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Planing to buy to Drone, finally.
My friend suggests me to bur Phantom 4 Pro+
Expecting some expert advice on this. Should I go ahead, or need to think again?
If you're going to use it for more narrative / controlled shoots, the Phantom 4 Advanced might be enough (and save you quite a bit). It uses the same camera, but you won't get the obstacle avoidance of the Pro and Pro+, and it's limited to the 2.4Ghz freq. band. The Pro+ also comes with a screen built into the controller, whereas with the Advanced and Pro you would need to use a phone or tablet.
I've used the Phantom 4 Advanced on quite a few shoots and never had an issue. Supposedly the 2.4GHz band is prone to WiFi interference if you fly in e.g. residential areas (since most home routers operate on this frequency), so that might be something to take into consideration. That said, you'd need a heck of a lot of active routers around to take up the entire band, and even if you were to lose contact with the drone the Return To Home (RTH) function will safely guide the drone back to you.
March 6, 2018 at 2:45AM, Edited March 6, 2:46AM
That's a great information. Thank you. Definitely, this will be taken into account.
I have just one more doubt, the dealer told me that 4 Pro and Pro+ are the same, except the additional monitor in the bag. Is that right? If I already have an iPad, can I save some bucks buying 4 Pro instead of Pro+?
March 7, 2018 at 10:37PM
Yes, if you have an iPad ready to use with the drone then the regular Pro will suit you just fine. The plus model is, as the dealer informed you, exactly the same but with a monitor of its own.
March 9, 2018 at 1:26PM
I owned a P4P+ until recently... it's a great drone for the price. For the moment I can't seem to justify spending 5 times as much to get a somewhat operational Inspire2 with the x7 camera.
But...I crashed my P4P+ a month ago. I haven't bothered to replace it because I dawned on me that the DJI has placed the P4 line in End Of Life.
With the already appalling customer service from DJI, End Of Life is not something I would want to add on top.
So I'm holding out for the next product in the Phantom family. Dunno when it will come tbh, but hopefully it will be worth the wait. I mean, the P4P does great video and decent photos, so the next will be just fine.
March 6, 2018 at 10:40AM, Edited March 6, 10:40AM
Thanks. But, I am not in a position to wait. Hopefully, they will release an amazing version.
By the way, how did your P+ crash? It is supposed to have sensors all around.
March 7, 2018 at 10:39PM
It crashed because after we were done shooting the drone shots, the still photographer took over for a small session. I decided to push the tempo and experiement a bit.
So... enabled Atti mode and went full speed across our scene, but at the return point I hadn't checked what was ahead of me (camera was tilted down), so I went full speed into a slope, then the drone tumbled down into a limestone lake.... oh well...
March 8, 2018 at 10:11AM
Don't forget to fathom in the cost for going commercial. In the UK it's £1,000 Permissions for Commercial Operations
March 7, 2018 at 1:02PM
It's a really big headache...!!
For the time being am not going for the license.
Oops.. that's scary.
March 21, 2018 at 7:41AM
I have the P4 PRO and my friend the Mavic Pro and we both went out to fly my picture quality was much much better and as it became night time the mavic was no good low light was shocking, I had the P3 PRO before and upgraded, to be honest the 3 was just as good, P4 is much slower, and if you put it in sports obstacle avoidance does not work so for me I would get a used P3 PRO for a fraction of the cost. I am scared to fly P4 PRO as it cost so much.
March 19, 2018 at 3:02PM