The DJI Phantom 4. It’s the crown jewel for all drone enthusiasts. The drone to beat all drones. But is it worth the $1000 price tag? Here are 3 questions you should ask yourself before making the splurge.
- Are you passionate about drone photography?
If you are a professional videographer (or an aspiring one), this is your drone. The Phantom 4 is a leap ahead its predecessor, the Phantom 3. It flies 10mph faster, the battery lasts 25% longer, the video is more stable, and it will automatically track an object you are trying to capture. The camera on the Phantom 4 also reduces the “fisheye” effect from typical drone footage.
That said, the Phantom 3 is still a heavy lifter. Here are two videos from the Youtube channel “Crazy Stupid Drone.” You can see the effect of the speed, stabilization, and tracking feature. That said, if the footage from the Phantom 3 looks good enough for you, then you may want to consider saving the cheaper model.
2. Are you a drone nerd?
Do you get giddy thinking about drones? Do your friends roll their eyes when you mention your new hobby? If so, then the DJI Phantom 4 has the features to justify the cost. From TapFly to intelligent flight mode, this quadcopter is equipped with the latest features in drone technology. But you already knew that.
3. Are you planning to fly in dense environments?
If you live in the desert, Obstacle Sensing System (OSS) will have limited use. But if you are taking it to the park, OSS could be the difference between an afternoon of fun or heartbreak. It’s not quite the revolutionary feature that DJI touts – and it’s certainly not “uncrashable.” That said, Gizmodo did have to go through some serious effort to crash it in their video review:
Drone technology is still young. The DJI Phantom 4 isn’t perfect, and you may be one of the unfortunate souls to crash it despite OSS. But it’s the closest thing to perfection on the market. The DJI Mavic Pro is more portable, but the speed and camera on the Phantom 4 make it a better quadcopter.
It’s just our opinion. But if you’re ready to call yourself a drone nerd, this is one item you need in your collection.