There is no denying the fact that DJI Phantom 4 is one of the leading drones in the market that has gained great traction among drone aficionados. Considering the long list of features that it boasts, there seems to be no competition whatsoever for the spot of the best drone out there. Some of the exquisite features include video recording at 4K Ultra High Definition, obstacle avoidance, massive control range, patented flight control mechanisms and the list goes on and on.
As a matter of fact, the DJI Phantom 4 boasts autonomous flight features that have been enhanced incredibly in contrast to its predecessors. If you are one of the very few drone enthusiasts who own the Lamborghini of drones, then let us share with you that there numerous DJI Phantom accessories that come with this prolific device to enhance your flying experience and make it all the more pleasant.
We believe that you have spent almost $1,399 on this superb machine, so read on to get to know the 8 must-have DJI Phantom 4 accessories. Some of the items mentioned below can go a long way in enhancing your flying experience at a nominal price while others can be really effective in ensuring that your large investment remains safe from harm. Even if you own any one of the previous models of the DJI Phantom series, you can go for some of this accessories which will work for you.
8 – BTG Quick Release Carbon Fibre Reinforced Propellers
We all would agree that propellers are of great importance for a tremendous flying experience. Despite the fact that this device comes equipped with a truly state-of-the-art collision avoidance system, the probability of crashes can never be reduced to zero.
If your propeller suffers a slightest of distortions in its shape, it can severely jolt its performance during flights. With a few additional propellers in your armory, you can be assured of suffering zero downtime in case of a drone crash. The spare propellers manufactured by DJI can be bought for just about $10 per pair. However, you can purchase these third-party propellers that boast the same range of features for just $6 per pair. These propellers are strengthened with carbon fibre; thereby ensuring that provide the much needed protection against insects, dust or even scratches that could cause damage to blades in their absence.
7 – DJI Phantom 4 Intelligent Flight Battery for Extended Flight Duration
The DJI Phantom 4 boasts a considerably improved battery life as opposed to its predecessors. However, if you are really interested in enjoying the splendid cinematography related features, then I’m afraid a flight duration of 24 minutes might not be enough for you. With an additional pair of batteries, you can always extend your flight time when your original batteries run out of juice. You will just be needing a little break to replace the discharged batteries and off you go again. Moreover, if you are intending to fly your machine in a park or some other location where you do not have access to a charger, you will definitely benefit from keeping a spare pair of batteries in store.
6 – DJI Phantom 4 Backpack or Carrying Case
One of the greatest advantages that you get with your awesome DJI Phantom 4 is the unparalleled ability to explore inaccessible areas and rugged terrains that would, in most of the cases, be difficult to cover. As you carry your drone around the world, aiming to explore and capture some of the most scintillating landscapes around the globe without your car, you certainly need a carrying case to transport your drone and its associated auxiliary items along with you. The backpack that has been developed by DJI included comfortable, padded compartments that ensure that your drone and accessories remain safe from any damage. With such a secure backpack in your possession, you can concentrate on your journey rather than worrying about your device all the time. However, some of the dronies have raised concerns about an absence of bottom for a foam piece. This leads to the DJI Phantom 4 not fitting appropriately since the foam has not been cut out precisely to fit the device.
5 – SD Card with Greater Memory
Of course, the DJI Phantom 4 includes a 16GB SD memory card in its original packaging. But bear in mind that the top quality video footage captured by the 4K Ultra High Definition camera can take a lot of storage space. As a matter of fact, the 16GB memory card can store just about a half an hour of video footage. This implies that even if you have additional pair of batteries, your SD card will run out of memory merely after a single flight excursion. This looks a pretty good bargain to get a spare SD card for just $20 else you will be forced to export your videos from the SD card to some external storage device with greater memory.
The 64GB SD memory card manufactured by Samsung presents a great opportunity to the drone aficionados to store their high quality videos without the fear of running out of space every time you go out for a flying session and having to overwrite your existing data with the newer videos. Using one of these amazing DJI Phantom accessories, you can be rest assured that all videos of your tours will be stored securely and you won’t have to keep exporting them to external storage devices all the time.
4 – ND Filters for Your Camera
If you are intending to employ a top of the line camera for your drone, you must bring into use some of the best available DJI Phantom accessories for your camera so that you are able to exercise more control over the quality and nature of video footages that you capture.
If you want to view high quality, seamless videos without any jerks, then you need to configure your shutter speed equal to twice that of the frame rate. Remember that the shutter speed is the number of photographs grabbed by the camera in one second while frame rate is the number images played by the display device in one second.
In case, you shutter speed is not configured appropriately, you will witness jitteriness in your videos or they may even appear overexposed and blurred. Similar to the way sunglasses enable your eyes see clearly in bright sunny conditions, ND filters cover your camera acting as sunglasses. The limit the amount of light entering into the camera; thereby allowing the shutter to work at its best. This will let you capture video footages of the top most quality even in bright sunny conditions.
3 – DJI Phantom 4 Intelligent Battery Charging Hub
The batteries that come in the original packaging with the DJI Phantom 4 provide a flight duration of about 24 minutes. However, they require almost an hour to get charged up completely. If you are someone, who has his own plans in store for himself and wants things to happen the way he’s planned them, you definitely need this charging hub to be in your DJI Phantom accessories. You just have to combine this hub consisting of three ports with three batteries and you will always have enough of battery juice to provide you an exhilarating flight experience with your beloved drone.
Get your batteries replaced one by one once they get charged while putting the discharged batteries on the hub to get recharged. As your third battery runs out of juice, your first one will be ready to furnish you the time of your life!
2 – Fat Shark Dominator V3 Goggles
Whenever I view the live video feed captured from the eyes of my drone on my smartphone, the immersive digital experience just makes my eyes pop out. Hold on! There’s an even better way that can assure you a more immersive digital experience to traverse the uncharted depths of skies. With the help of the Fat Shark Dominator V3 Goggles, you can let the world go to hell and soak in the view that is being transmitted live from the drone’s own eye. Having said that, the First Persons Viewability does not get anywhere close to the experience rendered by Virtual Reality. But it still is able to furnish an experience with the help of a High Definition live video streaming that will capture your imagination.
1 – iPad Mini 4 / Samsung Galaxy S2
The DJI Phantom 4 is compatible with a wide array of smartphones and tablets. However, the software can put a lot of strain on the CPU. A number of consumers have complained that while they get a fabulous experience from their beloved drone on technical grounds, when it comes to the software, they tend to go through a lot of glitches and undesired delays.
The handheld mobile device is the only way to communicate with the DJI Phantom 4 and control its flight. Hence, it becomes vital that you choose the most compatible smartphone or tablet that is supported by this fantastic device in order to enjoy every bit of the user experience.
The reviews that we have so far received from a number of drone enthusiasts claim that iPad Mini 4 and/or Samsung Galaxy S2 is the most compatible device with this beast. It is quite affordable, light in weight and boasts a number of powerful features. The tablet fits into the radio controller with unmatchable ease and the software experiences no lags, choppiness or glitches. Moreover, the display screen that comes with this tablet is one of the best ones produced by Apple so far.
The display is quite good even in broad daylight while the superb color reproduction tends to immaculately complement the camera integrated in the DJI Phantom 4. Bear in mind that the iPad Mini 4 is not an official add-on developed by DJI. However, just by using this device for a few minutes in tandem with your DJI Phantom 4 would make you feel as if it were the default tablet designed specifically for the drone.