DJI has been making some changes in the drone world, and they can all be considered a step forward. The new Phantom 3 series drones boast three recent upgrades that will revolutionize the way we do aerial photography.
Waypoints, enables you to record a number of different routes, which will surely come in handy if you ever have to repeat one of them.
Point of Interest, or POI, is another setting that will make your job a lot easier. It basically allows you to choose the destination and make the drone fly a circle around the object with its camera staying pointed towards the center. Creating stunning inward facing panoramic videos has never been easier.
Follow Me, orders your drone to follow you around at a predetermined distance. With all the exciting new features, the Phantom 3 series can definitely compete with any other available drones, but there’s one question that remains: which one should you buy?
The new series consists of three different models: Standard, Professional and Advanced. In the next couple of paragraphs we’ll take a quick look at each one of them to help you come to an informed decision.
Phantom 3 Standard
Its maximum range is 500 meters, and it can fly at a speed of up to 35 mph. It has a 12 megapixel camera with 720p live view video. It’s equipped with Phantom 3 Intelligent Flight Battery that allows it to fly for up to 25 minutes. Since it supports only GPS, and doesn’t have a vision positioning system, it can be said that the Standard is designed for beginners, and is best used for recreational pictures and videos. The camera does 2.7k at 30 frames per second and 1080p at 30 frames per second video resolutions.
Phantom 3 Advanced
Its range is around 3000m, and it can fly at up to 35 mph. It’s equipped with a 12 megapixel camera and a 720p live view video. Like the Standard, it has the Phantom 3 Intelligent Flight Battery, and can fly for up to 23 minutes on a single charge. Since it supports both GLONASS and GPS, and is equipped with a vision positioning system, the Advanced is good enough for experienced pilots and advanced photographers. Flying indoors is possible with the vision system. The video resolution can be shot at 2.7k at 30 frames per second and 1080p at 60 frames per second.
Phantom 3 Professional
The maximum range and speed are the same as with the Advanced. It also supports GLONASS and GPS, and runs on the Phantom 3 Intelligent Flight Battery, but the two models have an important difference as well. While the Advanced has 2.7K video, the Professional boasts of a 4K one. This is enough for it to be considered a professional piece of equipment, suited for even the most challenging tasks. The professional also comes with a faster battery charger.