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DJI Phantom 3 Standard Overview
If you're looking for a drone full of modern technology at an affordable price, then the Phantom 3 Standard is the go-to choice in 2017.
DJI is now the consumer drone brand of choice amongst UAV enthusiasts and amateur pilots. The Phantom range is well-known for being quick and simple to set up, with your drone in the air mere minutes after opening the box.
DJI's Lightbridge technology allows you to control the Phantom 3 via an immersive high definition LiveView sent directly to your connected smartphone/tablet, which can also be mounted to the redesigned controller.
DJI also include automatic video editing & live streaming capabilities so you can instantly share your flight with the world!
The Phantom 3 Standard has everything you need to get in the air and start taking high-quality video and images. The intuitive flight system automatically keeps everything stable, while the built-in camera can be controlled independently.
Automatic Flight Assistant
The Phantom 3 Standard knows exactly where it took off, where it's been and how to get back to you.
Cameras and GPS record everything during flight, so you can just push a button and have the drone return to you. This can also be activated automatically should the control signal from your controller ever be lost or get interrupted.
The Automatic Flight Assistant keeps the Phantom 3 Standard stable during flight. Sensors and gyroscopes make sure the drone can hover perfectly in place, waiting for your command, even in strong winds.
2.7K Video / 12MP Stills
A customised camera is built into the Phantom 3 Standard so you don't have to purchase or attach your own system.
This offers highly detailed 12MP stills and sharp 2.7K high definition video. A precision-engineered 3-axis gimbal and advanced software algorithms hold the camera steady in relation to both the aircraft body and subject.
The result is smooth footage, even when shooting moving subjects, tracking at pace or in adverse weather conditions.
Live HD Feed via DJI GO
Attach your smartphone or tablet to the remote controller and you can enjoy a high definition Live View from the Phantom 3 Advanced during flight.
All you need to do is download the latest DJI GO app for either Android or iOS devices. A Wi-Fi range extender built into the controller allows for connection up to 0.62 miles (1km).
Through the Live View, not only can you see obstacles and plan a route, you can also frame your pictures and video perfectly.
Other features include:
- Automatic video editor
- User-friendly interface
- Live map and radar of drone position
- Flight telemetry including speed, altitude & distance
- Flight logs
Intuitive Powerful Flight
The remote controller is built specifically for the Phantom 3 Standard - the two are intimately linked. Two control sticks offer incredibly precise control over pitch, yaw and roll.
Powerful motors ensure the Phantom 3 Advanced will travel in the exact direction you require but are also ready it to stop swiftly. Acceleration and altitude can be adjusted in mere moments.
Rather than traditional physical motors, DJI utilises curved electromagnets to spin the rotors at very high speeds. This increases power efficiency compared to traditional miniaturised mechanics, resulting in extended flight time and less potential for worn parts over time.
The Phantom 3 Flight Battery provides up to 25 minutes flight on a full charge, and will constantly report how much expected flight time remains.
DJI Phantom 3 Standard - What's in the box:
- DJI Phantom 3 Standard Aircraft Body
- Remote Controller
- Propellor Pairs x4
- Intelligent Flight Battery (Phantom 3 series)
- Battery Charger
- Power Cable
- Gimbal Clamp
- Vibration Absorbers x4
- 8GB Micro SD Card
- Micro USB Cable
- Anti-Drop Kit x2
- Landing Pads x4
- Propellor Removal Clamp
- Stickers (Red, Magenta, Pink, Orange, Green, Blue, Sky Blue)
No Fly Zones
It is the responsibility of the drone / UAV pilot to respect no-fly zones and local aviation laws when controlling their DJI Phantom product.
DJI has a page dedicated to listing no-fly zones in many developed countries. Click HERE to stay updated.
A No Fly Zones feature is incorporated into DJI products which, using GPS to locate a position, should stop them from entering restricted areas. This should not be relied upon however in case of hardware / GPS failure, and the pilot should always remain vigilant of their location.
