In the world of aerial drone photography, we’d have to argue that the DJI Phantom 3 is probably the single best little drone for the job and additionally state that its built-in 4K ultra HD video camera is probably one of the best choices on the current market, with the best overall quality of 4K video and still photos created.
The DJI Phantom 3 uses a DJI Pilot App for iOS and Android which can be downloaded and allows for live streaming HD video of whatever you’re filming while also enabling complete camera control. Furthermore the Phantom 3 Pro offers a 3-axis gimbal for nearly total control of that same footage you’re watching as it’s actually being filmed.
These are just a couple of the many awesome features packed into this particular drone and we’ll cover more as we move through this review. The bottom line here is that the Phantom 3 Pro package that’s currently available comes loaded with goodies and extras that will allow you to create some of the most impressive aerial Ultra HD footage you could get your hands on without spending thousands of dollars. To top it all off, DJI has even thrown in an extra battery and is selling the whole Phantom 3 Professional kit for a remarkably decent price considering what this drone can do.
For starters, the Phantom 3 Professional drone uses a Lightbridge digital streaming feed for live viewing of a 720p HD video signal that gets beamed down to your smartphone. This signal can be viewed via the drone’s DJI Pilot App for Android and iOS. Of course, the app isn’t also about passive viewing of the drone as it works its magic. It also lets you take high resolution still shots of whatever you happen to be looking at and allows you to control the movements of the onboard 4K camera and the flight of the drone in general.
Furthermore, the control mechanism for said camera is definitely a winner. The 3-axis gimbal allows for maximal movement flexibility and offers the Phantom 3 Pro’s camera a level of physical stability that’s impressive as heck to behold. In other words, despite the movements being made in the air by the Phantom 3 Pro or the prevailing wind conditions, you can be almost entirely sure that your still shots and video recordings –which get recorded in full 4K resolution to an onboard microSD card—will emerge as clear and sharp as possible with current drone technology in this price range.
Finally, the 4K camera itself is a very impressive piece of hardware in the Phantom 3 Pro. Other drones like the Yuneec Typhoon Q500 offer design and flight specs that are just about as impressive as those of the Phantom 3 but as far as we’ve seen, none of the competitors beat the sheer video and photo quality that this particular model can accomplish.
The Phantom 3 Professional is a step up from the very similar but slightly less decked out Phantom 3 Advanced quadracopter. The main difference between the two is that the Pro shoots 4K video and the Advanced only manages Full HD footage. Both have otherwise equal designs.
And what is this design? Well, basically, DJI seems to love the bulbous look that it started with in its original Phantom 1 drone. Here we’re talking about a bulky looking mostly white quadracopter that’s rather bland looking but at the same time gives the impression of being fairly durable. Unlike the much spindlier and (we think) much cooler looking DJI Inspire 1, the Phantom isn’t big on extended rigid legs or a small central body.
On the other hand, some not so easily visible improvements have been added to the Phantom 3 for better flight and maneuverability. These include a new motor tilt for a more stable flight mechanism and a whole new type of flight controller with better brains. Furthermore, the Phantom 3 offers smart braking capability in its controls. Externally the Phantom 3 also offers wider landing gear and an extra compartment for an indoor sensor that enables much tighter indoor flight. Overall, the drone is designed better for staying out of sight while its camera is shooting.
The battery of the Phantom 3 is also better than that of the Phantom 1 or 2, and despite a nearly identical appearance, it offers more power and a slightly longer 23 to 25 minute flight time.
The biggest changes to the Phantom 3 lie in its controller. The new controller for the 3 is smaller, with more controls and more features such as an internal battery that can be charged. There is also an LED power level indicator and a USB connection port for the smartphone-based visual controls via the DJI Pilot app.
We should also note that the Phantom 3 offers a newer, superior DJI Lightbridge technology built right into its controller and drone for live streaming of an HD video from the drone as it flies, even at distances of 1.2 miles from where you yourself are standing. Furthermore, the phone that you need to attach to the controller for the visual feed to work will actually also get charged by the controllers own battery as it runs. Furthermore, new buttons on the Phantom 3’s controller also include controls for camera angle, start/stop recording, photo capture and a couple of customizable buttons whose functions you can set for yourself.
Industrial/Factory Aerial surveillance
The DJI Phantom 3 uses a DJI Pilot App for iOS and Android which can be downloaded and allows for live streaming HD video
overall quality of 4K video
Specifications of Aerial Surveillance And Film-making Camera- Professional Drone 3 +4K UHD Video Camera:
Model : Drone 3.
Weight (kg): 3.4.