Our Phantom 4 review is finally here! I’ve been testing the DJI Phantom 4 over the past month at home as well as on a recent family vacation to Costa Rica. I’m super excited to share my thoughts on the Phantom 4 and everything I’ve learned so far.
The review is mostly in the form of the video above (so give it a watch!), but within this blog post you’ll find sample photos, sample video, as well as a handy table of contents for the video.
(Too Long; Didn’t Watch) The Phantom 4 was tons of fun to fly and has many useful improvements over the older Phantom 3. The video quality is great, the photo quality is ok. The drone makes it easy to get exciting footage, but some cinematic shots take a lot of practice.
Table of Contents
The video review above is quite long! You can use the following Table of contents to jump to the different topics covered in the video review:
- Why The Phantom 4 Shouldn’t Be Your First Quadcopter
- Why Choose DJI
- Basic Overview of the Phantom 4
- Phantom 4 Compared to Phantom 3, What’s New
- Flying the Phantom 4
- Photo and Video Quality
- DJI Go App
- What It’s Like To Have A Drone For The First Time
- Learning Curve
- Drone Safety
- My Top Tips For Flying and Shooting
- Should You Get The Phantom 4 or the Phantom 3
- Final Thoughts
4K Video Example
The video review was shot in 1080P, so the example footage in the review is all 1080P. To get a better sense of what the full resolution 4K footage looks like you can check out this quick highlight video below. Tip: Make sure to select 4K quality by clicking the gear icon in the bottom right hand corner.
All the above clips were shot at 4K 4096×2160. The size was slightly reduced for YouTube (3840×2160).
None of the shots were color graded / sharpened, and are all straight out of camera (the default neutral color setting I believe).
While I’ve focused mainly on shooting video, here are a few example photos taken with the Phantom 4. All the photos have been edited in Lightroom.
And here are a couple panos that were stitched together in Lightroom. You can click the photos to open larger versions!
Get Your Phantom Here!
If you’re interested in getting a Phantom 4 for yourself you can help support more reviews like this by purchasing from the following links:
Correction Note: In the review I mentioned that the Phantom 3 Advanced was only capable of shooting at 1080P. It looks like the Phantom 3 Advanced was updated to support higher resolution 2.7K video. When it was originally released it was only capable of 1080P. My apologies for the error – but it makes it even better value now!
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