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The Phantom 3 is the latest release to come out of the leading Chinese company’s drone labs. Compared to the Phantom 2, the new model boasts several upgrades in hardware and technology.

“We pride ourselves in creating a flying camera that fits in a backpack and can be ready to take professional quality videos from the sky in less than a minute,” said Frank Wang, CEO of DJI.

Below is a comprehensive rundown of the popular quadcopter’s features, specs and availability.



What’s New?

The Phantom 3 is a beast in the air. To start, the superior RC quadcopter now supports DJI’s Lightbridge technology, allowing users to see what the drone sees as it navigates freely in real-time. Live video streaming is available directly to YouTube. Feed quality is in HD as long as one stays within the one-mile coverage radius.

Stability seems to always be the priority of DJI designers, so you can be sure the Phantom 3 is packing considerable upgrades that will prevent it from crashing. Individuals controlling the drone will immediately notice improvements in tracking and hovering due to the model’s updated GPS system. The quad uses GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System) Russian satellite navigation technology to efficiently communicate and connect with more satellites. This makes indoor flying easier to manage, especially for closed venues with hanging obstacles.

The Phantom 3 incorporates a number of user-friendly features for novices. Individuals can command the drone to take off and land with the push of a single button. The official Pilot app on Android and iOS will now include the highly anticipated flight stimulator mode for users to hone their flying skills.


Advanced and Professional Edition

During the global press event, DJI announced there will be two versions of the Phantom 3 that can help cater to the separate needs of enthusiasts and professionals. When it comes to design, the advanced edition features silver accents on the outer shell, while the professional version is distinguishable through its gold stripes.

Both releases come with an upgraded Intelligent Flight Battery. Users can closely monitor how much juice they have left using sensitive sensors built into the panel. The professional edition supports fast charging technology, which is ideal for busy filmmakers or surveyors with demanding schedules.

The advanced version packs a 1080p HD camera that shoots at 60 frames per second, and the latter spots 4K video camera capabilities up to 30 frames per second. Both drones use the same three-axis gimbal mechanism for added stabilization when taking photos and recording videos. Users can also choose to take 12 megapixel images with a flexible 94-degree peripheral field.

When Can I Get my Hands on the Phantom 3?

Phantom 3 shipments will start in the coming weeks. For those who can’t wait to get their hands on the powerful drone, a handful of websites are already accepting pre-orders. Amazon’s listing indicates a May 15, 2015 shipping date, just in time for summer.

Pricing for the advanced edition starts at $999 and the professional edition sells for $1,259.

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