DJI Phantom 4 Pro Plus Overview
DJI's Phantom series has become the consumer drone of choice amongst UAV enthusiasts and amateur pilots. The brand is now well-known for being simple to set up and use straight out of the box.
Powerful battery technology has increased flight time to 30 minutes, plus intelligent integrated software now offers collision detection and obstacle avoidance in 5 directions.
DJI's LightBridge technology is now integrated into the controller. A 5.5" display is permanently connected to allow for Live View from the camera, TapFly technologies, and in-flight data, removing the need to use your personal mobile device.
DJI also include automatic video editing & live streaming capabilities so you can instantly share your flight with the world!
DJI Phantom 4 Pro Plus Box Contents
- DJI Phantom 4 Pro Plus Body
- Remote Controller (Integrated 5.5" tablet with DJI GO)
- Propellors x8 (4 spares)
- Intelligent Flight Battery (5,870 mAh)
- Battey Charger
- Power Cable (UK 3-Pin)
- Gimbal Clamp
- USB OTG cable
- Micro USB cable
- 16GB Micro SD Card
- Carry case
DJI Phantom 4 Pro Plus Main Features
New 20MP 1-inch sensor
This new camera sensor has been custom-engineered for the DJI Phantom 4. The lens is manufactured with eight-element arranged in seven groups.
A mechanical aperture has been designed to remove rolling shutter distortion when taking stills of fast-moving objects or attempting to film at high speed with manual focus.
These upgrades bring the camera in line with many high-tier ground video cameras.
Video processing has also been updated, with the Phantom 4 Pro Plus supporting native 4K video recording at 60 fps in H.264, or 30 fps in H.265. Both options are delivered at an uninterrupted 100Mbps bitrate.
Five-directional obstacle sensing
Additional high-resolution stereo sensors have been installed in the rear of the Phantom 4 Pro Plus.
Combined with a pair in the front of the drone, and new infrared sensing systems to the sides, the Phantom 4 Pro Plus has the most advanced collision detection of any consumer DJI drone to date.
Overall, the network of sensors provides a total of 5 directions for obstacle sensing and 4 directions for avoidance.
This provides you with peace of mind when attempting to navigate narrow flight routes or avoid obstructions.
Remote controller with built-in screen
Included with the Phantom 4 Pro Plus is the most up to date controller with LightBridge HD video transmission technology.
A 5.5-inch screen is integrated with the controller, offering 1000 cd/m2 brightness: more than twice as bright as conventional smartphones and tablets. This helps to view the screen in direct sunlight.
The integrated screen now avoids the need to use your personal mobile device during flights for Live View. The software is also fully integrated, rather than relying on the mobile application, for faster operation and response.
Pilots can choose to use either 2.4GHz or 5.8GHz when connecting the controller to the drone - this can cut through interference in built-up areas to eliminate input lag. The maximum video transmission range between controller and drone is 4.3 miles (7 km), provided a direct line of sight and optimum conditions.
Further integrated into the controller is an HDMI port, micro SD card slot, microphone, loudspeaker and WiFi. There are also editing features built directly into the controller. This allows for editing and sharing on the move.
This is an excellent addition for automated waypoint control during flight. Using the screen of the controller in Live View mode, simply draw a flight path. Your Phantom 4 Pro Plus will now follow this route autonomously, avoiding any obstacles that may appear in its path.
Using Draw, a pilot can set out a path then focus solely on the camera control for complex shooting.
Draw operates in both standard and manual modes. Standard has the drone following the planned route at a constant speed, with the camera trained ahead in the direction of flight. Manual will set the drone to fly/stop on instruction, and provide the pilot with full directional control of the camera.
With ActiveTrack, you can identify subjects to follow. The Phantom 4 Pro Plus can then follow them as they move, keeping them in the frame even at high speeds.
This mode can be used to more easily obtain complex and difficult tracking shots of fast-moving people, animals or vehicles, that would otherwise require precise piloting and camera control simultaneously.
3 options are available in ActiveTrack: Trace, Profile and Spotlight.
Trace follows behind or in front of the subject with automatic obstacle avoidance. Profile flies alongside a subject with varying angles. Spotlight keeps the camera trained on the subject with free flight surrounding it.
Similar to Draw, TapFly provides you with the ability to fly anywhere in view of the camera with a tap on the screen of your controller. This allows for a simplified automatic flight to a set waypoint, where you might not need fine control.
