If you are reading this article, you are probably looking for a new drone to purchase. But Mavic’s 12 MP camera is not providing enough details for your needs and Inspire 2 is way too expensive and bulky. So here you are, considering Phantom 4 Advanced vs Phantom 4 Pro. Before we start, I should say that both P4A and P4P are amazing mid-range drones with 1-inch camera sensors. Of course, in order to help you make a final decision, let’s get deeper into this step by step.

Phantom 4 Advanced vs Pro Comparison Video:

Design and build quality

If you have had any of the DJI products before, you probably know what kind of quality you should expect from this brand. It is very solid and well built. Even though it’s made of plastic, it doesn’t feel loose and plasticky like Yuneec drones or GoPro Karma. But we can not fully appreciate this design, mostly because it looks very standard and boring.

Phantom 4 Advanced vs Pro

All the Phantoms look pretty much the same, and Phantom 4 Series UAV’s have even more similarities in design. However, when you compare the design of Phantom 4 Advanced vs Pro you will find out only 2 major differences:

  1. Phantom 4 Advanced has no backward facing obstacle avoidance.
  2. Phantom 4 Advanced has no infrared TOF sensors on both sides.

Other than that it’s all the same, simple and clean.

Camera

Phantom 4 Pro Camera and Phantom 4 Advanced Cameras are absolutely identical. There is no difference, neither in the external design, nor in the internal components. Both drones are using 20 Megapixels 1 inch Sony Exmor Sensor. Same sensor as the point and shoot camera Sony RX100 Mark 5 is using right now.

Phantom 4 Advanced Camera

Here are the main features of the Phantom 4 Advanced and Phantom 4 Pro cameras:

  • Mechanical shutter (reduces the rolling shutter effect)
  • H.265 Video codec (provides better quality 4K video than H.264 on P4 and Mavic)
  • ISO Range 100 – 12800
  • 20 Megapixels still images resolution
  • 4K video at 60 fps

The DXO Mark chart shows how much the camera of Phantom 4 Advanced vs Pro has improved since the times of regular Phantom 4. You also can read more about drone cameras on DXO Mark.

dji phantom 4 pro vs dji phantom 4Overall, both UAV’s have the best camera in its class in the world and there are no other mid-range drones cameras can be compared with P4P and P4A.

Remote Controller

Putting Phantom 4 Advanced vs Pro side by side, the remote controller becomes one of the main differences between 2 models. The Phantom 4 Pro model is using RC on 2 different frequencies: 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz, which allows it to avoid the signal interference by switching between those 2 frequencies depending on the flight distance and environment. Phantom 4 Advanced is only using 2.4 GHz so the signal strength and stability might be not as good as the P4 Pro. Even though DJI’s official specs suggest that both drones can fly 7km or 4.3 mi, it is more likely that only Phantom 4 Pro can reach that distance in normal circumstances.

Phantom 4 Advanced Remote controller

Comparing Phantom 4 Advanced vs Pro we should mention that both have a “+” version of the remote controller that has a built-in 5.5 inch super bright (1000 nit) Screen. However, Pro controller can’t be used on Advanced drone and vice versa.

Sensors 

Another major point that makes P4 Adv cheaper is that it has fewer sensors than Phantom 4 Professional.

   Phantom 4 Pro sensors:

  • 2 front facing vision sensors
  • 2 backward facing vision sensors
  • 2 downwards facing vision sensors
  • 2 sonar sensors
  • 2 IMU’s
  • 2 Compasses
  • 2 GPS modules
  • 2 TOF infrared sensors on both

Phantom 4 Advanced sensors:

  • 2 front facing vision sensors
  • 2 backward facing vision sensors
  • 2 downwards facing vision sensors
  • 2 sonar sensors
  • 2 IMU’s
  • 2 Compasses
  • 2 GPS modules
  • 2 TOF infrared sensors on sides

Phantom 4 Advanced vs Pro

It is necessary to mention that Phantom 4 Pro’s TOF infrared sensors are only working in the tripod mode and beginner mode. That is why it’s not a big deal that DJI didn’t add those into the Advanced model. Users barely ever use side sensors anyway. But the lack of the backward facing obstacle avoidance might become a drawback for you. Most of the greatest aerial shots were taken when flying backward and a lot of drones have been crashed into the tree, building or other obstacles. But unlike the P4P, Advanced will not “cover your back”.

Flight Modes

Both, Phantom 4 Advanced and Phantom 4 Pro have a lot of different flight modes. Such as: Draw mode, Active track, TapFly, Gesture, Course Lock, Point of interest, Waypoints and more.

However, there is no backward Taply on the Phantom 4 Advanced because it doesn’t have an obstacle avoidance on a back side of the drone. Other than that all the flight modes are pretty much the same.

DJI Flight modes

Battery and Flight Time

The fact that Phantom 4 Advanced is cheaper doesn’t mean that it’s flight time is shorter. Both Pro and Advanced can fly for as long as 30 minutes in perfect conditions, but for most situations, you can expect about 27 minutes of flight time.  These drones are providing the best flight time through out the range of the consumer-level drones on a market right now, as Mavic Pro can only fly for 25 minutes, GoPro Karma and Typhoon H reach only keep it in the air for about 20 minutes in real life. Battery life is definitely one of the major advantages of Phantom 4 Pro/Adv.

Phantom 4 advanced vs pro battery

Price

Of course, when considering buying any product, the price is very important. Recently released Phantom 4 Advanced is supposed to be more of a budget version of P4 Pro. So DJI has priced it at $1349 for the version with regular RC and $1649 for the model with a built-in super bright screen. Phantom 4 Pro Price goes all the way up to $1499  for the drone with regular RC and $1799 for one with the screen.

Phantom 4 Advanced vs Pro – Which one should you buy?

Please keep in mind that the price difference between those two drones is only $150 and that is not a lot when you are talking about $1500+ purchase. So, We Talk UAV can suggest you 3 wise ways to get maximum for your money:

  1. Just add the $150 USD and get the drone with all the features. Paying that extra price for 5.8 GHz RC and backward facing avoidance sensors totally worth it.
  2. Buy Phantom 4 Advanced. You can live without rear obstacle avoidance, for sure. The $150 difference can be spent on extra battery and give you additional 30 minutes of flight time. That will translate into twice more aerial videos and photos.
  3. Wait for it. Same as any other tech products, drones tend to drop the prices after 5-6 months after the release. Patience can save you a decent amount of money.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

When I’ve asked We Talk UAV teammates, which one would they buy, everyone said Pro. We have agreed that we would better pay 10% more and get a drone fully packed with features.

And what would be your choice?

BTW, Check out our video comparison of Phantom 4 Pro vs Phantom 4 here.

*Images used in this article were taken from the DJI’s official website, store or Youtube channel. 

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