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DJI Phantom 3 Advanced

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DJI Phantom 3 Advanced | Show Off your World in 2.7k

DJI leads the way in the field of consumer drones, both in popularity and performance. DJI Phantom 3 Advanced comes in three models of the Phantom 3 drone viz., the standard, advanced as well as professional.  The Phantom 3 Advanced has the same capabilities as the Professional, in virtually every way, with the sole difference that the Professional can captures video at 4K quality, whereas the Advanced can only capture  2.7K.

Summary

The DJI Phantom 3 Advanced can be a little pricy, although the combination of remarkable flight performance, excellent camera, fine app and controller, and easy to fly features make this drone the best buy in its class. The app lets you see all the information you require at a glance. There is also a battery timeline meter that provides you with estimates on things like the remaining flight time, and power necessary to land or return home.

Pros
• Outstanding full-HD video.
• Advance safety features
Cons
• Low Battery life of 20 minutes
• Extra batteries expensive
• Camera connected to the Phantom permanently
• Limited Android Service Support.

Design & Features

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced quadcopter is packed with features such as self-tightening, color-coded propellers for easy replacement and installation, as also a slot-loading battery pack. The drone’s belly is equipped with a three-axis gimbal that is meant to stabilize the camera in pitch, roll, and yaw directions, thus maintaining smooth video recordings even with unexpected wind gust or stick movements. Besides, the camera is able to undergo a 90-degree tilt, thus allowing you to shoot straight ahead, straight down, and all the way between. One handicap is that, the camera is connected to the gimbal permanently, with the result that if you happen to damage any of these two irreparably, you need to replace the whole gimbal-and-camera unit. Besides, you cannot use this camera, as a separate unit.

Camera

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced has a Sony make 12 MP camera with a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor placed behind a 35 mm equivalent f2.8 20mm lens, to impart an awesome field of view of  94-degrees. This results in a whole lot less distortion.

Placed at the back of the gimbal is the Vision Positioning System, which in effect is a series of sensors that assist the Phantom 3 to hover indoors in case GPS is not available. There are many warning signals that make it perform properly, like refraining from flying above water, materials that absorb sound, or highly reflective areas. This is effective up to a distance of 10 feet or 3 meters. However, if you want to fly the Advanced over crowds in an auditorium or arena, you have to hone your piloting skills.

GPS & Control

When you are outdoors, GPS helps the Advanced to determine its position as well as yours. The drone can hover and pause in place when the controller’s sticks are released; deliver precise location data and return automatically to a home position. It can lock on to satellites quickly, the more the merrier, so DJI added GLONASS, the Russian navigational system, as it can tap into many satellites.

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