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How Much Weight Can a Drone Carry? (lb & kg)

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When selecting a drone to purchase, one consideration that often gets pushed towards the back of your mind is the drone’s payload capacity. Once you start attaching accessories to your drone though, you’ll care a lot more about how much weight the UAV can carry. What is the average carrying capacity of a drone?

The amount of weight a drone can carry depends on its categorization as a toy drone, a mini drone, a hobby drone, or a professional UAV. For some drones, the payload is 5 lb (2.27 kg) and can be as much as 500 lb (227 kg).

In this article, we’ll investigate the weight payload of your favorite drone models, from inexpensive hobby drones to DJI models and even professional drones. We’ll also talk about how to lessen the weight of your drone, so keep reading! 

How much weight can a drone carry? Factors that influence payload

Drones are generally categorized into four classes: toy, mini, hobby, and professional drones. Those who are brand new to drones usually prefer a toy drone so that if they crash it, it’s not a lot of money out of their pocket to replace it (toy drones are about $30 on average).

These UAV pilots, if they continue flying their drones, will eventually upgrade to hobby drones. For many drone pilots , that’s the type of drone they always favor, but for those whose work involves drones, they might have a professional-grade drone.

We’re telling you this because the carrying capacity of a drone varies based on its categorization. Toy drones aren’t meant to carry a lot of weight, so you’re lucky if the UAV can tote even half a pound.   

As you get into professional drones, the payload increases to as much as 25 pounds or even 500 pounds, which is 227 kilograms. These drones could theoretically lift a person! 

What factors influence a drone’s payload besides its type? Let’s discuss those factors now.

Drone weight

A toy drone can’t carry a lot of weight not just because it’s cheap, but these drones are usually quite small as well. Mini drones will have similarly low payloads for that same reason: there’s not much to them. 

Professional drones can carry the most weight in part due to their often hefty size. These drones are designed for mine surveying, search and rescue, and other hard jobs, so they have to be built tough. 

Battery weight

A drone’s payload encompasses everything the drone carries, and that means batteries too. If your drone has a lot of batteries or if the battery pack is heavy, then that’s less weight that’s available for carrying accessories. 

Propeller number and size

The props are another factor at play when it comes to your drone’s carrying capacity. Propellers can generate lift, but if they’re too big, that makes them heavier. Like everything else, the drone has to support the weight of the props, which reduces its payload.

The number of propellers can affect the drone in the same way, as the greater the number of props, the heavier the props are in general, although more motors and props mean greater lift. 

Motor strength 

A souped-up drone motor can fly a drone at its full payload without wavering. Cheap motors will begin to falter if you attach a smartphone carrying case to your drone. 

Drone carrying payload – 11 examples

To illustrate how much a drone can carry , we have 11 examples of real drone payloads in categories such as mini drones, hobby drones, and pro drones. The brands covered include DJI, Yuneec, and more. 

Mini Drones

Hobby drones, professional drones, which drones have the greatest carrying capacity .

Drones are truly extraordinary things, as this section is about to show. We’ll showcase three drones celebrated for their astonishing payloads, starting with the drone that can carry the most weight to that with the least. 

The Griff 300 – 500 Pounds 

Of course, we have to talk more about the Griff 300, because no, that wasn’t a typo when we said this drone could carry 500 pounds. It’s one of the only drones in existence that can do it. 

Griff Aviation ( link ) is based in Norway and produces a variety of drones, but the Griff 300 is probably at the top of the list in terms of how sheerly impressive it is. After all, with a payload of approximately 496 pounds, the Griff 300 could easily carry a person with plenty of capacity to go.

The Griff 300 is loaded with eight props to keep it airborne for upwards of 45 minutes at a time. That’s impressive when you take a look at this thing, as the Griff 300 is quite a large drone. Here is a photo of it.

Running on electricity and batteries, the Griff 300 isn’t a recreational drone, and it’s not even for most professionals. Thus far, it’s only been used in search and rescue operations. 

You can see the Griff 300 in action in the video below. The clip shows the drone lifting a person:

Ehang 184 – 260 Pounds 

The Ehang 184 is a unique drone as well, as it’s an autonomous passenger drone that can zip by at speeds over 60 miles per hour. Since 2015, the Ehang 184 – which is produced by a Chinese company also called Ehang – made 40 drone-assisted passenger journeys with the UAV. 

The length of the Ehang 184 is approximately 12 feet, eight inches. It’s four feet, nine inches high, and has a wingspan of 18 feet, one inch. The single-passenger drone features eight dual-bladed fixed-pitch props.

Its cruising speed is up to 81 MPH and its average range is 9.9 miles with a service ceiling of 1,600 feet.  

OnyxStar HYDRA-12 – 26.5 Pounds 

Although it can’t carry hundreds of pounds, the payload of the OnyxStar HYDRA-12 ( link ) is still remarkable at 26.5 pounds. 

The drone features sensors throughout for determining obstacles and avoiding them.  With Real-Time Kinetic or RTK precision, the HYDRA-12 has detection accuracy that’s even better than GPS. 

Its carbon-made body is hard to ding up, and with automatic take-offs and landings, this drone will fly as smooth as butter anyway. Other features include waypoint navigation, flight control settings, and geo-fencing. 

What happens if you exceed the recommended weight limit of a drone?

Let’s say that you see the information in this guide a little too late. You got excited about all the accessories your drone could use, everything from propeller guards to a carrying case for your smartphone so you can capture the action as it happens.

How will you know if you’ve overdone it on the weight? Your drone will certainly tell you. Here are some signs to keep an eye out for.

Strained startup or failed startup

If your drone’s payload capacity is especially low (under several pounds), then the chances are pretty good that when you add too much weight, it won’t even take off. The drone simply can’t support its own weight plus the weight of the accessories you’ve tacked on. 

