The DJI Phantom 4 Pro V 2.0 – What’s New?
Back in May, DJI announced that they were unveiling a brand-new drone.
The Chinese giants didn’t make a huge song and dance about the release of their new release; as we later found out that it was not a completely new aircraft, but an update of the fantastic Phantom 4 Pro – the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 – adding yet another edition to the Phantom family.
To the naked eye, the V2.0 pretty much looks exactly the same; the camera comes with the same one-inch sensor which can deliver 20 megapixels and 4K/60fps video while the battery life, flight time and obstacle avoidance has also remained the same.
However, while much has stayed the same, DJI have made a few upgrades to the drone which may interest you.
Similar to the upgrade between the Mavic Pro and the Mavic Pro Platinum, the first upgrade with the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is it now has an improved propulsion system with FOC sinusoidal driver ESCs and much quieter 9455S quick-release propellers.
The company claim that these new propellers can be up to 60 percent quieter than regular props and it’s definitely worth considering of you are planning on flying in quieter, sensitive surroundings.
The only other real upgrade to the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is the introduction of OcuSync transmission technology to the drone’s controller.
By adding in OcuSync, DJI have made it much easier to connect wirelessly to their DJI VR Goggles, which allow you to virtually sit in the cockpit of the drone.
It’s worth mentioning that while the new controller may be more appealing to some, it does not work with the standard Phantom 4 Pro as the older model uses Lightbridge transmission, but other accessories including chargers, ND filters and batteries are interchangeable.
Having flown both the Phantom 4 V2.0 and the original Phantom 4, we at Uplift would say that this is more of a polishing of the product rather than a step change in capability.
The new Phantom 4 V2.0 is certainly quieter and (we think) flies more smoothly and accurately due to the new propellers and ESCs.
For your money, the P4 V 2.0 represents the sweet spot of the DJI range and is suitable for a variety of media, as well as lighter inspection and survey tasks.