Drone Review: New DJI Phantom 4 RTK Lives up to Expectations

COPTRZ, a U.K.-based drone solutions provider, is reporting “exceptional” results from testing of the new DJI Phantom 4 RTK.

DJI’s latest enterprise platform was recently put through its paces over a two-day testing period by Geocurve, a U.K.-based specialist surveyor. As reported by COPTRZ, the 5-centimeter absolute accuracy stated by DJI was matched in the testing.

Phil Swart, chief unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilot at Geocurve, gave his opinion following an intensive test of the Phantom 4 RTK:

“The mapping community has already embraced the Phantom 4 Pro’s improved camera system, and DJI have now taken this one step further with RTK functionality for surveying applications. The results from our tests have us all really excited for a future with fewer ground control points and improved accuracy. The Phantom 4 RTK improves our efficiency on-site and has a knock-on effect in terms of the faster processing times that we can offer our clients.”

The new Phantom 4 RTK houses a specialist real-time kinematics (RTK) system, along with a new purpose-built flight planning application, explains COPTRZ.

“We found the new ground station RTK app to be intuitive and simple to use,” continues Swart. “During our tests, we were able to create a mapping flight and get airborne within a few minutes. Those who have used previous DJI GO apps will have no problems adjusting to the Phantom 4 RTK. Overall, we found the platform to be very simple to use whilst delivering great results.”

phantom-rtk Drone Review: New DJI Phantom 4 RTK Lives up to Expectations

James Pick, UAV strategist and surveying specialist at COPTRZ, adds, “It’s great
to see DJI launch a new RTK-enabled drone, and I’m sure this will help further propel the use of drones in the surveying community. The Phantom 4 RTK comes in at a great price point, meaning that surveying firms can acquire a fleet of drones to further improve their efficiencies and offer high-quality data, coupled with fast turn-around times. The Phantom 4 RTK offers more than enough functionality for most surveying jobs and will appeal to both new and experienced aerial surveyors.”

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