In some instances, you might get lucky, especially if your drone is new and in otherwise good shape. A drone with a decent payload, although it’s strained, might be able to ascend into the air when it’s overcapacity. However, the drone won’t fly very quickly, and you might hear components whirring and screeching.

Lack of flight control

Your drone is up in the sky, but it’s not doing so well. Even though you’re maintaining a straight flight path (or trying to, anyway), your drone zigs and zags like there’s no tomorrow. Should you try a customized flight path, the drone still doesn’t want to fly as you asked it to.

Also, that sound you heard upon takeoff is a lot louder now. 

At this point, your drone is struggling to stay up in the air. It’s flying in fits and spurts because that’s all it can maintain. 

The whirring or screeching noises–which are likely your drone’s motor, by the way–are worsening because your drone is straining ever harder. It’s only a matter of time before it can’t take anymore. 

Premature grounding

And it seems like that time is right about now, as your drone is descending. Maybe the drone comes to a soft landing, but more than likely, it’s going to crash. Hopefully, you weren’t flying the drone too high when this happens. 

Even though your remote works fine, you can no longer control the drone. The motor pushed itself so hard that it might be broken, so your drone can’t fly.  


You go over to your drone and feel it with your hand. It’s hot to the touch. The strained motor generated a lot of heat as it overworked, so that’s what you’re feeling.

If you only flew your drone for a little while, then the engine might not be fried. Once your drone has cooled down some, you can take it home, charge it, and give it some time. It might come back to life.

Yet if your drone was pushed to the point where it crashed, the motor and your drone might be a goner. 

How to reduce your drone’s load – 5 tips 

Whenever you can, it’s best to fly a drone without pushing it to its payload limit. The following 5 tips will help you travel lighter with your drone. 

1. Bring only the accessories you need

If your drone has a high-tech camera, do you really need to strap your smartphone to the UAV? No. The phone’s camera isn’t nearly as good as your drone’s camera, so what’s the point? All you’re doing is adding weight to the drone.

For each accessory you rely on, ask yourself whether you really need it. It’s okay to bring an accessory or two, but not many. 

2. Change the frame

The next four tips involve modifying your drone, so if the UAV is still covered under warranty, you might want to tread carefully. Tinkering with your drone is a surefire way to void the warranty. 

With that caveat out of the way, if you’d still like to proceed, then one thing you can do is replace the frame of your drone. The frame is the plastic or metal housing that keeps the internal components safe. It’s also usually quite heavy. 

If you can find a lighter frame that fits your drone, then you might deem it worth replacing its original frame and installing the one that weighs less. 

3. Shrink the frame support

Now that you understand the frame of your drone a lot better since you personally replaced it, you might feel comfortable swapping out the frame supports as well. Supports are available in 20×20 or 30×30 stacks. If you go smaller, you can reduce the weight of your drone by several grams.

It’s not much in the long run, but it can make a difference. 

That said, double-check that the drone’s frame is still adequately supported by a smaller frame stack. You don’t want a poor setup just to whittle away the weight of your drone. 

4. Replace the motor

Now here’s some real Frankensteining of your drone: changing the motor. Before you go out and buy a new motor for your UAV, take the current one out and weigh it. Then research different motors. If you find one that’s several grams lighter, then you can go ahead and install the new motor. Motors that are only moderately more lightweight aren’t worth the trouble. 

5. Take off prop guards or buy lighter props

Propeller guards are handy when you’re a beginner, but they’re dead weight at the end of the day. Once you get comfortable with your drone, get rid of the prop guards. Your drone will automatically be a few grams lighter.

If you’re still not totally pleased with the weight of your drone, you can always take the props off and add new lighter ones. Double-check that the props are compatible with your drone before you buy them! 


Drones are incredible, as evidenced by UAVs with a payload of upwards of 500 pounds. Although the average drone might carry a few kilograms, plenty of heavy-hitters for professional drone pilots have a higher weight capacity, sometimes around 25 or 50 pounds. 

Whether you use your drone for work, play, or both, make sure you know its weight capacity to ensure you don’t overload it. Good luck! 

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 review

A fast, powerful drone with pro features.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

TechRadar Verdict

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 remains a highly capable drone for both stills and video production thanks to its 1-inch sensor, adjustable aperture, mechanical shutter and up to 4K/60p video capture. With speed, power and highly responsive controls, it's a great option for professional photographers and videographers, if far less convenient than the Mavic 2 Pro.

Large 1-inch 20MP sensor

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Shoots 4K/60p video at 100Mbps

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The DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is the most recent model in its Phantom series, which is the range that really lifted DJI into the stratosphere as the world leader in drones.

The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 was announced back in 2018 and was a significant upgrade over the Phantom 4, bringing a host of professional features and improved flight technologies that include front, rear and downward visual sensors, as well as infrared sensors on the sides of the aircraft to provide obstacle sensing in five directions.

Thanks to its 20MP 1-inch sensor and ability to shoot video up to 4K video at 60fps, this is definitely a pro-level drone. Of course, it's not the cheapest or smallest model in DJI's range either, but all of these features, combined with its power and speed, mean it remains a compelling option for drone pilots.

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What other features are on board? A range of intelligent flight modes include three ActiveTrack modes: Profile, Spotlight and Circle. Plus, Draw mode allows you to draw a route for the aircraft to follow on a smart device running the DJI Go 4 app, while TapFly is a mode for flying backwards to capture aerial selfies. 

These come on top of Sport (high-performance), Position (standard GPS mode) and Attitude (no GPS) modes, Gesture mode, Tripod mode, Course Lock, Home Lock and Beginner mode. In other words, It's certainly not short on flying modes.

For photographers and videographers, the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0's performance certainly doesn’t disappoint either. 

