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 Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 sits at the top of the line of DJI’s series of Phantom drones. Packed with advanced features and specs, it’s ideal for professional operators who want something more compact than the company’s expensive, top-of-the-line rigs, or consumers who want the best image quality. The V2.0 doesn’t contain very many significant upgrades from its predecessor, the Phantom 4 Pro+, but is still worth looking into for commercial use. If you’re looking for top-quality imagery, its camera with a 1”-type sensor and mechanical shutter will fulfill those needs.
The Phantom 4 V2.0 has a top speed of 72 km/h (45 mph) in Sport Mode and a maximum flight time of 30 minutes. Included in this version of the Phantom 4 series are aerodynamically designed propellers that are supposed to reduce noise by up to 4 dB. While we haven’t tested this specific model, reviews mention that it is still pretty noisy compared to smaller, more compact builds from DJI. One notable upgrade is its FlightAutonomy system: it includes dual rear vision sensors and infrared sensing systems for a total of 5 directions of obstacle sensing and 4 directions of obstacle avoidance. If you need extra batteries, they cost $169 each.
Many professional pilots keep at least one Phantom 4 Pro in their arsenal, and for good reason.
The camera system, mounted on a 3-axis stabilized gimbal, 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, such as a Sony RX100. 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, and can even be pushed a couple stops in post-production.
Video can be captured at DCI 4K/60p, 2.7K/60p or 1080p/120p using a 100Mbps H.264 codec or up to UHD 4K/30p and 1080p/120p using a 100Mbps H.265 codec. The advanced H.265 (HEVC) codec produces stunning footage with lots of detail. D-Log gamma is supported, but is limited to 8-bit recording.
Also new is OcuSync, a video system which reduces transmission latency and can connect wirelessly with DJI’s FPV Goggles. The goggle display emulates a 216-inch panel at 3m in front of you, giving you the ability to fly much closer to and hone in on subjects, and supports automatic dual-frequency band switching (to add a second remote). A 5.5” LED screen is built into the remote, eliminating the need to connect with a smartphone or the DJI Go 4 app. All the special flight modes of other DJI aircraft are present, including Active Track, FollowMe, and TapFly. Tripod mode is also extremely stable, so time-lapse is within its wheelhouse.
The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 straddles the line between the top of the prosumer drone category and much more expensive professional drones. If you want the best image quality available from a drone that doesn't cost upwards thousands of dollars, this model is one of the most affordable way to get desirable results. 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.