Four months after the DJI Phantom 3 Professional and DJI Phantom 3 Advanced arrived at the world scene, DJI produced another version of the Phantom 3 drone at the beginning of August - DJI Phantom 3 Standard.
Designed specifically for beginners in this sphere of video recording, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard represents a quadcopter with an integrated camera capable of recording videos at up to 2.7K (2704 x 1520) at 30 fps and capturing 12MP stills, both in the JPEG and RAW formats. According to the manufacturer, the Phantom 3 Standard is easier to use than the Professional and Advanced versions, and it uses an upgraded version of the Phantom 2 Vision+ controller, which now includes a clip for attaching a smartphone. In this way, users can view near real-time footage on their smartphone via a Wi-Fi connection or the DJI Go mobile application. Moreover, by means of this app, it is also possible to toggle recordings on and off, as well as to adjust the camera's settings.
Like in the case of the previous iterations of the Phantom 3 drone, the Standard version brings 25 minutes of flight time (it uses the same intelligent battery), while its stabilization is based on GPS. The lens in question is 20mm (equivalent) f/2.8, with a 94° field of view (FOV), whereas the ISO ranges from 100 to 3200 for video, and from 100 to 1600 for still images. As for the video mode, aside from 2.7K, there are standard Full HD (1080/30p/25p/24p) and HD (720/60p/50p/48p/30p/25p/24p) qualities, while live video view via the DJI Go mobile app is limited to the 720/30p quality; both MP4 and MOV file formats are supported. The maximum video bit rate is 40 Mbps, while files are stored on a 8GB microSD card (included in the package).
When it comes to the photography modes, there are several of them at one's disposal: single shot, burst modes (up to 7 frames), auto exposure bracketing, bracketed frames, and time lapse. However, this new iteration of the Phantom 3 drone also boasts new intelligent options, which are: Point of Interest, Waypoint Navigation, and Follow Me. The Point of Interest mode enables the user to select an object that the Phantom will fly around in a circle, so the object will always be in the center of the frame, which is very difficult to achieve manually. The Waypoint Navigation mode provides the user with an option of setting a specific route for the drone to travel automatically, while the user is free to control the camera and focus on specific details. As far as the Follow Me function is concerned, it is used to program the drone to follow the user wherever he/she goes.
These intelligent functions will soon be available for other models from the DJI Phantom 3 series, as well as the DJI Inspire 1, thanks to a firmware update, which is in preparation.
When it comes to the DJI Phantom 3 Standard, it is already available on the market and its price is $799.
The news was taken from DJI.