TapFLy can operate either Forward (toward the tap location) or Backwards (away from the tap location).
Free mode travels the drone towards the tap and unlocks the camera for full directional control (obstacle avoidance not currently supported in TapFly Free mode).
Return To Home (RTH)
Always aware of the remaining battery flight time and where it has been, Phantom 4 Pro Plus features the most advanced Return To Home feature of any consumer DJI model.
If the control signal from your controller is lost, Phantom 4 Pro Plus will automatically return on the route it took to its current location, intelligently avoiding any new obstacles that may appear.
The drone also remembers the scene below its takeoff point and will compare this against what it can see at return. This allows the drone to avoid any new obstacles, including water, and either land in a suitable spot close by, or hover at a low altitude ready to be collected.
Return To Home will be activated automatically when the control signal is lost, when the battery has depleted to a point whereby there is only slightly more than enough flight time remaining to return, or when requested by the pilot.
The Phantom 4 Pro Plus software can now recognise subject's gestures. If a person is in the camera's frame, they can face the camera and lift their arms. The camera will centre the subject in the frame and start a 3-second countdown - enough time to strike a pose - before an image is captured.
For any UAV the compass and IMU modules are very important to ensure stable flight. Phantom 4 Pro Plus has two of each and constantly compares the data for both. Complex algorithms check the paired data to counter any inaccuracies for the smoothest possible journey.
At 30 minutes this is now the longest available flight time for a consumer DJI drone.
Via the DJI GO app integrated into the controller, you can get a real-time display of remaining battery capacity and flight time.
You can also receive warnings and alerts as you approach the maximum safe distance from takeoff, calculated by remaining flight time.
Within the battery is an intelligent battery care system to avoid overcharging or draining, maintaining the maximum capacity for as long as possible. When stored, batteries will discharge slowly to maintain good health.
The DJI GO app is fully integrated into the Phantom 4 Pro Plus Controller. From this, you have access to several Intelligent Flight Modes.
There is also a professional camera mode with settings for ISO, aperture, shutter speed, saved image formats and much more.
Live view from the camera, flight data and statistics, battery life and video transmission strength/status are all also available.
No Fly Zones
It is the responsibility of the drone / UAV pilot to respect no-fly zones and local aviation laws when controlling their DJI Phantom product.
DJI has a page dedicated to listing no-fly zones in many developed countries. Click HERE to stay updated.
A No Fly Zones feature is incorporated into DJI products which, using GPS to locate the drone's position, should stop them from entering restricted areas.
This should not be relied upon however in the case of hardware / GPS failure, and the pilot should always remain vigilant of their location.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro Plus Downloads
Manuals, desktop software, and DJI firmware can all be downloaded from the official DJI website HERE
DJI Phantom 4 Pro Plus Specifications
Weight (Battery & Propellers Included)
Diagonal Size (Propellers Excluded)
Max Ascent Speed
- S-mode: 6 m/s
- P-mode: 5 m/s
Max Descent Speed
- S-mode: 4 m/s
- P-mode: 3 m/s
- S-mode: 45 mph (72 kph)
- A-mode: 36 mph (58 kph)
- P-mode: 31 mph (50 kph)
Max Tilt Angle
- S-mode: 42°
- A-mode: 35°
- P-mode: 25°
Max Angular Speed
- S-mode: 250°/s
- A-mode: 150°/s
Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level
Max Wind Speed Resistance
Max Flight Time
Operating Temperature Range
- 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
Satellite Positioning Systems
Hover Accuracy Range Vertical:
- ±0.1 m (with Vision Positioning)
- ±0.5 m (with GPS Positioning)
Hover Accuracy Range Horizontal:
- ±0.3 m (with Vision Positioning)
