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DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter Drone with 4K UHD Video Camera by Review Summary ,  Jul 29, 2015

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DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter Drone with 4K UHD Video Camera
Report Date: 08/12/2015
Based on 155 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 10.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price5.0   above average
Quality4.5   above average
Video4.3   average
Camera4.2   above average
Flying4.2   average
Pilot4.2   above average
Firmware2.5   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"Cons:-No lens cap for camera unlike the Vision 2+ (I 3D Printed one and it works great and you can pick one up for about $5 on ebay)-Cheap feeling gimbal shock absorbers (previous generations had more choices for thicknesses and these felt cheap to me)-No case included (A CASE IS NECESSARY, I bought the official DJI Hardshell Backpack and yes it is expensive but it is well worth it to protect the investment)4K at 30FPS (Wish it was 60 to have the ability to slow it down but oh well)Pros:-4K Camera (Great video and picture quality especially for new people entering the hobby for the first time)-Built in FPV setup (With previous drones I've used I needed to invest around $300+ (to get a pair of goggles, transmitter and cables)-Great remote with many added features (Return to home, start stop recording, and many more features that I don't know how I lived without them on the remote)Easily interchangeable batteries with charge indicators (Like all Phantom's, with the exception of the Phantom 1 FC40, DJI's batteries are easily changed and leaves no room for guessing which batteries are charged and which aren't)"
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"One thing to keep in mind that I didn't see anywhere, when the battery goes critically low, the thing will attempt to Land itself, I was flying about 5 feet from the ground, and was flying it towards me to land it close to me."
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"This was a birthday gift so it was pretty disappointing to have the gift recipient open it up and not be able to charge the battery or use any number of their apple devices to connect to the GPS app (that should be prominently displayed on the ordering page)."
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"I would tend to only do that if I was worried I was going to run out of battery before I could get it back."
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"The one negative I will say about it is it only comes with one battery at the time of this writing and a second battery is quite pricey at $150.00 plus shipping."
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"Finally got my second battery and can now fly a good amount of time (40 or so min)."
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"***Things that are improved over previous Phantoms models:- Camera- Gimbal- App- GPS lock time and number of satellites used to tell position- GPS hold- Position hold using Vision Positioning System (VPS), new on this Phantom model from the previous Phantoms, also used on Inspire 1- Range- Video preview quality (720p HD)- Flight time (about 22 minutes)- More powerful motors- Much more stable during yaw spin during hover- Video and RC both use 2.4GHz, no need to deal with 5.8GHz for control like on the P2V+, which caused the RC control to drop out way before videoThings that got worse compared to previous Phantom models:- Maximum altitude AGL limit cannot be removed in app, although no one needs or should ever go above 400 ft, it still shouldn't be added by force- Constant firmware check complains about not being up-to-date, even if it works just fine, never had this problem with P2V+ or P2- Proprietary DJI battery even more expensive than the P2 P2V+ batteries- Motors and battery get really hot during flight- Unable to choose any 2.4GHz other than between channel 13 through 20 for image preview transmission- No ability to record 1080p or 720p at 120 fpsThe Phantom 3 no longer uses Wi-Fi or a Wi-Fi range extender, it uses 2.4GHz band with digital modulation, and has a solid cable connection to your tab or phone so it won't keep losing connections."
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"Also look into cases, and extra batteries for transporting this craft because shortly after learning the basics you will want to travel with it frequently as well as fly longer than one battery can provide."
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"Make sure you get 3 battery packs for a good hour of photography."
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"Here are my current thoughts and considerations:-Price point considering the gimbal and camera are excellent-Stability even in fair gusts of wind is better than i imagined-Gimbal is remarkable, the first flight it was wonky, but from then on its been great, can achieve 'locked off' type shots (crazy impressive)-Battery life is decent, same as other copters, get extra batteries!"
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Camera