The camera features a 20MP 1-inch sensor, capable of shooting impressive raw stills and 4K/60p video at 100Mbps video in the D-Log color profile. 

A mechanical shutter helps to provide natural-looking video that’s vastly better than a digital shutter because the problem of rolling shutter is eliminated, while an adjustable aperture of f/2.8-f/11 provides flexibility and control. Image quality for both stills and video is excellent, although like most drones with a 1-inch sensor or smaller, the best results are achieved at lower ISO settings.

The main issue with the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0, and one that’s going to be a dealbreaker for some, is the sheer size and weight of the aircraft. 

At 1,375g with the battery and propellors installed, plus the 904g controller and 468g for each additional battery, carrying everything can be cumbersome.

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At 251×398.78×172.72mm the Phantom is large too, but fortunately comes with a handy polystyrene case with a carry handle (above) to hold everything you need for flying, and it's surprisingly comfortable to carry despite its size.

In flight, the Phantom handles well and provides up to 30 minutes of flight time up to a maximum speed of 72kph/45mph. The maximum transmission distance between the controller and aircraft is 8km thanks to OcuSync 2.0 technology, which is unusable due to drone laws around the world in which the majority specify that drones must remain within 500m of the drone pilot while also within visual line of sight. Still, this signal strength means that, within this range, the connection is robust.

The controller itself is rather large and in some ways resembles a traditional radio controller unit, but unlike the latter it has a clean white design, plus a phone and tablet holder on the front of the controller. The phone/tablet holder is extremely versatile and can comfortably hold any smartphone and tablets up to 10-inches in landscape format.

The size and weight of the controller balances well with tablets which, of course, provide a larger view of the DJI Go 4 app that’s used to adjust settings and to control the Phantom’s camera. The controller also provides several direct access buttons and customizable buttons, so the camera and certain drone settings can be quickly adjusted without the need to use the app.

The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is extremely responsive with sensitive controls that must be used with care to ensure smooth flight during video recording. With Mavic models, you can fly smoothly using just your thumbs to control the control sticks, but with the Phantom it’s essential to use the thumb and index finger ‘pinch’ because this method provides much more control. It’s not a problem at all, but something to be aware of if you’re used to flying less responsive drones.

Should I buy the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0?

Buy it if....

You need 4K video at 60fps The Phantom 2 Pro V2.0 is capable of capturing 4K/60fps video at 100Mbps in the D-Log colour profile, which is ideal for professional aerial videographers.

You need a mechanical shutter When shooting video, mechanical shutters avoid the problem of rolling shutter. This is a problem associated with digital shutters that scan the scene rather than capturing it as a whole. 

Need to shoot high-quality stills The 20MP 1-inch sensor capable of shooting Raw files in DNG format provides photographers with higher image quality than smaller sensors and a huge amount of control when processing images.

Don't buy it if...

You want a small, lightweight drone The Phantom Pro 4 V2.0 is a large and heavy drone compared to Mavic series drones, so it’s nowhere near as comfortable to transport to locations off the beaten track.

You're a drone beginner While the Phantom offers features to help beginners get used to flying the drone, the Mavic Air 2 is much more suitable for drone newbies and even easier to fly.

You're on a tight budget At £1589 for the basic kit, the Phantom Pro 4 V2.0 is one of the more expensive models in DJI’s prosumer drone line-up, with other models available at much lower prices.

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DJI Phantom 4 – is it still worth it?

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DJI has issued the end-of-life notice for the Phantom 4 , it was  officially discontinued on April 30, 2017 . At the time of discontinuation, the Phantom 4 Advanced and Phantom 4 Pro kept the line of Phantom drones going, but like we pondered for the Phantom 3, is the Phantom 4 still worth buying?

[alert]With a price similar to that of the Mavic Air or Mavic Pro, we’d opt for the smaller drones for general camera usage, get the Phantom 4 if you have a payload in mind. The newer Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is a far superior camera drone. Additionally, aside from payload, anything the Phantom 4 could do, the newer DJI Mavic 2 Pro can do better.[/alert]

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To ascertain the value of the Phantom 4 at this point, I think it critical to understand how it differs from the other DJI drones . One should also evaluate how it stacks up against the competition. The idea is simple, the Phantom 4 was a superb piece of flying equipment for its time, but at a  little under $1000 , is it still worth buying?

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The Phantom 4

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Unlike our Phantom 3 rundown , we will not be treating all of the models of Phantom 4 together in this one. The Phantom 4 Pro is a step above the Phantom 4 standard in almost every way, and the Phantom 4 Advanced is up there as well.

What you get with the Phantom 4 is the iconic quadcopter design, a 4K, 12 MP camera on a Gimbal, forward and downward visioning systems, 28 minutes of flight time, a huge service ceiling and up to 45 mph ground speeds.

When I talked about the Phantom 3, the defining characteristic in its continued value was the camera capabilities. The earlier Phantom 3 models had a 2.7K sensor, the latter two models came with 4K shooters. We all know that there is more to a camera than just a pixel count, which is why you shouldn’t shrug off the fact that the Phantom 4 camera is identical on the spec sheet.

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Improved flight modes, better object detection for better collision avoidance, a higher speed and greater flight time and distance are all important as well. The Phantom 4 is, effectively, an iterative update over the best Phantom 3 models, but again, it is our opinion that the real world improvements exceed what the spec sheet tries to tell us.

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How outdated is the Phantom 4?

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Looking beyond the Phantom 4, the Phantom 4 Pro was announced in the fall of 2016, the Phantom 4 Advanced in the spring of 2017. While the similarities between the Pro and Advanced are more than we care to count, they are both well beyond the Phantom 4 standard.

