If you, like many others have a budget of jut about $500 and want your money’s worth, you’re probably in the right place. Let’s set it straight – the DJI Phantom 3 Standard isn’t the newest drone on the market; the Phantom 4 is already out since a few months.
However, with a budget of $500, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard is probably the best you can do – here’s why!
#1 2.7K Camera – Beyond Full HD
The camera on the DJI Phantom 3 Standard can shoot video at up to 2.7K (up to 2704x1520p/30fps at 40Mbps). While this may not have the ring of a 4K video, it still is quite a powerful camera.
And honestly, the difference between 2.7K and 4K is hardly even noticeable as long as you’re viewing it on a screen smaller than 60-70 inches.
#2 Affordable – Just About $500
With release of the Phantom 4, the prices of the Phantom 3 Standard have dropped considerably. For drone lovers who are looking for an excellent flight experience and think Phantom 3 Professional is overpriced, this is the quadcopter you should be considering.
#3 DJI Go App for iOS and Android
DJI Go app is especially designed for Phantom 3 and Phantom 4 series. With a user friendly interface, this application makes flying experience much more enjoyable and more importantly, easy for beginners. It is definitely a step ahead since DJI Vision app which was designed for Phantom 2. The app is simple to understand and simply needs to be connected to the drone to launch a perfect flight.
#4 Long Flight Times
The DJI Phantom 3 Standard offers a flight time of roughly 23 minutes when it is fully charged, also it can charge completely from 0% to 100% in less than 55 minutes. This battery life makes it simpler for the pilots to practice and try out variety of flight modes available. It is always suggested to keep spare batteries, which cost around $117.
#5 WiFi Video Downlink
The DJI Phantom 3 Standard creates a WiFi network for connecting your phone to the quadcopter drone. This connection can be established when DJI Go App is successfully connected to the drone using the WiFi hotspot the drone created.
You can now view a live feed from the Phantom 3 Standard’s camera to your WiFi smartphone or tablet. In case you lose control of the drone, you can always trigger an RTL or Return to Home.
#6 Bigger Lens and Better Sensors
The combination of bigger lens and better sensors means that the videos and photos are more detailed with less distortion. The Phantom 3 Standard’s camera has the same big lens as the other new models, but it has Panasonic 12 Mp sensor which is different from Advanced and Professional model. They use Sony Exmore R which is similar in size as Panasonic 12 at 1/2.3 in.
#7 Easy to Fly (And It Comes Back Home)
If your quadcopter loses its track due to connection error (or you lose it in the air somewhere), it has a flight mode which brings it back to the starting location. Sometimes due to large distance between the quadcopter and the controller, the transmitter stops recieving or sending signals due to larger displacement or flying at higher altitude.
When this does happen, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard’s Return To Home mode is triggered. The quadcopter drone will then come back to the point of take-off — so you don’t have to worry about losing it.
#8 Different Flight Modes (and beginner friendly!)
DJI Standard has multiple flight modes which inlcudes modes like follow me (for the epic aerial drone footage without having to control it), return to home (see #7), point of interest (film a particular point from various angles, automated).
These flight modes have a standard procedures inorder to make them functional. Here are the modes supported by the Phantom 3 Standard:
- Follow Me mode
- Point of Interest mode
- Waypoint mode (Flight Plan)
- Home Lock mode
- Course Lock Mode
- Return to Home mode
- and more – check on the DJI website
#9 No Dearth Of Aftermarket Accessories
What does this mean? That without having to burn a hole in your pocket, you can turn your $500 Phantom 3 Standard into an absolute BEAST!
#10 3-Axis Stabilised Video Right Out Of The Box
There’s no change to the gimbal from the other models of DJI, it still has three-axis stabilisation even though DJI has moved the microSD card slot from the gimbal base to the camera unit. It can correct for the drone’s roll, pitch and yaw, resulting in super-smooth video.
Now You Know Why The Phantom 3 Standard Is The Best Drone Under $500!
With Advanced and Professional Phantoms flooding the market, Phantom 3 Standard targets first time fliers and intermediate pilots and lets them understand the basics of drone flying and that too at a very affordable price point.
The final verdict would be that even if the intelligent flight modes aren’t that easy to understand, this product lets you capture rippleless shots that would be rather expensive to shoot on any other quadcopter!