GPS Position Hover
Vision Position System
Easy Intuitive Controls
- Good camera options
- Easy to fly and hovers very well
- Fast GPS internal processing
- Lightbridge connection to smartphone
- No obstacle avoidance technology
- Cannot live broadcast video
- Problem with fine scene details
- Only record from forward view
This article presents the DJI Phantom 3 review. There are other variants to the DJI Phantom, which are presented in the table below that describes the differences between the different drone variants. There are slight differences in range, and imaging quality so be sure to understand the differences.
This drone is an amazing piece of technology that is changing the face of aerial photography. You can be taking almost professional grade videos and photos with this drone right out of the box. It doesn’t hurt that this drone is simple to fly. It does take a bit of practice, but once you learn the basics, you are good to go.
One minor thing to note is that the landing feet do not retract on this drone, so you can only shoot images in the forward looking direction of flight. The gimbal does look like it can hand full rotations, however this limitation does not take away from the utility of this drone.
What Is In The Box
- 1 x Aircraft Body
- 1 x Remote Controller
- 4 x Propeller Pairs
- 1 x Intelligent Flight Battery
- 1 x Battery Charger
- 1 x Power Cable
- 3 x Phantom 3 Professional Manuals
- 1 x Gimbal Clamp
- 4 x Vibration Absorbers
- 1 x 16GB Micro-SD Card
- 1 x Micro-USB Cable
- 2 x Anti-drop Kit
- 4 x Landing Pads
- 1 x Propeller Wrench
Battery and Flight Time
This drone does come with a 100W charger, so the battery charging time is slightly under 40 minutes. At full charge, you can expect about 20 to 24 minutes of flight time with moderate camera use. If you have the camera on constantly, the flight time will be reduced.
Controller and Software
The hand controller is not a cheap plastic module you typically get with a starter drone kit. This controller has rubber surfaces and is very comfortable to hold. It doesn’t feel like it’s about to slip out of your hands.
On the controller, you have a button for taking videos and for taking still images. You can also change your imaging exposure, and a dial what controls the pitch movements on the camera gimbal. Also, there are two customizable buttons on the back of the controller that you can configure. If you don’t like the arrangement of the flight controls, you can go into the app and modify the configuration to your liking.
This controller has utilizes the DJI Lightbridge link to connect directly to your smartphone. So for FPV monitoring of the drone flight, you have 720p video at 30 fps that can be used up to about 2 km.
The piloting application is available for both Android and Apple operating systems. The app features a readout to show how fast you are travelling, and a signal strength indicator between your controller and the drone. There is also a mini map that lets you track the position of your drone. The app allows calibration of the compass and drone gyros and provides a battery level indicator. For videos and stills, you can control all settings from the app. You can shoot still images while you are taking a video.
The app allows for numerous camera settings. You can pick if you want the still images in JPEG or in the raw native format. For the video quality settings, you have options for white balance, and setting the contrast and saturation levels. There are four different video modes: 2 x 4K options, and 1920 x 1080p and 720 P options.
This drone is rather easy to learn how to fly. Taking this for a spin for 15 minutes in an open area will give you the proper feel for the basics of flight. The drone features good accelerations, as well as good deceleration for avoiding any potential obstacles. The drone does correct for wind, so it can handle slight winds.
This drone is a very stable imaging platform, and provides for smooth and stable flight that result in amazing captured imagery. To aid in stability, the drone has an optical flow sensor which essentially another small camera that detects patterns to lock onto in order to stabilize its xy position. This allows for very stable hovering over a fixed position. There are also ultrasonic sensors that measure the distance from the drone to the ground, providing for more accurate elevation estimation.
This drone has an improved GPS internal processor allowing for quick acquisition of a GPS signal lock. This GPS also works with the Russian as a well as the standard GPS satellites, allowing for faster and more reliable satellite signals for position determination.
DJI Phantom Review Summary
This drone is features excellent image quality, allowing up to 4K resolution video capture. It is quick to setup and very easy to learn how to fly. The stabilized gimbal platform provides for smooth flowing images with no jitter.
The DJI Phantom 3 has a lot of features for its given price point. This will easily meet your imaging needs for aerial photography.
Thank you for reading our DJI Phantom 3 review. Below you will see two other quadcopters that we feel are comparable to the DJI Phantom 3. Have a look.
DJI Phantom 3 Advanced
Next gen quadcopter
- 23 Minute flight time
- Video: 2.7K/30fps
- Extended range and live HD view
DJI Phantom 3 Standard
Intelligent flying camera
- 25 minute flight time
- Video: 2.7K/30fps
- GPS module
- Ready to fly, affordable platform
DJI Phantom 3 4K
- 25 minute flight time
- Video: UHD 4K/30fps
- GPS Module
- High quality 4K video platform