DJI announced in a live event today, the new model in the Phantom series, the Phantom 3. A new drone that will take a the spot between the Phantom 2 and the Inspire 1 models acting as a form of hybrid of the two.
With a 4K camera capturing everything in a higher resolution (which was to be expected in the new gen model), it features a handful of new capability and features while maintaining the Phantom price pattern.
The new Phantom excels in satellite positioning compared to the previous model and also incorporates the same technology as the Inspire 1 to stay in the air with and determine its position to the ground.
You have stronger controls over the camera, its settings and its movement as well with the new control, allowing you to dive deeper into the shot you are going for.
It will be available in two different models, the Professional and the Advanced. The advanced model is the starting point, available at only $999. It will not include the 4K camera sadly, but it does give you that physical upgrade from last year’s model with 1080p at 60fps and a better price point.
The professional model is the one most users will be chasing after. Priced at about $1250, it comes with that 4K camera you are going to be wanting.
Now, in the past we always believed that the GoPro resulted in better footage than the Phantom’s proprietary camera, as it seemed to have a better compression and lens, leading to a cleaner/smoother image. However, it appears (based on the samples they provided) that they have come further with this, bringing that gap a little bit closer. We won’t know for sure until we get our hands on one and test it side by side with the GoPro.
Until then, it looks like DJI has launched a soon to be very successful product that many hobbyists and professionals will be looking forward to obtaining.
Updated: to include exclusive link to product.