DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

20MP, 1"-type CMOS sensor | 4K/60p video | Four-direction obstacle avoidance

What we like:

  • Outstanding video quality
  • OcuSync video transmission system
  • Performs well in strong wind

What we don't:

  • D-Log only supports 8-bit color
  • Bulky compared to most prosumer models
  • Expensive batteries
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is a top-of-the-line prosumer drone ideal for advanced users or even commercial remote pilots. It's a proven performer that delivers sharp and detailed photos and video. It's not compact and foldable, but the image quality for a drone in this size range and class is unbeatable. Its large image sensor, camera with a mechanical shutter, and ability to hold up in strong winds make it a must-have for professionals.
It has a top speed of 72 kph (45 mph) in Sport mode and a maximum flight time of 30 minutes. A FlightAutonomy System includes dual rear vision sensors and infrared sensing systems for five directions of obstacle sensing and four total directions of obstacle avoidance. Batteries are on the expensive side for a consumer-grade drone.
Many professional pilots keep at least one Phantom 4 Pro in their arsenal, and for good reason.
The camera system is what really sets this drone apart from most other affordable models. At the core is a 20MP, 1"-type CMOS sensor similar to what's found in an enthusiast compact camera. A fast 24mm F2.8 lens delivers burst mode stills at 14 fps with a 84° field of view. Raw images are noticeably better compared to those from smaller phone-sized sensors. A mechanical shutter makes this an ideal drone for shooting when the drone is in motion or for applications like mapping.
On the video front, it can capture DCI 4K/60p, 2.7K/60p, and 1080/120p video at up to 100 Mbps with the H.264 codec, or up to 4K/30p or 1080/120p at 100 Mbps using the H.265 codec. The latter settings produce stunning and detailed footage for a drone in its class. D-Log gamma is available, but it's unfortunately limited to 8-bit recording.
The remote is large but easy to handle and features a built-in 5.5-inch 1080p screen. The DJI GO 4 app is integrated, allowing you to edit and share content instantly. OcuSync 2.0 is included on the V2.0 model of the drone, unlike previous versions, and the drone can travel a distance up to 7 km (4.4 miles). Intelligent Flight Modes like Waypoints, Terrain Follow Mode, and TapFly are available, while ATTI mode makes it possible to fly when there isn't a GPS signal.
The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 straddles the line between the top of the prosumer drone category and more expensive professional drones. You can still travel with it if you have a proper dedicated backpack, but casual consumers may want to consider a smaller, more compact model. Many professional pilots keep at least one Phantom 4 Pro in their arsenal, and for good reason.