Michigan Drone Pilot Discusses DJI Phantom 4 Pro V 2.0 at Jimmy John’s Field
Hey there, and welcome to another episode of Tips & Tech Talk, I am your host, Ron, a Michigan drone pilot. Today we’re going to be looking at the latest drone release by DJI. It’s the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V 2.0. But before I tell you why I recently purchased this drone and what I like about it, what do you say we go fly this drone?
So in the last 3 years, DJI has come out with the Phantom 4, the Phantom 4 Pro, the Mavic Pro, the Spark and the Mavic Air. And now, their most recent release is the Phantom 4 Pro V 2.0. It didn’t get a lot of fanfare simply because it’s just basic changes from the Phantom 4 Pro that’s already out on the market.
And one of those changes is the propellers. They’re different, they’re quieter, and they will be quieter on the Version 2 than they will be on the Version 1 with the new propellers. So keep that in mind.
Another change in the Phantom 4 Pro V 2.0 from the previous Phantom 4 Pro, is the occusync as opposed to the light bridge technology.
Occusync is the newer technology – the latest and greatest. But ultimately what it will do is it will allow you to use your DJI goggles without wires. So remotely you can watch what the drone sees through the goggles with out any wires and without being tied or tethered to the person who’s operating the controller of the quad.
There’s a lot of reasons for me to love this Phantom 4 Pro V 2.0. But ultimately it’s about quality and I love the quality of video and photographs that this drone takes. As a Michigan drone pilot, I’m very pleased to be able to share this with my clients.
The first thing that you should do in your settings is white balance. Now I’ve found with the DJI 4 app that if it’s sunny, hit the sunny white balance. If it’s cloudy, hit the cloudy white balance. I don’t really like to use auto, simply because sometimes the lighting changes really quickly and I don’t want that changing on the fly, so I like to set that. If it’s sunny, set the white balance for sunny if it’s cloudy, set to cloudy, and so on.
You can control your ISO and you can control your shutter speed. Right now, I have my ISO set at 100. I like to shoot in custom. My sharpness is minus 1. I like to put my contrast minus 3 and my saturation at minus 2. That’s the style I like.
As far as the color setting, I like D-Cinelike. This setting I find gives me the most flexibility and allows me to color correct and really draw out the colors and the content of the video I’m shooting from the air. So it really gives me control and I can you can control the color, the saturation and it just gives me more control of the video and the photographs I’m taking when I set these settings and I don’t just set it on automatic.
So, now that I have my drone in the air and I’m actually shooting what I’m going to be recording, I want to make sure my settings are correct. First thing I want to do is go over the white balance and it’s kind of sunny but it’s its mostly sunny, so I’m going to set it at sunny.
I’m going to set it at 10 and 30, 1080 at 30 frames per second. And then I’m going to go over and manually I’m going to set my aperture at 4.0. My ISO at 100, and my shutter speed at 60 which is double my frame rate which is 30 frames per second.
I’m up in the air so I’m going to start recording now. All right, so my quad’s recording. I’m at 144 feet and I’m going up to 151 feet. And so I’m controlling the quad right now. I’m just going straight up right now. But as I mentioned earlier, some of the smart features on this quad are quite impressive, and with a small hit of a button here on the tablet, I can control these smart features.
So there’s normal, which actually is just you controlling the quad. I’m just taking a peek at my quad to make sure it’s still where it’s supposed to be. It has draw, which you draw on the tablet where you want it to go and it will do so. Like if you draw in a squiggly line, it will follow that squiggly pattern. If you draw in a box, it will follow that pattern. It has gesture mode, which is like a selfie mode. So if you put your hand in a rectangle motion you can take your own picture. Active Track, which is very cool because what Active Track does is you can focus on one person or subject (a person or an animal or whatever you want to track). You put it on that setting and make that person the focal point and whenever that thing or that person moves it will follow that on Active Track.
One of my favorite intelligence fly modes on the DJI4 app is the tap fly. So we’re going to go ahead and do the tap fly. And basically all it is is you tap anywhere on your screen where the camera can see. Set the miles per hour. And just tap that, hit go, and it will descend to that point.
Right now, I’m going at about a rate of 14 miles an hour and I’m capturing some cool video over Jimmy John’s Field. Like I said, with one push of a button, this is tap fly, it descends to the point where you put on the tablet. You can also raise it if you want to. So it’s descending right now. At 163 feet, I’m just going to stop.
Another one of the smart modes that I like is the point of interest. The point of interest is where you pick a spot and you say this is the point of interest. Then you set that point of interest. Then you back up and it will do an orbit around that point of interest. So you get a 360 look of your point of interest with just a couple of taps on your tablet. So let’s try that. Let’s do an orbit of Jimmy John’s Field.
First thing you need to do is go to the center of your point of interest. So that’s what we’re going to do now. We’re going to go to the middle, maybe just above second base over Jimmy John’s Field. So I’m going to record my POV, which I just did. Now I’m going to back up so that I’m looking over my point of interest. Ultimately I’m going to go back as far as I want it to go around. So I can be as close to the point of interest or as far as the point of interest that I choose. I want to go back enough so I can get the whole ballpark in this 360 shot and I’m going to go ahead and hit apply. And now it is actually going around the ballpark, at about 10 miles an hour.
I’m rotating around the ballpark and getting a very cool 360 view of Jimmy John’s Field. This takes exceptional video, I could not be more pleased with my purchase of the Phantom 4 Pro V 2.0. So ultimately, it’s about quality for me. And as you can see from the video that I’ve taken so far from the Phantom 4 Pro V 2.0 is that this product does not disappoint.
So as we send this thing around the orbit of Jimmy John’s Field one more time, I could not be more pleased with the purchase of the Phantom 4 Pro V 2.0. Ultimately, it’s about quality for me. I’m very excited to be able to share this with my clients, when I am providing drone services in Michigan knowing I will get the best quality video from the aerial perspective as possible.
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