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  • Writer's pictureTom David Frey

DJI Phantom 4 Advanced vs DJI Phantom 4 Pro | Main Differences

You might wonder what the difference between both top devices of DJI is.

Is it worth buying the more favorable DJI Phantom 4 Advanced or should you better invest in the Pro model?

Where has DJI made savings regarding the new drone and what has been changed?

We summarized the five main differences for you – it is up to you to decide which features your drone should have. But one thing is sure: Ambitious filmmakers are going to love both drones.

The new 1’’camera sensor makes it possible.

If you want to know more about that, you can read the review of the brand new DJI Phantom 4 Advanced here.

Difference 1 | Camera Sensors

While the more expensive DJI Phantom 4 Pro offers obstacle avoidance cameras at the front and the back, the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced is only protected when flying forwards. The cameras have a reach of almost 30m so the system is very useful, in particular, if you are a beginner or if you have a one-man production and things must go quickly.

But the missing cameras also offer an advantage: The energy needed for taking and evaluating

pictures is saved and has a positive effect on the flying time of the cheaper DJI Phantom 4 Advanced. So there is a minor difference.

Difference 2 | Infrared Sensors

Here we come again to safety and flying time.

While the DJI Phantom 4 Pro offers infrared sensors at the sides with a reach of almost 5m, this

security measure is not available for the cheaper DJI Phantom 4 Advanced.

So we also could assume that the flying time is a bit longer, however this is not really measurable

since the infrared sensors don´t require as much energy as the camera based obstacle avoidance


Difference 3 - Frequencies

Pilots flying with the cheaper DJI Phantom 4 Advanced have a clear disadvantage here: In particular in areas with many interferences this can result in fewer data being sent and received. In the best case this leads to bad picture transmission but in the worst case it could also result in an interruption of the connection.

If this is the case the DJI Phantom 4 Pro will automatically switch to the less used frequency of


The DJI Phantom 4 Advanced does not offer such an option since it only works within the frequency of 2.4GHz.

However, this could also be a small advantage: In some countries the frequency of 5.8GHz is not

generally released, so drones operating in that area are often not allowed.

Difference 4 - T/O Weight

Ready to fly the DJI Phantom 4 Pro has a weight of 1388g, while the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced “only” weighs 1368g.

But this difference is minor since 20g have a minimal impact on the flying time.

Moreover, the kilo limit is not exceeded, resulting in both drones being in a category of < 2kg.

Difference 5 - Price

Of course, the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced has a more favorable price than the Pro device.

In respect to the fact that both prices can change it is better to compare the actual prices at the best drone shops. Simply click the buttons and find out the recent prices.


Price-conscious and experienced pilots will be pleased with the cheaper DJI Phantom 4 Advanced.

Beginners should better buy the little more expensive DJI Phantom 4 Pro since the additional camera sensors at the back provide security and the frequency of 5.8GHz is a useful feature.


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