DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Drone with 2.7K HD Video Camera
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The Phantom 3 Standard is the best way to start enjoying aerial photography, even with no prior experience. With the all-in-one ready to fly design and simple GPS- assisted flight, the Phantom 3 Standard lets you focus on taking great pictures and videos from the sky. With a range of over half a mile and crystal clear live video streaming over Wi-Fi to your mobile device on the free DJI Go app, the Phantom 3 Standard delivers sophisticated functionality with a simple learning curve and an accessible price point.
Why I LOVE the Standard AND THE BAD STUFF You Need To Know Before You Fly
THE GOOD: To anyone thinking the Standard is substandard – LOL – I own one and love it. It is the perfect drone for a first time pilot, and I know several experienced pilots who buy the Standard as back up drones. The main limitation of the Standard is that the range it can fly is about half of the higher up models, and it uses fewer GPS signals and has no downward looking visual “eye” like the advanced and pro, so it will drift more up down and sideways (but not a whole lot) and not land quite as accurately at the take off point automatically. I give mine a 15 foot radius for safety in landings and sometimes it will land 10-12 feet from take-off point on auto-land. Advanced and Pro stay within 2-6 feet usually. The controller is more limited with older technology. BUT the standard flies just as fast, and as high, takes just as good video and pics and is just as much fun as the $1000 models for 1/3 the price. In the beginning you always want to fly within line of sight (Standard’s limitations keeps you there) and legally you are ALWAYS supposed to fly line of sight.
So I did a LOT of research when deciding on what drone to buy. I ended up going with the Phantom 3 Standard due to US government regulations: you can’t fly more than 400 feet in the air or make your drone beyond your line of sight, which made it unnecessary for me to buy a super high-end drone if I couldn’t use it to its full extent. So I just needed something with a decent camera and a good control.
GRAB ONE NOW WHILE YOU STILL CAN!
Awesome drone for the money. I am already off the Phantom line and on to the Inspire Pro. But the Phantom 3 Standard is a great value to get you started off. The Standard is all you need to get started. Once you get into it, you’re gonna want a better drone. I went with the Inspire 1 Pro and love it. But the Phantom 3 got me there. 2 of my friends have the professional and have remorse for buying them as they want to upgrade now but have to much invested in their drones. All I can say is if drones are new to you, grab a $50 quad and see if it sparks your interest. If so, grab the Phantom 3 Standard. You can have a lot of fun with it and also make some easy money by doing aerial pictures and videos for real estate, farmers, etc. One of the reasons I moved up to the Inspire line. I am doing a lot of work as well as flying it for pleasure. I’ve made my money back and then some. Again don’t waste your hard earned money on the advanced and professional or even the Phantom 4. Grab the Standard because you will want to upgrade down the road. I still fly my Phantom. I love the drone and don’t see myself getting rid of it.
Great fun, prepare to learn.
I have had mine for about 6 months, My son bought a Phantom 3 pro and I got to see how great is worked but I decided to go for the Standard model as the concept of making huge files with a camera proves to be a bad idea… unless you are doing this for professional purposes. I have been in the video business for 30 years and can tell you that quality pictures is way more about the lighting and such and not much about the standard of the camera. Case in point you can run your TV on 480p and if there is a great picture (well lite and good focus) the picture will look great. What this means is that 720p is perfectly good for this type of usage and creating larger files is mostly a waste of time. Think of this camera and all drone cameras as a sort of flying instamatic or cell phone camera. Yes they can take great wide angle well lite pictures in focus, however these are NOT like a SLR on a tripod. And this is not like in the movies where they show these great pictures, close up from spy planes and such.What they are is a platform to take good pictures and video at close up range. And near excellent pictures of landscape and such- with no real detail.And for the most part is does not matter if it is in 4k or not the cameras are virtually the same, until you get into the 3-4K $ drones.To be clear there is a slightly better picture from a 4k camera with a large file but to the eye only a bit better. The large improvements in quality have mostly to do with lighting and composure.
I am thrilled with my Phantom 3 Standard, and with DJI’s after-sales service.
I bought my Phantom 3 Standard almost a year ago, here on Amazon. And yesterday, I got it back from the DJI Service Center in California. In between were dozens of wonderful flights, each a marvel of technology.
