Phantom 4 Buying guide: pro vs advanced -Comparison and startling difference!

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Apr 16th, 2017
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A difficult choice: Pro Vs Advanced! We make it simple(r)

DJI has just released the Phantom 4 Advanced model, now bringing the number of variants in the phantom 4 series up to 5. You now have the Regular P4, the Advanced, the Advanced Plus, the Pro, and the Pro Plus models to choose from. This post is largely about the similarities and differences between the Dji Phantom 4 pro vs advanced models (the “plus” variants simply have a built in screen on the controller, everything else is the same as on their regular counterparts).

Phantom 4 advanced

Dji Phantom 4 Advanced

Similarities between the Phantom 4 pro and advanced models

 Phantom 4 PROPhantom 4 AdvancedComments
Size/ Diagonal350mm350mmBoth drones have the same dimensions
Speed S-mode: 45 mph (72 kph)
A-mode: 36 mph (58 kph)
P-mode: 31 mph (50 kph)
S-mode: 45 mph (72 kph)
A-mode: 36 mph (58 kph)
P-mode: 31 mph (50 kph)
Both drones have identical speed characteristics and maneuverability.
Flight time30 minutes Estimated30 minutes EstimatedThe Phantom 4 pro and Phantom 4 advanced have identical flight times
Camera1’’ CMOS
Effective pixels: 20M FOV 84° 8.8 mm/24 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8 - f/11 auto focus at 1 m - ∞.
Mechanical shutter, mechanical aperture
1’’ CMOS
Effective pixels: 20M FOV 84° 8.8 mm/24 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8 - f/11 auto focus at 1 m - ∞
Mechanical shutter, mechanical aperture
Both drones have identical cameras, and it's great that they have mechanical shutters and
Recording modes,Bit rate, and slow motionH.264 & H.265 Upto C4k.
4k Slowmo at 60fps,100mbits, h.264
H.264 & H.265 Upto C4k.
4k Slowmo at 60fps,100mbits, h.264
Thanks to absolutely identical cameras between the Phantom 4 pro and advanced models, both shoot identical results
Live view Resolution720p@30720p@30Absolutely identical
Range2.400 - 2.483 GHz (Unobstructed, free of interference)
FCC: 4.3 mi (7 km)
CE: 2.2 mi (3.5 km)
SRRC: 2.5 mi (4 km)
2.400 - 2.483 GHz (Unobstructed, free of interference)
FCC: 4.3 mi (7 km)
CE: 2.2 mi (3.5 km)
SRRC: 2.5 mi (4 km)
When operating at 2.4 Ghz, both drones have an identical range Please see note on 5.8 Ghz.
GPSGPS/Glonass Dual supportGPS/Glonass Dual supportAbsolutely Identical

Differences between the Phantom 4 pro and advanced models

 Phantom 4 Pro Phantom 4 AdvancedComments
Weight (g)13881368about a 1.4% difference
Obstacle avoidance sensors (vision)Front+Back+DownFront+DownThe back sensor is missing on the phantom 4 advanced
Infrared sensing systemPresentAbsent!The Infrared obstacle sensing system present on the sides is missing on the sides.
Link Frequencies5.8Ghz +2.4 Ghz2.4GhzSee section on Range

Range

Pro vs advanced : dji phantom 4

The phantom 4 pro, with its back sensors

Now the Phantom 4 pro as you’ve probably noticed, has support for 5.8 Ghz. There’s generally less interference in the 5.8 Ghz band as opposed to the 2.4Ghz band, which is also the frequency set used for devices that use WiFi, giving you an edge when you’re flying around very densely populated buildings with heaps of different wifi devices such as routers, wireless keyboards, mice, etc, where the 2.4 ghz channel would be less than optimum.

However, the 2.4 Ghz channel gives you the possibility of a greater transmission range. This is key when you’re flying your drone far far away from yourself. Which one is better? Depends upon where you want to fly.

The surprising difference between the Phantom 4 pro and advanced

The one thing that does startle me is that both the models have identical batteries and listed flight times. the only logical conclusion I can draw is that the power consumption of the extra sensors on the pro model is only insignificantly larger. Okay, I can believe that but as an engineer, It’s difficult to ignore that there is the weight addition of those sensors as well, even if the power draw alone may not seem significant. How can the flight times of both these drones be equal? Well, that, or the quoted flight times are incorrect.
Watch the video here.

I mean think about it yourself. You have to hike a mountain carrying a monkey. You have a thousand grapes to feed the both of you on your way to the top. That’s the p4Pro model. You have to hike the mountain, but remember, you also have to carry the ice cream. Now consider the p4A model. You still have to hike the mountain (flight distance) with the same amount of ice cream (battery), but now you have a smaller monkey(weight of sensors), with a smaller appetite(energy consumption). That, and there’s more ice cream(battery) for you to go a longer way.

So theoretically, the startling conclusion is that logic dictates, the flight time of the Phantom 4 advanced should be higher than that of the pro model.  Like it? Buy it now!
Some more thoughts on the Phantom 4 advanced model can be found here.