DJI Launches Two New Phantom 3 Drones with Lots of New Features, Including 4K

DJI Phantom 3 Professional 4K Drone
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

DJI Phantom 3 Professional 4K Drone

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced

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.      

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Wow! Outstanding 4K recording + gimbal + app and much more features... :3

April 8, 2015 at 9:48AM

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Just as soon as I put down a deposit for the VVeapon upgrade, I will order a P3P.

Sure, I bet there will be a bug or two for early adopters to deal with(heh, both VV & P3P), but nothing that will kill a production with careful thought.

NAB 2015 is turning out to be one of the most exciting in years!

April 10, 2015 at 4:18PM

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Daniel Reed
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Frame rates for 4K?

April 8, 2015 at 9:49AM

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Benja Lockridge
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Seems like a really solid value, actually. If you bought a Phantom 2, a gimbal, a GoPro, and an FPV system you'd spend way more, right?

That being said, I have a GoPro Hero 4 Black already and would love to see a Phantom 3 without a built-in camera at a lower cost. That'd be hard to resist.

April 8, 2015 at 9:51AM

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Just saw these frame rates and resolutions posted and thought I would share in case anyone is interested.

Pro model
UHD:4096x2160p 24/25 3840x2160p24/25/30
HD: 1280x720p 24/ 25/30/48/50/60
FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30/48/50/60;
HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60

Advanced:
FHD:1920x1080p 24/25/30/48/50/60;
HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60

April 8, 2015 at 10:02AM

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Soooo, why buy an Inspire 1 for $3K then?

April 8, 2015 at 10:16AM

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seanmclennan
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Retractable gear and looks :)

April 8, 2015 at 10:35AM

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Jeroen Rommelaars
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Separate pilot/gimbal control. That's the biggest one for me, it opens up a lot more shots.

Having the gimbal tied to the pilot is so limiting...

April 8, 2015 at 10:46AM, Edited April 8, 10:46AM

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Luke Neumann
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Not if you know how to move your aircraft in away that you want it to.. I have gotten many good shots take look like they were from a two operators

April 8, 2015 at 11:10AM

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Bert Beltran
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There are still several shot types that are impossible with a single operator set up.

"The Crane Shot" - Drone going up/down on Y-axis while gimbal simultaneously goes the opposite direction. Thus keeping the subject in the center and creating some nice parallax. It's "possible" with a single op but it won't produce the same results.

"The Reveal Shot" - Gimbal facing down and then doing a quick tilt up as the drone goes forward/back on the Z-axis.

"The Rotating Shot" - This one is possible with a single op but only with movement along one axis. It starts to look really good when you are going up and around your subject.

Single op can do about 65-70% of it. Dual ops can cover any shot type AND the success rate is higher since you only have to worry about piloting the drone.

It's a big of a luxury and it's not 100% necessary but since using it I wouldn't want to go back to a single op setup...

April 8, 2015 at 11:52AM

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Luke Neumann
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..for dual operators.

April 10, 2015 at 4:14PM

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Daniel Reed
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"...with the live comments, the audience can interact with the pilot."

Via YouTube. While the pilot is actively flying the craft. Yeah, I see no potential hazards there.

April 8, 2015 at 10:48AM, Edited April 8, 10:48AM

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Codec?

April 8, 2015 at 12:09PM

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Keith Kim
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The absolute worst costumer service you will ever experience. My case was escalated to the ceo of dji company because it was such a big purchase. He was so incredibly rude through out our entire conversation. He gets a scale of 0 for proffesionalism. Their entire team of costumer service were terrible to me... Wish I never invested a penny in them. Live and learn

April 8, 2015 at 3:32PM

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Kyle Lamar
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So I've heard. You think company like this who invested so much on their ad and to their product would have excellent customers service. But I guess they spent too much money on their marketing and not enough on customer service training.
I always want to buy DJI product whenever I see a video, like ronin and quad and I look at their customer care review and I stop........

April 8, 2015 at 7:34PM

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Keith Kim
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I have to toatally agree here having owned many dji products including multiple phantoms, an S900 and a Z15 zenmuse. DJI has lots of great products which you will love if they work, but if anything goes wrong and you have to deal with support good luck.

A terrible experience with support convinced me to totally get out of DJI products and the only ones I still currently own being 2 H3-3D Go pro gimbals... And I really wanted a Ronin but just couldn't do business with a company whose support treats customers so poorly.

April 9, 2015 at 9:01AM

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It always goes together you know, Product(Hardware, Software) and Support.

April 9, 2015 at 1:23PM, Edited April 9, 1:23PM

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Keith Kim
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This very tempting. I've been contemplating getting into ariel photography for a while now. Any idea on the differences between the Phantom 3 and the Inspire, other than design?

April 9, 2015 at 10:39AM

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Brandon Blackburn
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I just read some of the above comments... I wonder how the cameras compare?

April 9, 2015 at 10:43AM

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Brandon Blackburn
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