DJI Phantom 4 Pro, now in black
The new camera on the Phantom 4 Pro Black Obsidian comes with a 1 inch 20 MP sensor capable of shooting burst mode stills at 14 fps, and, 4K/60fps video. The airframe of the Black Obsidian has increased rigidity due to the inclusion of titanium and magnesium alloys in the construction process. Not only do you get a stronger Phantom 4 Pro but you get the lighter weight benefits that used to only come with the Phantom 4. Obstacles are now even harder to hit with the on board flight autonomy system. DJI have added dual infrared sensing and rear vision sensor systems giving you a total of 4 directional obstacle avoidance, and, 5 directional obstacle sense.
Powerful camera with 1-Inch 20MP sensor
The redesigned onboard camera now uses a 1-inch 20-megapixel CMOS sensor. This is a custom engineered lens made up of eight elements and arranged in seven groups. This is also the first DJI camera to use a mechanical shutter so when you are taking images of fast moving subjects or when flying at high speed this will eliminate any rolling shutter distortion you may experience. What you now have mounted to your P4Pro Black Obsidian is, in effect, a camera just as powerful as many of its traditional ground based equivalents. With more powerful video processing the P4Pro Black Obsidian’s camera will support H.264 4K videos at 60fps or H.265 4K at 30fps, both with a 100 Mbps bitrate. Advanced processors and sensors capture more image detail and data to make advanced post-production even easier.
The camera system on the original Phantom 4 was considered pretty good. This new system on the Phantom 4 Pro Black Obsidian has improved upon everything its predecessors carried. There have been significant upgrades to the resolution, image processing system and sensor size giving this Phantom the most powerful camera to date. If you wish you can also adjust the aperture from f2.8-11 for more versatility with your imaging.
The camera lens on the Phantom 4 Pro Black Obsidian is designed to capture sharp focussed images and all the vivid coloured detail you need at high resolution. The aerial optimised lens on your P4Pro Obsidian Black has F2.8 wide-angle capability with a 24mm equivalent focal length. There are eight elements within this lens – 2 aspherical – they are arranged into seven groups that fit into a more compact frame. Your captured images are highly detailed with low dispersion and low distortion, ensuring that videos and photos are vivid and sharp. In order for people to get a better understanding of the lens performance DJI have made the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) results available to the public for the first time ever with one of their cameras.
Equipping the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian Black with a mechanical shutter enabled DJI to improve upon the image capturing the performance of their electronic shutters. Being the first time DJI has installed a mechanical shutter and a large aperture prime lens you can expect to achieve a max shutter speed of 1/2000s. This will eliminate any rolling shutter distortion associated with taking images at high speed, or, film fast moving subjects. Improvements have also been made to the electronic shutter which can now achieve a max shutter speed of 1/8000 sec, and, has a new Burst mode capable of capturing perfect aerial images at 14 fps at 20 MP's.
Production optimised 4K
The video processing system has been upgraded to allow for cinema and production optimised DCI at 4K/60 (4096x2160/60 fps) at a bitrate of 100MB per second. This enables you to get quality, high-resolution slow motion shots. The Phantom 4 Pro Black Obsidian will also support the H.265 video codec (maximum resolution 4096 x 2160/30 fps). The H.265 video codec doubles the image processing of H.264 which gives you drastically improved image quality for your drone photography. To improve the colour grading and make the most of the enhanced image data, record in high dynamic range D-log mode.
Missing obstacles is important when you have an expensive kit in the air and the flight autonomy system on the DJI P4Pro Black Obsidian helps keep you out of trouble. It has an additional set of high-resolution stereo vision sensors placed at the rear to complement the pair placed at the front along with infrared sensing systems placed on the right and left sides. This on board flight autonomy network creates a total of five directional obstacle sensing and a four directional obstacle avoidance ring around your craft enabling you to capture more challenging images safe in the knowledge that you’ll know about any potential trouble long before you hit it.
6-Camera Navigation System
The six camera navigation system on your Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian Black has three sets of dual vision sensors that work constantly to calculate the relative distance and speed between your aircraft and an obstacle. The P4Pro Black can hover precisely with the use of the network of downward, rearward and forward facing vision sensors enabling precision take offs without GPS for when you are indoors or have to fly through tight places like doorways and windows. If your front and downward sensors are disabled for any reason your rear stereo vision system will kick in enabling you to still hover in place. The P4Pro Obsidian can fly at speeds of up to 50 km/h in complex, obstacle ridden environments due to its Narrow Sensing Mode. The drone will narrow its sensing scope giving it more detail to work with and enable flight in compact spaces.
What is Flight Autonomy?
It’s an advanced flight automation and aerial intelligence platform made up of a network of ten component groups. These groups are an infrared sensing system, two downward facing ultrasonic rangefinders, forward/rearward/downward dual vision sensors and the primary camera, IMU’s and compasses, and, a group of powerful and specialised computing cores. The P4 Pro Black is able to create a 3D map it can locate itself within by acquiring a real time view of its environment which it will use to calculate the position and height of nearby obstacles. Crucial speed, direction and flight data is collected by the IMU and compasses. There are also redundant compasses and IMU’s within your Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian Black that enhance the reliability of your flight by monitoring crucial data and ruling out possible errors.
Infrared Sensing System
Another first on the P4 Pro Obsidian is the use of an infrared sensing system. DJI have equipped this craft on both right and left-hand sides with the infrared 3D scanning technology in order to determine the distance between your P4 Pro Black and the nearest obstacles. In either Beginner or Tripod Mode, you will get a 70-degree field of view on the horizontal, and, a 20-degree field of view on the vertical. This gives the pilot a clear view of both sides of the Phantom out to a maximum range of 7 metres.
The infrared sensing system on the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian Black outperforms traditional ultrasonic sensors that are susceptible to propeller vibration and have a detection range of between 3-5 metres. Infrared sensing gives you a more reliable reading of a larger area and provides an accurate date on the surrounding terrain and obstacles without fear of mechanical interference.