DJI Phantom 3 is a new and improved version of the popular Phantom 2 and much more consumer friendly alternative to the professional Inspire 1. We’ll take a look at everything that this new drone has to offer and decide whether it is worth your money.
There are two different versions of DJI Phantom 3. The one shown in the picture above is the Advanced version (identifiable by the silver stripes) and the other version is called Professional (golden stripes on the body). Both models are absolutely identical in all aspects except for one – the camera resolution. DJI Phantom 3 Advanced comes with 1080p full HD camera capable at shooting video at 60 frames per second that also is fully stabilized on 3-axis gimbal. On the other hand, the Professional version is equipped with a 4k UHD camera, providing with the highest levels of detail.
Probably the single biggest improvement over the previous model is the integration of DJI’s Lightbridge digital streaming technology. This technology allows users to view everything that the drone sees on their smartphone devices in 720p resolution and control settings via the DJI Pilot application. The application shows important statistics like the precise GPS position, battery life, exposure settings, and also introduces the ability to stream footage live directly from the camera.
The built-in sonic sensors are helpful during indoors flights and in situations where you might have a very weak GPS signal. This, fortunately, doesn’t happen often thanks to dual-GPS sensors that are able to use both the US and Russian satellites.
The new controller comes with two antennas that are included to support the already mentioned Lightbridge technology. The main difference between this controller and the controller that comes with DJI Inspire 1 is the lack of HDMI output. DJI assumes that most hobby users won’t be using a dedicated director’s screen to view their footage.
DJI Phantom 3 offers an excellent portability and very high-performance (especially with the Professional model and its 4k camera) for an affordable price and is highly recommended for demanding amateurs and professionals alike.