DJI Phantom 4 – Top 22 questions answered

DJI Phantom 4 FAQs

This article was written a while ago. Since then we’ve collected the 100 most asked Phantom 4 questions and you can find those here

Finally, the much awaited DJI Phantom 4 is up for grabs (click here for our review). So far we have been gathering all the information we could find and juggling the speculations that were building around the 4th edition of this very popular quadcopter. Now that it is finally out, you should try to get your hands on one of these drones, ASAP!

Want to know why? The reason is, it’s an awesome quadcopter to fly around.

After the official announcement, the DJI store released a few FAQs answering some of the features of the P4. DJI started shipping on 15th March 2016, and delivery to the new owners will be on the basis of payment sequence.

If you are thinking of buying a Phantom 4, you might be feeling the need to get a few questions answered. In this post, we collected and put together the most asked questions related to DJI Phantom 4 and of course, their answers.

This way you’ll have a good understanding of what to expect and what your next quadcopter would be capable of.

We divided the questions by category:


DJI Phantom 4 is available at:

DJI Phantom 4DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter Drone

USD $1,399

Available now on the official DJI store


General FAQs

  1. What is the specialty of ActiveTrack?

    The ActiveTrack feature allows the Phantom 4 to track a moving target. And guess what, you don’t need a separate GPS tracker for it. All you need to do is, select the subject that you want to track by tapping on the screen of your mobile device inside the DJI GO app. The drone would automatically lock it and start tracking it from a safe distance. Sounds right out of a science fiction, doesn’t it?

  2. What is the new TapFly feature in Phantom 4?

    To fly a drone, who needs a remote controller! Thanks to P4’s TapFly feature, you can fly the quadcopter by simply tapping at the direction where you want your copter to fly. When Obstacle Avoidance is turned on, the copter would automatically adjust speed, hover and avoid obstacles, given the ambiance is bright enough ( < 300 lux) or too bright ( > 10,000 lux).

  3. What is the Obstacle Sensing System capable of?

    The obstacle sensing system allows the Phantom 4 to dodge obstacles, by scanning the objects in front. It avoids these obstacles by going around, above or by hovering.

  4. Why is there a composite core on the Phantom 4?

    The composite core reduces unwanted vibrations and increases rigidity, thus ensuring precision and performance of Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). The composite core even reduces the overall weight of the copter.

  5. What are the new features in the Phantom 4 remote?

    A new Sports mode has been introduced in Phantom 4. Thus, the P4 has a total of 3 modes, i.e P, S & A

      • P (Position) mode, being the normal mode provides normal flying, along with Intelligent TapFly, Flight Modes, and ActiveTrack.
      • S (Sports) mode allows maximum flight speeds, up to 44mph (72kmh)
      • A (Altitude) mode is the same and removes satellite stabilization during flight, allowing the P4 to fly smoothly.

    The ‘Playback’ has been replaced by a ‘Pause’ button, which allows you to put the copter in hover during Intelligent Flight Mode, ActiveTrack or TapFly with a tap.

  6. What improvements does the Phantom 4 Vision Positioning-Unit have?

    To increase reliability and hovering accuracy, the Vision Positioning System of the Phantom 4 uses 4 sensors. It has an improved sonar system, enabling it to function from up to 10 meters off the ground. Ideally, it provides the Vision Positioning System a horizontal hover accuracy of +/- 0.3 m and a vertical hover accuracy of +/- 0.1 m.

  7. A what range does the Obstacle Sensing System work?

    The effective Obstacle Sensing Range is 0.7 to 15 meters. Even though the DJI GO app indicates impending obstacles, the pilot should always pay attention during flight.

  8. Is Obstacle Sensing System functional in all modes?

    The Obstacle Sensing System can be enabled in  TapFly, Normal mode, ActiveTrack and all Intelligent Navigation functions.

  9. What improvements were made to the Phantom 4 propulsion system?

    The Phantom 4 motor is designed to work with the Push-and-Release Propellers. This locking mechanism enables the propellers to withstand drastic changes in motor speed; hence allowing the drone to be much more responsive and agile.

  10. What is the flight time of the new Intelligent Battery mounted on the Phantom 4?

    You can achieve a 28 minute flight time when flying in Atti mode in calm environments. However the flight time might vary due to weather conditions, flight patterns and altitudes.

  11. What are the major differences between the propellers of Phantom and Phantom 3?

    The Push-and-Release propellers on the Phantom 4 are more secure and are can be installed faster than the Self Tightening propellers used in Phantom 3. The new propellers allow the P4 to handle faster acceleration and harder braking.

  12. How is the Phantom 4 gimbal better?

    The gimbal and camera on the Phantom 4 are integrated with the body, thus bringing it closer to the drone’s center of gravity and making it a rigid and composite material.

  13. How different is the Phantom 4’s camera from Phantom 3?

    The image quality of the Phantom 4 has been significantly improved. In comparison to Phantom 3, the lens distortion had been reduced by 36% in P4. Chromatic aberration has also been reduced by 56%. That’s not all, the camera firmware has been tweaked to enable 120fps video capture in full 1080p FHD.

  14. Why does the Phantom 4 have a redundant IMU and compass?

    By adding the redundant IMU and compass, you can enhance system reliability of the Phantom 4. It captures data from both IMUs &, compass and use it to navigate.

  15. What are the distinguishing features of the Phantom 4 remote control and live feed?

    The drone’s remote control and live feed are based on DJI Lightbridge technology. This provides effective control range of up to 3.1 miles (5km) in unobstructed areas which are free from interference. While the HD live feed gives an exact view of your flight, which is perfect for composing shots.

  16. Is the Return-to-Home feature available on the Phantom 4?

    Yes, the Phantom 4 has Return-to-Home ability. On top of it, the Smart Return Home feature engages the Obstacle Sensing System during its return to home flight. If the copter witnesses an obstacle on its way back, it will skilfully avoid it during its return trip home.

  17. What is the need of the Sports Mode?

    The Sports mode is strictly made for fun. It lets you fly the drone faster than ever, or to quickly get to your shoot location while the light is perfect. With the Sports Mode, you can get a top speed of 44.7 mph (72Kph).

  18. What is the horizontal speed of Phantom 4 in Atti Mode?

    In Atti mode, the horizontal speed of the P4 is 44.7mph (72kph).

  19. How different is the Sports Mode from Atti Mode?

    Both modes allow you to fly the Phantom 4 at 44.7mph. But in Atti mode, GPS/Glonass, and its Vision Positioning System doesn’t function and can’t help the drone with hovering or navigation.

  20. While in ActiveTrack, how do you stop tracking the subject? What happens to the drone after you stop tracking?

    To stop tracking the subject, you have to tap the Stop button on the left of the screen or pull the pitch stick for 3 seconds to exit ActiveTrack. After you stop tracking the target, the drone will hover in place. Now you may choose to start a new mission or bring it back to the Home Point.

  21. How small an object be seen by the Phantom 4’s Obstacle Sensing System?

    The Obstacle Sensing System can identify any object which is larger than 500 pixels.

  22. What is the minimum altitude of ActiveTrack?

    The minimum altitude is 9ft (3m) above the ground.


This is one of the first video reviews of the Phantom 4:


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