Just as the Phantom 4 outperforms the best of the Phantom 3 line, the Phantom 4 Pro and Advanced outdo the standard Phantom 4. Multi-directional vision systems provide improved obstacle avoidance, speeds are higher and the battery lasts longer, but more than all this, the new drones have a far improved camera.

The Phantom 4, as mentioned, has a 1/2.3-inch camera sensor, the newer drones in the Phantom line come with a full 1-inch sensor. This new sensor has a mechanical shutter, captures 20 MP images and bumps the maximum video bitrate from 60 to 100 Mbps.

As we mentioned briefly above, the newer, compact, folding Mavic Pro has the same camera sensor, at least on the spec sheet, and the even newer than that, even more compact and folding Mavic Air uses the same size 1/2.3-inch sensor with the updated 100 Mbps data rate to capture even better images from the sky. We’ll talk about both of these machines below.

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Update : New DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

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DJI has launched the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 . This new drone takes the Phantom 4 Pro, adds in OcuSync connectivity, updated ESCs and high-efficiency propellers to improve the flight experience. Just another step above, making the decision to buy the original Phantom 4 harder to make.

Additional consideration : DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

Announced and released in August 2018, the two versions of the update to the Mavic Pro have some tricks up their sleeve. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro rocks a 1-inch camera sensor from Hasselblad, this 20MP shooter produces some of the best aerial footage we’ve seen from a drone under $2000. The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom, on the other hand, has the same size camera sensor as the Phantom 4, but the updated 100Mbps data rate and 2x optical zoom should give the Mavic drone the edge. 

No matter which camera you are looking for, each of the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom offer all-direction obstacle avoidance, some of the most advance flight and camera modes DJI has to offer, and are competing for the quietest flight for a drone their size around. Of course, at nearly twice the price, would you expect anything less?

Should I buy the Phantom 4?

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I’m droning on (pun intended) about the newer quadcopters in the Phantom 4 line, what you came here for was to find out whether or not the Phantom 4 standard is worth buying. If I have to give a Boolean answer, False. Admittedly, the Phantom 4 is a great drone, but we feel there are other drones that are a better purchase for your dollar.

Let’s see, we’ve seen the Phantom 3 for as little as $399, but the 4K models have been $750 or more. The Phantom 4 Advanced starts at $1350 and the Phantom 4 Pro at $1450. The standard Phantom 4 clocks in about $900 last we looked. So, the Phantom 4 fits perfectly in the middle ground of the line for both specs and price.

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I have three final thoughts before you spend your money. First, if photo and video quality are your focus, the Phantom 4 Pro or Advanced are absolutely worth saving up for. The improved camera is more than just a little spec bump. Second, if you are just looking for a fun drone to bounce around the backyard, not really planning to take videos, the Phantom 3 standard at less than half the price of the Phantom 4 is a smart move.

Third, if you are content spending just shy of a thousand dollars, are happy with the forward and downward object avoidance, like the 1/2.3-inch camera sensor and are good with about 25 minutes of flight, buy the Mavic Pro! “Wait, you never said anything about the Mavic Pro!” No, we hadn’t, but how can we not?

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On the spec sheet the Mavic Pro offers a very similar set of capabilities to the Phantom 4. However, it comes in a smaller package that folds to become one of the most portable drones around. The remote is smaller and the Mavic Pro flies a tad slower, but can go further and it’s in the prime of its life with new accessories only recently being announced.

Update : And now the Mavic Pro is the perfect companion for the new DJI Goggles, a VR headset with FPV goggle capabilities that can do more than just connect to your drone.

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Another major consideration: DJI Mavic Air

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If the DJI Mavic Pro is somewhat to your liking, but you want just a little better camera, the new DJI Mavic Air may be the machine for you. The Mavic Air is smaller than the Pro, but packs more flight features and an updated 100Mbps data rate for video capture. It’s the same size 12MP camera sensor, but that expanded data rate, and newer materials and software all around, make it a better camera experience compared to the Mavic Pro, and I’d debate it’s better than the Phantom 4 as well. Not half bad for $799. 

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Looking to buy the Phantom 4?

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Offering a valuable performance increase over the best of the Phantom 3 line, the Phantom 4 was the logical update to the Phantom drone line. A capable quadcopter with an easy to use controller, a rich set of autonomous flight features and a camera that defined aerial video for a time. The Phantom 4 is certainly a great machine, made even better by a fair price.

We do, honestly, think you are better off skipping this drone now that it has been officially discontinued, but we wouldn’t blame you for taking a closer look.

It almost feels wrong to put a purchase link now, but, if you are still interested, grab the Phantom 4 for $999 from Amazon today. We’re seeing prices for it new as high as $1000, but used for under $700. At this time, we feel like $750 is a good selling point, still a tough sell, but worth it.

When we suggest that the DJI Phantom 4 is not worth buying at this point, we say so based on the price being comparable to the Mavic Pro. When, and if, the Phantom 4 price drops to at least a couple hundred dollars less than the Mavic Pro we will change our opinion. Until then, we think you can do better with your money.

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I must repeat myself, the Phantom 4 is a fantastic drone, you will not be disappointed or ripped off for purchasing it. You can, however, get a better bang for the buck by considering the Phantom 3 for less camera intensive needs or the Mavic Pro for more portable needs. Same goes if you jump up to the Phantom 4 Pro or Advanced for the best camera in a DJI drone under $2000.

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How to Drone fishing with Phantom 4

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Are you thinking about drone fishing with Phantom 4 and want to know if it’s the right thing or not? Do you, like many others, want to come back home from the beach carrying a giant yellowfin tuna on your back?

According to so many videos on YouTube, it looks so easy. You just need a rod, reel, line, bait, and a drone and you are good to go. So what’s the big deal?

Well, it is not that easy. So, if you want to be able to accomplish this highly desired mission, keep reading this guide about drone fishing with Phantom 4.

