Further to the Inspire 2 Announcement DJI have announce the New Phantom 4 Pro.
This new upgraded version of the P4 has had an very big overhaul since the original Phantom 4 launch earlier in the year.
The adoption of titanium alloy and magnesium alloy construction increases the rigidity of the airframe and reduces weight, making the Phantom 4 Pro similar in weight to the Phantom 4, It’s flight control system is the same as the P4 but it now uses an upgraded Lightbridge HD video transmission system that adds 5.8 GHz transmission support with the ability to choose between 2.4Ghz and 5.8Ghz, this allows pilots to cut through interference and eliminates image lag caused when flying in an area with extensive interference.
The Lightbridge HD video transmission system used in the Phantom 4 Pro uses TDM (Time Division Multiplexing) to transmit signals, allowing it to send controller signals and receive video transmission signals at the same frequency. As the 2.4GHz frequency band is often affected by Wi-Fi, 4G cell towers, and other types of interference in urban areas, a 5.8Ghz band will increase transmission reliability. When switched on, the Phantom 4 Pro evaluates local signal levels, automatically choosing the transmission frequency with the lowest level of interference. This ensures the optimum range of a maximum video transmission of 4.3mi (7km)*
The first big change to the P4 Pro is its now fitted with a all new 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor capable of shooting a maximum of 4K/60fps video and Burst Mode stills at 14 fps, its also capable of recording 4K 30Fps in H265 as well.
DJI say its their first camera to use a mechanical aperture, this eliminates rolling shutter distortion that can occur when taking images of fast moving subjects or when flying at high speed, Its also fitted with a mechanical focus as well, In effect DJI believe it is as powerful as many traditional ground cameras out there.
With more powerful video processing it now supports 4K 60fps video on H.264 and 4K 30fps in H.265, both with a new 100Mbps bitrate, this means the sensors and processors can captured with more image detail than anything else in this class out there.
Sensor size is more important to image quality than the number of pixels because a larger sensor captures more information in every pixel, improving dynamic range, signal-to-noise ratio, and low light performance. The 1-inch 20-megapixel CMOS sensor in the Phantom 4 Pro is almost four times the size of the Phantom 4’s 1/2.3in sensor and it uses larger pixels. Maximum ISO is 12800 as well as increased contrast.
An enhanced video processing system allows video to be captured in cinema and production optimized DCI 4K/60 (4096 x 2160/60fps) at a bitrate of 100Mbps, enabling you to get high-resolution slow motion shots.
The Phantom 4 Pro also supports the H.265 video codec (Maximum resolution 4096X2160/30fps). For a given bitrate H.265 doubles the amount of image processing as H.264, resulting in significantly enhanced image quality. Record in the high dynamic range D-log mode to make the most of this image data for color grading.
This is a huge step forward compared to where we have been with the previous generation Phantom 4.
The Phantom 4 Pro has a new larger 5870mah battery, its the physical size as the original Phantom 4 pack and is believed to be backwards compatible with the Phantom 4, this new larger capacity battery allows a maximum flight time of 30 minutes providing more time in the air to capture the perfect shot. The DJI GO app shows battery lifetime and calculates remaining flight times according to distance traveled and more. It will give alerts when it reaches a minimum safe amount required for a safe journey back to the takeoff point. An advanced battery management system is also in place to prevent overcharging and over draining. When placed in longer term storage, batteries will discharge power to maintain good health.