In order to meet consumers’ varying needs and budgets, DJI has created three different models of the Phantom 3. These models are the same in that they all offer exceptional video and camera capabilities within a reasonably priced, stable, and easily controlled quadcopter drone. However, the specifics of each differ slightly, allowing them to provide a slightly different experience and price point that will appeal to different sets of consumers. Following are a few of the ways in which the Professional, Standard, and Vision+ differ from each other.
DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter
DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Quadcopter
DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter
The DJI Phantom 3 Professional/Advanced differs from the Standard and Vision+ models in its intended use. The Pro, as its name indicates, is meant to be used for high-quality photography and video recording by experienced drone fliers. The Standard and Vision+, on the other hand, while also providing high-quality photographic and video abilities, are geared toward beginners who need a little bit of a more basic and easy to understand flying experience. In keeping with this difference in intended use, the Professional comes with a slightly more advanced remote controller than the other two.
The camera also differs among each Phantom 3 model. The Professional offers the greatest resolution and highest quality video, but each camera provides HD video and impressively clear photographs for exceptional performance regardless of which model you choose.
Following are the specs for the cameras for each:
Phantom 3 Professional/Advanced: 4k or HD video/ 12.4M photos
Phantom 3 Standard: 1080p HD video/12M photos
Phantom 3 Vision+: HD video/14M photos
DJI Lightbridge Range:
Each model of the DJI Phantom 3 comes with the DJI Lightbridge technology that allows the drone to live stream video to a mobile device. The only difference among the models is the range at which the Lightbridge technology works. Following are the ranges:
Phantom 3 Professional/Advanced: 2km
Phantom 3 Standard: 1 km
Phantom 3 Vision+: 700m In addition, the Phantom 3 Vision+ utilizes an external wi-fi connection instead of coming with built-in connectivity like the other two models do.
Following are the differences in video bitrate among the three models:
Phantom 3 Professional/Advanced: 10MBPS and 2MBPS
Phantom 3 Standard: 2MBPS
Phantom 3 Vision+: 500Kbps
The models also differ slightly in their transmission distances. Following are the distances for each of the models:
Phantom 3 Professional/Advanced: 2000m (outdoors, no obstacles)
Phantom 3 Standard: CE: 500m/FCC 1000m (outdoors, no obstacles)
Phantom 3 Vision+: CE: 400m/FCC 800m (outdoors, no obstacles)
DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone Footage
DJI Phantom 3 Professional Review
The DJI Phantom 3 professional quadcopter drone is one of the most advanced quadcopters on the market today. More than simply a flying toy, this drone is a finely-tuned video recorder and camera that allows you to exercise instant control, enjoy exceptional stability, obtain crystal clear streaming video images, and snap breathtaking photographs, all from a sharp-looking and high-quality quadcopter.
In addition, because the Phantom 3 comes in three different models, it allows fliers to choose exactly the model that matches their flying goals and budgets. All three versions enjoy glowing reviews from satisfied consumers, who give the drone high praise for meeting DJI’s claims to stability, control, and video/camera quality and for exhibiting a surprising amount of durability.
With the Phantom 3, DJI has achieved a masterful combination of features to offer drone enthusiasts a versatile, exceptional flying experience at a price that is more than reasonable for the number of features that it provides.
Simply by reviewing the specs of the DJI Phantom 3, you can gain a clearer idea of the depth of features and the excellence of the flying experience provided by the DJI Phantom 3. These specs reveal a high-quality camera and video capable of providing sharp views even from up high, stability sufficient to withstand gusts of wind and deliver a clear video, and technology so advanced as to allow video streaming, connectivity at distances of up to a mile, and a responsiveness that makes the drone easy to navigate and control. Following are a few of the DJI Phantom’s most important features:
● 4k UHD video recording
● 720p video streaming capabilities
● Stability: 3-axis gimbal
● Internal 16GB microSD card
● DJI Pilot smartphone app
● Dimensions: 18in. x 13in. x 8in.
