World leading drone series continues to innovate
Since Frank Wang founded DJI back in 2006 it has become the Phantom series that has become a worldwide sensation with their drones been spotted all over the world, with their drone series coming straight out of the box that suits to a professional use of aerial photography but easy enough for novices to get to grips with.
The last few years have seen a boom in drone advances, new innovations and while there are some impressive models out there DJI are still a global giant as far as drone companies go.
Since the Phantom vision+ we have had a glimpse at where DJI were going in regards to aerial photography, which brings us to the Phantom 3
DJI unveiled at a press event simultaneously in New York, London, and Munich, the newest model, the Phantom 3, and two models will be available, the Professional and the Advanced.
The Global drone manufacturer have announced at the press event that shipping should start in a few weeks, so likely May at a suggested retail price of $1,250 and $999
The new model appears to be a vision 2+ on steroids hosting several critical updates to the hardware and software making this the beast of the bunch.
So lets look at whats new,
Far as the visuals go the Phantom has not really changed apart from the colour of the stripes which are now Gold for the Professional and silver for the Advanced model.
Visual Positioning System: The craft has a new downward facing camera enabling the Phantom 3 to hold its position without GPS, a new Russian based satellite-based navigation system has also been implemented, these two systems allows the craft to locate a satellite signal more efficiently
Built in Lightbridge System: Previously an expensive add on with tiresome installation this system now comes built in with the Phantom 3, this system streams live HD video to the pilot up to 2km away, allowing the footage to be retained if say...you destroy the drone in an inhospitable environment.
Improved Camera: The professional comes with the 4K we saw with the Inspire one, while the Advanced comes with a 1080p HD Both can capture 12 megapixel still photos.
iOS and Android App Upgraded: The Phantom 3 comes with the newly improved app included with the recently released Inspire one, this includes a flight simulator enabling practice without the risk of crashing the drone.
Live link to youtube: you will be able to share a live stream with your friends via a link on youtube, this enables the pilot to show the aerial footage live.
"Pilots, whether they are journalists, extreme athletes, or global travelers — will not just be able to share aerial videos of where they were, but will also be able to send a YouTube link to their friends and colleagues to show them the aerial perspectives of where they are right now," said DJI’s San Francisco General Manager Eric Cheng. "This has tremendous potential for changing the way we share experiences with one another."