DJI Phantom 3 Review
The DJI Phantom 3 is the latest release from DJI in its Phantom series. It is the successor to the popular Phantom 2. It hosts a wide range of new technology and improved flight characteristics that make flying it enjoyable, safe and fun. Though the Phantom 3 may look similar to its predecessor, it is far superior in many ways.
Advanced and Professional versions
The Phantom 3 comes in two versions, Advanced and Professional. Both units have a powerful 12 Mega Pixel camera sensor and an improved 94° FOV (Field of View). This gives a reduced fisheye effect in photos and videos alike. The Advanced has a maximum video resolution of 1080p at 60fps giving you crisp clear immersive video that looks amazing. The Professional version can go all the way up to 4k at 25fps. This gives the Phantom 3 the widest range of detail and cinema like videos. Both have a 3 axis gimbal that keeps your camera level and stable in flight.
The remote has been redesigned and has an integrated Lightbridge. The Lightbridge connection allows a HD downlink to a phone or tablet device. This allows you to view a number of important flight statistics. While still allowing you to frame shots and ensure you are getting the footage that you want. The remote itself has a number of buttons that are designed to control the functions, modes and camera. The Phantom 3 now has a powerful 4s battery giving more power and flight times around 20 minutes. The battery has a number of sensors that record the number of flights, cell status and overall battery health.
Visual Positioning System
A new Visual Positioning system allows flight indoors where there is no GPS signal. This technology uses a number of sensors to calculate its position off the ground. Meaning the craft can be positioned and moved accurately sans GPS. A number of safety features are built in to the system to help make flying safe for everyone. The Phantom 3 is suited for both those who are beginners and wanting to learn how to fly to professional users for filming and photography.
Update: The Phantom 3 has been discontinued for the new Phantom model the Phantom 4 with Advanced and Pro versions available. If you would like to learn more about the new models check them out here – Phantom 4 Advanced | Phantom 4 Pro