DJI Phantom 3 Professional Review

We’ve gotten ourselves a new toy here at the Gold3 Pawn Shop HQ, and it’s a pricey one, that’s for sure. We are talking about the well-known Phantom 3 drone, coming from the even better-known drone manufacturer – DJI. We have gotten our hands on the Professional version of this masterpiece that has a couple of upgrades in place when compared to the standard one.

Let’s start off with the improved range: the standard Phantom 3 has “only” 1 kilometer of range while the Professional version comes with whopping 5 kilometers. That’s more than enough to cover your whole surrounding area… and more. Combine that with awesome 23 minutes of flight time and you will understand why people who are in the professional photography industry opt for this beast of a drone.

Camera

In addition to those amazing specs we have just told you about, Phantom 3 Pro also comes with a state-of-the-art 4K camera. It is capable of shooting professional quality aerial footage in UHD resolution. Alongside that, it can also record in slow motion at a lower resolution (1080p at 120fps). Combine these 2 recording modes and you can create quite an artistic spectacle. In addition to regular UHD and slow motion recording, Phantom 3’s camera is also able to provide you with seamless FPV live feed. Even though the controller does not come with a built-in FPV monitor meaning you will have to use your smartphone, the FPV quality is still outstanding.

Features

Moving onto the features, you’ll be happy to know it supports both GPS and GLONASS positioning systems, providing you with pinpoint accuracy no matter where you live. The build quality is exceptional, as was always the case with all DJI’s drones. Nothing to add here. It’s a beefy drone with a beefier price tag to it. But that is completely understandable as it is primarily aimed for professional photographers and people who like to think they’re just that. That explains the 3-axis motorized gimbal that’s attached to the UHD camera. In the end, there is no doubt that Phantom 3 Professional is able to provide you with silk smooth, top quality footage, but there’s also no doubt you will have to pay quite the sum for it.