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DJI Phantom 4 Advanced Overview
DJI's Phantom series has become the consumer drone of choice amongst UAV enthusiasts and amateur pilots. The brand is now well-known for being simple to set up and use straight out of the box.
Powerful battery technology has increased flight time to 30 minutes, plus intelligent integrated software now offers collision detection and obstacle avoidance in 2 directions.
DJI's LightBridge technology allows for a direct connection to your smartphone or tablet via the DJI GO app. DJI also include automatic video editing & live streaming capabilities so you can instantly share your flight with the world!
DJI Phantom 4 Advanced Box Contents
- DJI Phantom 4 Advanced Body
- Remote Controller (Standard controller with smartphone mount)
- Propellors x8 (4 spares)
- Intelligent Flight Battery (5,870 mAh)
- Battey Charger
- Power Cable (UK 3-Pin)
- Gimbal Clamp
- USB OTG cable
- Micro USB cable
- 16GB Micro SD Card
- Carry case
DJI Phantom 4 Advanced Main Features
New 20MP 1-inch sensor
This new camera sensor has been custom-engineered for the DJI Phantom 4. The lens is manufactured with eight-element arranged in seven groups.
A mechanical aperture has been designed to remove rolling shutter distortion when taking stills of fast-moving objects or attempting to film at high speed with manual focus.
These upgrades bring the camera in line with many high-tier ground video cameras.
Video processing has also been updated, with the Phantom 4 Advanced supporting native 4K video recording at 60 fps in H.264, or 30 fps in H.265. Both options are delivered at an uninterrupted 100Mbps bitrate.
Five vision sensors & two-directional obstacle sensing
Phantom 4 Advanced features the FlightAutonomy system composed of 5 vision sensors. This is combined with dual-band satellite positioning (GPS / GLONASS), rangefinders and redundant sensors.
Dual forward vision sensors can view obstacles up to 30 metres in front, enable auto brake, hover and detour obstacles within a 15-metre range.
Included with the Phantom 4 Advanced is the most up to date controller with LightBridge HD video transmission technology.
The maximum video transmission range between controller and drone is 4.3 miles (7 km), provided a direct line of sight and optimum conditions.
Further integrated into the controller is an HDMI port, micro SD card slot, microphone, loudspeaker and WiFi. There are also editing features built directly into the controller. This allows for editing and sharing on the move.
If you choose the Phantom 4 Advanced Plus model, you can benefit from an integrated 5.5" screen to keep your personal mobile device separate.
This is an excellent addition for automated waypoint control during flight. Using your smartphone screen in Live View mode, simply draw a flight path. Your Phantom 4 Advanced will now follow this route autonomously, avoiding any obstacles that may appear in its path.
Using Draw, a pilot can set out a path then focus solely on the camera control for complex shooting.
Draw operates in both standard and manual modes. Standard has the drone following the planned route at a constant speed, with the camera trained ahead in the direction of flight. Manual will set the drone to fly/stop on instruction, and provide the pilot with full directional control of the camera.
With ActiveTrack, you can identify subjects to follow. The Phantom 4 Advanced can then follow them as they move, keeping them in the frame even at high speeds.
This mode can be used to more easily obtain complex and difficult tracking shots of fast-moving people, animals or vehicles, that would otherwise require precise piloting and camera control simultaneously.
3 options are available in ActiveTrack: Trace, Profile and Spotlight.
Trace follows behind or in front of the subject with automatic obstacle avoidance. Profile flies alongside a subject with varying angles. Spotlight keeps the camera trained on the subject with free flight surrounding it.
Similar to Draw, TapFly provides you with the ability to fly anywhere in view of the camera with a tap on the screen of your controller. This allows for a simplified automatic flight to a set waypoint, where you might not need fine control.
Free mode travels the drone towards the tap and unlocks the camera for full directional control (obstacle avoidance not currently supported in TapFly Free mode).
Return To Home (RTH)
Always aware of the remaining battery flight time and where it has been, Phantom 4 Advanced features the most advanced Return To Home feature of any consumer DJI model.
If the control signal from your controller is lost, Phantom 4 Advanced will automatically return on the route it took to its current location, intelligently avoiding any new obstacles that may appear.
The drone also remembers the scene below its takeoff point and will compare this against what it can see at return. This allows the drone to avoid any new obstacles, including water, and either land in a suitable spot close by, or hover at a low altitude ready to be collected.
Return To Home will be activated automatically when the control signal is lost when the battery depleted to a point whereby there is only slightly more than enough flight time remaining to return, or when requested by the pilot.
