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Comparison of the Phantom 3 Models

By January 3, 2016Reviews
Phantom 3

Be As Good As The Professionals for a Fraction of the Price with the Phantom 3 Pro, Advanced, and Standard!

The Phantom 3 is the newest drone released by DJI global and it is definitely an upgrade from the previous Phantom 2.  When you open the box, it feels like you are taking out a robot from the future, especially with the gold metallic stickers they put on them.  They first introduced two different models, the Advanced and Professional.  After a few months of that release they also came out with the Phantom 3 Standard, the ultimate beginners drone.  The Phantom drones are really some of the best drones on the market to date, take a closer look at the similarities and differences between the three models.  

Similarities

The first feature that is the same across all three of the models is that they all shoot 12 megapixel still photos!  This is such a high quality camera, the images that you capture come out crystal clear. Across the board with all models, is the same Lipo 4S intelligent flight battery and the three axis gimbal.  The gimbal helps create the smoothest shots with ease while in the air.  Having a high quality camera and gimbal are what make or break your photos from a new perspective, and I promise this drone will provide you with some of the best.  dji-phantom-3-review-gaia-flying-the-drone

Since the launch of the Phantom Standard, there is an exciting new upgrade that everyone should be stoked about!  This includes four new flight modes, the one that I’m personally looking forward to the most is the follow me feature.  With this you can program your drone to automatically follow you and be your own personal photographer.  This way you can do your favorite activities and sports without having to worry about controlling the drone because it will be right behind you no matter what.  Other features include way points and point of interest, where the drone will automatically circle and fly around one point or fly along the path that you create before take off.  

The last feature is the intelligent orientation control or IOC, that lets you customize how you control your Phantom and make it unique to exactly what you want.  Not many quadcopters come with all these features, so it’s very impressive that they are doing such a huge upgrade and empower pilots around the globe with these amazing new tools!  

All of the models include a very handy safety feature called the automatic flight assistant.  What this means is that the drone will remain stable and under control during all times of the flight.  The GPS stabilizes the drones if there is a gust of wind, and it’s not a big deal if you let go of the joysticks on the transmitter because it will hover in place in the sky.  The drone also has a return to home button, which ensures your Phantom will never fly away and get lost.  With a press of a button your drone will land itself right from where it took off.  If the connection is ever lost between your device and transmitter, don’t worry because it is so smart that it knows to return to the home spot!  

The last main similarity is the same DJI Go mobile app that you use to monitor through first person of your drone.  You can easily attach your tablet or smartphone to the transmitter to be able to control your drone, such as snapping photos and recording video.  You can also perform simulation flights on the app to get some practice before take off, as well as see the distance, height, and battery life of the drone.  

Differences

The main difference in the three Phantoms would have to be the quality of the video camera.  Starting off with the newest model, the Phantom Standard takes 2.7 HD videos.  The Advanced is a little more upgraded, providing 1080p HD videos.  Of course, the Pro is going to shoot the highest quality video, since it also is the highest price point, taping videos at 4K, which is truly amazing!  You really can’t beat this quality for the price point, it’s such a steal!dji-phantom-3-670x263

Two minutes may not be much, but DJI compares each of the drones and says that the Standard model offers a max flight time of 23 minutes and the Pro and Advanced is maxing out at 25 minutes.  This allows for longer flying time for you to capture everything that you want to see.  I’m not quite sure why the least expensive model offers this feature, but hey I’m not going to complain for some extra time in the sky.  

There are also a few differences in the transmitter between the DJI Advanced and Pro and the Standard.  The Phantom Standard includes the return to home switch, flight mode switch, and gimbal dial.  Whereas the other two models also include additional video recording button, shutter button, playback button, and 2 customizable buttons.  All of these additional features can easily be done through the app, but it just offers more ease to the pilot.  

Specs for Advanced/ Pro

  • Weight with battery and props: 1280 g
  • Max Ascent Speed: 5 m/s
  • Max Descent Speed: 3 m/s
  • Max Speed: 16 m/s (ATTI mode, no wind)
  • Shutter Speed: 8s -1/8000s

Phantom 3 Pro

  • Price: $1,259
  • Video Recording Modes
    • UHD: 4096x2160p 24/25, 3840x2160p 24/25/30
    • FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30/48/50/60
    • HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
  • Max.Video Bitrate: 60 Mbps
  • Battery charger rated power: 100 W

Phantom 3 Advanced

  • Price: $999
  • Video Recording Modes
    • FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30/48/50/60
    • HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
  • Max.Video Bitrate: 40 Mbps
  • Battery charger rated power: 57W

Phantom 3 Standard

  • Price: $799
  • Weight with battery and props: 1216 g
  • Max Ascent Speed: 5 m/s
  • Max Descent Speed: 3 m/s
  • Max Speed: 16 m/s (ATTI mode, no wind)
  • Shutter Speed: 8s -1/8000s
  • Max flight time: 23 minutes
  • Video recording modes:
    • UHD: 2.7K: 2704 x1520p 30 (29.997)
    • FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30
    • HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
  • Max.Video Bitrate: 40 Mbps
  • Still photos: 12 megapixel

 

Now that you know all of the differences in the Phantom 3 family, you can best decide which drone is best suited for your needs.  Sign up for our Soaring Sky Academy to learn from the best, or call 239-333-2447.