Camera:
"I paid extra just to get this highly touted Professional Camera I an my customers are extremely disappointed in the quality."
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"There are significant problems with camera gimbal stability."
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"I was able to fly the drone and see through the camera, but unable to move the camera."
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"You would be forced into the position of purchasing multiple drones in case one has a problem, what photography business could afford to be without its camera for 2 months every-time something went wrong with it?"
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"I contacted support about the EV problem, but before they responded, I tried camera reset and that fixed the EV problem."
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"It's easy to fly and the camera takes stunning pictures and video."
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"The unit itself and the camera are excellent."
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"The gimbal and camera on Phantom 3 are amazing."
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"You cannot tell that it's a moving camera platform, there is no fish-eye, the resolution is amazing, and it is stunning in 4K resolution, the images are so crisp you feel like you can touch the trees or count the blades of grass!"
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"Camera quality and the ability to view in real-time is great."
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Crash

Crash:
"Practice and stay safe and try and beware of software bugs because they do happen and can be responsible for crashing but always test a safe flight after an update, it's a safe bet that 99% of the complaints is from user error and people crashing the quad and wanting a replacement because it don't work right after the crash..Using cheap sd cards and not upgrading firmware properly, Dji customer service is a joke but the product is superior..."
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"Most folks who crash, don't seem to be able to answer the question of what their mod values were before crashing."
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"I bought a phantom 2 and it had been terrible it takes off fine then just takes off by it self crashing all the time terrible product"
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"The product would mid-flight switch from a safe to fly - GPS mode to a crash and burn mode in which the unit was unresponsive and crashed in epic form."
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"There is a very good chance you will crash your drone at some point."
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"It is easy to become overconfident and crash on landings or to clip a tree limb."
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"I had the Inspire 1, before I crash it and this pretty much does everything the Inspire can doe with a fraction of the price."
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Firmware

Firmware:
"For those who have problems, either by the firmware update or by problems with their individual Phantom 3, their only suggestions for solutions is calibrate the IMU (sensors), the gimbal and wait long enough to get good GPS lock, DJI will not acknowledge or confirm any problems, and keeps telling everyone the same thing."
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"If you have an actual problem or anything that needs repair, their turn-around time is horrible, so if you get one, check everything, do not update your firmware, and if anything is wrong return to your vendor in the first few days and avoid warranty repairs, it'll take forever to get it back."
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"Supposedly firmware 1.2.6 reduces RC range, and RC drops out and complains about unstable RC control channel."
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"If you get the loud beeps that mean a failed firmware update, you are welcome to email and I will forward the directions."
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"The information below is for if you are having problems updating the firmware and a review of Beyond Solutions.....Beyond Solutions has Awesome service!"
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"I have heard that they could add those later due to the updatable firmware but it is hard to say if and when that would ever happen."
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"Firmware version 1.1.8 has the best video down-link."
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"I will explain later Don't worry if you get the warning that you have to update firmware, it'll work fine even if you don't, it'll just complain."
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"I would recommend for DJI just to downgrade the functionality back to whatever worked so well on firmware 1.1.8.It has been known that some people have got about 3 miles of range on a stock Phantom 3 Pro and controller."
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"Supposedly the Phantom 3's on firmware 1.1.8 and 1.1.9 have amazing range."
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"Aside from getting used to the new way DJI has the operator update firmware - the Quadcopter is very easy to use if you have flown a Phantom before."
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Flying

Flying:
"I read all the negative reviews and I have been flying phantom quad copters every since they came out and I an experience drone pilot but I must say that a lot of the problems I hear I know it's coming from people trying to fly out further than they should because they hear is someone else has gone two miles out and using these cheap android devices with slow processors."
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"Unfortunately I found out that it is illegal to fly them in my area (Northern Virginia), due to the IAD SFRA so I have to use it when I'm out of town."
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"I cannot believe how easy is to fly this thing, and the video footage is incredible, super crisp (4k, duh) I love the camera in this thing."
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"One thing to keep in mind that I didn't see anywhere, when the battery goes critically low, the thing will attempt to Land itself, I was flying about 5 feet from the ground, and was flying it towards me to land it close to me."
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"I was able to fly the drone and see through the camera, but unable to move the camera."
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"This is my first drone so i'm a total noob at flying...but the phantom 3 is so easy to fly, that it seems like pretty much any one could fly it."
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"It's easy to fly and the camera takes stunning pictures and video."
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"Its a well rounded package that is easy to fly and takes incredible footage with minimal effort."
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Landing