● Weight: About 9 pounds
● DJI Lightbridge video download (ranging from 2 kilometers to 700 meters, depending upon the Phantom 3 model you purchase)
● Intelligent flight battery
● Flight time: About 23 minutes
● Max flight speed: Between 15 and 16 m/s
● GPS: Included
● Mobile app included
● Flight modes: Comes with a variety of flight modes
● Available (but not necessarily included) accessories: Battery charging hub, HDMI output module, ND filters, UV filter, hardshell backpack, propeller guard, remote controller monitor hood, remote controller strap, extra propellers, propeller guards, battery charger, mobile device holder, remote controller, camera vibration absorbing board, camera, gimbal clamp, landing gear, vibration dampers
Video and Camera Capabilities
One of the primary marketing points of the DJI Phantom 3 is its strong video and camera capabilities. The drone has been designed primarily to capture and transmit the highest-quality photographs and videos while in the air. In order to do so effectively, the drone is equipped with a video and camera that are capable of performing exceptionally well, even when flying. For instance, the video provided by DJI is an HD camera that offers a resolution of up to 4096x2160p, and never less than an FHD video of 1080p30 and 720p. The term “HD” refers to the video’s ability to include more detail in the scenes and images and captures and transmits. By providing more detail, the HD video is able to capture and transmit significantly clearer, sharper images than other cameras, allowing the flier to enjoy exceptional views while they fly. In fact, reviewers support DJI’s claims to breathtaking views, and have often posted videos they have taken in-flight with their Phantom 3s as proof.
In addition to HD video, the Phantom 3 also allows owners to capture stunning still photographs of scenery the drone encounters during its flight. The camera is capable of doing so because it is a linear camera and is capable of capturing 12MPix images. The result of the combination of high quality video and camera is an ability to entrance yourself, friends, and family with views from hundreds of feet in the air without ever having to go that high yourself.
Video Streaming Capabilities
Recording stunning video would, in and of itself, be a remarkable achievement for a quadcopter drone, especially for one within the relatively affordable price range in which the Phantom 3 resides. However, DJI has gone above and beyond simple recording of video to offer consumers a state-of-the-art ability to live stream the video to a mobile device. The technology DJI uses to do so is called Lightbridge. This technology, while it differs slightly depending upon the Phantom 3 model you choose, allows in all instances for the video to be transmitted directly to a smartphone or tablet of your choice. The technology is capable of working with a variety of both Apple and Android operating systems to allow you to use the mobile device you like the best.
There are a couple of features that make the Lightbridge technology unique. One of these is the fact that although the video is streamed in 720p resolution, the video is also recorded at full resolution on the 16GB microSD card included with the drone. Another feature of the Lightbridge technology is the DJI Pilot app that makes streaming the video possible through a mobile device. In addition, besides just allowing video streaming through the mobile app, DJI pilot also allows you to control the video and camera with your smartphone or tablet, in order to maximize the effortless nature of the flying and viewing experience. By being able to see the video live, you can more easily control the flight of the drone and enjoy the breathtaking views achievable at several hundred feet.
Visual Positioning and GPS
As if a high resolution camera and video were not enough of a reason to seriously consider the DJI Phantom 3 as your next quadcopter drone, the Phantom 3 also comes with a unique Visual Positioning system and GPS to make accurate tracking and control of the drone easier than ever.
The Visual Positioning system is designed to make indoor flying more accurate and enjoyable. This system allows you to control the drone without needing to utilize the GPS. Its optical and ultrasonic sensors, instead, allow the drone to “see” where it is indoors and, therefore, avoid objects, walls, and windows that would impede its flight, suffer damage, and harm it as well. This type of indoor flying makes it a much more enjoyable experience to bring your drone indoors during inclement weather or while you are adjusting to your new flying machine.
For outdoor flying, the Phantom 3 also comes with an integrated GPS that allows it to accurately keep track of its position. This feature makes it much easier to keep track of your drone. Besides this feature, the GPS also allows the drone to take off and land on its own, making your job of directing and controlling the drone significantly easier. The result is a drone that is more difficult to lose and easier to control and navigate than many other quadcopter models.
Stability and Controls
No drone can perform satisfactorily without some degree of stability and ease of control. Even the most basic drones come with features designed to keep them from drifting into trees and buildings, and to help them withstand at least a certain amount of air movement during their flight. The Phantom 3, however, goes above and beyond the typical stability and control offered by other drone models to provide a flying machine that is exceptionally steady and surprisingly responsive during flight. This stability is vital to achieving the kind of high-quality videos that drone fliers want from such a high-tech quadcopter, and reviewers report that the Phantom 3 delivers, with videos that show virtually no shakiness or blurriness at all.
