The DJI company, a Chinese manufacturer of drones and is most well known for their Phantom 3 line of drones, is releasing the Phantom 3 Standard Edition. Now, what’s the difference between this edition and the regular version, you ask? The Standard Edition is basically for beginners.
Coming to stores at $799, the Phantom 3 Standard package is being marketed to first-time drone pilots and is fitted with the usual flight stability and powerful camera that such drones are known for.
Frank Wang, DJI’s CEO and Founder said, “Based on the remarkable success of the DJI Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 3 Advanced, we wanted to create a new drone that addresses people who are curious about aerial imaging, but not quite ready to commit to a more professional system. The Phantom 3 Standard makes it easy to get into the air to take great photos and videos.”
In terms of flight time, you get 25 minutes out of the Phantom 3 series, largely thanks to the Intelligent Flight Batteries provided which are interchangeable. The DJI Go app that comes with the package is integrated into the drone as well which is updated regularly.
For other features, we have its Follow Me, Waypoint Navigation and Point of Interest aspects that are going to be part of the firmware upgrade, due to be delivered in a few weeks.
In terms of the difference, the Phantom 3 Standard has largely the same look as the rest of the 3 Series, only this time it looks far more upgraded. The package includes a controller that has a range going for around half a mile. The details go far deeper than that though.
Taking the Vision 2 + model that DJI released last year as an example, the Standard has an edge in terms of weight and speed. This therefore makes flight time a lot longer since, as mentioned before, it can now fly for up to 25 minutes.
The gimbal of the Standard is quite impressive as well, giving you the impression that speed an maneuverability are not going to be a problem.
Then we have the camera. The Vision 2 + came with a 14mp camera and could shoot videos at resolutions reaching 1080p and 720p. In comparison, the Standard comes with a 12mp camera, though it does offer a variety of shot mods such as burst shots, auto exposure bracketing and even a time lapse feature. It can also shoot videos at 2.7K ultraHD which is certainly quite the difference.