Keeping it simple, DJI has silently released the new Phantom 4 Pro V2.0. This new DJI drone is a powerful update to the Phantom 4 Pro, but is not the Phantom 5 some might have been waiting for.
The list of updates to the machine are few, but I hope you agree they are important. Primarily, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 uses OcuSync connectivity, has new efficient propellers and ESCs. Let’s look closer below.
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DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0
We had been seeing rumors of a potential new Phantom drone this month, but we had been expecting a big announcement. We have to admit, we’re pretty excited for what DJI did drop here today, the new Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is almost everything we had hoped for from the machine.
As mentioned briefly above, the primary updates in V2.0 are the inclusion of OcuSync and the updated propellers and ESCs.
OcuSync proved a powerful and enticing connectivity option with the DJI Mavic Pro. The connection protocol allows for multiple items to connect to the same drone, that includes connecting two controllers for training, or connecting the DJI Goggles. OcuSync provides great range and a stable connection as well.
With the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0, Ocusync takes the original Phantom 4 Pro and adds an expanded frequency range. Ultimately, this increases your CE range up to 2.5 miles (4 KM), but does not increase the 4.3 mile range limit available in the U.S.
Aside from now being able to connect DJI Goggles wirelessly to your Phantom 4 Pro with the V2.0, OcuSync adds Full HD live stream video at 30 fps. Previously limited to 720p.
New propellers and ESCs
Do you remember when DJI announced the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum? The rest of this update to the Phantom line is just like that. DJI learned a lot with the new propellers and ESCs on the Platinum, and now those lessons make the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 quieter and more efficient as well.
The propellers appear wider and have an angled tip to them, like the Platinum props.
Make no mistake, however, DJI is not claiming improved battery life on the new drone. We’re hearing that you may see a couple extra minutes of flight, but officially, you’ll still get up to 30 minutes in the air. The audible difference is a pleasure to work with, particularly if you fly in noise sensitive areas. Also, we find the new ESCs manage power a lot smoother, making for smoother video from the sky.
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Should I buy the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0?
Just like we concluded with the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum, if you are buying your first drone, or updating from something much older, Yes, the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is worth buying. For those of you with the Phantom 4 Pro in hand, this is not as easy of a decision.
You will be able to buy the new propellers and install them on your original Phantom 4 Pro, if that was your concern. We found an improvement to our original Mavic Pro when we put the Platinum propellers on it, but there is no substitution for the new ESCs, they make all the difference.
OcuSync is a powerful tool, which may be enough to make you upgrade to the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0, but other than that, we think the Phantom 4 Pro is superb on its own. If you don’t need OcuSync or a quieter machine, keep your P4Pro until the Phantom 5 launches.
Price and availability
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is available right now from DJI.
Buy the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 for $1499 for the standard package, upgrade to the Phantom 4 Pro+ V2.0 for $1799 to get the new drone with the display built into the controller.
Also, don’t forget to check out the DJI Goggles as your new accessory. The Goggles are $349 for the originals, bump up to the Goggles Racing Edition for $449.
What are your thoughts so far on the new DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0?
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