DJI Phantom 4 Pro Camera Drone


    The FAA has designated specific areas in the US as no-fly zones for drones. We always recommend that you check to see if your flight location is within five miles of an airport or a National Park. If your location is within five miles of an airport, you need to call the control tower and ask for permission to fly. Conveniently, the DJI app will not even let you take off if you’re in a no-fly zone. However, it is possible to override that feature but you’ll need to have a verified DJI account and use the DJI site to accomplish this. DJI wants to ensure that drone pilots have some idea of their accountability when they are attempting to launch in a no-fly zone. If you’re lucky enough to be a pilot with a Section 333 FAA exemption you will find that you have more freedom, being that the radius around an airport designated a no-fly zone is 2 or 3 nautical miles depending on if there’s a published instrument flight procedure for takeoff and landing. Section 333 pilots must have an actual pilot’s license, so everyday hobbyists will need to stick to the five-mile rule.The Phantom 4 is extremely fun to fly, and thanks to the new features it’s even easier to control. But, caution is still advised before putting it in the air. Always make sure the flight and remote control batteries have a full charge before taking off.

    We found that it is much easier to transport the Phantom with the propellers removed. Installing them is extremely easy and quick so you won’t have to worry about wasting time doing that. The props are labeled with a black or silver ring around the hub. The silver props attach to the motors that are unmarked and the black match with the motors marked with three small dots. You will also find that instead of screwing on, the props latch into place with a push and twist motion, similar to those on the Inspire 1. This design feature allows the Phantom to achieve a higher top speed.



The Phantom 4 keeps the same basic design as the Phantom 3 series, however the white shell has been updated to look even sexier than before. The drone measures about 7 by 11.5 inches (HWD) and weighs 3 pounds. That means you will have to register with the FAA before flying in the US.

DJI includes a very functional and compact carrying case with the Phantom 4. Inside you’ll find room for the drone, charger, remote, propellers, and a couple space batteries. Keep in mind, only one battery is included with your purchase. This is definitely the best free case I’ve seen sold with a drone. You will also notice that there is a nice carrying handle and a latch to keep it closed nice and tight. Although, if I had my choice, I still prefer the Think Tank Airport Helipak for transport. We found that the Phantom 4 fits perfectly.

The gimbal has been redesigned. The camera is secured on the left and right side and the flexible shock mount is now located inside the chassis. It can also tilt up and own and the attachment point to the drone makes it possible for left and right movement. However, it can’t spin around 360 degrees like the Inspire 1. The microSD memory card slot and micro USB are now part of the chassis instead of the shock mount. This makes them much easier to access.

The remote control is mostly unchanged from the Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 3 Advanced. It still sports the integrated clip that can hold anything from full-size tablet to a small smartphone. One big difference is that one of the buttons that was unmarked previously – the one located at the top right corner/shoulder of the remote – is now a Pause button. If you press it, it will make the drone stop in place and hover until pressed again.


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