DJI - Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter - White
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- Wireless Range6561.7 feet
- Maximum Flight Time (no payload)23 minutes
- Integrated GPSYes
- Integrated CameraYes
- Product Weight2.83 pounds
- Total Pixels12 megapixels
- Product NamePhantom 3 Professional Quadcopter
- Recommended Minimum Age0 years
- Model NumberCPPT000181
- Color CategoryWhite
- Records AudioNo
- Memory Card IncludedYes
- Indoor Or Outdoor UseOutdoor
- Image Resolution (Display)4000 x 3000
- 3D CaptureNo
- Image StabilizationNone
- Image Sensor TypeOther
- Digital ZoomNone
- HD StreamingNo
- Video Frame Rate30 frames per second
- Video Encoding FormatsMP4, MOV, MPEG-4
- Image File Format(s)JPEG, DNG, RAW
- Camera CompatibilityBuilt-in camera
- Autonomous Flight ModesOther
- Number of Rotors4
- Memory Card CompatibilitymicroSD, microSDXC
- Landing Gear/Legs IncludedLanding Legs
- Battery TypeLithium-polymer
- Battery SizeBattery pack
- Batteries IncludedYes
- AC Adapter CompatibleNo
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts1 year limited
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor1 year limited
Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 575 reviews(575 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Very user friendly|Posted .
I originally purchased this product on 10/31/15, and immediately fell in love with it. Having never flown a quadcopter before, I admit I was a bit intimidated by it at first. After reading the paperwork that came with it, I took it outside for its first flight. With my heart racing, I used the auto-takeoff feature and lightly moved the controls. With that, all fears or worries were eased. This thing practically flies itself! It does take a little while to master all the features this drone has, but that's a good thing. It allows you to learn and perfect one thing at a time, and you'll start to feel like a pro as you start to put it all together. It's truly fun for the whole family. The DJI forum app is also a big help. Still trying to figure out how to send entire videos rather than smaller clips from within a video, but that's not nearly enough of a gripe to get me to rate this thing less than 5 stars. It's truly awesome! If there was anything I was less than thrilled about, it would be the lack of available affordable cases that can accommodate the aircraft WITH prop guards attached. So far, I've found one at goprofessionalcases.com. Pretty spendy though.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The Best Aerial Photography Machine.... By Far!!!!Posted .
First off, having study the you know what out of these things for years before even choosing a manufacturer to hone in one, and then another year waiting for DJI to release this model, I believe I have some foundation of knowledge to standoff when speaking my opinion on this unit. Compared to the 2015 DJI Phantom Pro, which is the closest I have seen DJI get to releasing a unit that had much of the same functionality as their totally awesome, which costs $3000 before even buying another battery for it, but is less than half the cost. Based on full professional review video's, which run the Inspire 1 and the Phantom Pro side by side, the one option that the Inspire 1 comes out ahead on is the dual control, which for that unit is needed since it is much more challenging to fly. However, with the Phantom Pro, there is no need for an addition video administrator due to the fact that the Pro is so much easier to fly in the first place. On the Pro, the Video is the same as the Inspire 1, giving some of the best aerial photo's you can imagine. This goes way beyond being a toy, it becomes a tool for seeing yourself, and your life, through a new set of eyes. You will find yourself filming your family on picnics, playing with your kids, and just doing things around the house with the intelligent flight modes, making for a whole new way to capture family memories. And since it uses a standard micro SD Card, it is easy to upload your pictures and video to your computer in a snap. (For my unit is bought the $90 HDMI out plug-in, which attaches to the bottom of the Phantom Pro controller, and with the mini HDMI cable, I can run all the video live right on my laptop for everyone to see... another Inspire 1 ability found in the Pro). There is almost nothing this unit cannot do. This is by far their most popular unit, with a company which is strong and will be around in 3-4 years if parts are needed, (Unlike some other drone companies who are trying to break into the market, DJI will be here for a long time). Plus, DJI is extremely innovative, and always building on the platforms that we purchase, instead of releasing new units and making us have to upgrade. They release updates regularly and come out with the coolest peripherals you can ever imagine. After over 2 years of researching these, knowing I would only purchase one, I chose the DJI Phantom Pro, and spent the money I saved on the HDMI out, which also has a plug in for a Virtual Reality Headset, (still in development), addition batteries and propeller protectors. (Of all the video's I watched, it was pilots hitting something with their propellers that made them crash it. The $15 protectors end that problem. And finally, I have no doubt that if these do not become illegal, they will at least become severely regulated in the not so distant future. I believe it is a smart move buying into a brand name that has a huge domestic user base, and even its own lobbying presence in the US. Seeing how well designed they are, how well managed they are, how innovative they are, and how ahead of the competition they are, they very much remind me of another tech company I like... Apple. DJI is the Apple of Aerial Photography Machines. I am very happy I bought a DJI Phantom Pro, and I look forward to seeing this new tool and its perspective added to my life. Papanator Colorado, USA BTW, We love where we love, with our best neighbors being the guys in these photos.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
133 miles - 17 hours - 93 flightsPosted .
