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DJI Phantom 3 Quadcopter HD Camera Drone Review

Updated on June 18, 2015

The Best Quadcopter Drone For Recording Video in 2015

Quadcopter drones are becoming increasingly popular in 2014 and 2015, and the technology that comes with some of the advanced HD recording drones is simply stunning. The top pick for best quadcopter drone in 2015 for recording HD video is the DJI Phantom 3. When it comes to using drones for HD Video footage, there are many factors that consumers should pay attention to including: How far away can the drone fly from the person that is holding the remote control, how easy is it to fly the drone in a steady fashion so that you can achieve superior video footage, how high can the drone fly, and of course how long can the drone fly in the sky before the battery goes dead? The combination of these factors as well as other features is what ultimately determines what HD recording quadcopter is the most popular drone in 2015.

All of these are important questions to ask which is why its important to do research before buying a drone, hopefully this DJI Phantom 3 Review article will help you by answering some of your questions. In addition to answering common questions that people have about drones, I am sure that you will learn a lot about the fascinating features that the DJI Phantom 3 Quadcopter drone has. I know I was amazed when I saw one flying for the first time, so I decided to do some additional research and now I find myself extremely intrigued by the design, technology and performance capabilities that the Phantom 3 has. Quadcopter recording drones are not only used for recreation and recording fun events, even Hollywood is using drones like the Phantom 3 to record amazing scenes for movies from unbelievable angles.

Why The Phantom 3 Is The Best HD Recording Drone in 2015

It takes more than just being able to fly to create a drone that is truly capable of catching amazing HD video from any angle. Which is exactly why we are going to take a close look at the specific features of the DJI Phantom 3 in order to understand why it is the most popular HD recording quadcopter drone. This overview will explain what technology is used to make the Phantom 3 so easy to fly, and will also cover some of the features that make this drone so ideal for film and television production.

So for starters, sales and performance are proof that the DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter drone is the most popular quadcopter drone on the market in terms of professional aerial imaging. The Phantom 3 comes with a brand new camera that is a huge upgrade from the previous Inspire 1 camera, it comes with advanced aperture settings that run in a seamless fashion during flight. The camera no longer uses a fish-eye lens which does wonders for video quality.

In addition to its GPS capabilities that help to prevent collisions with the ground and other objects that are near the Phantom 3 during flight, it also has an advanced built in light bridge system which controls the wireless HD video broadcasting system. The Phantom 3 has more sensors that are part of the (VPS) Visual Positioning System, there are 2 ultrasonic sensors which help to prevent the Phantom 3 from crashing into nearby objects when flying indoors, in thick tree-dense areas, and when flying at high altitude near tall buildings. In additon to the 2 ultrasonic sensors, there is one optical flow sensor which ensures that the Phantom 3 is always flying horizontally level and and it also monitors how far the drone is from the ground.

DJI Phantom 3 Flying in Thailand

Phantom 3 Design and Flight Control Capabilities

The Phantom 3 quadcopter drone comes ready to fly when you buy it, many users stated that it has a very precise feel to it, the flight is very predictable and incredibly stable which gives you the reassuring feeling of flying it with confidence. The Phantom 3 Professional comes with a 4k camera that has the ability to shoot 12 mega-pixel still shots at 30 frames per second. The Phantom 3 Advanced comes with a 1080p camera and is slightly more than the Phantom 3 Professional. Both camera's are able to rotate left and right, or go up and down with a complete 360 degree full range of motion, other drones do not come with this capability.

The motors and propulsion system underwent a complete upgrade and therefore it is a different propulsion system from the Inspire 1 drone. The goal of the design was to make it extremely aerodynamic and as light as possible in order to enhance its maneuverability. The battery was also tweaked to extend the battery life and flight time, it runs on a 4S 15.2 volt battery which results in a great balance between battery efficiency and a lot more power. With the new battery design, you can expect average flight time to be around 25 minutes and even longer if not using a camera. This flight time is longer than other quadcopter drones on the market. The battery charges from 0% to 100% in just under 35 minutes, which is impressive.

Even when in a GPS denied environment due to rough mountainous terrain or flying indoors, the built in light bridge ensures that you will always know where your drone is located. In fact, the Phantom 3 is constantly recording its most recent location which makes it almost impossible to lose track of it. The Phantom 3 can fly far beyond areas in which you can still see it, so that feature is important. But whats even better is the fact that you have a "fly home button" which will automatically tell the drone to fly back to the radio controller or drone transmitter that controls the drone's flight and camera movements.

How Far Can the Phantom 3 Fly?

The DJI Phantom 3 HD Recording drone can fly to extremely far distances, so far that you won't be able to see it from where you are controlling it from. The range of the Phantom 3 is about 1.2 miles and it can fly even further if you are flying in ideal conditions such as an open area without tall buildings. It can fly at a top speed of around 35 mph and in terms of flying height, it can fly as high as 100 meters or about 328 feet. This is why the "fly home" button is so convenient, when you are flying it from 1.2 miles away you can easily bring it back home by pressing the "fly home" button. In terms of flying height, the It also is capable of downloading firmware updates for additional upgrades and enhancements such as live broadcasting.

Drone Flying By Golden Gate Bridge


Testing the Phantom 3 While Covering the Sensors With Tinfoil

In one demonstration of the Phantom 3, one of the engineers covered the ultrasonic and optical flow sensors with tinfoil to demonstrate how reliable its flight computer system really is. The test started out by pressing the "auto-takeoff" button, which starts the drone and automatically brings the drone to a stable 4 feet above the ground.

After covering the sensors with tinfoil, the quadcopter drone was still able to function normally in flight and the reason why this is possible is due to the fact that it uses multiple GPS satellite references rather than just one. This demonstration proved that even if you are flying in a GPS denied environment, or if you cover the sensors with tinfoil - there are still other navigating components that work seamlessly to ensure that you are flying around objects and obstacles in a safe manner.

Furthermore, after the "auto-takeoff" button was pressed, the Phantom 3 was hovering in a stable manner at about 4 feet off the ground and the engineer pulled the front part of the drone down a few inches by grabbing the landing gear. As he pulled the front part of the drone down, it automatically resisted by correcting itself so as to remain completely horizontal. This is possible because the new propulsion system now uses a propulsion system that automatically adjusts the propellers in a way that maintains stability. The electronic stability control (ESC) propulsion system is now bidirectional and the propellers are now able to actively break in the other direction, meaning the propellers will spin both ways in order to maintain stable horizontal flight. As this Phantom 3 Review demonstrates, it is the most advanced HD recording drone on the market and is the only drone camera that can rotate with a full range of motion. This should conclude the Review on the Phantom 3, it costs around $999.00 for the 4K professional model on Amazon. Have fun flying it!


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      4 years ago

      Nice review on the DJI Phantom 3, it looks like an awesome drone to fly and the video quality is incredible. I really like the video you posted of it flying over the ocean.

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      Rick L. 

      4 years ago

      I want one so bad, I really like the video that you posted that shows the quality of pictures and video that the Phantom 3 can take. If I had one of these I would take it to the beach and get awesome video of people surfing with my drone. Most of all I can't believe it is capable of safely flying at 35 mph without crashing. Great review, Voted up!


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