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- 4k UHD video recording with fully stabilized 3-axis gimbal; Vision Positioning system allows stable flight indoors
- Lightbridge digital streaming allows live viewing of 720p video (full resolution video is simultaneously recorded on the internal microSD card)
- Included flight battery and rechargable remote controller means this system is ready to fly out of the box. Fying this product is restricted within 15 miles radius of the White House.
DJI has done it again. The Phantom 3 Professional 4K is the best of its generation, ushering an era of affordable and quality 4K drone engineering for the masses.
- DJI quality
- Excellent video quality
- Fantastic flight characteristics
- Feature packed
DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter 4K UHD Video Camera Drone Full Review
Offering the best features in terms of overall specs in the DJI’s current Phantom 3 lineup, the Phantom 3 Professional is a must-have if you’re one of those who have eyes that can discern 4K resolutions over 1080p. It is quite user-friendly, easy to fly, and as already implied, fully capable of shooting 4K quality videos at 24 or 25 frames per second. As the current reigning king of the lineup, it has all the features and more over its smaller siblings like the Advanced and the Standard. Being all that, however, means that the price range is pretty steep. Be prepared to have a working budget of above $1,000 if you’re planning to buy one of these. Price aside, though, you’re in for a treat: This is easily one of the best 4K shooting camera drones out there, with all the other exceptional features included by DJI in all of their drones. With all the tried-and-tested features of a DJI drone, this model will delight you even if you end up paying more for it.
A true aerial videographer’s dream, the Phantom3 Professional is well worth the money for those looking to make the most out their hobby, or in some cases, their work.
DJI Phantom 3 Professional Features
- Maximum flight time of 23 minutes
- Removable 4,480 mAh intelligent flight battery
- Built-in GPS plus additional GLONASS technology for better satellite coverage
- Max transmission distance of 5km (FCC compliant)
- Max service ceiling of 6,000m above sea level (software limits it to 120m from takeoff point)
- Max speeds: 5m/s ascent, 3m/s descent, 16m/s max speed (with no wind and ATTI mode enabled)
- Triple-axis gimbal mounted camera for pitch, roll and yaw
- 12 MP camera for still shots
- Video recording up to 4K (44096x2160p) at either 24/25 frames per second; UHD recording (3840x210p) at 24/25/30fps
- Supports file formats of .jpeg and .dng for photos; .mp4, .mov for videos
- Live view available from companion phone app, with quality up to 720p at 30fps
- Includes a 16GB micro-SD card for saving your photos or videos
Coming with its not-so-cheap price means that the Phantom 3 Professional is no lightweight when it comes to its specs. It is an improvement over the former Phantom 2 series while retaining all the good things about the previous lineup, most notable being the brand being known for their easy-to-use and user-friendly drones. The 4K recording is its main selling point; fans of the resolution will rejoice that it is made available in this lineup and that it is as gloriously clear as advertised. It has a decent flight time of about 23 minutes as advertised by DJI, which is sufficient for the hobbyists looking to buy this drone.
Like other models in the lineup, it comes with the DJI Go app which acts as the primary interface between the drone and the user. The remote controller has its own Lightbridge technology specifically manufactured by DJI. It greatly increases the transmission distance of the drone for up to a whopping 5km, made possible by using a signal booster from a direct routing source. It can also be hooked up to an HDMI-capable television, allowing you to use the drone from the comfort of your living room. The app has an intuitive design which allows you to view the HUD and control things such as flight control and gimbal placement.
There is an innovative and useful flight documentation log which allows the drone to remember and log all the details of every flight you take. There is also an advance flight recorder which collects data from the drone’s system in real time and forwards it to the DJI support center in case you run into any problems while flying it.
The camera, of course, is a powerhouse. Although sporting the same 12 MP camera from all the models in the Phantom 3 lineup, the Phantom 3 Professional is the only one capable of shooting 4K resolution videos. The difference between 4K and 1080p is subject to debate, but if you have an eye for discerning such things or if your profession calls for 4K shooting, then this drone is perfectly capable. Overall though, the camera quality, both for stills and videos, are perfectly clear and professional-level, just as the name implies.
The drone may seem overpriced for people with limited budgets. Even more so if you consider that the only reason to buy the Professional model over the much conservatively priced Advanced is 4K resolution recording. If you can’t discern 1080p over 4K, then consider buying that one instead.
There is a short disclaimer that states explicitly that under no circumstances will you be able to fly this drone within a 15-mile radius of the White House. While this may seem more precautionary than being an actual flaw, it spells bad news for people living in the area who wants to own one. You can still go out and buy one, at the cost of not being able to fly it in your own backyard.
The firmware update, once you get it out of the box, is already shaping up to be one of the bigger concerns buyers had over it and other DJI drones. Sometimes it can take up to an hour, which is a pretty long time considering that this product is supposed to be top of the line.
The costs can also reach new highs if the 23-minute flight time is not enough for you, which calls for a backup battery. Considering the price of the set is the main flaw in an otherwise great product.
DJI Phantom 3 Professional Verdict
The Phantom 3 Professional is, simply put, one of the best, if not the best 4K shooting drones of its generation. If you have no qualms to spending some money for a drone, and you’re a fan of 4K, then definitely pick this up. It’s as every bit as good as it’s priced.