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Phantom 3 Professional

$799

  • Complete, ready-to-fly 4K camera drone
  • Super-Easy to Fly
  • Advanced camera trick shots
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Phantom 3 Professional

Phantom 3 Professional

8.9

Easy to Learn

10/10

    Easy to Operate

    9/10

      Value

      8/10

        Durability

        9/10

          Customer Reviews

          10/10

            Pros

            • Smallest Portable Aerial Video Platform ever
            • Flight Simulator lets you practice before you fly
            • Easy to use by anyone (not just hobbyists)
            • Live video streaming up to 1km distance
            • Excellent flight range (2km) & endurance

            Cons

            • Sensitive to foul weather/rain
            • Expensive for a consumer drone
            • No Ground Station support (yet)


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            Our Take

            DJI Phantom 3 Professional - front view

            The Phantom 3 Professional is an easy to use, fully integrated camera drone package with an intelligent system that helps you fly smarter.

            Even when flying up to 1.2 miles (2km)* away, built-in Lightbridge technology gives you complete control over your Phantom 3 and an immersive, live HD view of everything below.

            Flight Controller

            DJI Pilot app Phantom 3

            Just connect your phone or tablet (iOS or Android) to the USB port on the all-new controller and you’re ready to film.

            The Phantom 3 streams video direct to your device in 720p from a distance of up to 1.2 miles. And your phone will charge while connected to the controller!

            DJI Pilot App

            The new DJI Go flight control app used for the Phantom 3 is the same used by its more expensive sibling, the Inspire 1.

            The main screen in the DJI Pilot app has four main functions: camera, director, store and user center.

            In the camera section, you access everything you need to fly the Phantom 3.

            Surrounding the live camera feed are a ton of dials and telemetry data including your altitude, distance from ground station and map location (bottom right corner). It also displays live signal strength indicators for your comm channel and GPS satellites.

             DJI Phantom 3 Advanced - controller

            The controller includes buttons for Auto Takeoff and Return Home flight modes. There’s also a prominent button for taking camera shots.

            PC Ground Station

            DJI Ground Station features

            DJI Go App

            DJI GO App live feed

            The included DJI Go App runs on your phone or tablet, allowing you to see and control everything through one screen:

            • live scrolling map provides real-time awareness of your location and surroundings
            • control the camera
            • control your flight settings
            • view live flight telemetry including altitude, speed and direction
            • view your flight log
            • edit, publish and share video straight from your phone or tablet

            DJI Video Editor

            DJI Video Editor

            Using the DJI Video Editor app on your smartphone or tablet, you can:

            • Create professional-looking movies in minutes
            • Choose from several pre-defined templates

            Camera

            DJI Phantom 3 Professional - gimbal with camera

            One big difference between the Phantom 2 and 3 is the camera. The Phantom 2 is designed to carry a GoPro, whereas the Phantom 3 uses its own proprietary DJI camera.

            The included 4K camera is excellent, however. There’s almost zero fisheye distortion present and the images are outstanding and color-balanced.

            Close-ups are a bit soft/fuzzy, but otherwise nothing to complain about.

            One of the benefits of controlling the camera is that DJI can extend functionality and control beyond what GoPro allows. The Phantom 3 includes new camera controls like time-lapse and burst mode, and you set manual exposure via the app.

            Automatic Flight Assistant

            The Phantom 3 comes with advanced flight assistance features including:

            • built-in GPS records your aircraft’s take-off point and position at all times
            • if you lose contact or lose control of the aircraft, it will automatically return home
            • upon takeoff, the aircraft hovers in place until you are ready to go
            • upon landing, the Phantom 3 hovers in place until you are ready to receive it

            Advanced Flight Modes

            DJI recently announced that advanced flight modes and waypoint-directed GPS autopilot are NOW AVAILABLE for their Phantom lineup.

