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DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Review

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The DJI Phantom 3 advanced sits somewhere between the professional and the standard variant of Phantom 3 line up. It’s designed for those who want a great drone without a 4K camera. A part of 4k there is nothing really different in Phantom 3 advanced.


Let’s have a look how this drone is different from its other variants.

Design:

The design of the drone is identical to all of the Phantom 3 models. The quality of its built-system remains the same too.

The battery resides under the center hub. The four legs and landing gear all are made up of plastic.

The advanced version retains the new fast yet efficient propellers from DJI.

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Performance:

We are happy to report that the performance of the drone is on par with the professional variant. The drone is easy to fly and has several intelligent flying modes for newbies.

Phantom 3 advance has GPS with glass. Due to this, the drone never runs of satellites in the air, thus it remains extremely stable. Moreover, the ascend and descend speeds of the Phantom 3 advanced are also the same as of the professional variant.

Therefore, it can be flown at a variety of speeds.

Also, you can fly this drone indoors quite easily. Thanks to it’s built in vision positioning sensors. In the performance department, Phantom 3 advanced loses nothing compared to its professional model.

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Camera:

In the camera department, DJI cut the corners to make Phantom 3 advanced inexpensive. The camera on Phantom 3 advanced is limited 2.7k video recording, that’s it. Apart from this downgrade, the camera is identical to the professional variant. Meaning that it can take stills in both jpeg and raw formats for up to 12 MP.

The video can be shot max up to 2.7K, which is not at all terrible. The quality of the video is great; no artifacts or anything like that.

Still, this camera is capable of capturing some great, upto the mark images. If you can live without 4K, this is ideal camera in the Phantom 3 line up.

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Controller:

The controller is the same as found on Phantom 3 professional.

All the necessary dials and buttons are present. Good news is that Phantom 3 advanced also has the Lightbridge connection built in. Due to this, it can be flown for up to 5 kilometers easily.

Also, it streams the video feed in 720 p at 30 fps and due to the strong connection, there are far less hiccups. Therefore, video feed remains uninterrupted. Apart from this the battery life and the build quality of this controller is the same; you won't be facing any issues.

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Battery life:

Again, the battery which comes bundled with Phantom 3 advanced is the same. One difference found is that the bundled charging brick isn’t a fast one so, charging time won’t be as fast as the Phantom 3 Professional. Apart from this, the flying time is around 18-20 minutes per charge.

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Verdict:

All in all, the Phantom 3 advance is an interesting quadcopter by DJI. It has all the bells and whistles of its bigger brother, a part from the 4K recording. If 4K is not your thing, there is nothing wrong with phantom 3 advanced and you can go for it with closed eyes too.

Its built-in camera is great and it has superior flight performance for its class.

Images Credits: DJI & First Quadcopter.

9 Total Score

Speed
9
Design
8
Camera
9
Range
10
Ease of use
10
Battery life
8
Performance
9
Feature set
9
PROS
  • Decent camera
  • Vision positioning sensors
  • Lightbridge
CONS
  • Average flight time
  • Camera can’t shoot 4K
  • Identical design
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