It’s Here! DJI’s Phantom 3 Drone has Launched
The Phantom 2 Vision+ drone revolutionized the consumer drone industry by providing exceptional quality at an affordable price. Now DJI has done it again and taken the Phantom 3 to the next level. I was one of the first on board to order this drone and organized the sneak peak information below to provide the “pre- DJI Phantom 3 review” to my readers.
I want to note that there are two versions of the Phantom 3; the Advanced and the Professional. My DJI Phantom 3 review is focused on the Professional version.
Before I get into my DJI Phantom 3 review check out DJI’s new video shot on the Phantom 3 drone.
Pretty great huh? The clarity is immaculate. Now let’s get down into the specs and upgrades/downfalls for my DJI Phantom 3 review.
Phantom 3 Professional Specs
- Maker: DJI Technologies
- Flight time: 23 mins
- Camera capabilities: Yes
- Resolution: 12.4 M (total pixels: 12.76 M)
- Video capabilities: Yes
- Live feed: Yes (and live stream to YouTube capabilities)
- Flight range: 1.2 miles
- Max speed: 52 feet/second
- Climb rate: 16 feet/second
- Additional features: Follow me function allowing the drone to act as your personal film crew and follow you as you travel. Flight app controller through any mobile smart device.
- Experience level: Intermediate
What’s Changed from the Phantom 2?
DJI has upgraded their Phantom models with the Phantom 3 by drastically increasing the flight range on this new drone. Additionally they incorporated some of the features their Inspire 1 has into the Phantom 3. Features such as the vision positioning system that allows the drone to be flown indoors in the absence of GPS without crashing into walls.
These are just a few of the upgrades some of the others you can see below.
DJI Phantom 3 Review
- Increased Range. The Phantom 3 now has the ability to travel up to 1.2 miles away. This is a drastic advance from the 550-765 yard range the Phantom 2 Vision+ has.
- Follow Me. The ability to follow you in autonomous fly. This is great for when you’re trying to film action shots yet don’t have anyone to fly the drone for you. You now have your own film crew with the Phantom 3!
- Camera. While filming you’re shooting 4K video at up to 30 frames per second and capturing 12 megapixel. Images are crisp and the HD view can be streamed live to YouTube if you choose. The gimbal is also a 3 point system providing stable imagery.
- IMU. The Inertial Measurement Unit runs on a 6-axis gyroscope which picks up any tilt alterations in the flight and corrects itself automatically so that your drone remains stable if thrown off balance.
- Mobile App. The new mobile app is amazing and offers a lot of additional features. The app provides on the fly video editing, live YouTube streaming, a wide range of camera control options, flight logging stats, and the most innovative part; a flight simulator that allows you to practice flying in a simulation before hitting the field. Learn more about the app here.
- Return Home. The Phantom 3 has a “failsafe” function meaning once the battery drops below a designated power level or if you lose the connection, the drone automatically returns safely to its specified landing location. This is a life saver so that you don’t lose the drone in the case of low battery.
The only issue I can point out now in this pre-review of the Phantom 3 is the battery life. The battery life on this drone (~23 minutes) is still much longer than most other drones however it isn’t as long as its predecessor’s 25 minute expectancy. I would have thought that while updating all the other features that this would have been a big one to revamp too.
Aside from this there are very few things I expect to be wrong this drone. Keep in mind I haven’t flown it yet. I am on the list to be one of the first to get this drone and will be updating my DJI Phantom 3 review if I do find any errors with the Phantom 3.
I am very excited for this new launch and updating this blog as I fly the Phantom 3 throughout the summer. DJI has always had unmatched products and the Phantom 3 will no doubt hold up to this in my mind.
To see my other drone reviews check them out here.