DJI Phantom 3 Axis Gimbal


DJI Phantom 3 Axis Gimbal


As I was on my way out of town the other week, I looked up and was surprised to find a DJI drone soaring overhead, taking pictures of a newly finished building. I thought “wow, a drone!” and “what smooth flying. Is that the Inspire or a Phantom?” and “I bet that cost them a lot.” I didn’t think “What a terrific gimbal!” Why? Because that’s stupid.


When talking about the quality of the gimbal of a drone you . . . well you don’t. Or, at least, you shouldn’t have to. The gimbal is there just to enhance the video experience. You may deliberate over which camera is best to use and you may ooh and ahh over the incredible control a drone has. But with a gimbal, though you do control it, it’s not there to impress you—you just expect that it will do its job in steadying the camera through every turn the drone makes. If it doesn’t, that’s when you get angry and frustrated.


With advancing technology today, most drones will have stabilizing gimbals that do their jobs well enough that you don’t think about them much. Other gimbals do a much poorer job and you will notice some camera shaking. However, assuming that your gimbal will keep the shaking at bay, you should consider the differences between the axes available for a gimbal that will give you a greater range of operation. A 2-axis gimbal will tilt the camera up and down and side to side. A 3-axis gimbal will tilt the camera in a third direction that counteracts the pitching of the drone.


The DJI Phantom 3 comes with a 3-axis gimbal. The Phantom 3 has two variations (Advanced and Professional) and both use the same gimbal. This gimbal gives the camera optimal stabilization in all flight scenarios. This is a gimbal that does its job so well that you will be able to control every movement of the camera while focusing entirely on just finding the best shot.


The camera that comes with the Phantom 3 Professional is a sophisticated 4k camera that can capture 12mp photos. It has a f/2.8 lens with a 94 degree field of view and 9 elements—great specs for eliminating distortion. The Phantom 3 Advanced camera is very similar but it shoots in 1080p at 60fps.


Every movement of the gimbal can be controlled by the controller and the DJI Pilot app that is compatible for both iOS and Android. With this app you can control everything from up to 1.2mi away, and you can view everything live from your camera so that you don’t miss a single perfect-photo moment. You can even edit all your photos and videos right from your device in only a few seconds—all of your best footage can easily be separated from the dull moments.


Whether you are taking a complex, moving shot, or you are hovering for a long-exposure shot, the DJI Phantom 3 gimbal will keep your camera steady and make filming and photographing positively easy.


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  • Ashley Smith
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  • Monte Bartek
    Monte Bartek

    Great article. the only question I have is turning the gimbal (camera) to the left and right, is that not possible?

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