DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 is here!

by | May 9, 2018 | New Products, Phantom 4, Phantom Series

Is the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 worth it?

What are the differences between Phantom 4 Pro V1 and V2?

Basically, the only major difference in the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 is the use of OcuSync instead of DJI’s Lightbridge technology.  What does this mean?  It means that the video signal is transmitted using a different technology with less latency and able to transmit wirelessly.
Now you can use your DJI Googles without a wire connecting to the remote for video transmission.  Pretty cool feature.  You can also use more than one monitor, it now can be used with dual monitors.
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 also is slightly lighter by 20 grams.  No huge gain here but I guess every little bit helps for longer flight times.
Finally, they have designed a low noise propeller (9455S) similar to the Mavic Pro.  They have reduced the noise of the props by a 4db reduction.  They have also changed the ESC’s to new FOC ESC Drivers which control the motors for even greater stability.

update for post 7/21 – signal loss inspecting Cell Towers

After attending a Drone training course at Valmont Industries in May of 2021 I learned some very interesting information about the difference between the Phantom 4 Pro V1 and V2.

We had some folks from B&T show up to demonstrate their cell tower inspection process.  While they were talking about the drones they used for these inspections they mentioned that the V1 Phantom 4 Pro will get bumped off signal 80% of the time.  Apparently, the V2 has some type of shielding from RF interference and is much better suited for this type of inspection service.

I wish I knew this about 2 years ago as I was inspecting cell towers with my V1 and lost signal at least 50% of the time which made the process very time-consuming.  I ultimately decided it was not worth my time to continue inspecting cell towers due to signal loss.

Bottom Line – If you plan on inspecting cell towers with a Phantom 4 Pro V1 don’t bother it’s a waste of time.  Definitely go with Phantom 4 Pro V2 and you’ll have a great experience.

Comparison Chart V1 vs. V2

Will I be trading in my Phantom 4 Pro V1 for V2?  Probably not.

If I didn’t already have the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V1 I would definitely buy the V2 for the least amount of video latency in real time.  Also using the Googles without a wire is a great improvement.  The fewer wires the better.  Since the camera is the same no benefit for picture quality and that’s the most important thing to me.

Stay tuned as I believe DJI will be releasing the Mavic Pro 2 and perhaps a Phantom 5 in the near future.  So if you have the patience it may be worth waiting a month or so for the Phantom 5 or Mavic 2.

If you can’t wait here’s the link for the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2

Anyway, leave your comments on what you think.   Thanks, DroneFreak


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