As a huge fan of DJI products, I love the DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter as it combines all the necessary features for anyone looking to have a good time and capture some amazing footage.
DJI Phantom 3 Professional: Design: 7/10
To begin with, the color is very sleek as it brings a hard gold onto a bright white. The hard white is helpful when flying in dark areas as it stands apart from darker areas. Also helpful are the red and green lights which can be seen easily from at least fifteen hundred feet away. Compared to the Phantom 2, the DJI Phantom 3 Professional has been downgraded a few inches in size to perform more efficiently. Also new on the Phantom 3 is the transmitter. While it was released when the DJI Inspire 1 came out, it is now available with the Phantom 3. The comfortable feel of the transmitter and rubber protection allow it to comfortably fit in the hands of the pilot without sliding around. The one thing that I don’t like about the transmitter is that when a device is attached on to the transmitter, it feels pretty heavy and easily tips over. I’d give the design of the Phantom 3 a seven out of ten.
DJI Phantom 3 Professional: Features: 9/10
Some of my favorite parts of the Phantom 3 can be found with the features that the aircraft includes. The DJI Phantom 3 is semi-autonomous meaning it will do some things by itself like correct its position during windy conditions or return-to-home when the battery level is low. It has return-to-home features allowing the aircraft at the press of a button to return back to it’s launch spot. The Phantom 3’s camera is one of the selling points for me on this quadcopter as it allows the pilot to shoot in 4k video. It also includes a three axis gimbal allowing the camera to be stabilized at all times and can even rotate up and down. It’s intelligent flight battery is advertised to fly up to twenty three minutes but you’re only gonna get about eighteen minutes. Included inside the remote as well as the aircraft is a Lightbridge system which allows the pilot to see live 720p footage of what the camera sees, a necessity for pilots who want to know exactly what they are seeing. A great feature about the setup is that it allows the pilot to fly right out of the box rather than have to buy additional parts like batteries, a transmitter, etc… A feature that is one of the selling points for me is the fact that the app built for it allowing a live video feed to your IOS and Android device is the ability to import the video straight to your phone, and then edit it with the built in software. For the features of this aircraft and the price it is sold at, I’m giving this aircraft a nine out of ten.
DJI Phantom 3 Professional: Build Quality: 6/10
The build quality of this aircraft is definitely one of the cons of this product. The material that the aircraft is made out of is a stronger type of plastic, just not strong enough. In the unlikely event of a crash, I can definitely tell that parts of this aircraft would snap right away and this goes for the entire Phantom series, not just the P3. The transmitter on the other hand is a tougher material coated with some sort of gloss giving it a nice reflective cover. Also nice about the transmitter is the stand built for holding a device. I really enjoy the looks of the aircraft, just not the feel so for this topic I’m gonna have to give it a six out of ten.
DJI Phantom 3 Professional Overall Rating: 7
I really enjoy the Phantom 3 and it’s a great product for those looking to get into aerial photography/videography. For the right price, it combines a good looking design, great features, and okay build quality. If you are looking for an everyday quad that you can fly around really fast, this product is not for you. If you’re a beginner pilot, I strongly suggest starting off with a simple quad that you can be prepared to crash, and then slowly move up. My overall rating for the DJI Phantom 3 Professional is a seven and a half out of ten. Happy flying, George.