If you’re into drones (which you probably are, given you’re on RC Drone Arena), you’ll most likely have heard of DJI and their ‘consumer’ drones. The China-based company is best known for bringing drones to the masses, and the company just released another one of these to the market.
Known as the DJI Phantom 3, the quadcopter drone looks a lot like its predecessors, but this time comes with an on-board camera by default. And that’s also why DJI does away with the ‘Vision’ branding (that was used with camera variants of previous Phantom models), to introduce ‘Professional’ and ‘Advanced’ variants with the Phantom 3.
Both variants come with 12 mega-pixel camera sensors with gimbals, but there’s a difference in the maximum resolution the sensors can register. The ‘Professional’ version of the DJI Phantom 3 does a maximum of 4K video at 30fps, whereas the base ‘Advanced’ model of the quadcopter drone tops out at 1080p/60fps.
According to what I read at Engadget, a camera-less version (and therefore a lot more affordable and practical if you have a GoPro lying around) should be available later this year. Speaking of pricing, the 4K-enabled ‘Professional’ version of the DJI Phantom 3 costs $1,260 whereas the 1080p Phantom 3 ‘Advanced’ can be had for $1000.