It comes as no surprise that we’ve come to the same conclusion as many other drone enthusiasts likely have. There’s a reason (well, quite a few actually) the DJI Phantom 3 is currently at the top of the pack when all things are taken into consideration.
The DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter is an impressive piece of technology backed by a modest price tag, to say the least. Created by DJI, one of the world’s most well renown quadcopter manufacturers and maker of some of the decades previous best rated drones, it simply makes sense that this year’s winner comes from them. Instead of resting on their laurels for a while with the earlier DJI Phantom 2 – an already notable mid-end, competitive force in the industry – and its big brother, the DJI Inspire 1 – a very impressive introductory drone for the professional level flyers – the Chinese company made the bold decision to release this glorious step up.
One of the most appealing features of the DJI Phantom 3 is the deceptiveness of one of the words in its name: “Professional.” Because in no way do you need to be a professional to pilot it. It’s overall an extremely easy to fly quadcopter on any of its mode settings: just make sure you’ve updated the software, calibrated and synced with your tablet or handheld device beforehand, naturally – and get going. It really is meant to appeal for the overall consumer market and does just that.
From a camera and hardware perspective, the phantom 3 comes second to none in this price category. In fact, one of the biggest joys of flying this quadcopter is the ability to flawlessly control the 4k UHD video/12 mp camera via its 3-axis gimbal control system from the Pilot App while constantly having a live stream of exactly what you’re in the process of capturing. This makes footage – whether for personal of professional use – incredibly easy to evaluate before ever dealing with the uploading process.
DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter
- Absolutely gorgeous design aesthetics
- Captures stunning 4k video and has a live HD video feed option
- Full, 3-axis gimbal control for very smooth video recording
- Tests quite well in high wind is capable of 35mph max speeds
- Relatively expensive for newer flyers (though well worth it)
- Extra battery recommended for extended flight
- Some gimbal mulfunction issues have been reported
- Customer service seems to be a reoccuring problem with DJI