DJI Phantom 4 Drone Comparison

Here's a look at how the new DJI Phantom 4 drone compares to the Phantom 3 Professional, Phantom 3 Advanced, Phantom 3 Standard and Phantom 3 4K drones.


The DJI Phantom 4 drone was introduced today, and it’s the easiest and safest drone DJI has produced to date.

Here are the major improvements in the DJI Phantom 4 drone. The battery life is 28 minutes, which is the longest flight time for any Phantom drone to date. There’s a Sport Mode, for those who want to get a taste of drone racing, that allows the DJI Phantom 4 drone to top out at 45 MPH. The top speed on the previous Phantom drones was 37 MPH.

But perhaps most impressive, however, is the computer vision the DJI Phantom 4 drone uses to avoid obstacles in its path (anywhere between 2.3 to 49 feet). It uses five cameras - two on the front and two on the bottom, plus the main 4K camera - to capture images that are run through computer vision software to reconstruct a 3D model of its environment and intelligently navigate. DJI says even when flying at full speed, the Phantom 4 will slow down and hover in place, avoiding the obstacles in front of it.

Starting March 1st the Phantom 4 will be available for purchase on DJI.com and Apple.com. On March 15th, it will be available in-store at DJI’s flagship store in Shenzen, and as the first drone prominently featured in Apple Stores around the world.

Check out the chart below to compare all DJI’s Phantom drones. We’ll update the chart with the missing specs for the DJI Phantom 4 drone as they become available.

Phantom 4
Phantom 3 Professional & Advanced
Phantom 3 Standard
Phantom 3 4K
Created for
High-level aerial photography and cinematographyHigh-level aerial photography and cinematographyBeginners
High-level aerial photography and cinematography
Price$1400Professional: $999
Advanced: $799
$499$799
Size (excluding propellers)
350 mm
350 mm
350 mm
Weight (including battery, propellers)1380 g
1280 g1216 g1280 g
Flight Time
28 mins
23 mins
25 mins
25 mins
LiPo Battery4S, 15.2V, 68WH 5350mAh Intelligent Flight Battery
4S, 15.2V, 68WH 4480mAh Intelligent Flight Battery4S, 15.2V, 68WH 4480mAh Intelligent Flight Battery4S, 15.2V, 68WH 4480mAh Intelligent Flight Battery
Max Flight Speed
45 MPH in sport mode
36 MPH
36 MPH
36 MPH
Obstacle Avoidance
YesNoNoNo
Outdoors Positioning ModuleGPS / GLONASS Dual Positioning ModuleGPS+GLONASS Dual Positioning ModuleGPS Positioning ModuleGPS Positioning Module
Hover AccuracyVertical: +/- 0.1 m (when Vision Positioning is active) or +/-0.5 m

Horizontal: +/- 0.3 m (when Vision Positioning is active) or +/-1.5 m
Vertical: +/- 0.1 m (when Vision Positioning is active) or +/- 0.5 m

Horizontal: +/- 1.5 m
Vertical: +/- 0.5 m

Horizontal: +/- 1.5 m
Vertical: +/- 0.1 m (when Vision Positioning is active) or +/- 0.5 m

Horizontal: +/- 1.5 m
Cameras
UHD: 4096x2160p 24/25, 3840x2160p 24/25/30FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30/48/50/60HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60

Slow-motion option capturing 1080p at 120fps
Phantom 3 Professional
UHD: 4096x2160p 24/25, 3840x2160p 24/25/30FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30/48/50/60HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60

Phantom 3 Advanced
2.7K: 2704x1520p 24/25/30 (29.97)FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30/48/50/60HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
2.7Kp30(29.997)(2704*1520)

FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30

HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
UHD: 4096x2160p 24/25, 3840x2160p 24/25/30

FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30/48/50/60

HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
Maximum Image Size4000 x 3000
4000 x 30004000 x 30004000 x 3000
LensFOV ( Field Of View ) 94° 20 mm ( 35 mm format equivalent ) f/2.8 focus at ∞FOV 94° 20 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8

focus at ∞
FOV 94° 20 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8

focus at ∞
FOV 94° 20 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8

focus at ∞
Return Home ButtonYesYesReturn Home SwitchReturn Home Switch
Video Recording ButtonYesYesNoYes
Shutter ButtonYesYesNoYes
Intelligent Flight Pause ButtonYesYesNoYes
Flight Mode SwitchYesYesYesYes
Gimbal DialYesYes
YesYes
2 Dedicated Customizable buttonsYesYesNoYes
Maximum Transmission DistanceFCC Compliant: 3.1 mi ( 5 km )
CE Compliant: 2.2 mi ( 3.5 km )( Unobstructed, free of interference )
CE: 3500 m
FCC: 5000 m (unobstructed and no interference)
CE:500 m
FCC:1000 m (outdoors and unobstructed)
CE:500 m
FCC:1200 m (outdoors and unobstructed)
Video Transmission SystemBuilt-in DJI Lightbridge Video DownlinkBuilt-in DJI Lightbridge Video DownlinkBuilt-in DJI WiFi Video DownlinkBuilt-in DJI WiFi Video Downlink
Video Transmission Distance
CE: 3500 m
FCC: 5000 m (unobstructed and no
interference)
CE: 500 m
FCC: 1000 m (outdoors and unobstructed, flight altitude 120 m)
CE: 500 m
FCC: 1200 m(outdoors and unobstructed, flight altitude 120 m)
Maximum Video Bitrate60Mbps
Phantom 3 Professional:10Mbps
Phantom 3 Advanced:2Mbps
2Mbps2Mbps
Maximum FPV Preview Quality:HD 720P @ 30fps (depending on conditions and mobile device)HD 720P @ 30fps (depending on conditions and mobile device)HD 720P @ 30fps (depending on conditions and mobile device)SD 480P @ 30fps
Mobile AppDJI GO
DJI GODJI GODJI GO
Intelligent Flight ModesFollow Me
Point of Interest
Waypoints
Course Lock
Home Lock
Follow Me
Point of Interest
Waypoints
Course Lock
Home Lock
Follow Me
Point of Interest
Waypoints
Course Lock
Home Lock
Follow Me
Point of Interest
Waypoints
Course Lock
Home Lock



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