DJI Phantom 3 Professional Review
Any drone enthusiast will be more than aware that the UAV solutions provided by DJI have not only been affordable, but also easy to use. As such, those looking to take professional aerial shots on a budget where only too happy to embrace DJI and all it had to offer. However, if you’re looking to spend that little bit of extra for some refined technology, then you may want to consider the DJI Phantom 3 Professional.
To give you an idea of the upgrades that have been introduced, you only have to look at the camera. Although the previous model’s inclusion of a 1080p camera was an impressive one, the stakes have risen again, as the DJI Phantom 3 Professional unveils its 4K camera.
There have also been a number of changes to the overall design. While it echoes the design of earlier Phantom models, there are more changes in places. The remote that is used to control the Phantom 3 Professional is much smaller. Tilted motors and a wider landing gear are also introduced, as is a new battery. This may be frustrating for those who a have a selection of spare batteries for earlier instalments. However, rest assured that although things may look similar, you’re dealing with something that has upped the stakes in many regards.
The overall design of the DJI Phantom Professional 3 is sleek enough, if not a little familiar. You won’t find any ground breaking design elements with this particular model, but in all fairness, it doesn’t pretend to offer nay.
The white drone may not be at the front of the queue when it comes to aesthetics, but it’s no ugly duckling either. The DJI Professional makes the best of what it’s got and settles on a design that is not only pleasing to the eye, but helps the UAV navigate itself with relative ease.
So what you are getting is a design concept that works, delivered in the most aesthetically-pleasing way possible.
The Camera Has Improved, Drastically
Although we touched upon the 4K camera, it’s not something that sits quietly in the background. In fact, it’s one of the major selling points of the DJI Phantom 3 Professional when looking at deciding factors as to whether you should make a purchase or not. Whether you’re looking to use this UAV for aerial stills, or you’re looking to capture some seamless aerial video footage, you will find that your needs are more than addressed with this powerful UAV.
Lying deep within the camera’s components is a Sony 1/2.3-inch Exmor sensor, with a background that has already proved what it’s capable off with past UAVs. Pilots will also notice that the expected ‘fisheye’ view is now almost non-existent, as is any distortion.
When partnered with the great control that the DJI Phantom 3 Professional has to offer, you have something that can contend with even the most difficult and tricky aerial shots.
The DJI Phantom 3 Professional Controller
As we’ve already noted, the remote for the latest UAV from DJI is much smaller when compared to the controllers seen with past DJI drones. The first improvement you will see is that you no longer need to have a supply of AA batteries in tow, as the new controller is fully rechargeable.
The power level for the controller is clearly displayed via the use of LED lights. In theory, we found that a full charge will normally support eight to ten flights, although the general rule of thumb is to charge after each use. This way you’re never caught short when in flight.
Users will also notice that there is a USB slot situated on the back of the controller. This allows for UAV pilots to view live footage via the use of DJI’s Pilot app. Although the Wi-Fi connection seen in earlier incarnations was more than satisfactory, the live video witnessed on the DJI Phantom 3 is much clearer and a major improvement overall.
The video feed on offer comes in at 720p, and can be viewed up to a distance of 1.2 miles. The handset itself also has buttons that allow pilots to start and stop recording at will, putting them in the position of capturing some truly mesmerising aerial shots.
Preparing for Flight
One of the main worries for drone users is how easy the setup is, especially if you’re only just starting out. Fortunately, the DJI Phantom 3 Professional requires only a few steps to get you up and running. You simply charge the battery and the battery with the supplied lead, and download the DJI Pilot app to your phone. Once you’ve connected your battery and connected to the app, you’ll find that you’re ready to go in around five minutes. There is even a feature within the app that allows you to fly a ghost drone if you’re a little nervous before your first flight.
With the word ‘professional’ being used, it’s normal for users to expect a number of updates in order for the DJI Phantom 3 Professional to stand out. Fortunately, it delivers in every aspect. Regardless of whether you’re a first time flyer or a seasoned professional, flying the DJI Phantom Professional is a delight. There’s also the improved camera to consider, which allows for some truly difficult aerial shots not possible with other similar UAVs
Those who like to view live feeds are also able to without disruption, thanks to the USB connection that fits easily into your smartphone. The drawbacks of the DJI Phantom 3 Professional lie in its upgrades when it comes to paraphernalia you may have purchased in the past. So any old batteries you may have lying around cannot be used in this updated model.
However, for the most part, the DJI Phantom 3 Professional gets a lot of things right and offers a slew of features that can easily contend with some of the major heavyweights currently dominating the drone arena.