The DJI Phantom 4 is one of the very best quadcopters with camera. It’s the new and improved version of the world’s most popular video drone. This stylish model outperforms almost every other drone in our quadcopter reviews with brilliant photos and videos, high-end design, and excellent smart flight technology.
Since you’re probably looking for an RC quadcopter with a camera, let’s talk about that first. DJI uses a proprietary camera system which offers ultra-sharp 4K at 30fps and Full HD 1080p at 120fps for regular and slow motion shots. That’s right, the Phantom is both a 4K and HD video drone, all in one. If you plan to do drone photography, the camera supports images in 12 megapixels (4000 x 3000 pixels), including in Adobe DNG RAW format. The updated f/2.8 lens is brand new in this fourth version of the popular drone, offering a broader field of view and delivering very nice and sharp images. The Phantom 4 also comes with DJI’s proven three-axis gimbal stabilization technology and a new hover function. Both work together to help you capture very stable and smooth shots. Vibration and wind interference are almost entirely eliminated and footage looks incredibly fluid. The drone also has a very precise GPS that helps it to navigate reliably. The impressive stability, image quality, and performance make it one of the top 4K drones currently available.
What else do you get? The Phantom 4 offers a great battery life and range. The drone flies for up to 30 minutes and as far as three miles (about five kilometers) at a speed of up to 45mph! The best part? You stay in control and can watch everything that happens with HD video. This reliable, low-latency link makes this live video drone ideal for pro-level aerial photos and videos where precision counts. DJI is the video quadcopter market leader for a reason, and the Phantom 4 is one of the best quadcopters for video production that you can buy. Tip: If you need even higher-end photo and video specs (i.e. 60fps 4K video and 20MP photos), we recommend the Phantom 4 Pro. Most people won’t need those capabilities, but it’s worth comparing the two.
The Phantom 4’s flight experience is excellent as well. It has a sensor that automatically recognizes and avoids obstacles. You can also control the drone by tapping your smartphone’s or tablet’s screen (using the free DJI GO app), and the Phantom 4 will change direction. New in this version of the drone is Active Track. It recognizes subjects you’re filming and automatically follow them.
All in all, the DJI Phantom 4 is one of the best quadcopters with a camera you can currently buy. Yes, there are camera drones with even higher video specs (like the Phantom 4 Pro and the DJI Inspire 1 Pro). However, the Phantom 4 offers premium photos and videos at a great price point. 4K video and 12MP photos, as well as the intelligent flight systems, make it a very future-proof investment with high resale value. Check out Phantom 4 kits here.