The DJI Phantom 4 is one of the most popular drones on the market. This comes as no surprise once you see the list of features. 4k video capture, collision detection, massive range, patented flight control system, the list goes on.
In fact, the phantom 4 basically flies itself, thanks to improvements in the automated flight control system. If you are fortunate enough to own what is considered to be the Cadillac of drones, then there is an enormous range of accessories designed to help you make the most out of your flying experience.
Since you’ve already invested $1,399 in the drone itself, take a look at our list of the 8 “must have” accessories for your product. Some of these items can drastically improve your experience for a low price, while others protect your investment from harm. Even if you have an older version of the DJI Phantom, many of these accessories will still work with your drone.
#8 – BTG Quick Release Carbon Fiber Reinforced Propellers
Even a small nick or deformation of your propellers can radically change the in air performance.
Keeping some extra propellers on hand means that you won’t have any downtime in the event of an incident.
While the official propellers can be purchased for $10 a pair, this 3rd party model provides all the same features for only $6 a pair.
The carbon fiber reinforcement found in these blades mean that they are more resilient against bugs, dust or scratches that might damage the standard blades.
#7 – DJI Phantom 4 Intelligent Flight Battery
Having an extra battery on hand means you can extend your flight time, with only a quick pit stop back at home base. Keeping an extra battery on hand is essential if you want to take a trip down to the park, or anywhere that you won’t have access to a charger.
Although they can last many cycles, the batteries do wear out eventually so being able to swap between a pair will extend their useful life.
#6 – DJI Phantom 4 Backpack
If you’re going to adventure out into the world without your car, carrying your drone and all of the accessories can be a challenge.
The official DJI backpack provides padded, secure spaces for all of your equipment. This allows you to focus on your destination, without any additional challenges getting there.
Some buyers report issues like there isn’t a bottom for the foam piece. This added to the problem of the P4 sliding back and forth. Or that the drone slides back and forth because the foam was not precisely cut out to fit the Phantom 4.
#5 – Larger SD Card
Sure, the Phantom 4 comes with a 16gb SD card already. But the super high quality video produced by the 4k camera takes up a lot of space. In fact, it will only hold 40 minutes of video in total.
This means that if you have a second battery, your SD card will be completely full after just a single outing.
Unless you want to spend the time importing all of your video every single time you use the drone, dropping $20 is worthwhile.
This high speed 64GB card from Samsung means that you’ll be able to store video from multiple trips and import it on your own schedule, instead of getting out in the field and realizing that you won’t be able to record anything without overwriting your old content.
#4 – ND Filters
If you’re going to use a drone with a professional grade camera, you’ll want to use professional grade accessories to give yourself more control over the look and feel of your videos.
If you want crisp, smooth playback you will want to set your shutter speed (the number of images taken by the camera per second) to be twice that of the frame rate (the number of images played back in each second of video).
If the shutter speed not set correctly your images may come out blurry, overexposed or appear jittery. Just like sunglasses cover your eyes to help you see in bright conditions, ND filters work like sunglasses for your camera.
By reducing the light going into the camera, the shutter will be able to work optimally giving you the ability to continue taking high quality video on even the brightest sunny day.
#3 – DJI Phantom 4 Intelligent Battery Charging Hub
Each battery gives you 24 minutes of flight time, but takes a full hour to charge. If you’re the type of person who wants to use your drone on your own terms, you need this charging hub. Combine this 3 port hub with three different batteries and you’ll never run out of juice.
Simply cycle your batteries one by one through the drone and leave them on the charger while you fly. By the time you drain the third battery, the first one will be just finished charging up.
#2 – Fat Shark Dominator V3 Goggles
Streaming high definition video to your phone provides an immersive experience that still blows my mind every time I pick up my drone.
But what if I told you there was an even more immersive way to explore the skies?
The Fat Shark Dominator V3 goggles allow you to zone out the external world and view reality through an eye in the sky.
While this “first person view” isn’t exactly on the same level as virtual reality, it looks pretty darn close with the beautiful HD stream coming from the drone.
#1 – iPad Mini 4
While the DJI Phantom 4 works with a wide range of different phones and tablets, the software is very CPU intensive. Many users find that while their devices technically work, the experience is choppy, laggy or glitchy.
Since your tablet or phone is the primary method of interacting with and controlling the features of your drone, selecting the appropriate mobile device is the only thing that is guaranteed to improve every single phantom users experience.
Based on the feedback from many users, the iPad Mini 4 is the absolute best tablet to use. It is relatively inexpensive, lightweight and powerful.
It fits perfectly into the controller, and the software runs smoothly with no hang-ups or errors.
The screen in the iPad Mini 4 is one of the best produced by apple.
Not only is it easy to see in bright sunlight, but the amazing color reproduction is perfectly paired with the amazing camera of the Phantom 4. While not an official accessory, spending 5 minutes with the iPad Mini 4 feels like it was made for this drone.