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The DJI Phantom 3 has by far been one of the most successful and popular drones ever offered by DJI. The Chinese drone manufacture has experienced incredible growth due largely in part to the success of their phantom line of drones, but the 3 series has by far been their greatest success to date. The DJI Phantom 3 is offered in 3 different variations, in order from least to most expensive; the Phantom 3 standard, the Phantom 3 advanced, and the Phantom 3 professional. The only difference between any of those models is the ground positioning sensors and the camera. Of three models, the Phantom 3 Pro has been the best seller, however when DJI released the Standard around Christmas time of 2015, they sold an incredible number of units in a single month, thanks to the low price tag of only $599.99 USD.
For the purpose of this review I will simply be outlining the specs of the Phantom 3 professional, as it is the highest end aircraft of the bunch, and definitely the most popular. Besides, other than the camera and lack of ground positioning systems, the other 2 models are nearly identical!
The Phantom 3 is based on a small compact frame. The frame includes an exterior plastic shell, and an internal magnesium alloy core. The frame is lightweight and moderately rigid which aids in the overall stability and durability of the aircraft. The white colour of the shell tends to blend in on cloudy days, but it does a good job of reflecting sunlight away from the internal components which could otherwise overheat.
The Phantom 3 Pro features an extremely compact, but extremely effective 4k camera. This camera is capable of not only beautiful 4k video, but also of 12mp stills. It lacks useable low lite capability but during the day the footage is crisp and vibrant.
The control system is extremely streamlined and easy to operate. The drone is controlled by a 2.4ghz transmitted which connects via USB to an IOS or Android tablet of mobile phone. The connected device will display a live video feed, allow camera control, and give you access to variety of settings for the aircraft. The 2.4ghz controller it self feels extremely high quality, fits well in the hand, and is well balanced if you choose to use a harness. The video feed displays at about 720p and looks extremely sharp with very little latency lag thanks to the DJI Lightbridge system. All together this is one of the best controller setups on the market for any drone.
Overall this is a great drone with an extremely well rounded set of aerial capabilities. It makes a great trainer, a great amateur photography/video platform, and when paired with 3rd party apps like Drone Deploy, it makes a great tool for mapping and surveying small sections of land. There isn’t much that this little drone cant do, especially for the price, you wont find another drone on the market more capable and for a better price. Thank you for reading, happy flying!