- ±1.5 m (with GPS Positioning)
- Forward Vision System
- Backwards Vision System
- Downward Vision System
- ≤31 mph (50 kph) at 6.6 ft (2 m) above ground
Obstacle Sensory Range
- 70°(Front and Rear)
- 50°(Left and Right)
Measuring Frequency Forward
Measuring Frequency Backward
Measuring Frequency Downward
Operating Environment Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting
- 84° 8.8 mm/24 mm (35 mm format equivalent)
- f/2.8 - f/11 auto focus at 1 m - ∞
ISO Range Video
- 100 - 3200 (Auto)
- 100 - 6400 (Manual)
ISO Range Photo
- 100 - 3200 (Auto)
- 100- 12800 (Manual)
Mechanical Shutter Speed
Electronic Shutter Speed
- 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 5472 × 3648
- 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4864 × 3648
- 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 5472 × 3078
PIV Image Size
- 4096×2160(4096×2160 24/25/30/48/50p)
- 3840×2160(3840×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p)
- 2720×1530(2720×1530 24/25/30/48/50/60p)
- 1920×1080(1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p)
- 1280×720(1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p)
Still Photography Modes
- Single Shot
- Burst Shooting: 3/5/7/10/14 frames
- Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
- Interval: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 s
Video Recording Modes (H.265)
- C4K:4096×2160 24/25/30p @100Mbps
- 4K:3840×2160 24/25/30p @100Mbps
- 2.7K:2720×1530 24/25/30p @65Mbps
- 2.7K:2720×1530 48/50/60p @80Mbps
- FHD:1920×1080 24/25/30p @50Mbps
- FHD:1920×1080 48/50/60p @65Mbps
- FHD:1920×1080 120p @100Mbps
- HD:1280×720 24/25/30p @25Mbps
- HD:1280×720 48/50/60p @35Mbps
- HD:1280×720 120p @60Mbps
Video Recording Modes (H.264)
- C4K:4096×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p @100Mbps
- 4K:3840×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p @100Mbps
- 2.7K:2720×1530 24/25/30p @80Mbps
- 2.7K:2720×1530 48/50/60p @100Mbps
- FHD:1920×1080 24/25/30p @60Mbps
- FHD:1920×1080 48/50/60 @80Mbps
- FHD:1920×1080 120p @100Mbps
- HD:1280×720 24/25/30p @30Mbps
- HD:1280×720 48/50/60p @45Mbps
- HD:1280×720 120p @80Mbps
Max Video Bitrate
Supported File Systems
- FAT32 (≤32 GB)
- exFAT (>32 GB)
- DNG (RAW)
- JPEG + DNG
- MP4/MOV (AVC/H.264; HEVC/H.265)
Supported SD Cards
- Micro SD (Max Capacity 128GB)
- Write speed ≥15MB/s, Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required
Operating Temperature Range
- 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
APP / LIVE VIEW
Live View Working Frequency
Live View Quality
- Phantom 4 Pro Plus: 220 ms (depending on conditions and mobile device)
- Phantom 4 Pro Plus +:160 - 180 ms
Required Operating Systems
- iOS 9.0 or later
- Android 4.4.0 or later
- 3-axis (pitch, roll, yaw)
Controllable Range Pitch
Max Controllable Angular Speed Pitch
Angular Control Accuracy
INFRARED SENSING SYSTEM
Obstacle Sensory Range
- 0.6 - 23 feet (0.2 - 7 m)
- FOV 70° (Horizontal)
- ±10° (Vertical)
Operating Environment Surface with diffuse reflection material, and reflectivity
- > 8% (such as wall, trees, humans, etc.)
- 2.400 - 2.483 GHz
- 5.725 - 5.825 GHz
Max Transmission Distance (2.400 - 2.483 GHz (Unobstructed, free of interference))
- FCC: 4.3 mi (7 km)
- CE: 2.2 mi (3.5 km)
- SRRC: 2.5 mi (4 km)
Max Transmission Distance 5.725 - 5.825 GHz ((Unobstructed, free of interference))
- FCC: 4.3 mi (7 km)
- CE: 1.2 mi (2 km)
- SRRC: 3.1 mi (5 km)
Operating Temperature Range
- 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
Transmitter Power (EIRP) (2.400 - 2.483 GHz)
- FCC: 26 dBm
- CE: 17 dBm
- SRRC: 20 dBm
Transmitter Power (EIRP) 5.725 - 5.825 GHz
- FCC: 28 dBm
- CE: 14 dBm
- SRRC: 20 dBm
Video Output Port
Mobile Device Holder
- GL300E: Built-in display device (5.5-inch screen, 1920×1080, 1000 cd/m2, Android system, 4 GB RAM+16 GB ROM)
- GL300F: Tablets and smartphones
INTELLIGENT FLIGHT BATTERY
Charging Temperature Range
- 41° to 104°F (5° to 40°C)
Max Charging Power
Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions about the DJI Phantom 4 Pro. This information is taken directly from the official DJI website.This information is taken directly from the official DJI website.
