DJI has quietly released an upgraded version of their popular Phantom 4 Pro drone. The new drone is called the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 and it is a minor refresh for DJI’s high end professional grade drone.
The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is retailing for $1499, which is the same price as the standard version before. The drone weighs 13 grams less than the pervious version, which is negligible. The main change is that it has upgraded motors that allow it to reduce the sound by 4 db. This does not sound like a lot but the sound scale is logarithmic, which means that 4 decibels is a pretty big difference. This is the same difference that the Mavic Pro Platinum has over the standard Mavic Pro drone.
The previous version of the Phantom 4 Pro drone has 9450S propellers. These are less aerodynamic and more noisy than the new 9455S ones. They are cross compatible, so you can easily install them on the previous version. However, you won’t get the advantages that the FOC sinusoidal driver ESCs the upgrade provides.
Another change is that the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 has the OcuSync HD transmission system integrated into it. It will automatically scan the available bands and determine which one is better. It also seamlessly integrates with the DJI Goggles and this allows you to use them wirelessly and stream in 720p or 1080p depending on the drone’s distance. Finally, you can connect two controllers using the system. The previous version of the drone used the older Lightbridge technology. The Mavic Pro was the only drone with the OcuSync technology before.
There’s no change in the flight time of 30 minutes or 7km range. The 20 MP 1 inch CMOS sensor that can shoot 4K at 60 frames per second has also remained the same. Also, it still has the best obstacle avoidance in its class with 5 directions of obstacle sensing.
Overall, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 refresh reminds us a lot of the Mavic Pro Platinum change. Not much has changed in the technology, but it remains a good time to get the drone seeing as they have chosen not to release the Phantom 5. This likely means it will be some time before it is launched. Those of you waiting for it should likely get the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0. The new version is available for purchase right now.