The Phantom 4 Advanced software can now recognise subject's gestures. If a person is in the camera's frame, they can face the camera and lift their arms. The camera will centre the subject in the frame and start a 3-second countdown - enough time to strike a pose - before an image is captured.
For any UAV the compass and IMU modules are very important to ensure stable flight. Phantom 4 Advanced has two of each and constantly compares the data for both. Complex algorithms check the paired data to counter any inaccuracies for the smoothest possible journey.
At 30 minutes this is now the longest available flight time for a consumer DJI drone.
Via the DJI GO app integrated into the controller, you can get a real-time display of remaining battery capacity and flight time.
You can also receive warnings and alerts as you approach the maximum safe distance from takeoff, calculated by remaining flight time.
Within the battery is an intelligent battery care system to avoid overcharging or draining, maintaining the maximum capacity for as long as possible. When stored, batteries will discharge slowly to maintain good health.
The DJI GO app is fully integrated into the Phantom 4 Advanced Controller. From this, you have access to several Intelligent Flight Modes.
There is also a professional camera mode with settings for ISO, aperture, shutter speed, saved image formats and much more.
Live view from the camera, flight data and statistics, battery life and video transmission strength/status are all also available.
No Fly Zones
It is the responsibility of the drone / UAV pilot to respect no-fly zones and local aviation laws when controlling their DJI Phantom product.
DJI has a page dedicated to listing no-fly zones in many developed countries. Click HERE to stay updated.
A No Fly Zones feature is incorporated into DJI products which, using GPS to locate the drone's position, should stop them from entering restricted areas.
This should not be relied upon however in the case of hardware / GPS failure, and the pilot should always remain vigilant of their location.
DJI Phantom 4 Advanced Downloads
Manuals, desktop software, and DJI firmware can all be downloaded from the official DJI website HERE
DJI Phantom 4 Advanced Specifications
Weight (Battery & Propellers Included)
- 1368 g
Diagonal Size (Propellers Excluded)
- 350 mm
Max Ascent Speed
- S-mode: 6 m/s
- P-mode: 5 m/s
Max Descent Speed
- S-mode: 4 m/s
- P-mode: 3 m/s
- S-mode: 45 mph (72 kph)
- A-mode: 36 mph (58 kph)
- P-mode: 31 mph (50 kph)
Max Tilt Angle
- S-mode: 42°
- A-mode: 35°
- P-mode: 25°
Max Angular Speed
- S-mode: 250°/s
- A-mode: 150°/s
Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level
- 19685 feet (6000 m)
Max Wind Speed Resistance
- 10 m/s
Max Flight Time
- Approx. 30 minutes
Operating Temperature Range
- 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
Satellite Positioning Systems
Hover Accuracy Range Vertical:
- ±0.1 m (with Vision Positioning)
- ±0.5 m (with GPS Positioning)
Hover Accuracy Range Horizontal:
- ±0.3 m (with Vision Positioning)
- ±1.5 m (with GPS Positioning)
- Forward Vision System
- Downward Vision System
- ≤31 mph (50 kph) at 6.6 ft (2 m) above ground
- 0 - 33 feet (0 - 10 m)
- 0 - 33 feet (0 - 10 m)
Obstacle Sensory Range
- 2 - 98 feet (0.7 - 30 m)
- 70°(Front and Rear)
- 50°(Left and Right)
Measuring Frequency Forward
- 10 Hz
Measuring Frequency Downward
- 20 Hz
Operating Environment Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting
- 1’’ CMOS
- 84° 8.8 mm/24 mm (35 mm format equivalent)
- f/2.8 - f/11 auto focus at 1 m - ∞
ISO Range Video
- 100 - 3200 (Auto)
- 100 - 6400 (Manual)
ISO Range Photo
- 100 - 3200 (Auto)
- 100- 12800 (Manual)
Mechanical Shutter Speed
- 8 - 1/2000 s
Electronic Shutter Speed
- 8 - 1/8000 s
- 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 5472 × 3648
- 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4864 × 3648
- 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 5472 × 3078
PIV Image Size
- 4096×2160(4096×2160 24/25/30/48/50p)
- 3840×2160(3840×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p)
- 2720×1530(2720×1530 24/25/30/48/50/60p)
- 1920×1080(1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p)
- 1280×720(1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p)
Still Photography Modes
- Single Shot
- Burst Shooting: 3/5/7/10/14 frames
- Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
- Interval: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 s
Video Recording Modes (H.265)
- 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
- HD:1280×720 120p @60Mbps
Video Recording Modes (H.264)
