DJI Releases Two New Phantom 4 Drone Models With Extra 4K Video and Hardware Chops

by on April 14, 2017

Stephan Jukic – April 14, 2017

The already robust Phantom 4 drone with 4K video recording built right into it has been beefed up even further in the ultra HD video specs department through a newly unveiled version that comes with the same 1 inch 20 megapixel sensor as the Phantom 4 Pro but with the addition of 4K video shooting at 60 frames per second instead of 30.

This new version of the drone is called the Phantom 4 Advanced and its 4K video support now comes with in-camera video processing for H.264 4K videos at 60fps and H.265 HEVC-compressed superior quality video at 30fps. Both video compression and processing formats can be done at a fairly high bitrate of 100Mbps. DJI is thus claiming that the Phantom 4 Advanced drone’s  “excellent optical performance, sensors and processors ensure everything is captured with high dynamic range and more image detail needed for advanced post-production”


In many other ways, the new Phantom 4 Advanced is the same as the Phantom 4 Pro. Thus, both models include intelligent flight control and autonomous flight features such as a FlightAutonomy system with five different vision sensors, dual-band satellite positioning in both GPS and GLONASS, a forward-facing obstacle avoidance mechanism and even ultrasonic rangefinder technology. Automatic flight modes in the Phantom 4 Advanced include Draw, ActiveTrack, TapFly, Gesture and Tripod, with smooth functionality among all of them and a rich range of manual flight options available as well for more confident users.

Then there is the Advanced+ version of the Phantom 4. This even more robust drone variation comes with an enhanced controller that includes its own 5.5 inch 1080p display with twice the brightness of conventional smart device screens of the same size (according to DJI). Unlike the Advanced+ drone, the Phantom 4 Advanced and Phantom 4 Pro models require a user to hook up their compatible smartphone or tablet via USB port for display-based navigation and live streaming of in-flight video. The Advanced and Advanced + variations of the drone all come with storage compatibility for micoSD cards of up to 128GB and can handle a remarkably lengthy flight time of 30 minutes. These specs are shared by the Phantom 4 Pro as well.

These two new versions of DJI’s older Phantom 4 drone look identical to their predecessor excepting for their slightly more compact camera designs and they are basically replacements for the Pro model. The manufacturer is also planning on discontinuing production of their Phantom 4 drones as of the end of April of this year in favor of the Pro, Advanced and Advanced+ variants.


As for their prices, the Advanced drones will not be budget models but interestingly, the Advanced model will go on sale as of April 30th for less than the cost of the Phantom 4 Pro when it was first released. For the Phantom 4 Advanced this means a retail price of $1,349 and for the Advanced+ a retail price of $1,649, so expect to pay a hefty chunk extra for that built-in 1080p display.

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  • John
    April 16, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Excited to hear about the new drones. Have a pro 3 .Love it!


  • Jason Gilmore
    April 16, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Also, where are you getting this information about the p4 pro being discontinued? Plus I see no where of a phantom 4 advanced + being released. You guys really need to get your facts straight before posting.


    • Stephen
      April 16, 2017 at 11:59 pm

      Well Jason, considering that DJI itself has the new Advanced+ drone variant covered in their page for the Phantom 4 Advanced main model, i’d say the information is pretty reliable. No? As for the discontinuation of production for the Phantom 4 drone this too is really happening. DJI has stated it formally recently in a message to its own retail dealers.


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