5 things you didn’t know about the new DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone
Sep05

5 things you didn’t know about the new DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone

The Phantom 3 Professional and Advanced drones have only been out for a few short months. To ensure DJI has an offering for the even lower-priced market segment they released the Phantom 3 Standard. What’s so different about this Phantom 3 Standard quad you may ask yourself? There are a quite a few differences so it makes sense to know them all before deciding on saving the money by going with a Standard P3, or spending the extra $200 to get the Advanced. The shell of the Phantom 3 Standard is identical to that of its more-feature-rich big brothers, the Phantom 3 Advanced and the Phantom 3 Professional. The motors, ESC’s, its 4480mAh intelligent flight battery and the propellers are also the same. Once you dive a bit deeper the differences start.   No GLONASS only GPS – The P3 Standard can only receive data from the 24 GPS Satellites in orbit around the Earth. This is reduced from the 55 satellites the P3 Pro & Adv can receive. (Source: svetandroida.cz) No VPS – VPS is DJI’s Visual Positioning System which utilizes a camera facing down in addition to Ultrasonic sensors to monitor the ground below the drone. When flown within two meters (6.5ft) of the ground the VPS can identify it’s position based on patterns on the grounds surface keeping it within +/- 0.1 m (4in) of its location. Without the VPS system, the Pro & Adv stay within +/- 0.5 m (20in) vertical. The Phantom 3 Standard, therefore isn’t suited for indoor flying as indoors the GPS System alone doesn’t work. (Source: DJI) Camera & Image Sensor – The lens of the P3 Standard doesn’t have a threaded filter ring on the end, this means that filters such as the ND filters aren’t compatible. The Pro & Advanced come with a Sony 1/2.3″ Sensor with 12.4M effective pixels, on the Standard it is a Panasonic Smart FSI 1/2.3″ sensor with 12M effective pixels. Granted in terms of specs it may seem as close enough, true world examples will show us what the difference means in the real world. Here is a comparison of the Phantom 3 Series Resolutions (Professional, Advanced & Standard)  Phantom 3 ProfessionalPhantom 3 AdvancedPhantom 3 Standard UHD (Ultra High-Definition 4K)4096x2160p - 24,25fps3840x2160p - 24,25,30fps 2.7K2704x1520p - 30fps FHD (Full High-Definition 1080p)1920x1080p - 24,25,30,48,50,60fps1920x1080p - 24,25,30,48,50,60fps1920x1080p - 24,25,30fps HD (High-Definition 720p)1280x720p - 24,25,30,48,50,60fps1280x720p - 24,25,30,48,50,60fps1280x720p - 24,25,30,48,50,60fps fps = frames per second Max Video Bitrate 40Mbps, same as Advanced. The Pro has a max Bitrate 60Mbps. (This is the amount of detail stored, the more the better) Both take 12MP (4000 x 3000) Still Images (JPEG & RAW)...

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