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What's the deal with the Phantom 4 Advanced?

Posted on April 19 2017

When the Phantom 4 was released, it was fairly revolutionary. Then DJI released the Phantom 4 Pro, with all of the features of the Phantom 4 plus more features and a significantly improved camera. As DJI has done in the past, it is now releasing a toned-down version of their Phantom series.

The biggest difference:

As you can see in the image above, the Phantom 4 Advanced lacks the Pro's infrared sensing system. Navigating through narrow spaces just became risky again. 


Phantom 4 Pro pictured

A large part of the appeal of the Phantom 4 Pro was that it basically has 360-degree obstacle avoidance. DJI chose to nix this function to save the end user a little money.

Oops, there goes the rear sensors as well. Flying backward just got risky, too. This basically kills the backward Tapfly option, meaning no worry-free automated dronies. 

While this isn't a huge deal for experienced drone pilots, it may be a good idea for pilots just getting started to spring for the Pro with the extra sensors. 

What about the camera?

The Advanced hangs on to the 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor that takes some incredible photos and shoots 4k up to 60frames-per-second. 

And the intelligent flight modes?

Other than reverse Tapfly, it looks like everything else will still be available. Active Track, Tapfly (not backwards, again), Draw, Gesture Mode are all still available through the DJI GO 4 app.

Plain and simple:

This is basically a Phantom 4 (original) with a bigger and better camera. 

The Phantom 4 Advanced comes in at $1,349 which is $150 less than the Phantom 4 Pro. That's almost an extra battery if you feel you don't need the extra sensors but would like some extra flight time. 

Of course, it all comes down to personal preference, but now you know.

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