DJI Phantom 3 Professional Review

DJI Phantom 3 Professional Review

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Almost a year ago to the day, I wrote about the impact DJI's Phantom 2 Vision+ might have on our skies. Up to that point, drones (or quadcoptors/multirotors, for the purists) had been slowly edging their way into mainstream consciousness. DJI's ready-to-fly Vision series, with their built-in cameras and easy operation turbocharged that creep into a march. The Phantom 3 Professional is what would have been the new Vision (it's dropped that branding), and is the first in this consumer lineage to shoot 4K video.

What's changed in the last 12 months? In some regards, not much. Governments are still figuring out how to legislate quadcopters, while people keep buying them. As for DJI, it's got a lot more competition, and higher expectations for what a drone should do. I was eager to spend time with the Phantom 3, and get a feel for how the company has evolved, and more importantly, where it's going — and it looks like taking over our skies is only one part of its plan

DJI launched the Phantom 3 in two varieties: Professional ($1,259) and Advanced ($999). The main difference between them is that the former shoots 4K; the latter, "only" 1080p/Full HD. The craft themselves are otherwise the same. DJI clearly thinks it's onto a winner with the Phantom's design, as the Phantom 3 is nearly identical to the Phantom 1. There aresome differences, but by and large it's the same bulbous, white quadcopter it's always been. It's inoffensive, but I do wish it'd inherited some of the Inspire 1's design language, or something other than gold/silver stickers to make it stand out....Read more!

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