|• Gimbal & camera included
|• Great images & video
|• Easily finds & connects GPS
|• Return to launch safety feature
|• Autopilot, flight plan & follow me
|• Very stable in GPS mode
The DJI Phantom 3 is the newest member of the Phantom line of UAVs and it shines. It comes in three different versions and each includes a gimbal and a high quality camera.
The cameras take excellent pictures and shoot high-quality HD video. The Professional model comes with a 4K HD video camera, which is slightly better than the Standard and Advanced versions.
There are very few issues with the DJI Phantom 3 finding and connecting to GPS satellites. Once connected to GPS and in flight, this multirotor is stable, even in wind.
And, it locks its original location and marks it as the return point. If your transmitter loses contact with your drone, it will return to the launch site. Very nice safety feature.
This UAV must connect to your smart phone or tablet to use the first person view (FPV) feature and the other flight features available on the DJI GO app.
The app has cool features like Autopilot, Flight Plan and Follow Me. You can also set a flight plan and focus the camera on a fixed spot for video recording.
- Very stable flight
- Easy to operate
- GoHome safety return software
- 720p FPV to smart phone or tablet
- High-quality camera comes standard
- Long flight time and range
- Steep learning curve
- Some firmware issues
- Expensive extra battery
- Must use smart phone / tablet for FPV
Diagonal size (including propellers)
|4S 15.2 V 4480 mAh Lithium Polymer
|≤ 21 minutes
|Phantom transmitter 5.8GHz with 2600 mAh LiPo battery and device holder (Included)
|Gimbal and Camera (Included)
|Yes (Return to Launch)
|Yes (iOS 8 and Android 4.1.2 required)
|Required (FAA Page)
You’re seriously stepping up your game when you buy a DJI Phantom 3. This thing is used all over the world by professionals for both photography and videos.
The sticker price is a shocker, but you get everything you’ll need to start shooting amazing footage right out of the box. There are a few things to put together and you’ll need to charge the battery first.
Even on the standard Phantom 3 drone, the image quality is incredible. Step it up to the Advanced or Pro model and you get an even better camera.
The DJI Phantom 3 comes in either “Standard”, “Advanced” or “Professional”. Overall the quadcopter is exactly the same for each model. The only difference is the camera and battery charger.
The “Standard” model comes with a 2.7K HD 12M camera at 40Mbps and a 57w battery charger.
The “Advanced” model upgrades to a Sony Exmor 2.7K HD 12.4M at 40Mbps camera and a 57w battery charger.
The “Professional” model gets a Sony Exmor 4K HD 12.4M at 60Mbps camera and an upgraded 100w battery charger.
Included is the DJI GO app that makes this bird extremely easy to operate. The app allows you to set an autopilot flight plan through your smart device, or you can have the drone follow you.
Its GPS system keeps it very stable, even on windy days. You can even have the camera focus on one spot as it follows you or your preset flight plan.
The Phantom 3 has an impressive range of 3,000+ feet (about a half mile) and a flight time of around 20 minutes. If it’s a windy day, your flight time will decrease.
If you fly your quadcopter out of range, the GoHome feature will activate and it will automatically return to where it was launched.
This can also be done by pressing the return to launch button on the transmitter or by switching the transmitter to the off position.
Complaints of the DJI Phantom 3 are few and far between, but they are there.
The most common is a difficulty updating the firmware. Some users have claimed that the software will not update and the drone will not fly until the update is performed.
There have also been reports of drones falling from the sky when the battery goes under 20%.
This is a tough one for me. If you pay this kind of money for a multicopter, don’t push the limit on the battery. Although expensive, just buy an extra battery and swap them out at around 25%.
The DJI Phantom 3 is not a toy on any level. It’s for serious enthusiasts or professionals and is priced accordingly.
Note : DJI GO app works on iOS 8 or newer for Apple products and Android 4.1.2 or newer for Android devices.