DJI Phantom 3 Review
DJI Phantom 3
- Maker: DJI
- Type: Quadcopter
- Battery: 15.2V 4480 mAh LiPo 4S
- Maximum flight time: 23 minutes
- Transmitter maximum distance: 2000m
- Weight: 1280 grams
- Gimbal: 3-axis DJI Phantom Gimbal
The DJI Phantom 3 is DJI’s newest installment in the Phantom series. Already a well-trusted and well-known sUAS (small Unmanned Aircraft System) brand, we expected the best and we weren’t disappointed. The DJI Phantom 3 is one of the most badass drones on the market for any avid pilot. We aren’t joking when we say we’re seriously impressed. Before digging into the full review, watch this video from DJI. You’ll instantly know why we’re impressed.
DJI listens to its consumers and continually improves upon their products. The DJI Phantom 3 is no different. Previously, the Phantom 2 Vision and Vision + had to be connected to a custom Wi-Fi network in order for video to be streamed live from the multirotor. DJI responded to this difficulty by incorporating a lightning connector on the Phantom 3’s transmitter. This allows for live, HD streaming directly to any iOS device. Here’s a representation from DJI of what it looks like.
The transmitter itself is extremely similar to the DJI Inspire 1’s transmitter. This is good news for any fans of the Phantom series as DJI has seriously upped their game here. The Phantom 2 was limited by its transmitter’s capabilities and we found ourselves constantly struggling to mod it. The new Phantom 3 transmitter tracks and records all your flights through the DJI Pilot App.
Another major difference between the Phantom 2 series and the 3 series is the 3’s capability to fly indoors. The Phantom 2 was incapable of indoor flight because the device had to ‘lock’ its position using GPS. The need for GPS has been eliminated by DJI’s new ‘Virtual Positioning System.’ DJI says that this new ‘Virtual Positioning System’ will keep the drone stable and in the air even better than their previous GPS technology. The technology uses ultrasonic and image data to help maintain position while indoors. Be careful though, reflective surfaces or moving objects can affect the stability of the device. The sensors must also constantly be cleaned before flight. Keep this in mind if you’re flying outdoors and then move indoors. Dirt or debris can accumulate from just a single flight on the sensors.
DJI is following in their own footsteps and offering two separate versions of the Phantom 3. The more premium version they’re referring to as the ‘DJI Phantom 3 Professional’ and it is currently priced at $1,259. The only major difference between the Professional and the Advanced is the quality of the camera. The Professional can capture 4K ultra-high definition video at 30 frames per second. We think that the name really does help the consumer to make the right choice in this case. The ‘professional’ version is really only necessary if you need immaculate footage to share or sell – and unless you have a commercial license from the FAA you shouldn’t be selling your footage anyways. Feel free to check out in-depth analysis and explanation of drone rules. The guide covers everything you need to know as a consumer or as a business when flying a small Unmanned Aircraft System.
DJI has also recently released the DJI Phantom 3 Standard edition. The price is $799.
The Advanced and the Professional version share all of DJI’s newest features integrated into the software. These include live HD viewing, instant sharing, easy and automatic video editing, and indoor flying.
Things We Like/New Features Explained
Pricing: The opening price of the Phantom 3 Advanced is $999. In comparison to the Phantom 2 Vision +, which opened at $1,299, this is a relief. Many people expected the price to be higher with the newer model, but it seems that DJI was somehow able to make the Phantom 3 cheaper than the Phantom 2. If this trend continues we expect many new dronies to finally make their first purchase.
Indoor Flight: The Phantom 3 Series now has the capability for indoor flight, a major improvement on the 2 series. The technology no longer needs to ping GPS systems for stable hovering as the Phantom 3 has built in sensors to detect height and stability.
Live Video Stream: The 720P HD live video streams directly to your iOS device from a distance of up to a mile. This technology, known as ‘Lightbridge’ is built into every model. The video appears to be completely real-time with no noticeable delay in the feed.
Bookmarking: The transmitter has a new hardware button that allows pilots to quickly bookmark a section of recorded footage to return back to it easier later on. Videos can be completely finalized before the Phantom 3 even lands.
Greater Control: The Phantom 3 transmitter allows for greater control over the camera and the gimbal with built-in buttons. There are also options for auto-takeoff, auto-landing, and auto-return.
Overall we believe the DJI Phantom3 to be highly advanced, extremely efficient, and incredibly priced. This is one of the best drones for sale on the market. If you’re still not sure about your purchase after reading our full DJI Phantom 3 review, feel free to contact us using our contact page. You can also check out other gopro quadcopter setups and see what other ones we recommend.