Drone Fishing with Phantom 4 – Shall we begin?

Phantom 4 is one of the most popular drones to be used for fishing nowadays. And here is a nice video – which, most probably, you are already familiar with it, showing, in short, the whole idea behind drone fishing.

Drone Fishing with Phantom 4– Clarification

While drone fishing with Phantom 4 can defiantly improve your fishing, I must clarify one thing so you won’t have any illusions or false expectations.

Phantom 4 or any other drone that you will use for fishing, will not bring you fish. The drone is not a fish magnet.

However, drone fishing with Phantom 4, or drone fishing, in general, provide you with new abilities that you couldn’t do before. So, in order to catch these great fish, that you see on YouTube, you still need to have great fishing gear, and you still need to be an angler in order to succeed.

Now, let’s go to where it all begins…

Drone fishing with Phantom 4 became a real trend in surf fishing. And if you will ask senior anglers they will even tell you that drone fishing with Phantom 4 is very common these days.

Since DJI is the biggest company in the world who makes high-quality drones. It is no surprise that the DJI Phantom 4 is one of the most common drones that is being used for this task.

There is no need to explain here why the DJI Phantom 4 is a good drone. If you are not familiar with this drone yet, you can read more about it in DJI official website . And regardless to fishing, the Phantom 4 is a remarkable drone – one of the most popular drones in the world today.

Note: before we explain how to drone fishing with Phantom 4, it is vital for you to understand that the Phantom 4 was not made originally for fishing. First, it is not waterproof, which means that if a drone error will occur or a pilot error will happen, this will cause the drone to crash into the water, and it will be the end of the story for it. So be careful when using this drone for fishing.

Why drone fishing from the first place?

Well, I believe that most of you know the answer for this, but in short, people use drones for fishing since they want to drop their bait in places they normally cannot reach.

But this is not the only reason. Many times, before you drop your bait in a specific place, it will be better to scout for the best place to drop it. So, using a drone with a camera is a real requirement in drone fishing.

Why drone fishing with Phantom 4?

The fact that the Phantom 4 is a popular drone, does not mean it automatically makes it the best fit for fishing. So why is it a good drone to be used for fishing?

Well, DJI has put a lot of effort into making the Phantom a high-end performing drone. Since its first release, we could see how well this drone performs compared to the others on the market. In addition, DJI developed a very easy mobile app, so you can control and plan your flight in a very detailed way.

That makes it easy not only for Phantom drone’ pilots, so they can enjoy a very easy-to-use mobile app. But it also has many advanced features, which makes it very straight forward and easy, even for beginners.

Drone fishing with Phantom 4

Sounds very easy, right?

Well, it’s not! In case you have no experience with flying drones, I highly recommend you to first purchase a cheaper drone, a used Phantom 3 will be a great start, and gain yourself some experience.

Flying a drone is very risky for people who have no experience. For example, we hear a lot lately about drones that flew near airports. This is a very serious thing since drones can cause an airplane to crash. This is not a joke! But it is not only risky next airports. Flying a drone above people’s heads can cause serious damage and even death if the drone will fall from the sky on the head of someone.

Many crashes occurred when flying the drone just for fun, not for fishing. When you go drone fishing, it will require additional experience, since you will need to control the drone and your fishing tackle as well.

So, I recommend you learn more about the risks of drone fishing . It can save you a lot of money, sorrow, and damage.

Where do I start?

Assuming that you already have experience with flying drones, let’s dive into what it takes in order to take your Phantom 4 and turn it into a fishing machine.

Basically, drone fishing with Phantom 4 will allow you to scout for schools of fish and drop your bait just in front of them.

In order to accomplish this task, you will need a bait dropping device that will be able to carry out your bait to those specific places.

Bait Dropping Device – Payload Release System

In drone fishing, there are several payload release devices in which each one works a bit differently than the others. And whoever is drone fishing with Phantom 4, probably is familiar with at least one of the following devices. I decided to split this group into 2 groups. The first is the premium, highly designed payload release devices. The second group is having a simple and cheap solution. Solutions that are less safe for your drone. I say it is less safe because the simple device can’t understand when you are in a risky situation for your drone. Premium solutions detect that and release the bait with its line, in order to prevent your drone from crashing.

Drone Fishing with Phantom 4 – Premium Payload release devices

Sky Rigger is a payload release device developed by Sea Ulcer . Do you remember the video at the beginning of this post? That video, when it came out, went viral very fast. So the Sky Rigger was made by these 2 Australians, which only later, developed the Sky Rigger .

The Sky Rigger will release your bait when a fish takes your bait, or in case you want to release it in a specific spot, you need to close the bail of the reel and let your drone keep flying forward – in both cases, the resistance of the line on the device will release it.  It is not an electronic device and you can see it in action in the following demonstration video:

SkyClip for Phantom - Bait dropping device - Drone fishing

SkyClip is a new mechanic bait dropping device for every drone that can be used for fishing. Currently, SkyClip has a specific bait dropping device for the following drones: DJI Phantom , Mavic , SPARK , XIAOMI , and SJRC.

The SkyClip, like the Sky Rigger, is a mechanic bait dropping device, which has several advantages over the electric release device.

FLiFLi Payload Release

The FLiFLi payload release works differently than all of the above. The FLiFLi is activating the drop mechanism using a switch button that works as a remote control for the device.

The FLiFLi payload release device is an airdrop accessory that comes with a wireless remote control that triggers the device. That makes the FLiFLi airdrop a simple device that does not require any special installation. No screws are needed. A very easy installation. You just clip the bracket to the Phantom 4 and then slide the Airdrop device into the bracket.

The installation should not take you more than 15 seconds. And when you are done with it, the FLiFLi comes with a nice black bag so you can store it there.