I must say this thing can pretty much fly it self with the advanced settings and …
Decided to purchase the Phantom 3 for aerial shots and video. I was nervous about spending so much money on one and having the possibility of crashing it. I must say this thing can pretty much fly it self with the advanced settings and features. The camera takes excellent photos and video. This is a great addition to anyone’s videography tool kit. I am super pleased with the purchase and the price is starting to come down to a awesome price now that the Phantom 4 has been released. So far I have had no problems with setup and updating and flying. If you are on the fence with the purchase I say just do it, you wont be disappointed.
As a novice drone flyer the DJI Phantom 3 Standard is the perfect "NOT-SO-ENTRY-LEVEL" drone to purchase
First let me say that this is a very very addictive hobby. As a novice drone flyer the DJI Phantom 3 Standard is the perfect “NOT-SO-ENTRY-LEVEL” drone to purchase. There are so many features with this drone that it’s hard to know where to begin. Right out of the box, you simple install the propellers, charge the battery and controller, download the DJI GO APP and you’re up and flying. This model links to a total of 13 satellites to provide you with extremely stable flight, even in moderately strong winds. The resolution on the camera is 2.7K and let me tell you, for most that’s enough. I’ve been capturing some great video (See my Youtube link below this review) and the quality of the video is superb. I strongly recommend that beginners leave the remote controller on the beginner mode until you get used to the flight model and physics. I kept it on for about 4 hours of flight before I jumped into the more advanced features. If you’re like me, you’ll be concerned about crashing your drone…..Well let me tell you, day after day, as I fly, I become less concerned about hardware / software crashes and more concerned about pilot error crashes. It’s inevitable that you’ll get a little cocky once you really get the feel for the drone. Therefore, I’m constantly reminding myself not to push the limits. So far, I’m getting around 20 minutes of continuous flight off one full battery charge. I bring the drone back into close proximity when the battery level gets below 50% and I typically land the drone when I get down to 30%. That’s my safety tip for ensuring I don’t force a landing due to low battery. BTW, since purchasing my P3, I’ve also purchased another battery and I’m about to purchase a third.
A real joy to fly.
This is my 3 drone. I started with the Syma x5 and x8 learning the controls and how to fly. This thing is amazing. It flies beautifully and all the failsafe features work with no trouble. takes amazing video and pictures. I have no buyers remorse though some desire for the higher end camera. For the money invested its well worth it.
Amazing Drone for an Amazing Price
I’ve owned the Phantom 3 for about a month now and I couldn’t be happier. I ordered the drone new and it shipped fast and was in pristine condition. In the box you get what is expected (drone, props, ect.). I am also a beginner pilot so this is coming from someone who has never flown a drone before. First of props to DJI for making such an amazing starter drone. The instructions are easy to follow and basically out of the box you can fly within minutes. The most time consuming part is actually the software with occasional updates (including one that you have to download when you first use rhetoric drone) and the DJI app which takes a bit to download. On the topic of the app I will say that I like it. It is very intuitive and has plenty of features that even if haven’t used yet. You get modes like follow me, orbit and way points giving a good variety of flying outside manual flight. The controller is a bit basic compared to higher models with a simple collection of buttons and one antenna. The controller and app also limit the range which is my only real complaint. In my neighborhood with plenty of interference I basically have to fly in the line of sight and at times without my video feed. But in open places the video is smooth and provides a range of about 2000 feet give or take. If you are planning to buy a more expensive drone for range, I have a few tips; one, get an antenna range extender (I am actually going to buy one soon) which run for about $70 and bump your range to 1.5 miles. Or there is a windsurfer which goes on your current antenna and gives you about 500 feet more range. Also in the box you get two sets of props, a manual, battery, 8gb SD card, phone mount and cables for charging. Now on the one of the main features, the camera. DJI has set you up with a 2.7k camera that takes really clear, smooth video due to the gimbal. If you want a better drone for a camera purely alone, save some money and buy this one because this camera is top notch. I enjoy flying the drone a lot with a good flight time of about 23 minutes and a surprising speeds on the drone. So let’s recap. The drone is easy to use and is great for beginners who don’t need all the fancy tech. The drone has a great camera and can take great shots for a good price. The range may limit you but if you spend some extra on range extenders, the experience can be made so much better. It’s a great drone and I love flying it.