DJI Phantom 3 Standard Technical Specifications
Weight (Battery & Propellers Included)
- 1216 g
Diagonal Size (Propellers Excluded)
- 350 mm
Max Ascent Speed
- 5 m/s
Max Descent Speed
- 3 m/s
- 16 m/s (ATTI mode)
Max Tilt Angle
Max Angular Speed
Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level
- 19685 feet (6000 m)
Max Flight Time
- Approx. 25 minutes
Operating Temperature Range
- 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
Satellite Positioning System
Vertical Hover Accuracy Range
- ±0.5 m
Hover Accuracy Range Horizontal
- ±1.5 m
- 1/2.3” CMOS
- 12 MP
- 94° 20 mm (35 mm format equivalent)
- 100-3200 (video)
- 100-1600 (photo)
Electronic Shutter Speed
- 8 - 1/8000 s
Still Photography Modes
- Single Shot
- Burst Shooting: 3/5/7 frames
- Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
Video Recording Modes
- 2.7K: 2704 x1520p 24/25/30 (29.97)
- FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30
- HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
Max Video Bitrate
- 40 Mbps
Supported File Systems
- FAT32 (≤32 GB); exFAT (>32 GB)
- Photo JPEG, DNG (RAW)
- Video MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
Supported SD Cards
- Micro SD Card (8 GB included)
Operating Temperature Range
- 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
- 3-axis (pitch, roll, yaw)
Controllable Range Pitch
- -90° to +30°
Max Controllable Angular Speed Pitch
Angular Control Accuracy
- 5.725 - 5.825 GHz
- 922.7 - 927.7 MHz (Japan)
Max Transmission Distance FCC
- 1000 mCE: 500 m (outdoors and unobstructed, aircraft's altitude at 400 feet (120 m))
Operating Temperature Range
- 32° to 10
- 4°F (0° to 40°C)
- 2,600 mAh LiPo 18650
Transmitter Power (EIRP)
- FCC: 19 dBm
- CE: 14 dBm
- 600 mA@3.7V
Mobile Device Holder
- Tablets and smartphones
- Micro USB
INTELLIGENT FLIGHT BATTERY
- 4,480 mAh
- 15.2 V
- LiPo 4S
- 68 Wh
- 365 g
Charging Temperature Range
- 41° to 104°F (5° to 40°C)
Max Charging Power
- 100 W
- 17.4 V
- 57 W
APP / LIVE VIEW
- DJI GO
Live View Working Frequency
- 2.4 GHz ISM
Live View Quality
- 720p @ 30fps
- Low Latency Video (depending on conditions and mobile device)
Required Operating Systems
- iOS 8.0 or later
- Android 4.1.2 or later
Below are a number of frequently asked questions about the DJI Phantom 3 Standard.
This information is taken directly from the official DJI website:
How is the Phantom 3 Standard different from the Phantom 3 Professional/Advanced?
The Phantom 3 Standard is the most streamlined addition to the Phantom 3 series. It connects to the DJI GO app over WiFi and has a 2.7K video camera.
The Phantom 3 Professional and Advanced add DJI’s Vision Positioning system, GLONASS in addition to standard GPS, an extended range via DJI Lightbridge, and a remote controller with extended functionality. The Phantom 3 Professional also has a 4K camera. All models use the DJI GO app and the DJI Intelligent Flight Battery and take 12 megapixel photos.
How is the Phantom 3 Standard different from the Phantom 2 Vision or Vision ?
The Phantom 3 Standard is a significant upgrade over the Phantom 2 Vision and Vision with an enhanced camera, fully integrated remote, compatibility with the DJI GO app, updated flight controller, live HD view, and increased flight range.
Where can I get the DJI GO app?
The DJI GO app is free to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Search for “DJI GO” and download/install the app as usual.
How do I connect to the DJI GO app?
The Phantom 3 Standard connects to the DJI GO app on your mobile device via its own WiFi network.
First power on your remote controller and Phantom 3 Standard. Then connect your mobile device to the dedicated “PHANTOM 3_XXXXX” WiFi network, and open the DJI GO app. Details can be found in the user manual.
What do the switches on the top of the remote controller do?
These switches are called the S1 and S2 switches.
The S1 switch allows you to change between advanced flight modes, including P-Mode, A-Mode, and F-Mode. More information about these modes can be found in the user manual. Beginners should keep this switch in the uppermost position (P-Mode) when flying.
The S2 switch can be used to trigger Return to Home. When flying, simply toggle this switch up and down several times to tell your Phantom 3 Standard to return to the Home Point and land.
Can I remove the camera and attach my own?
No. The camera that comes with the Phantom 3 Standard is permanently attached. Attempting to remove, replace, or modify the camera may damage the product and will void your warranty.
