DJI Phantom 4 – Is it Worth the Price?

Phantom Drone 4 Pro review

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.

  1. 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.

DJI Phantom 4 – Is it Worth the Price?
9 Total Score

Value for money
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Availability of spare parts
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User Rating: 4 (4 votes)
Last update was in: January 16, 2019 12:43 pm
  1. Reply Avatar for quadcopters James May 20, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    I actually just seen this on the news ironically enough. A local man was using it for his wedding business. The videos and pictures it produces is amazing and at this price, IF it is for a business, I see nothing wrong with getting it. I personally wouldn’t pay that much though.

  2. Reply Avatar for quadcopters Kyle M. May 21, 2016 at 12:16 am

    This is an excellent drone but for that price, there are certainly more appropriate ones out that well under $1,300. I think this is more for people with invested hobbies and careers who can benefit from using one on this level. I would love to own one myself but I wouldn’t pay more than $600 for a drone.

  3. Reply Avatar for quadcopters Sam May 21, 2016 at 12:44 am

    I think it is worth it! I get what you are saying but really for what it offers, you would have to combined 2 of the average $600 rage drones to make one of these. That is $1200. I have seen many out there that ARE over priced and this one is far from. My brother in law owns one actually. Worth every penny!

  4. Reply Avatar for quadcopters DJI October 15, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Just go a dji and been reading up about all the flyaways with then naw I am scared to fly this thing 😲

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