This information is taken directly from the official DJI website.
What is the difference between the Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 Pro Plus?
Both models are identical in features and functionality, except for their remote controllers.
The Pro Plus controller includes an integrated tablet in its remote controller instead of a smartphone/tablet holder. The tablet has 16 GB of internal storage space (with 9.5GB available). It sports an extremely bright (1,000cd/m2) 5.5-inch 1080p screen, overcoming the challenges of glare when shooting outdoors and in direct sunlight. It comes loaded with the DJI Go app, as well as some basic Android apps including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and a web browser.
The Phantom 4 Pro comes with a remote controller that leverages your smartphone or tablet. You just need to run the DJI Go app for control over your drone’s camera and to stream a live video feed. The Phantom 4 Pro ’s remote controller, on the other hand, has an integrated Android tablet.
While both remote controllers support dual frequencies for greater signal stability and interference resistance, the Phantom 4 Pro Plus has a five-hour battery life reducing the stress of re-charging when flying.
What are the main differences between the Phantom 4 Pro range and the Phantom 4 Advanced range?
The Phantom 4 Advanced inherits most of the functions of the Phantom 4 Pro.
However, in order to increase affordability, unlike the Phantom 4 Pro, the Phantom 4 Advanced does not have rear vision sensors and two infrared sensors in its FlightAutonomy system.
Also, the Advanced range's remote controller does not support the 5.8 GHz frequency band and TapFly Backward has been removed.
What are the main differences between the Phantom 4 Pro range and standard Phantom 4?
The Phantom 4 Pro has an updated camera that shoots at 4K/60fps at a bitrate of 100Mbps. It can capture stills up to 20-megapixels, creating dramatically better images.
The Flight Autonomy system adds dual rear vision sensors and two Time of Flight range imaging cameras for a total of 5 directions of obstacle-sensing with a range of up to 30m in all directions.
The upgraded Lightbridge HD video transmission system offers an extended maximum transmission range of 4.3 miles (7km) and also enables you to switch between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz. It can also be used with an optional, integrated monitor for even more reliable transmission.
Operators are also further empowered with a new suite of ActiveTrack and TapFly functions. The aircraft’s Intelligent Flight Battery also have increased capacity by 520mAh to enable an extended flight time of 30 minutes.
What is new about the Phantom 4 Pro’s camera?
The Phantom 4 Pro camera is equipped with a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor and has a manually adjustable aperture from F2.8 to F11. It also supports autofocus by half-pressing the shutter button and has a focus range, from 1m to infinity.
Always refocus before capturing additional shots in the event that the subject has moved beyond the focus point. Focus at infinity if the subject is over 98ft (30m) away. Refocusing is also needed when switching from close shots to long shots during recording.
What advantages does the Phantom 4 Pro have for shooting video?
The Phantom 4 Pro is able to record UHD 4K (4096 x 2160) at 60fps, at a maximum bitrate of 100Mbps using the H.264 codec and also supports H.265.
It also allows you to capture still images while filming. The Phantom 4 Pro's camera sensor is also larger than before, ensuring clearer images.
What is the resolution and format of the photos captured while recording video?
Photos will be captured as JPEG in the same resolution as the video recording.
What is the advantage using the new H.265 video format?
H.265 retains 50% more information than H.264, creating more detailed and vivid images.
What’s the benefit of having a mechanical shutter?
An electronic shutter may cause artefacts and distortion, such as "jello", when shooting fast moving objects. A mechanical shutter prevents this and guarantees a high-quality image.
Does the Phantom 4 Pro support focus?
Tap a point on the display to focus at that point after switching from metering to focus modes.
Autofocus can also be triggered by half-pressing the shutter button, before fully pressing the shutter to capture an image. Focus can be set between 1m and infinity.
What are the main features of the Phantom 4 Pro camera lens?
The Phantom 4 Pro uses a brand new camera lens optimised for aerial imaging, with an aperture range from F2.8 to F11 and a 24mm equivalent focal length.
It is equipped with a mechanical shutter and adjustable aperture range, with autofocus support.
Obstacle Sensing System
When do the infrared sensing system work during flight?
Only in Beginner mode and Tripod mode.
How does the infrared sensing system work?