The device has the same looking style of the Phantom 4 drone. Its’ power button and the battery indicator look exactly like the ones on the Phantom 4, and of course, also the color of the FLiFLi is white, like the Phantom.

The range for the FLi FLi airdropping device is 1 kilometer. Which is a decent range, and you won’t need more than that.

The price of the FLiFLi airdropping device is 120$.

FLiFLi Air dropping payload release device for Phantom 4

Drone Sky Hook

In short, Drone Sky Hook is a company that makes accessories for drones. Among their products, you can find electronic payload release devices for almost every DJI drone. The Drone Sky Hook has a unique DROP WHEEL to drop the bait. In addition, loading the bait or the fishing line is fast and easy, using only one hand. Another great feature of the Drone Sky Hook is an optional Fail-Safe drop cord, which can save your drone from crashing into the water. The way it works, it automatically disconnects the fishing line from your drone when the fishing line gets tangled in the reel or caught in seaweeds, rocks, seagulls, or other objects in the water.

Drone Sky Hook devices offer triple release redundancy, which means:

  • The bait can be released with C1/C2 buttons on the remote controller.
  • By simply rotating the drone.
  • You can set a drop timer, that automatically drops the bait after a predetermined time.

The Drone Sky Hook device can work with the included light sensor or without it. In addition, some models have the ability to do 2 drops: one drop to release chum into the water to attract the fish and the second drop releases the bait with the fishing line.

Drone Sky Hook is offering 18 other accessories for your drone. Accessories like Daylight & Low-Light Drone Fishing Systems are offered. The Low-Light system incorporates a remotely controlled powerful Searchlight that shines its bright light forward, downward in angles or straight down. It improves the visibility of your DJI drone’s position and orientation in the air during dim light conditions or at night. That allows you to drone fishing at night without risking your drone. After all, I do recommend you to have eyesight at your drone at all times,. Having these accessories help you out.

Here is an example showing Drone Sky Hook in action:

The prices of the Drone Sky Hook systems are around 163$ – 249$.

Gannet Payload Release device

The Gannet is a popular device that is compatible with DJI drones. You can find such a device for almost any DJI drone that can be used for fishing. As such, you can find a few compatible devices for the Phantom 4 as well. In January 2019, a new release came out which is the Gannet Sport. Gannet has several baits dropping devices and their prices are around 150$ to 200$.

There are several models for the Gannet payload release device. Some of them work with resistance, and some of them work with a photoresistor. Nothing innovative when we compare it to the previous premium devices I just mentioned.

Drone Fishing with Phantom 4 – Other Payload release devices

Except for these five payload release devices I just mentioned, there are others to consider. These are simple devices that are working great as the rest in this list.

There are simple payload release devices that work with a photoresistor, like most of the payload release devices on this list, and are doing a great job. Their price is 55$.

I cannot say anything bad on any of the devices I mentioned. They are very popular among many anglers, just keep in mind that these devices won’t prevent your drone from crashing in case an unwanted situation occurred.

Moreover, if you don’t like to spend your money on a payload release, that is okay. You have an option to build your own bait dropping “device” which you can have from a metal coat hanger. Many people are using that till today and it works like a charm.

Here is a video showing how it works

If you want to know about other air-dropping devices you can read it in our article about drone fishing with DJI drones .

Payload release installation

Several payload release devices can only be installed on the landing gears of the Phantom 4.

Drone Fishing – How far should I take the bait out?

While some companies say that the Phantom 4 (or any other Phantom or Mavic drone) is great for fishing since it has a great range of several kilometers, I would say that this is just a way to pursue customers for something they don’t need. You, as an angler, don’t need to take your bait for more than 1 kilometer away. In general, most anglers need to take their baits out for no more than 500 meters.

Another reason for not taking your bait out for more than 1 kilometer is the battery life.

If one battery gives you the ability to send out 4 baits, then sending your drone to a doubled range, will provide you with sending out only 2 baits.

Drone Fishing with Phantom 4 – The Rig

Like every fishing style has its own rig, drone fishing has its own special rig (or rigs) as well.

There are many different approaches to these rigs. However, one thing should be in common to all of them. Before landing a fish, you want to succeed in landing your drone back next to you.

Many times I heard about drones, not only the Phantom 4, that crashed since the fishing line got tangled in one of the drone’ propeller. And while the drone is flying above the sea, having such an accident has only one sad meaning – This is the end of your drone – which, by the way, happened so many times before.

So, the idea with the fishing rigs for drones is firstly to be safe for the drone.

Things we need to consider when setting the fishing rig:

  • Prevent the pendulum effect.
  • Keeping the line away from the propellers.

In general, the line should be around 2 meters’ length (some others even recommend it to be 3 meters).

This length of the line will not prevent a pendulum effect to occur, but it won’t affect the drone in a way that it can lose its’ balance. If a strong pendulum effect will tilt the drone, the crash will be unpreventable.

Can we Waterproof DJI Phantom 4?

Drone fishing with Phantom 4 keeps many pilots worried when they fly the drone above the water. It is true that as long as everything is okay, nothing bad should happen to the drone. But still, the fact that the drone is far away from us, keeps us worried. And it is not only since it is far away from us. In case the drone will fall into the water, that means you won’t see it again (most chances). After all, not too many people will go diving to rescue a drone which probably is dead anyway.

This is the reason why other companies made drones special for fishing, so in case the drone will fall into the water you won’t lose the drone. For example, you have the SplashDrone 3+ by SwellPro which is 100% waterproof and was specially designed for fishing. Read our post about the best drones for fishing in case you want to get familiar with the available fishing drones in the market.

Back to the Phantom 4. So, in case you don’t know, the DJI Phantom 4 is not a waterproof drone. And according to my knowledge, there is no such an accessory that can make it waterproof. And, If you are familiar with such an accessory, do leave me a comment in the comments section below about it.

