DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian Quadcopter Drone Review

January 17, 2018
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DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian Quadcopter Drone Review

As you may have noticed, DJI is one of the leading companies in the drone industry. They continue to produce top of the line, innovative drone VR models that are designed for pilots of all skill levels. A variety of flight modes, in addition to a number of safety features, are always incorporated into their drone design. These features are meant to protect the drone and make learning how to fly much easier for beginners. This newest model is no exception and it comes loaded with the type of features a pilot needs to protect this type of important investment.

The Phantom Pro 4 by DJI is a drone VR kit that comes loaded with extra parts so you can make your own minor adjustments and tweaks, plus you’ll always have spare parts on hand in the event of a minor crash.

This is a fairly rigid, large drone. You won’t find any folding parts on this model, so you will need to purchase large carrying case.

This model features the latest in drone and VR technology, for a drone that can easily handle navigating the skies, dodging obstacles, and soaring through the air.

Overview and Features

Fortunately, the manufacturer has made the rotor blades removable, which will make it a little easier to transport this large beast.

But despite the drone’s large size, the curvy design gives it an eye-catching look, while the drone’s slender legs provide a solid base for it to rest on. The solid leg design also gives the camera the type of space it needs.

On the drone’s body you’ll notice several circular sensors and blacked out areas. There are a couple of cameras located on the underside of the drone, two on the rear legs, and two in the front. These six cameras provide the drone with a five-direction obstacle avoidance system that works to prevent the drone from crashing.

The drone’s removable battery is located on the back. You’ll also find the usual set of LED lights around the power button. Underneath and on top are rectangular buttons that release the battery when they’re pressed in unison.

Despite the fact that this drone is simply loaded with features, it’s actually very easy to fly. The drone’s fancy sensors are designed to prevent the plane from running into any obstacles, so it takes care of the most challenging part of flying. Even when it’s high in the air, if you let go of the controls the drone will just hover in place, awaiting your next command.

In high wind conditions the drone does a great job of remaining on track, although it tends to struggle to hover in place and will begin to drift.

When it comes to controlling the drone, the basic controller consists of a combination of scroll wheels, joysticks, and buttons, and an interface that’s touchscreen based. You can use the physical remote for basic controls such as adjusting the camera’s angle, moving the drone and taking off. You can use the screen for live video feed or for a variety of flight modes.

On the touchscreen you can choose from different Active Track modes. With this feature you can draw a target around an object and have the drone or camera follow the targeted item. Using draw mode, you can draw a route on the screen and set the drone’s speed as it closely follows the route.

Flight Mode Options

There are a number of other flight modes as well, such as Tap Fly, which allows the pilot to tap on any spot on the map and have the drone fly to it, or the ability to set a point of interest which will cause the drone to head to that spot and circle the area.

The popular return to home feature causes the drone to fly back to the recorded home point where it will hover in order to find the exact take-off position before landing. To activate this feature simply press the button. You’ll find that the drone lands precisely where it took off, each and every time.

Charge Time and Camera Quality

Charge time is a little over an hour, with a flight time of thirty minutes in ideal weather conditions. The drone also has a transmission range of four and a half miles.

The included twenty-megapixel camera offers 4Kvideo at 30 FPS. Video footage is crystal clear, sharp, and stable, while the still images are very colorful and vivid.

The video and image quality is due to the gimbal system, which provides a shake-free and impressively steady setup for aerial photography.

FPV Package Details

This package includes VR goggles, brush blower, propellers, three batteries, card reader, propeller guards, battery charger, micro SD memory card, gimbal clamp, filter kit, sling bag for goggles, remote controller with built-in screen, remote control strap, landing gear, cleaning kit, microfiber cleaning cloth, and the drone of course.

Pros

  • This model comes loaded with flight modes that make handling this large drone a breeze.
  • The top of the line gimbal system works to keep the camera stable during flight for improved video footage and image quality.
  • The included VR goggles are breathable, comfortable, and highly adjustable.
  • The beautiful sleek design combined with the black as night exterior gives this drone an intimidating look while making it and easier to locate in the sky.
  • This bundle comes with a ton of parts and components that are offered at an affordable price.
  • The number of flight modes and safety features makes this drone a good choice for pilots of all skill levels.

Cons

The sheer size of the drone can make it difficult to transport.

The DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter Drone Fly More Combo Pack is a more compact model, and it’s available at a more affordable price.

As you may have noticed, DJI is one of the leading companies in the drone industry. They continue to produce top of the line, innovative drone VR models that are designed for pilots of all skill levels. A variety of flight modes, in addition to a number of safety features, are always incorporated into their drone design. These features are meant to protect the drone and make learning how to fly much easier for beginners. This newest model is no exception and it comes loaded with the type of features a pilot needs to protect this type of important investment. The Phantom Pro 4 by DJI is a drone VR kit that comes loaded with extra parts so you can make your own minor adjustments and tweaks, plus you’ll always have spare parts on hand in the event of a minor crash. This is a fairly rigid, large drone. You won’t find any folding parts on this model, so you will need to purchase large carrying case. This model features the latest in drone and VR technology, for a drone that can easily handle navigating the skies, dodging obstacles, and soaring through the air. Overview and Features Fortunately, the manufacturer has made the rotor blades removable, which will make it a little easier to transport this large beast. But despite the drone’s large size, the curvy design gives it an eye-catching look, while the drone’s slender legs provide a solid base for it to rest on. The solid leg design also gives the camera the type of space it needs. On the drone’s body you’ll notice several circular sensors and blacked out areas. There are a couple of cameras located on the underside of the drone, two on the rear legs, and two in the front. These six cameras provide the drone with a five-direction obstacle avoidance system that works to prevent the drone from crashing. The drone’s removable battery is located on the back. You’ll also find the usual set of LED lights around the power button. Underneath and on top are rectangular buttons that release the battery when they’re pressed in unison. Despite the fact that this drone is simply loaded with features, it’s actually very easy to fly. The drone’s fancy sensors are designed to prevent the plane from running into any obstacles, so it takes care of the most challenging part of flying. Even when it's high in the air, if you let go of the controls the drone will just hover in place, awaiting your next command. In high wind conditions the drone does a great job of remaining on track, although it tends to struggle to hover in place and will begin to drift. When it comes to controlling the drone, the basic controller consists of a combination of scroll wheels, joysticks, and buttons, and an interface that's touchscreen based. You can use the physical remote for basic controls such as adjusting the camera's angle, moving the drone and taking off. You can use…

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Conclusion & Rating

The Phantom 4 Pro may not be the most portable drone on the market, but it does come equipped with some great features, a wide variety of flight modes, and excellent image and video quality. We gave this model a rating of five out of five stars.

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