Phantom 4 Advanced with top-notch video performance
Few days before Easter DJI has officially announced a new member of their quadcopter family – Phantom 4 Advanced. Let’s discover what brings new and if it’s worth to upgrade.
In my opinion, like the Phantom 3 Advanced, this P4A was also developed in order to offer an affordable alternative to the “Pro” edition. This time DJI kept the high-end video performance and cuts from the intelligent flight modes. The Phantom 4 Advanced does not feature rear vision sensors and infrared sensors.
Similar to the rest of the series, the Phantom 4 Advanced comes with the same sleek and elegant look. Nothing new in terms of design.
According to the advertised specs, thanks to the 5870mAh battery, the Phantom 4 Advanced can stay airborne up to 30 minutes.
Thanks to the more powerful video processing, now the P4 Advanced is capable to record H.264 4K videos @ 60fps or H.265 4K @ 30fps videos, both with in up to 100Mbps bitrate.
Phantom 4 Advanced camera specs
- Large, 1 inch CMOS image sensor;
- 20MP effective pixels (NOT interpolated);
- 84 degree field of view. 8.8 mm/24 mm (35 mm format equivalent);
- ISO range: Video: 100 – 3200 (Auto) or 100 – 6400 (Manual). Photo: 100 – 3200 (Auto) or 100- 12800 (Manual);
- Photo resolutions – 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 5472 × 3648, 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4864 × 3648 or 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 5472 × 3078;
- Photo modes: Single Shot, Burst Shooting (3/5/7/10/14 frames) or Time Lapse (interval: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60s);
- Video resolutions – C4K:4096×2160 24/25/30p @100Mbps, 4K:3840×2160 24/25/30p @100Mbps, 2.7K:2720×1530 24/25/30p @65Mbps, 2.7K:2720×1530 48/50/60p @80Mbps, FHD:1920×1080 24/25/30p @50Mbps, FHD:1920×1080 48/50/60p @65Mbps, FHD:1920×1080 120p @100Mbps, HD:1280×720 24/25/30p @25Mbps, HD:1280×720 48/50/60p @35Mbps and HD:1280×720 120p @60Mbps;
- 3-axis brushless gimbal stabilization;
- 720P @ 30fps live-video transmission (FPV) with about 220ms latency.
The P4A was been announced in two variants: one with standard transmitter and one with FPV transmitter called Phantom 4 Advanced+.
Frankly, instead of an upgraded P4, we all expected from DJI a completely new product line. There will be an event on April 23rd where the DJI Spark will be officially announced but I wonder if Phantom 5 will be out then too.