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Hands on with DJI's Phantom 4 Pro

We take a close look at the new sensors on DJI's latest flying camera to hit the skies.

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Ready for takeoff

DJI's new Phantom 4 Pro flies with a lot of fancy features. So, it's a good thing that that DJI added more obstacle avoidance system to make it crashing it much more difficult.

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The 4 Pro is protected on almost all sides. It has front and rear visual sensors, infrared sensors on both sides, and a sensor on its belly to guard against landing on uneven ground.

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The front and rear sensors are built into the drone's legs.

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The side infrared sensors, meanwhile, are integrated into the 4 Pro's body.

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Only the top of the drone is unprotected. So be careful when flying indoors.

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But that's not to say you can't fly it indoors.

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The camera has a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor with 11.6 stops of dynamic range, aperture control (f2.8-f11) and a mechanical shutter.

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The camera also boasts a maximum resolution of 4K at 60 frames per second with a very high bit rate of 100Mbps.

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The indicator on the 4 Pro's back end will keep you appraised of the battery's strength.

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No, that's not a phone attached to the controller. It's actually a bright display that's integrated just above the control sticks.

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Two stubby antennas on the controller's back side send your commands to your drone.

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The controller has an SD card slot, a USB port and a Mini-HDMI port.

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With the new remote, you'll also be able to alternate your radio frequency between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz.

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Other features include better accuracy for flying through narrow environments and an enhanced Return-to-Home mode that will guide it home from up to 984 feet away (300 meters) while avoiding obstacles.

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