DJI Phantom 4 In Depth Part 4: The Camera

DJI Phantom 4 In Depth Part 4: The Camera

Part 4 of Heliguy's Phantom 4 In Depth series focuses on the integrated camera and gimbal, as well as the other visual sensors present on the aircraft.

Last updated: Mar 11, 2021

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P4InDepthBannerCamera Part 4 of Heliguy's DJI Phantom 4 In Depth series focuses on one of the main selling points, its camera. Having focused on everything from the Phantom 4's batteries that keep it in the air and the intuitive remote controller to the cases and backpacks used to transport it from location to location, this time, we'll run through what you can expect from the Phantom 4's visual sensors. Dubbed by DJI and many reviewers as the definitive smart ‘flying camera’ (at least where consumer quadcopters are concerned), it’s time to take a look at what level of quality and functionality you can expect when capturing aerial imagery with the Phantom 4.

The Camera

DJI’s Phantom 4 has the ability to record in full HD at 124fps (as well as 4K at 30fps). It’s worth noting that 4K shoots will max out the integrated 16GB SD card in around 35 minutes although, with a flight time of 28 minutes, this shouldn’t prove to be too much of an issue. P4CameraArticleImage The P4’s camera features a selection of white balance settings and presets which allows you to find the perfect configuration and achieve much better results. Dynamic range has been improved on the Phantom 4 thanks to an eight element lens and sensor software which is evident in shadow, highlights and mid-tones. The lens also reduces chromatic aberration and distortion. The 3-axis gimbal is now held as part of its body with the SD card sitting within the craft’s structure rather than the gimbal itself. The gimbal holds the camera on both sides, making it sturdier and offering smooth pictures, even under extreme stress. Thanks to the camera quality and sturdy gimbal mounting, you’re also able to capture slow-motion shots in awesome detail, making your aerial footage even more dramatic.

Sensor Solutions

It isn’t all about filming and photography, however, as there are two cameras on the underside of the aircraft and another two on its front. These sensors have been added to help the Phantom 4 avoid obstacles, with the ability to detect barriers to its progress from up to 15m away and intuitively adjusting the flight path to avoid these hazards when following a pre-set course. Phantom-4-Visual-Sensors The sensors on the bottom of the aircraft act as the Visual Positioning system, very similar to that featured on the DJI Inspire 1 but the front mounted cameras are there to offer one of the Phantom 4’s most lauded selling points, the Obstacle Avoidance. While this does work well, stopping the aircraft as soon as it detects walls, trees and other such impediments, it’s worth noting that you have to be facing forwards for the avoidance to kick in. It’s still possible to fly sidelong or backwards into an obstacle if you’re not careful. Aside from the much lauded Obstacle Avoidance feature, the Phantom 4’s camera has multiple other uses which include facilitating ActiveTrack, which locks the craft onto a target and allows for dynamic shots which follow the action, ensuring you get the footage you need by keeping the subject locked in the middle of the screen.

The Phantom 4 Camera in Action

Let’s take a look at the image quality possible with the Phantom 4. These shots were taken over our flying field at varied altitudes and subject ranges.

Camera Specifications

  • Obstacle Sensory Range: 2 - 49ft
  • Gimbal Control Range: -90° to +30° Pitch
  • Camera Sensor: 1/2.3"
  • Lens FOV: 94°
  • ISO Range: 100 - 3200
  • Max Image Size: 4000x3000px
  • Max Video Size: 4096x2160px
  • Max Video Bitrate: 60Mbps
  • Photo Formats: JPEG, DNG
  • Video Formats: MP4, MOV, MPEG

Find Out More

If you want to learn more about capturing great images and footage with your Phantom 4 or just want to speak to one of our customer support team; don’t hesitate to get in touch. Email Call UK: 0845 838 8652 Int: +44 (0)191 296 1024 Keep checking back to heliguy™ Insider for more of our Phantom 4 In Depth series (don’t forget to read Part 1Part 2 & Part 3) and, of course, the latest news from the drone industry.

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