Title of my review outlines my experience with this drone so far as of 12-21-15. I'm in no way associated with BB, DJI, or any organization tied to on-lines reviews. In fact, I think this is my third review since using the internet in 1994. If you purchased a small or less expensive drone to try out droning, you may have done more harm than good. This drone requires no effort to keep in in it's position and I find it won't deviate off plus or minus an inch. I've had it in 25+ MPH winds and white it's leaning aggressively, it's maintaining position. It will nearly fly itself so you can focus on the camera. I've flown other drones and it's a chore to maintain a flight. Bring this unit up to eye level and push it around with your hand. It quickly returns to position. A little freaky. Search YouTube for BoilerCopter and you will see video and some extra information about my experiences. Most match what the specs say except for the video stability. 133 miles of flight distance and most was with the video camera on. Might be the most impressive thing about this unit IMO. Very clear and stable. Tested the battery low feature by canceling the go home feature as many times as it would let me (safely in the back yard). It hits a point where it will return home using the pre-set parameters no matter what you do. Tested the signal loss function at near 2 miles out. Lost signal and video feed. Two minutes felt like two hours as nothing was on my screen and then bing...video feed back on and it was half way home on autopilot. I calibrate before every flight period. Don't know if that's helped but the 93 flights I have so far have had not one issue with loss of signal or erratic behavior (other than losing the signal on purpose). When you land, don't use the option to pull both sticks back and to the bottom edges. It will tip. Worst case for me was cutting grass blades. Instead, pull straight down on the throttle only for three seconds and it stops. No tips. Don't charge the battery and controller at the same time. Looks like you can but the manual states do not do it. Buy a case. The camera lays limp and hangs when not in use. Also hard to carry it around without almost dropping it. I got the DJI backpack hard case that BB sells. Battery lasts 20+ minutes. Takes about 30 minutes to charge the battery. Video stores on a micro SD card at the camera gimbal base. Remove it and store the files on the computer. Have not tethered the drone to a computer yet. Research range extenders. I purchased a set for cheap and it does extend the range by 30% by my calculations. Anything beyond that (battery operated extenders) and it's pointless. Your battery won't last that long and technically, you can only take a 10 min. flight out and 10 back. Leads me to another important point. Check wind speed and direction before each flight. The unit knows how much is needed to get home and plans accordingly. Sometimes, the wind will change and your actual go home point is not what's on the app. Leave some fuel in the tank until you get many flights and know the needs. The app is very easy to use. App has a flight log book that keeps track of all your flights. Don't use the app video editing software so no comment there. I tried using a mirroring program to record the iPad Mini's screen on my computer nearby. Something seemed to degrade the signal because I started losing signal early on a well known flight path. Turned it off, repeated the flight and back to normal. Expensive but worth it. For those parents who want to share this with children, altitude is your friend as is pre-set flight controls. There is a learn mode that restricts many functions and you can also adjust from there. Easy to program in failsafe measures so your younger children can fly it too. Summary: I can afford a drone like this no problem but it still took over a year of saving change and small bills. Could not justify buying a $1,300 toy but in retrospect, I wish I would have purchased it. The enjoyment has been well worth it. Enjoy.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
READ the instructions and it's a great experiencePosted .
Have had mine since May soon after they were announced. Still working on improving my piloting skill set. With batteries charged you can go through preflight checks and be out of the box and airborne in minutes. But you gotta prepare - fully charge all batteries, verify you have the latest firmware for the controller, the quad and the smart battery and while waiting for batteries to charge watch the tutorial videos on the DJI web site so you don't do stupid stuff, crash it or lose it on a first flight due to pilot error. The included Quick Guide is enough to get you started but be sure to download the full manual. I suggest beginning with Beginner Mode turned on regardless of experience and especially if you have never flown a quad copter before. Then slowly begin to expand your horizons. The kit has everything you need EXCEPT a smart phone or tablet to view what the camera sees and to work through the app. The DJI web site has a list of APPROVED devices you need to check out, not just any smart phone or tablet is approved and will work seamlessly with DJI's integrated system. The app for Android or Apple is free to download. Your tablet does NOT need to have cell service to fly a P3. What you need is to have maps for the area you'll be flying in and w/o cell service in the tablet to make that happen simply be sure to open Google Maps while you're at home and the tablet is connected to your Wi-Fi. So when you get to your flying location the maps will be cached and ready for you to use. It's a lot of fun but there's a lot to think about too, obstacles, people structures, trees, power lines, no-fly zones, strong winds aloft, other peoples privacy, your ability to control aircraft responsibly. But once you get a handle on the logistic - what fun. The video quality is great in 1080P or 4K and the photos are not bad either. The sensor is a SONY sensor and the same size you'll find in most point and shoot cameras so don't pixel peep because its not bad at all for what it is. In the real world i get about 18 minutes on a battery and the 16GB card it comes with will hold plenty of photos and good bit of video to begin with so no need to rush out to get that 64GB card just yet. Have fun and fly safe.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
What a dream to fly|Posted .
