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DJI Phantom 4 hands on review – Newfoundland in 4K

DJI Phantom 4 hands on review – Newfoundland in 4K

| On 27, Sep 2016

A flurry of drone announcements threatens to diminish interest in the DJI Phantom 4. It remains to be seen whether they can compete on quality and stability – but they certainly set a new price point. One of the advantages of being a B&H affiliate is the ability to borrow equipment for review. A trip to Newfoundland seemed to offer the ideal opportunity to try out my first drone, and the Phantom 4 is currently regarded as the best in class.

We drove through Quebec City, stopped at the world’s biggest axe in Nackawic New Brunswick and took the overnight ferry to Newfoundland. On the way to Pike’s Arm we stopped in Norris Point to visit Gros Morne National Park, where I was disappointed to learn that unmanned vehicles are not allowed.

Behind the Scenes

With the assistance of my friend Thom, who has been flying a Phantom 4 for a while, I got some familiarity with the system before I left. Thom shot the footage of the Phantom 4 in the air while we buzzed around Toronto’s Humber Bay Bridge.

The on-camera scenes were recorded using the Fuji X-T2, and the Phantom 4, which is excellent for selfies even if it is a little noisy. The app screens, recorded from an Asus ZenPhone were recorded using a Sony A6300 with the SEL 30M35 macro lens.

On camera audio recorded with the Rodelink Filmmaker kit, voice over with the Rode NT USB. Edited using Final Cut 10.2.3 on a 5K iMac.

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  1. Max

    Thanks for the great review! Very well made! I’m new to this whole drone thing but am interested in buying a phantom 4, with the aim of using it to generate an income. After reading this article - which suggests the P4 Pro. What are the major differences between the P4 and the P4 Pro? Is the camera the same?

    Is it possible to learn on a Phantom 4? Or should i buy a cheaper drone first then progress to the P4?

    Thanks again for the informative review 🙂

    • Maarten

      Thanks for you note, and your kind words. I have only reviewed one of those units, and have no understanding of the differences (Google knows) – and DJI announced another version of this device last week. If you are thinking less expensive, the Mavic might be a good platform to get started at a lower cost.

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