The Phantasmal Phantom: Why the DJI Phantom 3 is Out of this World

The Phantom 3 series launched recently by DJI is the most advanced ready-to-fly hobby drone to date. Building on foundations crafted by its predecessor the Phantom 2 Vision+ and using cutting-edge technology from the more premium Inspire 1, the Phantom 3 is an integrated and affordable camera drone available in two models – Professional and Advanced.

The two models are similar in most aspects, with just two notable differences:

Camera: While both have a 12-megapixel camera, the Professional can shoot in 4K video at up to 30 frames per second, producing cinematic shots in Ultra HD. The Advanced can shoot 1080p resolutions at up to 60 frames per second, which is Full HD. Essentially, the Professional has a camera of eight million pixels, four times that of the Advanced and thus produces significantly better video quality.


Intelligent Flight Battery charger: Both models use a new Intelligent Flight Battery, which has more power than the Phantom 2’s battery. It is a 4480mAh LiPo battery that comes with an upgraded Intelligent Flight Battery charger, delivering a continuous 23 minutes of flight time. The only difference is the Professional comes with a 100-watt charger, which enables the battery to be fully charged in a shorter amount of time than the 57-watt charger the Advanced comes with.


There have been major improvements from the Phantom 2 series, in both the Phantom 3 Professional and Advanced. Both cameras have an f/2.8 lens with a 94° field of view. They have a 3-axis stabilising gimbal, which ensures smooth and steady shots in all flight conditions.

DJI’s communication technology, Lightbridge, has created the ability to view live footage captured by the camera up to 2km away. Everything the camera sees can be viewed in real time, unlike the previous Phantoms, and in 720p HD on a device running at least iOS 8.0 or Android v4.1.2 via the DJI GO App, which also has an in-built video editor. The Lightbridge technology has been built into both the Phantom 3 and its remote controller, enabling strong signals to be sent through varying environmental conditions.


Using Vision Positioning technology, new optical flow and ultrasonic sensors have been developed and fit onto the base of the Phantom 3. These sensors allow the drone to scan the area below it, ensuring precise and stable flights indoors, close to the ground, and in areas with faint GPS signals.


Professional or Advanced, the DJI Phantom 3 is undoubtedly the current market leader in hobby camera drones. For more information on DJI products or to get your very own Phantom 3, visit


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