- C4K:4096×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p @100Mbps
- 4K:3840×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p @100Mbps
- 2.7K:2720×1530 24/25/30p @80Mbps
- 2.7K:2720×1530 48/50/60p @100Mbps
- FHD:1920×1080 24/25/30p @60Mbps
- FHD:1920×1080 48/50/60 @80Mbps
- FHD:1920×1080 120p @100Mbps
- HD:1280×720 24/25/30p @30Mbps
- HD:1280×720 48/50/60p @45Mbps
- HD:1280×720 120p @80Mbps
Max Video Bitrate
- 100 Mbps
Supported File Systems
- FAT32 (≤32 GB)
- exFAT (>32 GB)
- DNG (RAW)
- JPEG + DNG
- MP4/MOV (AVC/H.264; HEVC/H.265)
Supported SD Cards
- Micro SD (Max Capacity 128GB)
- Write speed ≥15MB/s, Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required
Operating Temperature Range
- 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
- 17.4 V
- 100 W
APP / LIVE VIEW
- DJI GO 4
Live View Working Frequency
- 2.4 GHz ISM
Live View Quality
- 720p @ 30fps
- Phantom 4 Advanced: 220 ms (depending on conditions and mobile device)
- Phantom 4 Advanced +：160 - 180 ms
Required Operating Systems
- iOS 9.0 or later
- Android 4.4.0 or later
- 3-axis (pitch, roll, yaw)
Controllable Range Pitch
- -90° to +30°
Max Controllable Angular Speed Pitch
Angular Control Accuracy
- 2.400 - 2.483 GHz
Max Transmission Distance (2.400 - 2.483 GHz (Unobstructed, free of interference))
- FCC: 4.3 mi (7 km)
- CE: 2.2 mi (3.5 km)
- SRRC: 2.5 mi (4 km)
Operating Temperature Range
- 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
- 6,000 mAh LiPo 2S
Transmitter Power (EIRP) (2.400 - 2.483 GHz)
- FCC: 26 dBm
- CE: 17 dBm
- SRRC: 20 dBm
- 1.2 A@7.4 V
Video Output Port
- GL300E: HDMI
- GL300C: USB
Mobile Device Holder
- GL300E: Built-in display device (5.5-inch screen, 1920×1080, 1000 cd/m2, Android system, 4 GB RAM＋16 GB ROM)
- GL300C: Tablets and smartphones
INTELLIGENT FLIGHT BATTERY
- 5,870 mAh
- 15.2 V
- LiPo 4S
- 89.2 Wh
- 468 g
Charging Temperature Range
- 41° to 104°F (5° to 40°C)
Max Charging Power
- 100 W
Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions about the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced. This information is taken directly from the official DJI website.This information is taken directly from the official DJI website.
This information is taken directly from the official DJI website.
What are the main differences between the Phantom 4 Advanced and the Phantom 4 Pro range?
The Phantom 4 Advanced inherits most of the functions of the Phantom 4 Pro.
However, in order to increase affordability, unlike the Phantom 4 Pro, the Phantom 4 Advanced does not have rear vision sensors and two infrared sensors in its FlightAutonomy system.
Also, the Advanced range's remote controller does not support the 5.8 GHz frequency band and TapFly Backward has been removed.
What are the main differences between the Phantom 4 Advanced and the standard Phantom 4?
The Phantom 4 Advanced's uprated camera shoots 4K/60 fps video at a bitrate of 100 Mbps and stills at up to 20 megapixels. It can be used with an optional integrated monitor for even more reliable transmission.
Operators are empowered with a new suite of Intelligent Flight Modes.The maximum flight speed of the Phantom 4 Advanced is slightly higher than the Phantom 4 when flying in P-mode.
The maximum flight time is extended to 30 minutes, the transmission range is extended to 7 km, and the obstacle sensing range is increased from 15 m to 30 m.
What accessories can be used with both the Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Advanced?
Propellers, Intelligent Flight Batteries, chargers, power cables and micro USB cables can be used with both the Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Advanced.
What is new about the Phantom 4 Advanced camera?
The Phantom 4 Advanced camera is equipped with a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor and has a manually adjustable aperture from F2.8 to F11. It also supports autofocus by half-pressing the shutter button and has a focus range, from 1m to infinity.
Always refocus before capturing additional shots in the event that the subject has moved beyond the focus point. Focus at infinity if the subject is over 98ft (30m) away. Refocusing is also needed when switching from close shots to long shots during recording.
What advantages does the Phantom 4 Advanced have for shooting video?
The Phantom 4 Advanced is able to record UHD 4K (4096 x 2160) at 60fps, at a maximum bitrate of 100Mbps using the H.264 codec and also supports H.265.
It also allows you to capture still images while filming. The Phantom 4 Advanced camera sensor is also larger than before, ensuring clearer images.
What is the resolution and format of the photos captured while recording video?
