Dji Phantom 3 Test: Comparison/Evaluation

The dji phantom 3 is released in april 2015 and an advancement of the predecessors  dji phantom 2  and phantom 2 vision+. since this series of the series 3 (phantom 3) is delivered the phantom quadrocopter only still in-house, integrated camera. a variant without own camera or with preparation on a gopro camera (like once the phantom 2) there is no more. the integrated camera has gimbal image stabilization (like the dji phantom 2 vision+-just better).

Dji Phantom 3 Test: Comparison/Evaluation

UPDATE: In 2016 the successor generation-the  DJI Phantom 4 and DJI Phantom 4 PRO appeared. At the end of 2016, in addition to the Phantom series, a new compact series with foldable design appeared: the  DJI Mavic Pro.

Production Stopped

ATTENTION: The DJI Phantom 3 Professional/Advanced/4K is no longer available from the middle of January 2017-the production of the combs has been discontinued.In the DJI Online Store, DJI Innovations refers to the latest camera models-such as the DJI Mavic Pro or DJI Phantom 4. More information: DJI Phantom 3 production set.

Already at the market launch there are two model variants with the names DJI Phantom 2 Advanced (the basic variant) and  DJI Phantom 3 Professional (a semi-professional variant). The primary difference of the “Professional” version is the higher resolution of the camera of up to 4K in video mode (ie when shooting) compared to the FullHD 2.7K resolution in the “Advanced” version. In addition, the “Professional” series has a power supply with more power for faster charging of the batteries. On the outside, however, the two variants are hardly distinguishable.

In August 2015, a third variant was released, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard. This is the cheapest version of the Phantom 3. The camera is synonymous with a video resolution of 2.7k is identical to the resolution of the Advanced variant, but it does not have different functions of the other two models. For example, no VPS (Vision Positioning System) and no full-dimming video and remote control via Lightbridge (for details, see below). Here, the Phantom 3 standard is still based on the old technology of the Phantom 2 VISION+.

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The models:

Accessories And Equipment:

Both versions are supplied with everything you need.Propeller and spare propeller, a battery, the remote control, camera and gimbal, cable etc. We recommend to order one or two more batteries (to the shop/prices). To display the live image and the extended operation, you only need a tablet or a smartphone. We recommend an Apple iPad mini 2 or iPad mini 3. Then the free  DJI pilot or go app  is used.

Dji Pilot App:

The DJI pilot app (or DJI Go app, as it is now called) replaces the former DJI Assistant software. Configurations and settings no longer have to be made on the PC via USB connection, but can be performed using this app and even during the flight.

In addition, the camera or the gimbal can be controlled via app. Take pictures, start/stop video, adjust exposure-all via touch on the tablet. Alternatively, the most important camera functions can also be triggered by remote control.

At the same time, the app serves as a display device for the live image of the camera (thus quasi as an FPV monitor). Alternatively to the live image, you can also follow the Kopter and the flight route on the GoogleMaps map in the app. The route of each flight is also recorded and documented in a flight recorder in the app.

Important flight data such as speed, altitude, distance, direction back to the start point (HomePoint) and remaining battery power are displayed on a clear and graphical display (OSD-On Screen Display). Even the optimal time to reverse (depending on the distance, altitude, flight time and remaining battery voltage) is calculated and displayed.

The camera

We compared the DJI Phantom 3 camera again in a separate article and also compared with the cameras of the predecessor model (Phantom 2 VISION+) and the camera of the DJI Inspire 1: Dji Phantom 3 camera comparison

The cameras of the three models DJI Phantom 3 Standard, DJI Phantom 3 Advanced and DJI Phantom 3 Professional are identical in most points. On all three models, they offer a photo resolution of 12 MP (megapixels) and are attached to a 3D Gibal for image stabilization. The main difference is the video resolution.

Technical Highlights:

Integrated into the DJI Phantom 3 is the DJI Lightbridge system(except for the DJI Phantom 3 standard). For the market launch of the DJI Lightbridge, the Lightbridge alone already cost more, as now the complete DJI Phantom 3 with integrated lightbridge.

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A digital transmission technology for both the telemetry and remote control data as well as the live image transmission, which until now was reserved for much more expensive models. This allows the live image transmission to the app in HD quality (720P resolution)!The Phantom 3 Standard also has a live video transmission and telemetry data in the app – here the transmission is realized over a WLAN between camera and smartphone/tablet (and an integrated repeater/range extender). With this technology and the non-digital (analog) remote control, the scope of the Dji Phantom 3 Standard is much smaller (up to 500/1000m) than the Advances or Professional (up to 2km).

The FPV image transmission to the app is therefore certainly a novelty and absolute highlight. Just like the distortion-free 12MP camera with FullHD video resolution 1080p (ie quasi 1K) with the Phantom 3 Advanced or even 4K resolution with the Phantom 3 Professional and 2.7K resolution with the Phantom 3 standard.

The complete solution integrated camera and gimbal for image stabilization allows an extraordinary and quiet image. Thus video recordings have almost professional quality.

In addition, the DJI Phantom 3 has also been donated theVision Positioning System from the  Dji Inpire 1  (not the Dji Phantom 3 Standard). Two ultrasonic sensors as well as a camera monitor distance and movement to the ground at low airports (up to 3 meters high). The position determination is therefore even more accurate and can also take place within buildings/rooms without GPS reception. The DJI Phantom 3 thus holds the position perfectly and independently under almost all conditions and is thus even easier to control, like its predecessors.

Dimensions and weight remain nearly equal to the previous models. This ensures optimum transportability.DJI now offers its own backpacks/bags/hardcases for transport:  to the article.

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Other  accessories for the Dji Phantom 3.

Conclusion:

Currently the best thing the market has to offer is hobby drone or camera drone. A quadrocopter with latest technology for every pilot with high demands. Definitely no toy and worth every euro. Equivalent technology has so far not been available at all or only in much more expensive models and reserved for the professionals. (Compare Dji Inspire 1 and Dji Phantom 3 Professional).

A very clear purchase recommendation-also suitable as a beginner’s drone and for beginners!

There is no reason to continue on the previous toy models like Phantom 2 or Phantom 2 VISION+. The price is only insignificantly higher, the technique (despite similar external appearance) but much better.

We recommend to order the DJI products directly from DJI Innovations online instead of from local dealers or shops.