In fact, the Phantom 3 is designed to remain steady and upright even in gusts of wind, and reviewers note that it outperforms other drone models when doing so. Part of the reason for its stability is its 3-axis gimbal. As mentioned above, the Visual Positioning System also contributes to its stability when it is indoors by allowing it to keep track of where it is in relation to the objects within the room.
Combined with this stability is impressive control that makes the drone almost immediately responsive to your directions from the ground. For instance, DJI claims, and reviewers support, the fact that the drone can quickly obey your commands. Another reason for this type of control is the control stick, which can accurately convey your commands to the drone. In addition, you can tilt the camera in order to look at different areas to get a better idea of where the drone is in the sky and where you want it to go. This remote can control the drone for up to 1km.
Not all accessories are included with the Phantom 3. However, DJI offers you a huge variety of accessories designed to make your flying experience even easier and more rewarding than you can already achieve with the drone alone. These accessories include everything from a remote controller strap to make handling the control less strenuous during long flights to propeller guards to protect the propellers against bumps and bangs, to a variety of backpacks intended to make it easier and safer to carry your drone around without risking dropping or otherwise damaging it. Following is a more comprehensive list of the types of accessories you can enjoy with the Phantom 3:
● Battery charging hub
● HDMI output module
● ND filters
● UV filter
● Hardshell backpack
● Propeller guards
● Remote controller monitor hood
● Remote controller strap
● Extra propellers
● Battery charger
● Mobile device holder
● Remote controller
● Camera vibration absorbing board
● Camera, gimbal clamp
● Landing gear
● Vibration dampers
Following is a brief overview of a few of the most important of these accessories:
Battery Charging Hub:
The battery charging hub makes it easier to simply toss your batteries into the hub to charge. In addition, it can hold up to four batteries, enabling you to enjoy longer flight times because you do not have to wait for one battery to charge at a time.
ND and UV Filters
These filters allow you to control the amount of light that comes through the lens in order to achieve even sharper, clearer, and less distorted images than are already possible with the high-quality camera. In addition, the UV filter prevents UV radiation from entering the lens and protects against scratches for cleaner sunny shots and a longer life for your lens.
The hardshell backpack is an appealing accessory choice for the Phantom 3 because of its ability to protect the drone against even drops and bangs. This protection is possible because of the shell of the backpack, which withstands accidents better than does a regular backpack. In addition, it is waterproof.
DJI Phatom 3 Reviews
DJI makes many bold claims regarding the quality and performance of the Phantom 3. However, the true test of any product is how it performs for real consumers using the product under real conditions. When put to the test by consumers, the DJI Phantom 3 passes with flying colors, meeting and exceeding their expectations in almost every area. In fact, virtually all reviewers note that the Phantom 3 performs as marketed by DJI. This includes displaying impressive stability and control responsiveness, capturing crystal clear photographs and videos, being easy to use, and displaying a durability that allows it to withstand crashes and falls. Some reviewers even note that the drone’s responsive range is greater than that billed by DJI, allowing it to be flown farther and higher than even the already impressive specs indicate.
In fact, the only real complaint lodged by reviewers is the fact that it can take a little bit of time to get the drone and the software to work together to allow the drone to operate efficiently. However, once the drone is set up and ready to go, they report that it performs admirably time and time again. In addition, they note that the Phantom 3 comes with an acceptably clear manual, as well as access to more detailed instructions through the app. As a result, consumers generally find that they are able to successfully navigate the set up process and learn how to fly the drone with a minimum of confusion.
Finally, the DJI Pilot app earns approval from reviewers, who find that it offers a great deal of functionality and versatility to improve their overall flying experience. With such stellar reviews, you can be confident that this drone will perform admirably and meet expectations for your own flying experience.
There are few drones on the market today that can deliver the type of flying experience offered by the DJI Phantom 3. The Phantom 3 stands out because of its unique combination of exceptional video, breathtaking photos, live streaming video, GPS capability, above average stability, five-star reviews, and easy handling. When you choose the Phantom 3, therefore, you choose a flying experience that will be exciting and rewarding every time.