Photos will be captured as JPEG in the same resolution as the video recording.
What is the advantage using the new H.265 video format?
H.265 retains 50% more information than H.264, creating more detailed and vivid images.
What’s the benefit of having a mechanical shutter?
An electronic shutter may cause artefacts and distortion, such as "jello", when shooting fast moving objects. A mechanical shutter prevents this and guarantees a high-quality image.
Does the Phantom 4 Advanced support focus?
Tap a point on the display to focus at that point after switching from metering to focus modes.
Autofocus can also be triggered by half-pressing the shutter button, before fully pressing the shutter to capture an image. Focus can be set between 1m and infinity.
What are the main features of the Phantom 4 Advanced camera lens?
The Phantom 4 Advanced uses a brand new camera lens optimised for aerial imaging, with an aperture range from F2.8 to F11 and a 24mm equivalent focal length.
It is equipped with a mechanical shutter and adjustable aperture range, with autofocus support.
Obstacle Sensing System
What improvements have been made to the Phantom 4 Advanced obstacle sensing system?
Phantom 4 Advanced maximum front obstacle sensing range has been extended to 98ft (30m), with the rear sensing system sharing the same capability.
Is there any difference between the front and rear obstacle sensing systems?
Are the Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Advanced remote controllers compatible with each other?
What’s new in the Phantom 4 Advanced remote controller?
The Phantom 4 Advanced is compatible with two types of controllers, Standard and Plus with a maximum controllable range of 4.3mi (7km) (Unobstructed, free of interference, FCC compliant.) Both can focus by half-pressing the shutter release button.
The Phantom 4 Advanced Plus has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, with 1000 cd/m2 brightness and built-in DJI GO app. Its remote controller is also equipped with HDMI port, Micro SD slot, microphone, loudspeaker and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Can I detach the integrated display from the Phantom 4 Advanced Plus?
Can I connect an iOS device or Android device to the Phantom 4 Advanced Plus to use DJI GO?
Does the Phantom 4 Advanced Plus have a built-in loudspeaker and microphone?
What is the resolution of the Phantom 4 Advanced Plus display?
1920 x 1080
What apps are preloaded on the Phantom 4 Advanced Plus screen?
Popular social media apps and DJI GO.
What operating system does Phantom 4 Advanced Plus controller use?
It uses a customised DJI system.
Can I download other apps onto the Phantom 4 Advanced Plus controller?
No. Currently, the Phantom 4 Advanced Plus controller does not support downloading additional third party apps.
Do the Phantom 4 Advanced Plus controllers support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity?
They support Wi-Fi but not Bluetooth.
Which Intelligent Flight Modes are included on the Phantom 4 Advanced?
- AR Route
- TapFly Forward
- TapFly Free in Tap Fly mode
- Spotlight in ActiveTrack
- Draw and Gesture Mode
It also supports Narrow Sensing and uses new RTH algorithms.
How is Phantom 4 Advanced Smart Return Home improved?
The new Smart Return Home forms a map of its environment in real-time. The aircraft will choose the best flight path to return home and senses as far as 300m to avoid obstacles more effectively.
If the control signal is lost, the Phantom 4 Advanced will retrace its original path to regain its connection. When it reconnects, it will return to home following a straight route. If it fails to regain connection, it will also revert to straight line RTH.
How to use Narrow Sensing?
Set C1 or C2 as activation switch for Narrow Sensing. When flying in a complex environment, activate Narrow Sensing and the aircraft will adjust its sensing range and flying speed to fly through narrows gaps.
Can I use Phantom 4 propellers on the Phantom 4 Advanced?
How is Phantom 4 Advanced propulsion system optimised?
It has the same Sport Mode max speed as the Phantom 4 and faster Obstacle Avoidance enabled flight, achieving 31mph (50kph).
Video Transmission System
What is the difference between Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Advanced Lightbridge systems?
The Phantom 4 Advanced uses a new dual-signal Lightbridge video transmission system. It has a transmission distance of up to 4.3mi (7km) (Unobstructed, free of interference, FCC compliant).
Batteries & Battery Charger
Are the Phantom 4 Advanced batteries and battery charger compatible with the Phantom 4?
What is the capacity of the Phantom 4 Advanced battery? How much has the flight time been extended compared to the Phantom 4?
The battery capacity is 5,870 mAh. It flies for two additional minutes compared to the Phantom 4.
During upgrading, if the level of flight battery or controller battery drops below 50%, will the upgrading process fail?
Yes. Always use a battery with more than 50% power when upgrading.
What if battery firmware is not consistent with the upgraded aircraft?
Use DJI GO to upgrade the battery firmware to the appropriate version.