DJI Phantom 4 Series Drone Comparison

DJI are a major player in the drone technology market. They make quality, high-end camera drones that are designed to capture quality pictures and videos. With the release of the Phantom 4 into the market not too long ago, consumers are left astounded with the rapid release of successive upgrades in the Phantom series.

Now the question on everyone’s mind is, “what’s the difference between DJI’s Phantom 4 and the updated versions?” We will compare and contrast each of the versions so that you can make the best choice, whether you’re buying for the first time or you’re thinking about an upgraded tool for your business.

Design and Features

The design of Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 Advanced is very similar with a just a few changes in features. Phantom 4 Pro sports three sets of visual systems that help in avoiding obstacles all around the drone and infrared sensors on both sides. The Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Advanced both lacks back sensors and infrared sensors; this means that you will not be able to detect and avoid obstacles while flying backwards.

Battery and Flight Time

Thanks to the increased battery capacity in the Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 Advanced , the flight time has increased a bit to 30 minutes. The battery capacity of the Pro and Advanced is 5850mAh while the Phantom 4 has 5350mAh. Phantom 4 has a flight time of 25 minutes only. This implies is that you can make the most of your device should you want to upgrade to the latest versions.

Remote Controller and Sensors

About the remote controller, the Pro and Advanced versions come with optional remote controls, and this means that you can buy it at your discretion or for convenience. The Phantom 4 remote controls are designed to use your mobile phone as the display screen. However, Pro and Advanced versions have the option of built-in super bright 5.5 inches Full HD display available for some extra money.

Camera Capabilities

Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 Advanced came with new camera and controller which promises to be a game changer for most customers. Though the gimbal is unchanged from what we have in Phantom 4, the new camera carries an entirely new 1” (CMOS) sensor with up to 20MP resolution. Phantom 4 has only 1/2.3” with up to 12MP resolution. With the Pro and Advanced , you can film in 4K of 60 frames per second which will allow you to take beautiful videos in slow motion as opposed to 4K in 30 fps in Phantom 4.

Also, there is no fixed aperture in Pro and Advanced versions. You can vary it from f2.8 – 11 unlike Phantom 4 that has its aperture fixed at f2.8. With this adjustment, you can avoid jello effects while taking pictures without using ND filters by adjusting the aperture in Pro and Advanced unlike the Phantom 4.


As should be expected, Phantom 4 is the cheapest option priced at $1,199 while the Advanced and Pro versions are priced at $1349 and $1499 respectively. If you need the Advanced and Pro version of the drones along with their Full HD display units, you’ll cough up $300 extra. Adding this amount will bring the total price for the Advanced to $1649 while the Pro will go for $1799.

In a Nutshell

If you’re just a drone enthusiast who already owns the Phantom 4 and likes taking a couple of videos on occasion, it is not necessary that you upgrade. However, with the updated Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 Advanced , DJI has given professionals the perfect tool for their job. The extra cost of an upgrade will be money well spent.  Also, don't forget to consider the cost of adding drone insurance to your order.

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  • Jason Pedersen