DJI’s Phantom 4 Advanced is a flying camera with 60FPS 4K and 20MP stills

DJI’s popular Phantom 4 drone is getting an upgrade with an advanced camera and more fine-tuned flight controls. On Thursday, the China-based consumer drone giant announced the Phantom 4 Advanced, which will replace the previous version without the “Advanced” in the name after sales are discontinued at the end of this month.

The onboard camera is primarily responsible for the “advanced” in the name, moving from a 12.4-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch sensor to a larger 20-megapixel, 1-inch sensor. Larger sensors mean better low light capability, higher resolution, and enhanced performance — and for the Phantom 4 Advanced, a significant step up for video.

The Phantom 4 Advanced is capable of shooting 4K video at 60FPS, double the predecessors frame rate. With dual coding, video can be saved in the H.264 or H.265 formats, allowing the user to choose the compression and file size of that final video. Along with shooting in that quick 60FPS 4K, the Phantom 4 Advanced can also shoot at the old 30FPS 4K, and both settings still record at a high 100Mbps bit rate.

Besides the enhanced sensor, the camera onboard DJI’s updated Phantom also uses a new shutter design. While the predecessor used an electronic shutter where electric signals tell the camera when to start and stop recording, the Advanced adapts a mechanical shutter, which is a physical moving part instead of an electric signal. Mechanical shutters tend to create less noise at high ISOs, but the big reason for the move is to eliminate rolling shutter distortion.

When shooting fast moving subjects, electronic shutters distort the movement, turning straight lines into diagonals. The move to a physical shutter corrects that problem, which is a particularly nice enhancement for a drone since flying the camera fast — instead of just recording a fast moving subject with a stationary camera — can also create the same distortion.

While the Phantom 4 Advanced includes a number of the highlights from the previous version including DJI’s popular obstacle-avoidance technology and automatic flight modes, the Advanced can communicate with the controller from a much farther distance. The drone operates as far as 4.3 miles from the controller with a built-in screen, up from 3.1 miles on the predecessor.

The DJI Phantom 4 Advanced also boasts the ability to hoover in precise locations even when GPS in unavailable, along with a maximum 30-minute flight time and more storage with a 128GB MicroSD card.

With the announcement, DJI also says the earlier Phantom 4 will only be on sale until April 30, 2017, before being phased out by the more advanced version. The Advanced will list for $1,649, which is $300 more than the original Phantom 4.

Buy now from:

DJI

Emerging Tech

Meet the Mantis Q: A drone you can control by yelling, waving, or even smiling

"Mantis, take a picture." Yuneec's new consumer drone, the Yuneec Mantis Q, responds to voice commands along with gestures and smiles. The 4K drone also integrates several different flight modes and safety features inside a one-pound…
Emerging Tech

Wish you could fly? Here are the best drones on the market right now

To help you navigate the increasingly large and ever-changing landscape of consumer UAVs, here's a no-nonsense rundown of the best drones you can buy right now
Deals

For work or for play, these are the 5 best laptop deals for college students

Whether you're getting ready for a new school year, shopping for a special student, or just need a new computer, we've got you covered: These are the five best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to an on-the-go gaming…
Photography

These point-and-shoot cameras make your smartphone pics look like cave paintings

If your smartphone camera just isn't giving you the results you're looking for, maybe it's time to step up your game. The latest and greatest point-and-shoot cameras offer large sensors, tough bodies, and long lenses - something no phone…
Photography

The Nixplay Iris might just make digital picture frames cool again

The digital picture frame's popularity has fizzled because of time-consuming updates and low quality -- but can a Wi-Fi connected frame change that? The Nixplay Iris is an 8-inch smart digital picture frame that wireless updates photos.
Photography

8 easy ways for you to transfer photos from an Android phone to a PC

If you haven't already, you should back up your photos to a computer. Here's how to transfer photos from an Android phone to a PC using third-party services and a wealth of storage devices.
Photography

A turn for the better: Loupedeck+ adds custom dials, more to Lightroom console

The Loupedeck+ improves on the original Lightroom console by adding welcome customization options and introducing support for Skylum Aurora HDR. What's even better is that it does this all at an even lower price.
Photography

These are the best camera straps you can get your hands on

Choosing the right camera strap for your needs can be a tough decision. To help sort through the junk, we've rounded up the best camera straps on the market for you to choose from.
Social Media

How to use Adobe Spark Post to spice up your social media images

Images are proven to get more likes than plain text -- but only if those images are good. Adobe Spark post is an AI-powered design program for non-designers. Here's how to use it to take your social media feeds to the next level.
Photography

18 seconds of fame: Giphy’s quirky new GIF film festival has a $10K prize

Have a knack for creating GIFs? Someone is going to win $10,000 for a video that's 18 seconds or less at the Giphy Film Festival. The new contest is set to recognize the top creator for the short micro-films in five different categories.
Mobile

Google One subscriptions offer more cloud storage for low prices, other perks

Can't get enough storage on Google Drive, Photos, or Gmail? Google One is the new way to boost your cloud storage. But it's not just about more space -- Google One comes with a loads of benefits.
Photography

Sorry, DSLR, but Sony mirrorless is now the best-selling full-frame camera

Four out of every ten full-frame cameras sold in the United States during the first-half of 2018 had the Sony name. That makes Sony's mirrorless full-frame cameras the best-selling models.
Photography

Capture life in every direction with the best 360 cameras

While 360 cameras are still a new technology, that doesn't mean there's not a few that are worth a look. Whether you want to shoot from the middle or just need a simple, affordable option, here are the best 360 cameras on the market.
Photography

Color grading pushes Pinnacle Studio 22 toward more pro video editing features

Designed for videographers that aren't pros but aren't basic users either, Pinnacle Studio 22 expands its advanced tools with color grading and four-point editing. The updates bring more advanced tools to the platform.