DJI has released what it says is a flying camera that makes aerial imaging more accessible than ever before – the Phantom 3 Standard.
Designed specifically for first-time pilots, the $799 DJI Phantom 3 Standard drone features an intelligent flight system and a newly designed and integrated camera, which records up to 2.7K HD video – double the resolution of standard 1080p HD video – at 30 frames per second with a 94-degree, distortion-free lens.
In comparison, DJI’s Phantom 3 Professional model can record 4K video at 30 frames per second, and the Phantom 3 Advanced offers video resolutions up to 1080p at 60 frames per second. All Phantom 3 models, including the new Phantom 3 Standard, shoot still images at 12 megapixels.
‘Based on the remarkable success of the DJI Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 3 Advanced, we wanted to create a new drone that addresses people who are curious about aerial imaging but not quite ready to commit to a more professional system,’ explains Frank Wang, CEO and founder of DJI. ‘The Phantom 3 Standard makes it easy to get into the air to take great photos and videos.’
Using a WiFi connection, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard allows pilots to see (up to half a mile away) what their camera sees in near real time in HD, capture photos, start and stop recording video, and adjust camera settings – all from the updated DJI Go app on a smartphone.
The remote controller is an updated version of DJI's previous Phantom 2 Vision+ controller and features an integrated WiFi range extender, a wheel to angle the camera and a clamp for holding a smartphone.
DJI calls the Phantom 3 Standard “the most streamlined addition to the Phantom 3 series.” The Phantom 3 Professional and Advanced, on the other hand, include DJI’s Vision Positioning system, GLONASS, in addition to standard GPS; an extended range of up to 1 mile through DJI’s Lightbridge technology; and a remote controller with extended functionality.
Based on the Phantom 3 design, the new DJI Phantom 3 Standard includes GPS-based stabilization and flight times up to 25 minutes when the operator uses DJI's interchangeable Intelligent Flight Batteries for the Phantom 3 series.
The new drone, which includes the return-to-home safety feature, will be compatible with intelligent flight features including the following:
- Follow me – The drone intelligently follows users based on their orientation.
- Waypoint navigation – Allows users to set a multi-point route that the Phantom 3 flies automatically while leaving camera control (pan and tilt) to the users, who simply have to pull back on their controller and the Phantom will retrace its path to the beginning.
- Point of interest – Lets users define an object that the Phantom will fly around in a circle with the object framed perfectly in the center and capture a shot that is otherwise difficult to fly manually.
These features, originally released for DJI's professional products, will be available through a firmware upgrade for the rest of the DJI Phantom 3 series in coming weeks. They are also available through SDK apps already developed by third-party DJI developers.
In comparison to the $799 Phantom 3 Standard, the Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 3 Advanced are $1,259 and $999, respectively.
The DJI Phantom 3 Standard is now available for purchase at DJI.com.