DJI Phantom 3 Release
2015 has been a great year for the release of some of the most sophisticated drones to date. Right up there with the best of them is the DJI Phantom 3, which was released in April.
Two variations of the Phantom 3, Professional and Advanced, are equipped with many of the same features as the Inspire 1, but DJI has somehow made it so that they are even cheaper: $999 for the Advanced and $1,259 for the Professional. One difference between the Phantom 3 models and the Inspire 1 is that the Phantom 3 is small enough to fit in a backpack, which makes for easier travel.
This year, the Phantom 3 release has gone up against the release of the Walkera Voyager 3, Hubsan X4 Pro, and 3DR Solo. These are all great models and boast incredible new features of their own. The 3DR Solo, for example, is claimed to be the first “smart” drone as it reaches beyond the established limits of autonomous flight to allow photographers to focus on taking the shots while the drone focuses on executing the maneuvers. Not to leave the other competitors behind, the Hubsan X4 Pro comes with its own reusable parachute and the Walkera Voyager 3 has unique one-key features that makes flying no more complicated than the push of a button.
What really pushes the Phantom 3 to the front is that it comes with everything you could need. True, it isn’t as autonomous as the 3DR Solo and it’s doesn’t have a cool parachute like the Hubsan X4 Pro. But it does come with an incredible camera and an integrated Lightbridge system, which makes flying and photography both easy and sophisticated while also making it fun.
The only hiccup, it seems, surrounding the release of the Phantom 3 is that iOS devices couldn’t connect to DJI’s app at first, as it took a little bit of time for Apple to finalize everything. This created a lot of frustration, but it looks like that issue has now been resolved, and both iOS and Android devices can connect to the app.
So when deciding if the Phantom 3 is right for you and, if so, which Phantom 3 model you should get, you should know a few of the basic features and differences between both models. There are really only two differences between the Advanced and the Professional: the cameras and charging time. Both models come with high-quality cameras, but the Advanced shoots 1080p at 60fps while the pro can shoot in 4k at 30fps. So if you’re looking to get the best photography possible, you want the Phantom 3 Professional. The other difference between the two models—and it’s a small one—is that the Professional charges battery a bit faster.
Beyond these differences, they both get in about 23 minutes of flight time and they only weigh 2.8lbs. They also both have an integrated Lightbridge system, safe flying features, and advanced positioning systems, among other things.
Although the release of the DJI Phantom 3 shows that drones are now packing more into their frames, the prices for the more professional drones are actually becoming more affordable.
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