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DJI’s two new Phantom 3, which one to choose ?

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DJI’s two new Phantom 3, which one to choose ?

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DJI’s two new drones, Phantom 3 Professionnal and Phantom 3 Advanced, which one to choose ?

I’ll have to choose between in two distinct models the Phantom 3 Professional, which includes a brand new high-quality 4K camera and the Phantom 3 Advanced, which includes an updated version of their HD camera, can record at up to 60fps in full HD.

Phantom 3 Advanced

Phantom 3 Advanced

DJI announced that the new drones will feature integration with the DJI’s Pilot app, which was originally paired with their higher end Inspire 1 drone. The app allows users to control almost every aspect of the drone itself and the built-in camera, offering a wide range of manual control over the images that you capture.

Both models have been build from the ground up to be easier to use and navigate. This includes a redesigned flight controller that is far more responsive to even the lightest touch, and sensor technology borrowed from their higher end drones that keeps the Phantom 3 stable and level, even at extremely low altitudes.

Phantom 3 weighs 1280 grams with the battery and the self-locking screws. Diagonal, with installed propellers, it measures 68.9 cm. DJI indicates that it is able to climb to 6 meters per second (21 km / h) down to 2 meters per second (7 km / h), flying horizontally to 16 meters per second (57 km / h) ATTI fashion (that is to say, stabilized without GPS). Phantom Remote Controller_Il 3 is capable of flying up to 6,000 meters high, in fact the flight ceiling is limited this altitude.

GPS positioning enjoys a chip compatible with both the American GPS and Russian Glonass, which ensures the position detection speed and accuracy of one meter. Directly inherited from Inspire, Phantom 3 has a sonar and a camera located below the hull. The sonar allows the flight controller to keep the unit at a constant height without the help of GPS, for example indoors. It works up to 3 meters high. The camera can freeze the device in a location, still without GPS. This technology works very satisfactorily with a floor that this reasons and do not move, and when the brightness is sufficient (greater than 15 lux).

The camera:

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The camera is mounted on a platform stabilized in 3 axes. It is controllable on the pitch, that is to say, it is possible to tilt down to -90 ° (vertical) and up to + 30 °. It is a model based on a Sony Exmor 1 / 2.3 12.4 megapixel sensor. The lens displays a FOV (angle) of 94 ° at f2.8, the focus is fixed at infinity. It corrects the fish-eye effect automatically. The camera operates between ISO 100 and 1600 (for the photo) or 3200 for the video. The photographs are taken in a resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels in JPEG or RAW (DNG). The shooting is done at the unit, in bursts of 3, 5 or 7 shots, or timelapse. The camera also enables bracketing 3 or 5 shots per photo dope for beautiful images in HDR.


The difference between the Phantom 3 Advanced and Phantom 3 Professional is in video mode of the camera. For the first is the Full HD (1920 x 1080) pixels at 60 frames per second. The camera also shoots in 1080p at 30fps, 720p at 30 and 60 fps. For the second, the image is “true” 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) at 30 frames per second or 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) at 30 frames per second. The camera also shoots in 1080p and 720p. The videos are stored on a microSD card placed on board the aircraft, with a capacity of 32 to 64 GB max. The maximum rate of the video is 60 Mbps.

Return video:

The camera is associated with a transmitter LightBridge. The image filmed by the camera The e-board is sent in real time to the receiver which is in radio control of Phantom 3 via a transmitter 2.4GHz 100mW in 720p resolution at 30 frames per second. Phantom 3 ControllerLe Remote viewing is done on the smartphone or tablet, connected to the radio with a USB cable. Latency says DJI, is 220ms “according to the conditions and the mobile device.” An online sharing function allows to broadcast the image in real time. Director is a module of the app DJI Pilot for editing videos, add music and post the result on sharing sites. Added to this simulator Phantom 3 and a logbook summarizing all flights.

Phantom Professional

Phantom 3 Professional

Basic features:

  • Gimbal Stabilized 1080p60 or 4K 30p Camera (depending on model)
  • Camera Takes 12MP Still Photos
  • App for Monitoring / Camera Operation
  • GPS for Enhanced Stability and Failsafes
  • Optical Flow Sensor for Indoor Flight
  • Intelligent LiPo Flight Battery

The official website: http://www.dji.com/product/phantom-3

All photographs are from DJI

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