But, even though you can’t make your Phantom 4 to be waterproof, still, there are great solutions for you.

So, in case you prefer to purchase a Phantom 4 drone, but you are still worried about your drone getting wet, I have good news for you. There is an amazing solution for your worries.

Phantom Rain Wetsuits

Phantom Rain is an American company that developed several amazing products for DJI drones. Their products were not intended for drone fishing. However, they fit perfectly for our fishing purposes.

The first, and relevant one is the Phantom Rain Wetsuits . The wetsuit is a 3 parts suit which you install on the Phantom 4 drone. However, the Phantom Rain Wetsuits makes the Phantom 4 water resistant – not waterproof, but still water resistant is a good thing for the Phantom.

Another great accessory that you can purchase for your Phantom 4 is the Phantom 4 Rescue Jacket . The rescue jacket is another product by Phantom Rain which makes the Phantom 4 floats over water.

That means that combining the Wetsuits with the Rescue Jacket will make your Phantom 4 almost completely protected from the water. And if your drone fell into the water next to you, you can surely save your drone from a disaster.

Here is an explanation about the Phantom Rain Wetsuits

Waterproofing electronics

This is something that most people are not aware of. However, I do not recommend you to do it unless you know what you are doing.

In the following video, you can see how you can waterproof any electronic device (well, almost anything – except ESC devices). If you will understand it completely you can waterproof your drone before each time you go fishing.

Remember! This solution is good for one time only. Every time you will need to redo it in order to protect your drone.

Drone Fishing with Phantom 4 – Reducing the Risks

DJI, one of the biggest manufactures for drones today, cares about the drone you buy from her. As such, DJI understands that not all the drone pilots are good enough for this mission, and with that said, DJI has developed their DJI Flight Simulator which will help you practice flying a drone, before having the drone yet.

DJI Flight simulator is accessible, intuitive and realistic, and you can practice lots of different training scenarios. It has 3 training modules that will allow you to develop the skills you will need to fly your drone safely for any task. You can practice, take off and maneuvering tasks. You can practice lots of hours behind the sticks.  It accurately has all the drone models and the way the drones perform in real life scenarios, including the effects of winds, sunrise, sunset and more. Learn more about DJI Flight Simulator in the following video.

Drone fishing with Phantom 4 is a great way to improve your fishing level, and you can expect to catch big fish with it.

But, make sure that before you take your Phantom 4 for fishing, you will do the following:

  • Know your drone, know how to fly it, how to operate it smoothly.
  • Practice in a safe place how to drop the bait – depends on the payload release device you will choose for yourself.
  • Don’t fly the drone where it can be risky for your surroundings.
  • Plan ahead how long it will take the drone to go out, drop the bait and come back to you. Make sure each time, that you have enough battery for it.

You will need to have enough time for practice, but it will be worth it.

I hope you enjoyed this guide about drone fishing with Phantom 4.

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Is the DJI Phantom 4 RTK Still Worth It in 2022?

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Are you a commercial drone pilot looking to grow your business in 2022?

Have you found success in aerial photography, but you just need more? If you're looking for more market share as a drone service provider, you're not alone.

One of the best ways to grow your drone business is to offer more services . You can use drones across a wide range of industries, but some services are not as "high demand" as others. You must choose how to expand carefully.

One of the fastest-growing segments of the drone service industry is surveying and mapping.

Aerial surveying and mapping saves both time and money. Drones used for this purpose can also improve safety and streamline project management. In fact, more and more professionals continue to hire commercial drone pilots to perform these tasks each year.

Unfortunately, some UAS designed for mapping can cost close to, if not over, $100,000 .

Whether you're already surveying with your drone fleet or you're looking to add the service to your operation, you need a capable platform. And, especially if you're just getting started, you need that at an affordable price.

Drone companies release something "bigger and better" each year, but you can't go wrong with a "tried and true." In the case of mapping and surveys, the durable, reliable DJI Phantom 4 RTK  ( which starts at $6,200 ) provides both quality and affordability.

Here, we'll break down why it's still a very capable drone in 2022.

Phantom 4 RTK drone

First off, what's an RTK drone?

There's a destinct difference between standard drones and those that use real-time kinematic (RTK) or post-processed kinematic (PPK) positioning.  

Sure, you can use entry-level commercial drones for mapping, such as the DJI Mavic 2 Pro . However, it doesn't provide a the level of accuracy precise enough for professional mapping and surveying missions.

When a drone includes RTK or PPK, it reaches centimeter-level positioning . 

Here’s a high-level overview:

Just about every drone includes a Global Positioning System (GPS). That system essentially provides your drone camera with basic positioning accuracy.

However, GPS does not tie back to the ground. Therefore, its accuracy in the vertical axis is not very good, and it’s typically not centimeter-accurate in the horizontal axis.  

RTK and PPK allow your image's metadata to be corrected for accurate GPS positioning. Essentially, it's the most precise way to gather the data you need form a mapping and/or surveying mission.

And, if you want to do that commercially, you need an RTK or PPK drone in your fleet.

Breaking down the DJI Phantom 4 RTK

Alright, let's start off by addressing the elephant in the room: DJI released the Phantom 4 RTK back in October 2018.

In tech years, that seems like a really, really long time ago.

Phantom 4 RTK - titanic character

However, when your kit is built to last, time won't sink it as quickly as, say, your iPhone XS. The Phantom 4 RTK was, indeed, built to last.

In fact, our own solution specialist and drone training expert Doug Wiedman often opts to grab the Phantom 4 RTK for many of his own missions.

"The P4 RTK is a proven and reliable platform," Wiedman said.

