There’s actually three different types of the DJI Phantom 3- standard, advanced, and professional and there are all quit different from the DJI phantom 4, you can read all about that on the DJI phantom 4 review page. I’m going to focus on the advanced option. So, what’s the big deal about the Phantom 3 Advanced professional drone? I am more than happy to tell you!
The actual body is much the same as the Phantom 2 Vision+ it still has the convenience of color coded propellers that self-tighten which allow for easy installation and replacement, there’s also a slot loading battery but that has been redesigned, so I’m afraid it’s not compatible with the previous model’s batteries.
The Good, The Bag and the Ugly
There are plenty of safety features to prevent beginners from causing any real damage, plus there’s sensors and additional satellite navigation so you can fly indoors, as well as outside. It produces high quality full HD video.
The battery life is a bit of a bummer, but it’s the same as any other drone in its class so there isn’t much to complain about, in all honesty. You can’t remove the camera from the drone either.
There really isn’t anything ugly- it is pretty pricey, but the high quality HD videos it produces and the easy to navigate controller make it easy to recommend this bad boy, because it is so simple to fly.
The advanced camera just happens to feature a Sony made 12-megapixel CMOS sensor with a lens that’s equivalent to 35mm equivalent. It gives a 94-degree field of view which might be narrower than its predecessors camera, but it actually results in less distortion. What the camera can do is tilt 90 degrees to capture action directly below it. The gimbal on its belly is a 3 axis so is will stabilize the camera in any direction, even if there has been a gust of wind or you’re just a bad flyer.
Everyone knows that when you buy a drone that’s the main thing and the camera is just secondary, it’s never the greatest quality and it’s always a bit of a bummer. DJI doesn’t just make drones, though, they make cameras, too. So with the Phantom 3 the camera is so much more than the cameras you will find on other drones. DJI took the feedback from its Vision+ drone camera and managed to remove all of those pesky problems to produce a truly incredible product this time around. It was designed to be an aerial camera and when you factor in the shooting mode options you’ve got a pretty handy tool on your hands.
So, maybe they didn’t go all out redesigning the body, but the camera quality and the handling that make all the difference. It’s hassle free and it shoots super video, because the first person view has been upgraded and allows you a clear view of your drone.