The Phantom 4 has arrived and it’s time for the review!
We finally have our hands on the Phantom 4 after covering the rumors, witnessing the live event and waiting patiently for the boxes to arrive at the front door. Now it’s time to see what this thing really looks like and what it can do.
For the review of the Phantom 4, we’re going to be doing something a little different. Instead of having one long boring review, we’re going to split this thing up into 7 mini reviews covering every aspect of the Phantom 4. Starting on March 15th and ending on March 21st, we will be posting a mini review every day of the week! So lets get started with Day 1.
When the Phantom 4 arrived, it was a bit shocking how small the shipping box was. There was not one inch of room between the box it was shipped in and the product box, which goes to show how optimized their shipping process is.
Looking at the box, I was immediately impressed with the new look. It almost resembles Apple packaging. On the front side of the box, it just simply mentions GPS, vision navigation, stabilized camera, HD live feed and 4K recording.
The Coolest Lock
Taking the newly designed case out of the box, the Apple-like packaging is no longer there, but instead something pretty unique. Basically, you are presented with a strangely grey colored box with a handle and the coolest lock I’ve ever seen on such a cheap case.
The case is made from a lightweight styrofoam which is something Apple seems to hate using in their packaging, but I found that the lack of any weight made it really easy to carry. Speaking of carrying, the case does feature a nice rubberized handle, so you shouldn’t have to worry about it breaking right away.
What’s In The Case
Once you pop the case open, the Phantom 4 is the first thing you see, surrounded by other accessories like the charger, USB to micro USB cable, manuals, extra props and a few other useful things to get you started.
The Phantom 4 comes with a micro USB cable that will work with most Android phones, but one thing that DJI never includes is a Lightning cable. This means that you have to use your one and only charging cable that you use for charging your iPhone and worry about remembering to put it back where you found it when you get home. I’m not sure why DJI doesn’t include one since most people flying the Phantom are using iPhones, but I guess you can just order an extra one from Amazon.
Things That Fit
The Phantom 4 is packed pretty tightly inside the case, but there is still some extra room for things like ND filters, extra props and 2 extra batteries, so you should be able to fit everything you need inside. To sum up my thoughts on the case, I think it’s a good start. It’s something to get you going for a month or two, but it’s not a replacement for getting a real case in the future.
Now The Phantom 4 Is Skinny
Getting back to the Phantom 4, when I took it out of the box there were a few things that I immediately noticed. The first was how thin it was. Compared to all of the photos, it almost looked like a completely different drone! When you take the battery out, it looks like the Phantom 4 has a mouth. Looking into the battery compartment, It’s crazy how little room there is for the electronics, but yet they’ve managed to fit more inside of it than the Phantom 3.
Now The Phantom 4 is Fat
Looking at the Phantom 4 head on, it starts to become more apparent where all of the extra hardware is. By eliminating the separate camera module and the huge vibration mounts, it has allowed them to stuff everything but the motor speed controllers and GPS in the Phantom’s stomach.
The Most Amazing Plastic?
Turning the Phantom 4 upside-down, you will notice how beautiful the new design really is. All of these symmetric circular holes appear to be machined perfectly. At first glance, you might mistake the bottom of the Phantom for a cheap plastic material, but you would be wrong. The camera, gimbal and bottom of the Phantom 4 is all made from magnesium alloy.
Things Look Similar
Comparing the Phantom 4 to the Phantom 3, it’s actually very similar in dimensions from motor to motor, but the landing legs are wider and longer. This makes landing on un-even ground much safer, but it also means that you won’t be able to fit the Phantom 4 into any Phantom 3 cases or backpacks.
Things Look Better
Over all, I’m very impressed with the new design. Some people may think that the Phantom 4 looks like a fat pillow, but after owning it for a few hours, the Phantom 3 is starting to look strange and disfigured, especially with the camera module dangling from the bottom. Let me know what you think of the design in the comments.
So this concludes day 1 of the 7 day Phantom 4 review. Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for a look at the new features in the DJI Go app!