"While it is nice having the latest and greatest, as ultimately we all know, we buy these crafts to go out and work to create a return on investment. Newer crafts need various firmware updates to fix bugs and improve functionality constantly.

"The Phantom 4 RTK is mature, thus it's been through all of that already. We need to be able to go into the field and count on the technology to work, and to rely a proven workflow process to yield consistent data. This drone provides a level of confidence you just can't get, yet, with newer platforms with similar technology."

RTK Feature

Let's start with the basics.

The Phantom 4 RTK comes with an RTK receiver and global navigation satellite system ( GNSS ) module. In fact, it's built right into the drone.

Because it uses  DJI's TimeSync system , the UAS produces pinpoint-accurate metadata for image location. Additionally, the gimbal movements and the drone's position are calibrated in flight to ensure location accuracy.

In fact, the Phantom 4 RTK can achieve an impressive 1cm+1ppm RTK horizontal and 1.5cm+1ppm RTK vertical positioning accuracy.

And, if your missions take you away from strong wireless signals, you can pick up the D-RTK 2 GNSS Mobile Station , which provides  real-time differential corrections that generate centimeter-level positioning data for improved relative accuracy while out in the field.  

The station allows for accurate mapping, even in the most challenging off the grid environments.  

Now, more often than not, a UAS with this level of capability coupled with a base station will set you back around $20,000. The Phantom 4 RTK complete package, however, comes in at just $8,419 . 

" P4RTK is still one of the only aircraft available for less than $8,500," Wiedman added.

"It's still unmatched in terms of cost-of-ownership versus return-on-investment (ROI). Even the replacement batteries are relatively inexpensive compared to the newest craft."

Phantom 4 RTK mission

The drone also uses a 1-inch, 20-megapixel CMOS sensor, which remains one of the main reasons photographers continue to use the standard Phantom 4 Pro.

It also includes a mechanical global shutter, which eliminates the risk of rolling shutter blur in your photos, and it records in up to 4K at 60fps. Those features surpassed even the most popular drones to follow, including the Mavic 2 Pro.

"With a 1-inch global, mechanical shutter, the P4 RTK fundamentally removes the "rolling shutter" effect," Wiedman said. 

"While photogrammetry software has developed numerous algorithms to help remove and "deal with rolling" shutter sensors, it is far superior to not have the rolling-shutter effect in images for software to remove."

Due to the high resolution, the Phantom 4 RTK can achieve a ground sample distance (GSD) of 2.74 cm at 100 meters flight altitude

Essentially, in 2022, Phantom 4 RTK still captures the kind of professional-quality detail your clients expect.

Other specs

With a maximum flight time of between 25-30 minutes per charge, the Phantom 4 RTK can stay airborne long enough to capture the specific area you need. And, a standard pack comes with two intelligent flight batteries, so you'll be set to swap out and quickly get back to the sky.

It's also lightweight (just under 3.1 pounds) and easy to transport. This is especially true if you also purchase the rugged rolling hard case  produced by GPC.

Phantom 4 RTK uses the OcuSync transmission system, which provides stable, reliable HD image & video transmission for over four miles .

You're also able to use third-party flight planning apps --  DJI Mobile SDK-enabled -- such as DroneDeploy and DroneLink.  And, its 4-sided obstacle-avoidance detection systems help to keep you from running into those pesky trees and infrastructure during extended mapping missions.

So, you can very easily automate waypoint flights, and know that your aircraft will complete the task safety and efficiently.

What's more? Most Phantom 4 RTK replacement parts cost a fraction of what it takes to replace equipment on new UAS.

So, you know the technical specs, but there's still one pressing question...

DJI Phantom 4 RTK setup

Why should you get a Phantom 4 RTK in 2022?

Many industries need aerial mapping and surveying services.

From construction and industrial inspections to mining and the energy sector, there's a lot of opportunity for you to expand your drone operation. If you're just starting to grow, it's crucial to find a drone that can perform all of your tasks without breaking the budget.

The Phantom 4 RTK is still, even in 2022, the best entry-level RTK drone on the market. And, at its price point, the competition has yet to produce a viable alternative.

With the ability to achieve 1cm+1ppm RTK horizontal and 1.5cm+1ppm RTK vertical positioning accuracy, its high-quality sensor, and its overall performance, the Phantom 4 RTK might just be the perfect mapping and surveying drone for you and your team.

Because its affordable, precise, and backed by DJI’s warranty and service support , you'll be able to confidently take flight each and every time you put your fingers on the sticks.

So, if you're in the market for a mapping and surveying drone, don't sleep on the Phantom 4 RTK. Sure, plenty of new drones enter the marketplace all of the time but, as we said before, shiny and new doesn't always beat tried and true!

Still not sure which way to go? We can help with that.

At Advexure, we don’t just sell drones; we provide solutions. We work with a variety of UAS operators across different industries, from police departments to powerline inspectors. 

We understand that you don’t just need the drone, you need the result it provides.

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Drone Fishing with the DJI Phantom 4

  • Brett Eagle
  • February 28, 2019

With its impressive flight range of 7 kilometers, 30-minute flight time, 1.3 kg payload capacity, and state of the art 4K camera, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro is easily a top contender for drone fishing.

Now, this may seem like the perfect fishing drone already, but it still has to be modified. We have produced drone fishing rigs so that existing Phantom users can get fishing safely in a matter of seconds.

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  • Plug and play, no need to modify the drone, easy to use.
  • Easy operation, Intelligent retractable line control, One-click setting to take off/hover/landing
  • Built-in winch system, Automatic take-up, and release of the tethered cable.
  • Flexible power supply for the ground station, AC220V mains, generator, and even a mobile power station supply.
  • Max 60M cable, considering the DJI Mavic 2 drone’s payload capacity, we suggest flight 30M height.
  • All-round overload protection,

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