If there’s one thing that DJI’s Phantom 3 drone does particularly well, it’s finally look like a consumer drone. The new simplified color scheme and design does wonders for the latest drone generation: An average consumer can look at the models and think, “Oh right, that’s how that works.”
Both Phantom 3 products have clearly delineated quad-copter blades, a minimalistic camera mount (but will angle-adjustment included), and a simple two-section ground base. It makes sense at first glance, and that’s a big win for DJI, which is trying to push its consumer line of drones in two different areas: Industries that can use drone photography and people who just want to play around – they specifically call out journalists, extreme athletes, and global travelers.
The Phantom 3 Advanced model can shoot video up to 1080p at 60fps. The Professional model can shoot 4K video at 30fps. Both models can snap 94-degree, 12-megapixel photos, and both models are stabilized with 3-axis gimbals against flight patterns and wind.
These models use both an app and a controller for controls. The Pilot app allows users to control multiple camera settings, and includes a flight simulator for practicing piloting the drone without actually endangering your aircraft. The app also lets people livestream their flights directly to YouTube and share the results.
The handheld controller, meanwhile, also gets points for simplicity. Attach your tablet to the front of the controller and then use the two simple joysticks to control while the app shows you the aerial view and allows you to quickly adjust the camera on the fly.
The consumer drones also come with some consumer-friendly prices, at least compared to the average drone-in-a-box on the market. The Professional model starts at $1.259, while the advanced version is only $999. You can pay extra and get an extra battery for more extended flying sessions.
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