Best 2016 Air Drone – About DJI Phantom 3


In a short time, drones have made a big impact on people for whom flying is a passion. These remote controlled devices offer thrills galore and are packed with highly sophisticated technology. These are packed with new functions and features, and it comes as no surprise why videographers and photographers find them so attractive. The DJI Phantom 3, according to many lists, has been adjudged the best air drone of 2016.

This amazing quadcopter has made a name for itself with a completely new design. Although it appears quite similar to the DJI Phantom 1, its predecessor, it is available with improved operations and sophisticated technology. The DJI Phantom 3 is available in 3 varied models, which are Standard, Advanced and Professional.

DJI Phantom 3 Standard

It is an entry-level version of the DJI Phantom 3, and its range is shorter. It has a controller that is designed specially and its own mobile application. The onboard GPS support allows the drone to keep its “get off the ground point” in memory and return to the flyer automatically once “return home” button is pressed or signal is lost from the remote control.

This version has a range of 0.62 mile. There is a mount on the device for your smartphone. This quadcopter is actually able to make its own Wi-Fi network which can stream videos to your smartphone in real-time. You can get the chance to frame shots and perform even more.

The camera can stream videos at 720p resolution, and is able to record at 30 frames per second a maximum of 2.7k videos in HD quality. There is even a still 12MP camera which has burst and single shooting modes. Its lens comes with a 94° view field with an aperture of f/2.8. Its camera has flexible controls and a 3-axis gimbal which makes shots stable. There is a microSD card of 8 GB capacity to store files.

The Phantom 3 Standard comes with a battery life of up to 25 minutes, which sounds alerts when the power runs too low. It can constantly calculate the amount of flight time remaining on the basis of factors such as altitude and speed.

DJI Phantom 3 – Advanced and Professional

The Advanced version of the DJI Phantom 3 differs from the Professional version due to the presence of silver stripes in the first one and gold stripes in the second.

Both these versions, as compared to the Standard one, have a higher range of 1.2 miles instead of 0.62 miles, a varied mobile app and a varied controller.

It has to be noted that these two versions use GPS satellites as well as GLONASS which makes them more accurate in positioning. There are auto-return and auto-takeoff capabilities in the versions, as well as a failsafe which can draw the drone to takeoff point in case there is loss of signal from its controller.

The drone, due to onboard Vision Positioning technology and ultrasonic as well as visual sensors, can spot patterns and sense the land. This makes indoor flying more convenient.

Smartphones can be mounted on the drone’s controller. A Wi-Fi network is created by the drone to stream videos to a smartphone through the Pilot app of the DJI. There is also a beginner mode in this application, which helps beginners to be experts with controls, edit videos and steam live videos to YouTube.

Advanced and Professional – What makes them Different?

The camera is the major point of difference between these models. The Advanced version can record HD videos in 1080p quality at 60 fps while the Professional version can shoot 4k videos at 25 frames per seconds in UHD quality. Both versions can capture still images with a 12 MP camera in burst as well as single-shot modes.

The Professional and Advanced versions have the same specs like the Standard, a f/2.8 aperture and a field of view of 94°. Both versions can support up to 64 GB microSD cards having UHS-1 or class 10 rating. A 16 GB card is also there.

Both versions operate on a lithium-polymer 4480 mAh battery having up to 23 minutes of flight time.

Accessories for DJI Phantom 3

These include soft backpack or hardshell, monitor hood for controller, HDMI output module, battery chargers and extra batteries.