In a live event this morning, DJI announced two new Phantom 3 drones with a plethora of new features.
Here's what we know so far: the Phantom 3 will come in two distinct models, the Phantom 3 Professional, which includes a brand new high-quality 4K camera and will retail for $1259, and the Phantom 3 Advanced, which includes an updated version of their HD camera, can record at up to 60fps in full HD, and. Here are the launch videos (with plenty of Phantom 3 footage).
DJI also announced that the new drones will feature integration with the DJI's Pilot app, which was originally paired with their higher end Inspire 1 drone. The app allows users to control almost every aspect of the drone itself and the built-in camera, offering a wide range of manual control over the images that you capture. Additionally, both models have been build from the ground up to be easier to use and navigate. This includes a redesigned flight controller that is far more responsive to even the lightest touch, and sensor technology borrowed from their higher end drones that keeps the Phantom 3 stable and level, even at extremely low altitudes.
Here are the basic features and some additional photos.
- Gimbal Stabilized 1080p60 or 4K 30p Camera (depending on model)
- Camera Takes 12MP Still Photos
- App for Monitoring / Camera Operation
- GPS for Enhanced Stability and Failsafes
- Optical Flow Sensor for Indoor Flight
- Intelligent LiPo Flight Battery
Our friend Jacob over at Phantompilots.com had this to say about DJI's announcement this morning.
"The Phantom 3 is a big step for DJI. It bridges the gap of the Inspire 1 and the Phantom 2. It has similarities to both, such as a 4k camera like the Inspire and a body similar to the Phantom line. The Phantom 3 allows aerial photographers and videographers to get the image quality they need, but at a price they can afford. With it's 4k resolution, it opens the door for multirotor pilots to truly capture the essence of a landscape and display it in a way that accurately conveys the true beauty.
The Phantom 3 is also more accessible to the general public with its upgrades for ease of flight. It includes an upgrade to monitor it's relativity to the ground, keeping it stable indoors and allowing auto-pay and auto-takeoff. The Phantom 3 app also includes upgrades, including my favorite, "Director". This feature allows you to mark clips in flight then the app will auto-edits the clips together after the flight. Another feature now integrated into the app is the ability to live stream to YouTube, this feature is especially intriguing as it allows others to join you on your flight and with the live comments, the audience can interact with the pilot. Overall, the Phantom 3 is a game changer and DJI has once again pushed the envelope on innovation."
The two new drones were recently made available for pre-order over at B&H, so if you'd like to get in line for one of these here are the links for the Phantom 3 Professional and the Phantom 3 Advanced.