Available in Beginner Mode and Tripod Mode only, the infrared sensing system has a sensing field with 70° horizontal and 20° vertical angles.
The radiated infrared light is reflected back by obstacles, allowing the sensors to “see” them at a distance of up to 23ft (7m) by calculating the difference in projection and reflection times and using this information to create a 3D model of the environment and obstacles in it.
What improvements have been made to the Phantom 4 Pro’s obstacle sensing system?
Phantom 4 Pro’s maximum front obstacle sensing range has been extended to 98ft (30m), with the rear sensing system sharing the same capability.
Additionally, the Phantom 4 Pro is equipped with infrared sensors on both sides of the aircraft, precisely detecting the distance between the aircraft and obstacles within a range of up to 22ft (7m).
Is there any difference between the front and rear obstacle sensing systems?
Are the Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Pro remote controllers compatible with each other?
What’s new in the Phantom 4 Pro remote controller?
The Phantom 4 Pro is compatible with two types of controllers, standard and optional. both can switch between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz frequency bands with a maximum controllable range of 4.3mi (7km) (Unobstructed, free of interference, FCC compliant.). Both can focus by half-pressing the shutter release button. The Phantom 4 Pro
Both can focus by half-pressing the shutter release button. The Phantom 4 Pro
The Phantom 4 Pro has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, with 1000 cd/m2 brightness and built-in DJI GO app. Its remote controller is also equipped with HDMI port, Micro SD slot, microphone, loudspeaker and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Can I detach the integrated display from the Phantom 4 Pro ?
Can I connect an iOS device or Android device to the Phantom 4 Pro to use DJI GO?
Does the Phantom 4 Pro have a built-in loudspeaker and microphone?
What is the resolution of the Phantom 4 Pro ’s display?
1920 x 1080
What apps are preloaded on the Phantom 4 Pro screen?
Popular social media apps and DJI GO.
What operating system does Phantom 4 Pro controller use?
It uses a customised DJI system.
Can I download other apps onto the Phantom 4 Pro controller?
No. Currently, the Phantom 4 Pro controller does not support downloading additional third party apps.
Do the Phantom 4 Pro controllers support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity?
They support Wi-Fi but not Bluetooth.
Which Intelligent Flight Modes included on the Phantom 4 Pro?
- AR Route
- TapFly Backward
- TapFly Free in Tap Fly mode
- Spotlight in ActiveTrack
- Draw and Gesture Mode
It also supports Narrow Sensing and uses new RTH algorithms.
How is Phantom 4 Pro’s Smart Return Home improved?
The new Smart Return Home forms a map of its environment in real-time. The aircraft will choose the best flight path to return home and senses as far as 300m to avoid obstacles more effectively.
If the control signal is lost, the Phantom 4 Pro will retrace its original path to regain its connection. When it reconnects, it will return to home following a straight route. If it fails to regain connection, it will also revert to straight line RTH.
How to use Narrow Sensing?
Set C1 or C2 as activation switch for Narrow Sensing. When flying in a complex environment, activate Narrow Sensing and the aircraft will adjust its sensing range and flying speed to fly through narrows gaps.
Can I use Phantom 4 propellers on the Phantom 4 Pro?
How is Phantom 4 Pro’s propulsion system optimised?
It has the same Sport Mode max speed as the Phantom 4 and faster Obstacle Avoidance enabled flight, achieving 31mph (50kph).
Video Transmission System
What is the difference between Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Pro Lightbridge systems?
The Phantom 4 Pro uses a new dual-signal Lightbridge video transmission system. It has a transmission distance of up to 4.3mi (7km) (Unobstructed, free of interference, FCC compliant). Users can also switch between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz control frequencies to cut through any interference.
Users can also switch between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz control frequencies to cut through any interference.
Batteries & Battery Charger
Are the Phantom 4 Pro batteries and battery charger compatible with the Phantom 4?
What is the capacity of the Phantom 4 Pro battery? How much has the flight time been extended compared to the Phantom 4?
The battery capacity is 5870mAh. It flies for two additional minutes compared to the Phantom 4.
During upgrading, if the level of flight battery or controller battery drops below 50%, will the upgrading process fail?
Yes. Always use a battery with more than 50% power when upgrading.
What if battery firmware is not consistent with the upgraded aircraft?
Use DJI GO to upgrade the battery firmware to the appropriate version.
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