The Phantom 3 Professional continues the proud tradition of DJI's Phantom series and brings several important innovations to the Phantom's rich feature set. The Phantom 3 Professional carries a fully stabilized 3-axis 4k UHD video camera for smooth, crisp videos and still photos. To allow you to see what the drone sees, DJI has engineered a new generation of their Lightbridge technology that allows 720p HD digital streaming of live video directly from the drone.
You can control the camera and see video in real time as you fly and you can even share the video using the DJI Pilot app's advanced features. To aid indoor flying, the Phantom 3 Professional includes an integrated array of optical and ultrasonic sensors call Vision Positioning that allows you to fly precisely indoors without a GPS signal. The Phantom 3 Professional includes all the tried-and-true features you'd expect from a DJI drone, including GPS navigation with auto takeoffs and auto landings, intelligent high power flight battery, a built-in safety database of no fly zones, and a powerful mobile app for your iOS or Android device.
- 4k UHD video recording with fully stabilized 3-axis gimbal
- Lightbridge digital streaming allows live viewing of 720p video (full resolution video is simultaneously recorded on the internal microSD card)
- Vision Positioning system allows stable flight indoors
- Included flight battery and rechargable remote controller means this system is ready to fly out of the box
- DJI Pilot app for iOS and Android allows live viewing and complete camera control (phone/tablet sold separately; see DJI's website for compatible models)
Here are my current thoughts and considerations:
-Price point considering the gimbal and camera are excellent
-Stability even in fair gusts of wind is better than i imagined
-Gimbal is remarkable, the first flight it was wonky, but from then on its been great, can achieve 'locked off' type shots (crazy impressive)
-Battery life is decent, same as other copters, get extra batteries!
-Camera quality is on par with gopro, and nearly Zero distortion/fisheye effect
-App is really great, a bit overwhelming at first, but once you digest it it's great.
-Complete control of the camera through the app and controller, LOVE this
-Really wish it could become more compact for travel, needs its own carryon size case
-Wish the charger was more like a dock.
-Controller has to be recharged, wish it took AA batteries, but thus far it looks like the built in battery is huge and will last lots of hours.
-My droid turbo runs the app like a champ, but really need a bigger tablet with a sunshade
I will update as i continue to fly, i am going all out with a log book of every flight and will be planning lots of visuals and hope to get FAA exemption as i'm a professional videographer and would love to use it commercially. Which is another bit of advice: to date you CANNOT use a copter for commercial purposes without FAA exemption. As a hobby under 400' is OK in the USA, but still be safe and don't go messing it up for the rest of us by flying over bridges and the white house, bad mojo.