Drones are becoming more and more popular, for both professionals and gadget lovers. They’re fun, sleek and offer many technological advantages.
The DJI Phantom 3 Advanced is no exception. Its ability to bring fun and a sense of seriousness is a great motivator. DJI has many different drones on the market, but this is truly one of the most rewarding ones that you can lay your hands on.
As well as just being able to fly high up into the sky, you can record as you go, which is perfect if your other hobby happens to be photography. It enables you to get brilliant shots of things that would otherwise be very difficult to do.
The DJI Phantom 3 Advanced comes with a 1080p Video Camera in High Definition – while some drones do come with 4K, this is an additional price hike that doesn’t do the average user much good. 1080p is more than sufficient for people who are amateur flyers or aren’t that serious about it. Most current in-house technology only really supports up to 1080p too, so you’re not losing any of the quality. In actuality though, thanks to firmware updates, the quality of the camera is continuously improving with it climbing up to 2.7k recording, with the potential for more growth.
The camera is mounted just under the body, giving you a clear shot of everything directly in front of you as you’re using it and thanks to compatible software, you can receive the video and images straight to your phone, without having to worry about signal strength or range.
You can also store any of your video captures on an SD card inside of the drone, that you’re able to take out and plug into your PC in order to get the images and film. This means that if you are into editing your shots or using them for a purpose, you can get to them easily without risking reducing the quality. Most retailers will supply the SD Card as standard and the common size is 16GB, giving you plenty of room. This can also be upgraded with a higher spec of SD Card if you want more space to store videos.
The battery that the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced is running is a 57W; this does extend the charge time but once you have the drone up in the air, it gives you around 20 minutes of play time. With the money that is saved from having a lower capacity battery, you can also pick up a few additional batteries that you can swap out to make sure you have longer if it’s needed or to keep the fun going. Even one additional battery can mean that you always have a backup ready to go.
‘Home’ feature is enabled if you’re flying outside; the drone has use of GPS meaning that if the signal does drop, the drone will return roughly to where it took off from. This lets you fly without worrying that the drone will become lost if you’re unable to control it. This doesn’t work inside, but it is a brilliant feature for outside.
This feature only tends to work when the GPS signal has gone and doesn’t do much when the signal is strong.
If you’re flying indoors, you don’t have to worry about crashing into everything. You can flip the device into ‘inside’ mode. This stops it from flying so high, so you don’t need to worry about your ceiling and allows for it to sense when items are close to avoid knocking into them.
One downside is that the drone sounds incredibly loud inside of the house and it can be distracting.
Especially if there are others in the home too, but if they don’t mind the noise then you can have fun in the safety of your own home, easily.
The DJI Phantom 3 Advanced can be linked up to most Smartphones and Tablets, allowing you to connect them to the remote and use your phone or tablet to control the drone. You can control the direction and height that it travels. You can also control the angle of the camera while it is in flight using your phone. To use these additional features, you need to install an app to your phone.
You can also connect the phone directly into the remote control, meaning you don’t have to worry about holding multiple things when you’re trying to fly. It also means you can see the videos as you fly and watch them on your phone screen to see where you’re going and what shots you’re taking.
Overall, if you’re serious about a drone and it isn’t just a passing fad for you, or something you’re going to use a few times and then forget about, the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced is definitely a viable buy. You get a lot for your money and you can buy extras to go with it to keep the fun going, such as extra batteries and such.
It’s durable, it can deal with wind decently and it’s a stable flyer, giving you clear and steady shots when you need them. It’s a good drone that has had a lot of effort into creating by DJI, and ihas the same quality build that you can expect to find from them when it comes to drones.
One thing to note, however, is that it is not waterproof. Flying it in the rain will damage the system and stop it from working due to the air vents that are on the top and sides of it. It works best in dry, calm conditions and can easily go a range of over a mile without worrying about signal drops and loss of control.