You really need to do your homework before purchasing a drone for photography. I own a DJI Phantom 4 Pro. With that being said I cannot use this equipment for my business yet. Before you buy a drone know the rules with the FAA for commercial use of a drone. Yes the FAA can limit your business with commercial drone use. It's not that it can't be done. There are just a lot of hoops to jump through.
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro was the drone I purchased for my own personal photography. How does it hold up? Well I was very surprised. A drone with the same mega pixel ability as my Canon 6D camera sounds to good to be true. Well the images really do turn out pretty good with this camera. The 4K video is also really good. I have noticed with this camera you have to expose to the right and keep ISO as low as possible. It isn't that hard to do actually with its wide angle lens and gimbol.
Let's look at the pros and cons
- It is easy to fly. There are so many options to let the drone do all the hard work. You just point it in the right direction.
- The 20MP camera is really impressive for what it is. I'll get to the con's about the camera later.
- It is very stable in flight. I have never lost connection or had it automatically return to home.
- The return to home function, obstacle avoidance, tripod mode, and point of interest modes are awesome.
- The DJI app really makes it easy to keep track of your flight times, distances, and flight paths.
- It's a great first drone. It's not as terrifying learning to fly this one as it would be to learn with a $6,000 to $8,000 drone.
The camera has horrible ISO performance. With that being said you can easily work around this. Just know that it is not going to perform well with ISO around 1000 or higher. I honestly would never need those settings. I have tried them though and it is extremely noisy.
- I have had a couple of small issues after updates. They are minor issues. It seems to reset some of your settings after an update. Make sure you double check your settings before each flight.
- Batteries are not cheap. While you get around 20 to 25 minutes of flight time, you pay dearly for that much time. Batteries are very expensive.
- Magnetism and electronics do not mix. I don't fault DJI for this, it's just physics. I will say though be sure to avoid areas with high interference. Large metal structures, rail road tracks, trains, and power lines can easily cause IMU fails. This can cause issues with controlling your drone. It is your responsibility to make sure that your environment is safe to fly in.
Here is a good video that shows you first hand what this drone is capable of.
Want to learn more about pricing and other reviews? Here is a link to amazon. Feel free to browse around and see what other customers say about this drone.