By Will Harford
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro Drone is without doubt one of the best consumer grade aerial platforms on the market. We use ours for stock footage filming and 3D photogrammetry and it never fails to impress.
Side by side, the P4P and Inspire 2 drones in h.264 are indistinguishable. Which makes it a great drone for a fifth of the price of a top tier commercial drone.
Whilst this all sounds great, what I do want to talk about though is when the P4P is filming in 60 frames per second.
The Phantom 4 Pro was the first of the small drones to offer an increased bitrate of 100Mb. This was a big step up from the previous 60Mb, which caused issues in low light and busy shots, such as forests and fields.
The problem is that when you set the drone to film at 60FPS, the bitrate needs to be shared across double the frames, which halves the quality. Shadows become noisy and shots of trees can be mushy where there just aren’t enough bits to go around. The end result is a shot not too dissimilar to the DJI Mavic Pro, which we’ve already voiced concern over (DJI when are you going to give us a 100Mb Mavic?!).
So just beware with your Phantom 4 Pro. If you really need the slowmo then use it, but if it’s just for general filming, stick to 30 or below.