What is the range on my Phantom 3 Standard?
The signal transmission distance will vary depending on environmental conditions and local regulations, but the Phantom 3 Standard can reach distances of up to 0.5 miles (1 kilometer) away from the pilot.
What app should I use with my Phantom 3 Standard?
The Phantom 3 Standard is compatible with the DJI Go app for iOS and Android, which is also used for other DJI products.
The app will detect which aircraft is connected and automatically adjust accordingly.
Which mobile devices are compatible with the app?
The DJI GO app is only compatible with devices running iOS 8.0 or later or Android v4.1.2 or later. A full list of suggested devices can be found on the Phantom 3 Standard webpage at DJI.com.
How do I use the Director automatic video editor?
Director is an automatic video editor built into the DJI GO app. After recording several video clips, simply tap “Library” from the app’s home screen. You can then select your clips and a template, which are automatically combined to create a short film that can be shared immediately.
How do I change the control mode of my Phantom 3 Standard?
By default, the remote controller is set to Mode 2. This means that the right control stick controls the movement of the aircraft and the left control stick controls the throttle and orientation of the aircraft.
These controls can be changed to Mode 1 or set to a customized configuration in the DJI GO app. This is only recommended for advanced users.
Can I use a Phantom 2 Intelligent Flight Battery with the Phantom 3 Standard?
No. The Phantom 3 series uses a newly designed Intelligent Flight Battery with greater power. The Phantom 3 has a 4 cell battery with a capacity of 4480 mAh and a voltage of 15.2 V.
Can I use a Phantom 3 Professional/Advanced Intelligent Flight Battery with the Phantom 3 Standard?
Yes, the Phantom 3 series batteries are the same.
My Phantom 3 Standard does not turn off right away, is something wrong?
This is normal. After you attempt to power off the Intelligent Flight Battery, it may remain on for a few seconds as any video data is saved to the Micro SD card. This helps prevent your data from being lost or corrupted.
Do I have to buy the remote controller separately?
No, there is no need to buy a separate remote controller. Your Phantom 3 Standard comes with a custom-built remote controller that is already linked to the aircraft.
Does my Phantom 3 Standard support dual Remote Controllers?
No. The included Remote Controller can be used to control both the aircraft and the gimbal tilt at the same time.
What is the Phantom 3 Standard’s maximum flight time?
Flight time will vary depending on environmental conditions and usage patterns, but the Intelligent Flight Battery is designed to provide up to 25 minutes of uninterrupted flight time when fully charged.
How can I restore a video file if the power is turned off during recording?
Do not remove the Micro SD card from the camera. If it has been removed, place it back in the camera. Turn on the Phantom 3 Standard and wait approximately 30 seconds as the video file is restored.
How can I ensure that my pictures and videos will be synchronized to my iOS album?
You may need to adjust the settings of your mobile device. Open the Settings menu, select the Privacy tab, select the Photos tab, and then toggle the switch next to the DJI GO app icon. If the GO app has not been granted access to your albums, the photos and videos cannot be synchronized.
What should I do to land my Phantom 3 smoothly as possible?
Hover the aircraft over a flat, level surface. Slowly pull the throttle stick down until the aircraft touches the ground.
Why is the number of discharges for the Intelligent Flight Battery not zero, even though I have never used it?
Every Intelligent Flight Battery is tested prior to being packaged and shipped. This affects the discharge time of a new battery and is the reason that the discharge time displayed in the GO app is not zero. The battery is safe to use.
How can I safely operate the aircraft when encountering compass error?
A compass error may occur when the aircraft is flying close to strong electric magnetic sources (e.g. power transmission lines). The Aircraft Status Indicators will blink red and yellow rapidly when a compass error occurs and the DJI GO app will display one of the following messages:
- Compass error, calibration required
This warning message indicates the aircraft is receiving abnormal compass readings. It is recommended that you power off the aircraft and re-calibrate the compass at a different location and then resume the flight.
- Compass error, exit P-GPS Mode
This warning message indicates that the aircraft is drifting severely. Bring the aircraft to a higher altitude to acquire connections with enough GPS satellites when this warning message appears. The flight controller will automatically adjust the orientation of the aircraft in the midair to mitigate the drifts. The aircraft will switch back to P-GPS mode when the automatic adjustment is completed.