Comparison: DJI Phantom 4 Pro and DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

Without much tam-tam, the drone market leader from China has the DJI Phantom 4 Pro in a new version, namely as DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 released. Some technical improvements result from the update, but no quantum leaps. What the comparison of the two entry-level drones for professional aerial photography as photo and video looks like, I have summarized for you in the following. What do you think of the little upgrade and what do you think of it DJI event on July 18, 2018 expected, you are welcome to announce that as a comment;)

I only recently recognized the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 as such. The comparison to the first version is not extensive.

I only recently recognized the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 as such. The comparison to the first version is not extensive.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

I just noticed by the way that DJI had released a V2 of the P4P drone. It was a while ago, but they didn't seem to have presented it in a big way, otherwise I would have registered it. Therefore, I would like to give everyone who is now also subtly surprised what the technical data and the differences to the first version are, a small overview. According to one Thread In the DJI user forum, the new OcuSync video transmission seems to be particularly important for interested users, with which the DJI goggles can be better addressed. Likewise, the noise generated by the low-noise propeller and a new motor control (as with the Mavic Pro Platinum) is noticeably lower.

In addition, DJI goes to the Shop page In addition to obstacle detection, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 also uses this technology as a special feature of the upgrade drone:

The new Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 has the powerful OcuSync HD image transmission system, which allows automatic switching between two frequency bands and wireless connection with the DJI Goggles (or DJI Googles RE). Like the Phantom 4 Pro and Advanced, the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is equipped with a 1-inch 20 megapixel sensor that is able to record videos in 4K at 60 frames per second. The FlightAutonomy system has dual rear-facing sensors and two infrared sensors, which allows obstacle detection in five directions and also obstacle avoidance in 4 directions.

V1 and V2 - Comparison of the DJI Phantom 4 Pro versions

In the following I have put together a table for you with the most outstanding differences between the DJI Phantom 4 Pro and the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0. At the end you will also find the link to the official product website of the manufacturer from China. In addition to the information here, you will also find all the other specs as well as information on the battery, gimbal, camera, recording modes for photos and videos, compatibility with accessories, etc. 

DJI Phantom 4 Pro DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0
Weight 1.388 g

1.375 g

OcuSync

no ja
Propeller regular, loud

up to 4 dB quieter thanks to new propellers; In practice, 4 dB means up to 60% quieter

Control of the motors by the drive system (ESC)

rectangular shape more efficient sinusoidal shape
similarities

Pretty much everything else

Price

(was replaced by V2.0, so also € 1.699) 1.699 €
View / Buy

Via version 1 link

Via version 2 link

Advantages of the new version as a graphic. Source: DJI

Advantages of the new version as a graphic. At the very bottom you can see the motor control, which now controls the propeller motors much more efficiently and quietly with a sinusoidal signal. Source: DJI

Is it worth buying a new one or upgrading?

If you already own a DJI Phantom 4 Pro, the purchase of the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is certainly not the most sensible thing after the comparison. In Germany in particular, there are fewer problems with image transmission through the Lightbridge due to the short flight distances allowed. For people who often operate at great distances and who regularly struggle with image dropouts, the upgrade should be exciting.

The fact that the V2 of the Phantom 4 Pro is up to 60% quieter in practice is also an advantage for filmmakers and photographers who work in urban areas or in tourist regions or at events. The quiet motors and propellers mean less attention and therefore less discussion with bystanders.

Anyone entering the world of (semi-) professional photo and video recordings from the air and doing it 4K or C4K recordings want to enjoy at 60 fps (H.264) or 30 fps (H.265), you might want to hit it. On the shop page linked above you will also find a savings bundle with the DJI goggles for € 2.148. Including a remote control that has its own display (5,5 inches, 1080p), the drone costs € 1.999. The total price of the drone, standard accessories, display controller and goggles is € 2.448. Details and pictures on the linked page.

In my opinion, the Phantom 4 Pro V2 is an excellent drone that can be used for professional videos as well as for photographs and measurements. The P4P even masters low-light situations with flying colors, as the camera can still be operated with relatively little noise even with ISO 3200.

Buy the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 / V1

If you want to get the Phantom 4 Pro V2 (would be my recommendation!), You will find the link to the DJI shop page here:

DJI drones in test and comparison

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