DJI Phantom 3 profession vs standard review
DJI Innovations is currently leading the market in consumer drones. Until recently there wasn’t a model designed for new or more inexperienced pilots or one that was a bit more affordable. The DJI Phantom 3 Standard meets just those needs. Let’s see how the two designs stack up.
First let’s talk about what’s in the box.
The Professional version comes with: the actual aircraft, of course, a remote controller, a 3-axis camera stabilization gimbal, a built-in camera that captures 4K video and 12.4M photos, a DJI Light bright video downlink with 3.1mi range, 4S 15.2V 4480mAh Intelligent Flight Battery, and four pairs of propellers.
The standard Phantom comes with: the aircraft, a standard remote control, the same stabilization gimbal as the professional, a built in camera that captures 2.7K video and 12MP photos, a 2.4G Wi-Fi video downlink with 1km range, the same battery as the professional, and four pairs of propellers.
Let’s talk about the major differences between these two models.
The camera is the most significant difference between the professional and standard model. The Standard has a 1/2.3-inch, 12-million-pixel sensor that can capture 2.7K video at 30 feet per second, 1080p at 48fps, and 720p at 60fps. The lens is a fixed f/2.8 with a 94-degree field of view. The lens avoids the fisheye distortion that is common with cameras of that size and gives a very nice undistorted image.
The Professional offers a 1/2.3-inch sensor, and f/2.8 lens with a 94-degree field of view. It can deliver 4K video as well as other options at varying resolution and frame rates combined.
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The control is a bit different for the Standard as compared to the Professional with more options available on the Professional remote than the Standard. Dedicated buttons include: Playback, Shutter, Video Recording and two customizable buttons on the Professional which are not available on the Standard. The Standard remote is closer to the remotes from previous models of the Phantom like the 2.
There are also some differences in design that make the Standard a little less smooth in handling than the Professional model. The motors are in the upright position and lined up rather than being slightly titled like the Professional model. This affects the drone’s stability. There are also no positioning cameras on the Standard model which really help with stability and control when flying indoors or without GPS.
Of course the price is a big difference between the two models as well. The Professional runs about $1,158 on Amazon and the Standard is $699. That’s a pretty significant difference considering the quality of the Standard.
Overall, the Phantom 3 Standard is a great model for any photographer or videographer who is thinking about using a drone but doesn’t want to commit to the price of the Professional model. It has a little bit less maneuverability than the Professional model as well as a slightly lower quality camera. If this is going to be your first drone, it’s a great one to go with. If you’re looking for something with top of the line quality and capabilities the Professional model is what you’re looking for. DJI is at the top of the class when it comes to drones and you can really tell when operating the phantom.