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+.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro Review
Pros: Top quality, stable video, great flight performance
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DJI Phantom 4 Pro
|Price||$1,500 List||$1,500 List||$1,250 List||$1,800 List||$800 List|
$719.99 at Amazon
|Pros||Top quality, stable video, great flight performance||Excellent video quality, Great flight performance, relatively portbale||Good video quality, optical zoom, portable||Top quality, stable video, great flight performance, built in controller screen||Great video quality, portable, easy to use, many intelligent flight modes|
|Cons||Expensive||Expensive||Expensive||Expensive||Expensive, 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 money||An impressive combination of video quality and portability||Optical zoom adds interesting creative possibilities to an already great product||Perfect for those looking for professional quality video and that appreciate the convenience of not needing to connect a smartphone||Best balance of video quality and portability on the market|
|Rating Categories||DJI Phantom 4 Pro||DJI Mavic 2 Pro||DJI Mavic 2 Zoom||DJI Phantom 4 Pro+||DJI Mavic Air|
|Video Quality (40%)|
|Flight Performance (25%)|
|Ease Of Use (15%)|
|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.
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