DJI Phantom 3 Professional VS Phantom 3 Advanced

One of the biggest questions Heliguy are receiving since DJI released the DJI Phantom 3 is ‘What is the difference between the DJI Phantom 3 Professional and DJI Phantom 3 Advanced?‘. Here we look at the camera options and the battery charger.

4K or Not 4K

The difference simply is two things; first the camera. The DJI Phantom 3 Professional boasts a camera capable of shooting 4K footage at upto 30 fps, whilst the Advanced version is lower at 1080p.

4K Camera on Phantom 3 Professional

4K Camera on Phantom 3 Professional

4K vs 1080p. Thanks to Kyle Wiggers.

4K vs 1080p. Thanks to Kyle Wiggers.

More specifically though the Phantom 3 Professional can shoot “Cinema 4K, which is 4096x2160p, at 24 and 25 fps or “Consumer” 4k, which is 3840×2160, and goes from 24 and 25 fps up to 30 fps.

UK 4K TV standards are 25 fps whilst US 4K TV standards are 30 fps.

Shorter Charging Times

The second difference is the DJI Intelligent Flight Battery charger. The DJI Phantom 3 Professional comes with a 100-charger that means shorter charging times for the new 4480 mAh 4S lipo battery used in the new Phantom 3. This of course means less stress about having the right amount of batteries on a long day of shooting.

Phantom 3 4480 mAh 4s battery

Phantom 3 4480 mAh 4s battery

The Phantom 3 Advanced comes with a 57-watt charging unit meaning longer charging times.

And that is it.

You can now choose what spec is right for you. Do you, or your clients, demand cinema quality at 24 fps? Choose Professional. Do you need 4K at 30 fps for US TV? Choose Professional. Do you require footage for UK TV at 25 fps? Choose Advanced. ITV do not even except 4K. Want to future proof your investment? Choose Professional.

Both the Professional and Advanced are capable of 720p downlink video to your tablet or mobile device, with visual and ultrasonic sensors both systems can also fly indoors.

Are you a Photographer? No Problem.

Both cameras however are able of snapping 12-megapixel stills, which is the industry standard of Photography, and have F2.8 lens with Field of View (FOV) at 94 degree’s.  The sensor in both camera is the Sony EXMOR 1/2.3″ which is more light sensitive than previous cameras used on the Phantom 2 range.

Further recommendations:

For Micro SD storage Heliguy recommends up to a 64 GB Class 10 or UHS-1 rated card.

Recommended Devices:

  • iOS: iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, and iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular. This app is optimized for iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus

  • Android: Samsung S5, Note 3, Sony Xperia Z3, Google Nexus 7 II, Google Nexus 9, Mi 3, Nubia Z7 mini

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