DJI Phan­tom 4

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a bi­cy­cle. It uses the same familiar re­mote con­trol lay­out. Nev­er­the­less, vet­er­ans will find that the Phan­tom 4 is an eas­ier drone to pi­lot, and with ‘Sports' mode ac­ti­vated, an even more fun drone to pi­lot as well. We'll elab­o­rate on the mode in a later para­graph.

New and first-time pi­lots will find that con­trol­ling the Phan­tom 4 is easy. Its built-in in­tel­li­gence and new ob­sta­cle avoid­ance sys­tems en­sure that chances of crash­ing are kept to a min­i­mum.

Pi­lots also have ac­cess to the drone's in­tel­li­gent modes, which is a mixed bag of tools. We were im­pressed with the Phan­tom 4's ‘Fol­low' mode, which al­lows even the new­est of be­gin­ners to take pro­fes­sional-look­ing track­ing shots. How­ever, the ‘Or­bit' mode was awk­ward to set up and rather un­in­tu­itive.

For those look­ing for thrills, the Phan­tom 4 has a heart­stop­ping top speed of 72km/h in ‘Sports' mode. In this mode, the Phan­tom 4 is as re­spon­sive as a top-notch racer. Al­though fun, all of the drone's an­ti­col­li­sion sen­sors are turned off, while the bat­tery drains at an ac­cel­er­ated rate.

Photo and video qual­ity on the Phan­tom 4 is ab­so­lutely stel­lar. We saw bet­ter res­o­lu­tion and de­tails on the edges, very low oc­cur­rences where the pro­pel­ler or land­ing gear is vis­i­ble, as well as smoother-look­ing shots. The video was so smooth that it could pass as be­ing shot with a more ex­pen­sive drone, such as the In­spire 1. by

The Vi­sion Po­si­tion­ing sen­sors un­der­neath the Phan­tom 4 makes it eas­ier to con­trol and hover in place.

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