            DJI Phantom 3 - Intelligent flight modes coming soon Aug 2015

            Live Video Streaming To YouTube

            Phantom 3 live video sharing

            Once you grab the shot, the included video editing software works lets you stream your live video directly to YouTube (720p).  Not sure how many people will actually do this, but it could be used for live event coverage or video surveillance.

            The Phantom 3 is designed to basically fly itself, while you focus on getting a great camera shot. First Person View (FPV) works almost flawlessly (unlike the Phantom 2), and is a lot of fun.

            Overall, the Phantom 3 is a great camera drone that takes incredibly crisp and stable images while keeping things simple.

            It’s the perfect cam drone for most consumers and hobbyists.

            Specifications

            • Accepts any size phone or tablet for FPV video display
            • Included 4K Video / 12 Megapixel Photo Camera
            • Integrated 3-Axis Stabilization Gimbal
            • Intelligent Flight System
            • Live HD View
            • Dedicated Remote Controller
            • Powerful Mobile App w/ Auto Video Editor
            • Vision Positioning for Indoor Flight
            • 18-20 min flight time
            • 2 km range
            • 1-year warranty
            • 24/7 technical support

            Features We Like

            • The easiest-to-own and operate HD camera drone on the market today.
            • Suitable for amateur and semi-professional photographers and film makers.
            • Small size makes it perfect for travel.
            • Built-in 4K camera with no Fish-eye effect
            • DJI Pilot App lets you operate the camera and view live streaming through your smart phone or tablet
            • 3-Axis gimbal provides pixel-grade stabilized video
            • Fail-Safe mode brings the drone home on low-battery alert
            • Auto Take Off
            • Return Home
            • Vision Sensor monitors ground position within 3 meters, making indoor operation a breeze
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            EPIC AERIAL VIDEO



            Imagine amazing, immersive footage at your fingertips. Imagine capturing content fit for the big screen, with crisp images, beautiful resolution, and vivid colors. With an integrated, stabilized camera, your Phantom 3 Professional brings your imagination to life.

            EASY TO FLY Your Phantom 3 Professional fits into your life and makes flying remarkably intuitive and easy. From takeoff to landing, it is completely under your control, responding to your commands while automatically handling the most complex aspects of safe, stable flight.

            POWERFUL MOBILE APP Complete power is at your fingertips. Control the camera and change flight settings, all from your mobile device.

            LIVE HD VIEW Experience a new view of your world, over distances up to 1.2 miles (2km) and in real time. Simply connect your phone or tablet, and a 720p HD view of everything your camera sees as you fly is displayed live. This immersive view streams to you in absolute clarity, enabling you to get that perfect shot and experience flying in a unique way. This live view is made possible by DJI Lightbridge image transmission technology that is used by professional cinematographers and photographers who demand only the best. Fly while seeing everything in HD, and feel what it's like to be above your world without ever leaving the ground.

            INTELLIGENT BATTERY Higher voltage, more energy, and greater power combine to give you a vastly improved flight experience. This upgraded Intelligent Flight Battery has built-in sensors that let you know the status of your battery in real time, so you always know how long you can continue flying and when it’s time to recharge. Recharging is fast and easy, and the Phantom 3 Professional Professional comes with an upgraded charger for substantially reduced charge times.

            COMPLETE CONTROL Keep your Phantom 3 Professional fully under your command while accessing the most-used features right on the included remote controller. This crucial piece of your flight experience has been engineered specifically for flying camera platforms, making every flight easy, safe, and intuitive.

            UNMATCHED PROPULSION Each motor has the power and precision needed to give you the best flight experience possible. Brushless motors work with lightning-fast ESCs to make your Phantom 3 Professional fast, agile, and responsive.

            VISION POSITIONING Fly indoors, low to the ground, and in GPS-free areas with Vision Positioning technology. Visual and ultrasonic sensors scan the ground beneath your Phantom 3 Professional for patterns, enabling it to identify its position and move accurately.

            WORRY-FREE AUTOPILOT Automatic elements of your Phantom 3 Professional’s intelligent flight system help you fly and are available at the touch of a button.