Suitability for Construction8/10
- - Integrated 4K Camera
- - Obstacle Avoidance
- - Tapfly
- - Active Track
- - Smart Return to Home
- - Obstacle avoidance only works going forwards
- - Lack of redundancy
- - Lack of carrying capabilities
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The Phantom 4 is the latest version of DJI’s professional drone range and it has many impressive improvements on its predecessors!
- Obstacle avoidance.
- TapFly lets you fly with a tap of the finger.
- Track moving subjects automatically using ActiveTrack.
- Smart Return Home allows the Phantom to avoid obstacles as it returns home.
- 28 minute maximum flight time, (maximum control range of 3.1mi (5km))
- Integrated gimbals and camera for high-quality HD footage.
Although the Phantom 4 has a similar design to its predecessors it comes packed with a number of advanced flying features which make it super easy to fly! With features such as obstacle avoidance, tap to fly, and visual tracking, this drone is harder to crash than ever before!
The Phantom 4 comes fitted with 2 front facing cameras which detect obstacles as far as 50ft away, meaning if the drone flies too close to an obstacle it can automatically stop itself before colliding with whatever is in its way.
The tap to fly feature allows the user to tap a location they want to fly too on the smart device and the drone will automatically fly to that location for filming – Combining this with the obstacle avoidance feature and it is as close to automated flying as it gets!
Similar to previous Phantoms this drone also comes with a great flying and recording capabilities. It has an incredibly large operating range with 720p Live View and impressive return-to-home features. The camera also features 4K video capture from a 20mm wide-angle lens.
Battery Life for this model can also get up to an estimated 28 minutes.
Obstacle avoidance only works when flying forwards because the cameras are only on the front of the drone, meaning that if you’re flying backwards or sideward’s the drone will collide with the obstacle.
Quadcopters are limited in terms of redundancy, meaning if a propeller is lost during flight then the aircraft could come crashing to the ground. This makes them less suitable for more challenging and risky flights which fly close to buildings and people.
Author: Martin Watson
Lead Editor at Construct Digital – As lead editor Martin reports on topics specifically relating to BIM, digital software and physical technologies which are revolutionising the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industry.