New DJI Phantom 3 Standard

The DJI Phantom 3 Standard has been unveiled as a new addition to the extremely popular Phantom 3 range. The DJI Phantom 3 Standard is a slightly simplified and lighter version of its brothers – the Phantom 3 Advanced and the Phantom 3 Professional. It’s also cheaper at £649.00 compared to £899.00 for the Advanced and £1159.00 for the Professional and is expected to ship from mid August onwards.

DJI Phantom 3 Standard

The new DJI Phantom 3 Standard

The onboard camera is still capable of 12 mega-pixel stills and, surprisingly, it can shoot 2.7K video at 30p (2704 X 1520), which better than the 1080 HD produced by the Advanced but not as sharp as the 4K video on the Professional.

Follow Me, Point of Interest and Waypoints

But the interesting news for the entire range of Phantom 3’s is that all of them will now have long awaited Follow Me, Point of Interest and Way-point features. The Standard will get that out of the box but firmware upgrades announced today also mean that the Advanced and the Professional will get the features pilots have been waiting a long time for. The Inspire 1 and Matrice 100 won’t be far behind with their upgrades.

DJI Phantom 3 Standard camera

The DJI Phantom 3 Standard camera

These options also feature in the upgrade of the DJI Pilot app to the DJI GO app which was also announced today. GO is effectively V2.0 of Pilot. There’ll be a separate blog soon on the DJI GO app.

Weight Loss Programme

DJI have managed to save weight – it’s 1216 grams as opposed to 1280 grams for the Advanced and the Professional. The Visual Positioning system has been sacrificed as part of the weight reduction plan so that means the Phantom 3 Standard won’t get a visual lock on the floor when flying indoors or in poor GPS signal areas.

The satellite system has also been pared down to make it lighter. There is a GPS system on board but the GLONASS receiver, which pulls in the Russian constellation of satellites, has been left out.

DJI Lightbridge has also been dropped from the Standard and the radio frequencies are different. The controller frequency is 5.8 GHz while the video transmission is over the 2.4 GHz band. The Advanced and Professional, which both have DJI Lightbridge, share control and video over the same 2.4 GHz range. The 5.8 GHz band means that the theoretical maximum  control range of the Standard is much less than the other two but in the UK it is enough to keep you flying up to 500 metres away, which is the CAA limit.

controller of the DJI Phantom 3 Standard

The controller of the DJI Phantom 3 Standard

In fact the Standard’s controller is  an updated version of DJI’s previous Phantom 2 Vision+ controller, with an integrated WiFi range extender and wheel to angle the camera.

There is an upside to all this weight loss – the DJI Phantom 3 Standard has a claimed maximum flight time of 25 minutes. That’s a whole 2 minutes more than the Advanced and Professional.

Phantom 3 Standard

DJI Phantom 3 Standard Specs

Aircraft

Weight (Including Battery)
1216 g
Max Ascent Speed
5 m/s
Max Descent Speed
3 m/s
Max Speed
16 m/s (ATTI mode, no wind)
Max Altitude Above Sea Level
6000 m
Max Flight Time
Approximately 25 minutes
Operating Temperature
0°C to 40°C
Navigation System
Built-in GPS

Gimbal

Controllable Range
Pitch -90° to +30°
Angular Vibration Range
±0.02°

Camera

Sensor
1/2.3” Effective pixels:12 M
Lens
FOV (Field Of View) 94° 20 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8
ISO Range
100-3200 (video) 100-1600 (photo)
Electronic Shutter Speed
8s -1/8000s
Image Max Size
4000 x 3000
Still Photography Modes
  • Single Shot
  • Burst Shooting: 3/5/7 frames
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5
  • Bracketed Frames at 0.7EV Bias
  • Time-lapse
Video Recording Modes
  • UHD: 2.7K: 2704 x1520p 30 (29.97)
  • FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30
  • HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
Max.Video Bitrate
40 Mbps
Supported File Formats
  • Micro SD Card: FAT32/exFAT
  • Photo: JPEG, DNG
  • Video: MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC)
Supported SD Card Types
Micro SD Card 8 GB included
Operating Temperature
0°C to 40°C

Wi-Fi Video Link

Operating Frequency
2.400 GHz – 2.483 GHz
Max Transmission Distance
FCC: 1000 m; CE: 500 m (outdoors and unobstructed, aircraft’s altitude at 400 feet (120 m))
Transmitter Power (EIRP)
FCC: 27 dBm; CE: 20 dBm

Remote Controller

Operating Frequency
5.725 GHz – 5.825 GHz, 922.7 MHz – 927.7 MHz (Japan)
Max Transmission Distance
FCC: 1000 m; CE: 500 m (outdoors and unobstructed, aircraft’s altitude at 400 feet (120 m))
Operating Temperature
0°C to 40°C
Battery
2600 mAh LiPo 18650
Transmitter Power (EIRP)
  • FCC: 19 dBm
  • CE: 14 dBm
Working Voltage
600 mA @ 3.7V
Charging Port
Micro USB

Charger

Voltage
17.4 V
Rated Power
57 W

Intelligent Flight Battery ( PH3-4480 mAh-15.2 V )

Capacity
4480 mAh
Voltage
15.2 V
Battery Type
LiPo 4S
Energy
68 Wh
Net Weight
365 g
Max Flight Time
Approximately 25 minutes
Operating Temperature
-10°C to 40°C
Max Charging Power
100 W

App / Live View

Mobile App
DJI GO
EIRP
100mW
Live View Working Frequency
2.4GHz ISM
Live View Quality
720P @ 30fps (depending on conditions and mobile device)
Latency
Low Latency Video (depending on conditions and mobile device)
Required Operating Systems
  • iOS 8.0 or later
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 version coming soon.

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