The Phantom 4 is an iconic drone from DJI that cannot be ignored. The Phantom 4 is still a crowd favorite even though various competitors are trying to beat it.
The DJI Phantom 4 does have drawbacks. However, you can forget about its flaws and enjoy its many exciting features.
Currently, the latest Phantom 4 series is experiencing many innovations and feature updates. DJI Phantom4 V2.0 can provide an enjoyable flight experience.
The physical form of the Phantom 4 V2.0 is much fatter but with slimmer arms. The result gives the impression of a solid and high-quality body.
This DJI quadcopter features a fixed gimbal system for image stabilization with an internal non-replaceable camera. The Phantom 4’s 3-axis gimbal is now connected to the body and damper plates.
Like other DJI flagship drones, the latest Phantom model also has advanced security features. What is quite striking is the presence of the Failsafe/Return to Home feature. This feature automatically makes the quadcopter return to the pilot in the event of an incident, such as a connection drop, battery drain, etc.
Phantom 4 V2.0 also has a feature called ActiveTrack. With ActiveTrack, you can tag an object on your smartphone or tablet. Then, the drone will follow the thing as it moves.
Phantom 4 Camera Specifications
The most eye-catching part of the Phantom 4 is the camera. Every aspect of the camera has been significantly improved, including sensor size, resolution, and image processing system.
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 features a camera with f/2.8-f/11, a wide-angle (24mm) lens, and a 1-inch CMOS sensor. The result is recording 4K video at 60 fps/100Mbps and shooting 20MP stills.
The Phantom allows you to record video in D-Log mode and the H.265 codec for highly sharp, professional-looking video footage. The Phantom 4 V2.0 output is considered better than the DJI Mavic 2 Pro recordings.
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 comes with a mechanical shutter that eliminates the rolling shutter effect. This kind of shutter makes the drone ideal for commercial applications such as mapping.
The Phantom 4 V2.0 onboard camera is remodeled using a 1-inch 20-megapixel CMOS sensor.
The specially engineered Phantom 4 V2.0 lens marks the first DJI quadcopter to use a mechanical shutter. To eliminate rolling shutter distortion when taking pictures of fast-moving objects or when flying at high speeds.
Advanced camera sensors and processors ensure all the camera capabilities can capture more image detail and data needed for professional results.
The DJI Phantom 4 V2.0 drone camera system enhances everything that makes the Phantom 4 even more iconic. As a result, the pilot adjusts the camera settings for various needs to capture images.
DJI Phantom 4’s Best Camera Settings
To access Phantom 4’s camera settings, click on advanced camera settings in the DJI Go 4 app.
You will see three main icons, namely Aperture, Camera, and Gear icon. You can see details of each setting below for the best aerial and film photos.
A. Aperture Icon
There are several settings you can see when entering the Aperture icon options. Here’s an explanation of each:
1. Auto Mode
When selecting automatic mode, the Phantom 4’s camera settings are sensor-based. Accordingly, ISO, aperture, and shutter speed settings are automatically adjusted according to the landscape and lighting conditions around the camera object.
2. Aperture Priority
By selecting this mode, the shutter speed and ISO can be adjusted automatically. However, the setting of an aperture can be changed manually during flight.
Aperture can be interpreted as the opening of the light hole in the lens: the more significant the space, the lighter enters, and vice versa.
Aperture is measured in f-stops, such as f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, and f/11.
3. Shutter Speed Priority
The Phantom 4’s shutter speed setting is the opposite of the aperture setting above.
When a shutter speed is selected, the aperture and ISO are set automatically. In contrast, the shutter speed setting can be changed while flying.
The Phantom 4’s manual camera setup allows pilots to control ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed while flying. This mode is quite a complicated setup mode for beginners.
For a good understanding of manual settings, it is better to use a DSLR or mirrorless camera.
B. Camera Icon
Click into advanced camera settings and select the middle tab for the camera.
1. Video Size
Of course, the best option for shooting video on the fly is in 4K video resolution. There are two choices of 4K video resolution, namely 4096 x 2160 and 3840 x 2160.
Pilots also have the option of recording at 24, 30, 48, or 60 frames per second in 4K resolution.
2. Video Formats
This option is a choice of file type and video format. The possibilities are as follows;
- MP4. Select the .MP4 format if later the video is processed on a Windows computer.
- MOV. Select the .MOV video format if the video is later processed on an Apple computer.
The Phantom 4 NTSC/PAL camera format settings need to be considered and adjusted to the country of domicile.
NTSC stands for National Television Standards Committee. NTSC is usually the standard broadcast format in the United States. This video format uses color transmission produced at 60 hertz.
PAL stands for Phase Alternating Line. PAL is usually the standard broadcast format in Europe, Australia, and some Asian countries. This video format uses color transmission at 50 hertz.
A common problem with this format is that the pilot records in the NTSC settings. Then play the recording in the PAL format video player. Or vice versa.
4. White Balance
Having the correct white balance will have a dramatic effect on the captured image. The Phantom 4 provides six white balance options.
The safest option is to choose an automatic mode, which is already excellent. However, the pilot can adjust it to the weather when flying. So choose Sunny or Cloudy mode.
5. Stylish Camera
There are three types of settings in Phantom 4, namely Standard, Landscape, and Soft. However, there are also Custom settings.
Each has a different level of sharpness, contrast, and saturation. The values are in the range of -3 to +3 for each setting.
In general, the option that is often used is the Standard option. After that, the contrast, saturation, or sharpness adjustments are made in the computer editing process.
6. Color Profile
The color profile can be said to be a kind of digital filter. Color profile settings will provide various color range options for the captured image.
However, to be on the safe side, it’s better to record images without a color profile. Because later, namely in the editing process, the color range can be adjusted in such away.
7. Camera Video Coding
There are two options for encoding camera video on the Phantom 4 drone, namely H264 and H265.
Two choices of video compression standards are commonly used in work activities. Generally, H264 is more widely used than H265. However, H265 is considered to have better compression quality than H264.
With sensors and the ability to shoot up to 4K video at 60fps, the Phantom 4 is a pro-level drone. Of course, Phantom 4 is the best choice for cinematographers or those doing the visual mapping. With a variety of features and capabilities, the performance of the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 certainly does not disappoint.