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It’s been over a year since DJI stop production of the Phantom 4 drone due to parts shortage. Now DJI has the new Phantom 4 version 2 out with a more expensive price than the previous model and is in limited supply. It has many new feature including improved front, downward and rear visual sensors and also infrared sensors providing obstacle sensing in all directions.
Drone photographers in Panama City Beach, Florida will be happy to know its 20 megapixels and one inch image sensor allow shooting 4K 100Mbps video at 60fps in D-log color format which has to be the choice for drone photographers in Panama City Beach, Florida. Many intelligent flight modes include Spotlight, Circle, Plus and Draw which allows one to draw a route on a smart device running the DJI Go 4 app.
Instead of a digital shutter it has a mechanical shutter which provides better video and alleviates rolling shutter problems. This drone performs great and has a flight time of around 30 minutes with a maximum speed of around 45mph in sport mode. Unfortunately obstacle avoidance sensors are disabled in sport mode. The maximum flight distance is around 5 miles which is redundant since DJI Go4 app limits you to 500 meters in altitude.
The remote controller visually looks the same as with the older version and has a holder for up to a 10 inch tablet. This new drone is larger than the Mavic line of drones so this is going to be inconvenient when traveling. It has a new propeller design which reduces noise.
The Phantom 4 Pro V2 allows drone photographers in Panama City Beach, Florida to connect to DJI goggles wirelessly since it has a OcuSync 2 transmission system and has a much longer video transmission distance. It has 3 flight modes and 12 intelligent flight modes. This drone has a dual satellite system which uses both Glonass and GPS so it will connect to many satellites to provide return to home, hovering and accurate flying.
Although the obstacle sensors work in the return to home function, they do not work in Sports mode so this is something to keep in mind when you want to go fast. Just make sure the drone has a good GPS signal before take off. On the Phantom 4 V2 the narrow sensing adjust the flight speed and sensing range so it an safely fly through narrow spaces.
Narrow Sensing in available on the Phantom 4 Pro V2. This adjusts the quadcopter’s sensing range and flight speed, to fly safely through narrows gaps. You can do this in the app by setting up the C2 or C1 buttons on the remote controller to turn on narrow sensing. You can adjust the aperture range from f/2.8 to f/11 and can do auto focus by simpy half pressing the shutter button which has a range of about 3 feet.
As in the previous model the the Phantom 4 Pro V2 has a manual return to home button on the remote controller and will also return to home if the transmission signal between the drone and remote controller is lost. Rather than let the drone land automatically on the ground I prefer to grab the legs of the drone and then turn off the motors. One time I let it land automatically and then the drone tilted over and broke 2 propellers.
Although the Phantom 4 Pro V2 comes with a larger price tag of around $1700 to $2000 USD, it is definitely one of the best drones on the market. It is not the best drone for traveling because of its large size and the propeller arms are not foldable. The remote controller is rather large also but you do get a large carrying case that everything fits in. If you are going to be flying more than 30 minutes, I highly suggest you purchase more additional batteries and a larger capacity micro SD storage card. It does come with an optional 5.5 inch bright display or you can use your own tablet.
A competitor would be the FIMI X8SE 2020 and comes close in features to the Phanton 4 at less money, around $600. The Fimi drone looks visually similar to the DJI Mavic drones which have a foldable design. It has a Sony IMX378 4K camera and 3 axis gimbal with a resolution of 12 megapixels compared to the Phantom 4 Pro V2 which has 20 megapixels. Also has similar intelligent flight modes of the Phantom 4 Drone
Overall DJI based in China seems to be dominating the drone market at least now and maybe for the near future. The only problem I see now is Phantom 4 Pro V2 manufacturing production is not keeping up with consumer demand. Most web sites I’ve visited are sold out.