for the Phantom 4 Pro over the Pro+.


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Pros Top quality, stable video, great flight performanceExcellent video quality, Great flight performance, relatively portbaleGood video quality, optical zoom, portableTop quality, stable video, great flight performance, built in controller screenGreat video quality, portable, easy to use, many intelligent flight modes
Cons ExpensiveExpensiveExpensiveExpensiveExpensive, relatively short battery life
Bottom Line Perfect for those that want professional quality video and don't mind sacrificing a built in controller screen to save a little moneyAn impressive combination of video quality and portabilityOptical zoom adds interesting creative possibilities to an already great productPerfect for those looking for professional quality video and that appreciate the convenience of not needing to connect a smartphoneBest balance of video quality and portability on the market
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Rating Categories DJI Phantom 4 Pro DJI Mavic 2 Pro DJI Mavic 2 Zoom DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ DJI Mavic Air
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Specs DJI Phantom 4 Pro DJI Mavic 2 Pro DJI Mavic 2 Zoom DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ DJI Mavic Air
Video Resolutions 4K, 2.7K, 1080p, 720p 4K, 2.7K, 1080p, 720p 4K, 2.7K, 1080p, 720p 4K, 2.7K, 1080p, 720p 4K, 2.7K, 1080p, 720p
Weight 3.1 lb 2 lb 2 lb 3.1 lb 0.95 lb
Maximum Speed 45 mph 45 mph 45 mph 45 mph 43 mph
Maximum Claimed Flight Time 30 minutes 31 minutes 31 minutes 30 minutes 21 minutes
Diagonal Size (no props) 13.8 in 13.2 in 13.2 in 13.8 in 8.4 in
Video Format MP4, MOV MP4, MOV MP4, MOV MP4, MOV MP4, MOV

Our Analysis and Test Results

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 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.

Conclusion


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 the 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