This thing is a dream to fly. Charged the flight battery, charged the Remote Controller, updated firmware, and away I went on my first flight. Simple to control, beautiful 12MP images and amazing 4k videos. The DJI Go app has worked flawless on my ipad mini 4. The camera even does well with longer exposures for night time stills over the city. With the flight logging capability, I see that I have flown a total of 99 thousand feet (nearly 19 miles) so far. Maximum range I've reached so far is right at a mile away with 100% RC control and HD Video signal. Super stable in the wind too even in gusts to 35mph, though the landings that day were a little "exciting". This is not a toy, the props can do serious damage to human flesh, your dog, the neighbor's cat, or your Ferrari. Fly responsibly!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great All in One DronePosted .
The DJI Phantom 3 Pro has great specs, features and functionality. This is by far the best drone in the industry for its price range. If you're starting out with drones I would suggest starting out with something a little cheaper, like the DJI Phantom 3 Standard. As there is a saying in the UAV / Drone world its not if you're going to crash, its a matter of when you will crash. What's good about this drone: 1.# Price - Its hard to find a drone that can fly 1 mile +, with an UHD 4K camera, advanced features like POI and Follow me, and decent battery life right out of the box. 2.# Good Battery Life. - You can get about 20 minutes of flight time per battery. If you're new to UAV's that significantly better than previous models. 3.# UHD 4K Camera, for most people I would recommend that you shoot in 1080. It will take less processing power than 4K and not kill your computer. But if you need something in UHD this camera is great.. it doesn't have great levels of gradation on its grey scale but does a great job at get crisp, clear UHD video. 4.# The DJI Go app is the best in the industry. It runs on either iOS or Android and streams HD from your drone to you device. If you need a device for this, I recommend the iPad Mini 3. The Bad: 1.) The support from DJI is great, once you get it. The problem is that they seem significantly understaffed or need help in how they process support request. If I could change one thing about DJI it would be the speed in which they respond to issues and process orders. 2.) Tilted Horizon - Even when calibrating on a flat surface the gimbal seems to be tilted.. this is reported in several forums. Its easy to adjust in the app but still a pain. 3.) Occasionally DJI puts out faulty firmware updates that can cause issues. Join a forum on Facebook and usually someone will give a thumbs up once they've tried it out. 4.) The waypoints system is flawed, you have to fly the path first to set waypoints, there are many 3 party apps that allow you to select them on the map first then just fly them. Tech notes: Before you fly take the following steps: 1.) Read ALL of the instructions. I've seen way to many newbs loose their P3P due to not reading the instructions or following them. 2.) Update the firmware on both the remote and UAV. There probably have been a handful of release sense they packaged your drone for shipping. #instructions are on DJI's website) 3.) Calibrate the compass.. #its in the instructions) 4.) Calibrate the IMU #its in the instructions) 5.) Go the FAA website and read the "Know Before you fly" It could keep you from going to jail. #two guys just went to jail for flying over the thanksgiving day parade in NYC, if they read that site and followed it they would have known better) 6.) Always remember that why this is fun to pay with, it is dangerous, the props are spinning at a very fast speed, can take an eye out our chunks of skin. Keep it away from pets and children. Have fun!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This quadcopter is truly amazing. It uses both the US and Russian GPS systems, so most times it is locked on to 16 satellites. When you take your hands off the controls, it holds its position rock-steady. The video looks like the camera is mounted on a pole! The 4k video is unbelievable. Flight time is about 23 minutes per battery. It uses your smart phone to show you the video as it is being shot, and control camera and other settings. It even has an automatic "return to home" if it loses the control signal. Range from the controller is up to 1.2 miles!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great fun! My first drone!|Posted .
I have to say I love this quadcopter. I work at a car lot. One of the guys at my work had the same one and he works in the other building. I'm standing out front and down comes this drone with no pilot anywhere in sight! I was so impressed that I shopped and pondered spending the money. I am 36 yrs old and still a kid at heart! After many days of watching videos and dreaming of owning one I decided to make the purchase! Figured I don't ever buy myself anything and I was just gonna do it! I have to say! I love this toy. The camera quality is truly a professional grade. It is fast. It is fun. I really like the feature that allows you to stream live to facebook. All my Facebook friends think it is awesome too. I literally find something new on this thing every time I fly it. It has multiple automated flight modes. GPS tracking. Return to home function. You really have to be sucky at flying this thing to crash it, or flying it in a place that you never should have been. I flew this thing out a couple of miles and lost signal. I have to admit I was very nervous and thought that I would never see this toy again. As I was kicking myself in the butt and walking back in the house thinking that I just lost the most expensive toy I had ever purchased and BOOM! my video feed came back. The drone was flying itself home. What a great feature. If you are even remotely interested in a drone this one is great. The next one I will buy is the DJI Mavic Pro. It's a compact version of this one and I like the idea of being able to fit it in my pocket, but I will be waiting for the price to come down a bit. All in all. Super happy. Love it and definitely recommend it to anyone that wants to buy a drone. I will include a photo of a neighbors field that I stumbled across. I would have never seen this without my new drone!I would recommend this to a friend