Landing:
"The landing gear is not very stable and I do not recommend landing on grass or uneven surfaces."
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"Flew great for a few weeks and after the most recent firware update, the drone started to get an error on the screen, Ultrasonic systems error, please landing immediately."
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"I was actually worried that it would overshoot the landing and land in the trees, so I took control as it approached."
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"I have read of owners creating a landing pad and that it is a great idea."
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"It is easy to become overconfident and crash on landings or to clip a tree limb."
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"Djl phantom 3 worked great for a week and a half, then it malfunctioned, after landing it, it took off by itself went up about six feet and shut off, came crashing down, had to send back for repairs, in which they said would take about six weeks before it would be returned, so after spending nearly fifteen hundred dollars having only week and half, then waiting another month and a half for return, not so happy!"
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"well, the gimble gut bent and the landing gear got bent too, everything else survived."
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"Flew great for a few weeks and after the most recent firware update, the drone started to get an error on the screen, Ultrasonic systems error, please landing immediately."
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Pilot

Pilot:
"I read all the negative reviews and I have been flying phantom quad copters every since they came out and I an experience drone pilot but I must say that a lot of the problems I hear I know it's coming from people trying to fly out further than they should because they hear is someone else has gone two miles out and using these cheap android devices with slow processors."
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"Battery time was about 20ish minutes before it started giving me warnings but that may have been partly because i am not a very experienced pilot and I might have not flown it as smoothly or efficiently as it could have flown."
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"Very fun and relatively easy to pilot."
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"Inevitably even the best pilots run into incidents, bad weather, hard landings, crashes etc."
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"It links up to your phone via the DJI Pilot app, which is excellent by the way."
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"), system awareness through Pilot app is amazing!"
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"Light bride integration, Pilot app, excellent endurance, range is amazing (but be careful!"
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Price

Price:
"I do believe this is the best mid-range drone for the money on the market today."
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"The best out of the box drone for the money."
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"The Dji Phantom 3 is one of the best for your money, it will do everything they say it will do, the flying is so wonderful just make sure you follow the rules of your state so you don't mess it up for others."
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"A costly gift but one that's well worth the money! "
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"The autofocus is great and it just amazes me that it packs so much quality at this price point."
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Quality

Quality:
"I paid extra just to get this highly touted Professional Camera I an my customers are extremely disappointed in the quality."
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"- Amazing video quality with little degradation at impressive ranges (1.25+ miles in ideal situations!"
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"The build is the high quality you would expect and it's very easy to fly by anyone, even my 10 year old!"
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"The quality is amazing the 4k video looks movie grade."
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"Mine flies great and the video image quality is better than I expected."
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"The video quality of the Phantom 3 is amazing and for that it is worth the purchase."
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"The drone is awesome, super simple to fly and amazing quality."
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Video

Video:
"I cannot believe how easy is to fly this thing, and the video footage is incredible, super crisp (4k, duh) I love the camera in this thing."
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"The video clarity is great, the only thing annoys me is when I uploaded the video on facebook, the becomes becomes worst, hope I could find solution to that."
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"You probably won't be able to play the 4K video on any personal computer, and will have to use the 1080 HD format."
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"So not I have to hope they will decide it's the drones fault even though I can see on the video the motors not spinning before the crash then they said they will repair it for free."
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"- Amazing video quality with little degradation at impressive ranges (1.25+ miles in ideal situations!"
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"**Must Choose Video or Stills**A minor complaint, but it would be nice if one could capture still images while recording video."
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"Phantom 3 Pro with 4k video is just AMAZING!"
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"The quality is amazing the 4k video looks movie grade."
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"The video was very choppy but clear."
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"Mine flies great and the video image quality is better than I expected."
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