As of mid-2016 the DJI Phantom 4 is the flagship product in the “consumer level” quadcopters made by DJI, the largest manufacturer of multirotors in the world. We purchased ours direct from DJI along with an extra battery. They are also available through Amazon, BestBuy and various local and online dealers. Following our own advice, we waited 90+ days after the initial release to purchase. This waiting period allows for the makers to update various parts of the system (usually software called “firmware”).
The Phantom 4 is packaged well and rough transit (shipping) should not harm it. An integrated two piece foam assembly – which serves as an everyday storage and carrying case – is included. This is a nice touch as the buyer does not have to immediately purchase an additional case. Those who do a lot of travel or hiking, may want to consider one of the many backpacks, soft or hard cases available.
The Phantom 4 is sold fully assembled and RTF (ready to fly). Included in the box are:
1. The Phantom 4 body with battery and SD card.
2. The Remote (R/C TX) which appears almost identical to the Phantom 3 Pro and Inspire remotes. The Remote features a mount which holds your choice of smartphone or tablet – which powers the DJI Go software app.
3. Battery charger with connections for the battery and for the remote.
4. Propellers (8) – as well as a USB Cord and USB adapter
5. Basic documentation – which contains links to more detailed videos and manual.
I was pleased with the simplicity of the packaging and setup – it can be offputting to see countless small plastic bags of various tools, adapters and accessories when unpacking some drones…not so with the Phantom 4.
From my former experience, I knew that the first order of business was to charge up the batteries. This takes approx. an hour and provides a good break for the new owner to glance over the documentation, install the propellers. [Read more…]