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) [table id=2 /] 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) Remote Control – This is a big one in my opinion. One major difference between the P3 Standard and it’s bigger brothers is the transmitter. The P3 Standard comes with a remote control that is basically the old remote...

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    DJI Phantom 3 Professional and Advanced Announced
    Apr08

    DJI Phantom 3 Professional and Advanced Announced

    They are finally here! The Phantom 3 Professional and the Phantom 3 Advanced from DJI have been announced. To get the whole scoop on the new generation of Phantoms check out our main Phantom 3 page. Image Courtesy DJI & Engadget > Get Your Own Phantom 3 NOW! <   The Phantom 3 Announcement has ended and the following information was released: The new Phantom 3 is called the Phantom 3 Professional and the Phantom 3 Advanced. The only difference between the two is the camera and the charge rate on the battery chargers. The Professional features a 4K camera capable of 30FPS and the Advanced is capable of only 1080p but at 60fps. For charging the Professional Charger is rated at 100W and the Advanced at 57W. Philip Bloom tweeted that it’s the same camera as on the Inspire 1. I know it’s crazy that we can say “only” to 1080P but these are the days of Ultra HD Video. DJI claims that the cameras are free of distortion and offer Fisheye-less Videos and Photos. This is either done through software or the lenses of the cameras just aren’t as curved as the older Vision+ or the popular camera lens on the GoPro series of cameras. My best guess at this point is that this is due to the Lens itself as the Phantom 3 cameras both on the Pro and the Advanced version feature a 94 degree field-of-view. More details will of course come to light in a few days. Another interesting point is the new higher voltage battery, with 720mAh less capacity DJI is claiming similar flight times as the Phantom 2. This is also due to more efficient motors, and ESC’s.   Here are the Specs: Phantom 3 Professional newly designed camera 4K Video up to 30FPS (also does 24,25fps) 12MP Adobe DNG Raw Photos Fisheye corrected Footage and Photos with f/2.8 lens (9 seperate elements) 94 degree field-of-view (GoPros for example use 170 degree FoV) 1/2.3″ Sized Sony EXMOR Sensor Effective pixels: 12.4 M (total pixels: 12.76 M) New Lightbridge Digital Video FPV Footage and Photos will be stored on a microSD Card (max 64gb) class 10 or UHS-1 rating required Improved GPS System capable of receiving data from GLOSNASS satellites upgraded Flight Control System 6 axis gyroscope accelerometer DJI Pilot App will now include the Phantom 3 so features like the Flight Simulator are available Youtube Livestream – now you can stream your flights live all over the world Full camera controls Flight Log – no more writing flight logs onto paper which you lose The battery is a new 4S 15.2V 4480mAh LiPo upgraded charger for reduced...

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