With all the buzz surrounding the DJI Spark drone, I kind of never really cared about the “announcement” ( yes we told you about it before anyone else ) of the Phantom 4 Advanced. So what is it and should you be excited?
Well, the Phantom 4 Advanced is effectively a Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Pro love child. It has features from both versions. The camera is updated to a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor capable of shooting 4K/60fps video and burst stills at 14 fps. It has the 5 vision sensors giving it 2-directions of obstacle sensing. The frame has been updated to use the same titanium alloy and magnesium alloy construction making it stronger and more rigid and lighter than the Phantom 4.
Costing $1,349 this is not a cheap “alternative” drone to the Phantom 4 Pro as it’s only $150 cheaper than it. Also only $150 more expensive than the original Phantom 4. So what the hell DJI? Why make a drone that nobody will really want especially where it has been priced. No-one in their right mind would purchase it over the P4P.
How it compares to the P4P:
1: Battery is the same.
2: Camera is the same as the P4P
3: The video/photo capability is the same.
4: Rear Obstacle Avoidance Sensors not included.
5: Side IR Sensors not included.
No 5.8Ghz band support.
How it compares to the P4:
1: Camera is far more superior than the P4.
2: Forward obstacle sensing is 98ft compared to the P4’s 49ft
3: The battery gives you 30 minutes compared to the P4 28 ( although the batteries are backwards compatible )
4: Little bit lighter at 1368g compared to the P4 at 1380g
So my though on this, forget about it, move on and buy a P4P. In the long run you will be happier you spent an extra $150.
One good thing, whatever DJI are announcing on the 23rd April, it will not be this waste of time forgettable drone. But if this is the drone for you, head over to the DJI site to waste your money.