In Depth Look at the DJI Phantom III

Today, we are very lucky to be showing you the brand new DJI PHANTOM 3 4K.

What’s included in the box?

Here we go guys. We’ve got the best DJI PHANTOM 3 review with all of its components out of the box. Obviously first, we’ve got the DJI PHANTOM 3 4K. Secondly, we’ve got this little lens protector. This goes over the SC10 transmitter to stop glare from the sun whilst you’re looking into the screen. This white thing is the motor clamp. This clamps on to the motor when you’re refitting spare or additional propellers. Here, we’ve got 4 spare propellers. They just come as a complementary thing.

The charger, this is obviously 240 volt with a power supply. This charger here has a balancing charge on the bottom of it and that will charge up all the batteries that come with the DJI PHANTOM 3. Obviously, the SC10 transmitter. This one here is a different color to the original ones. We got here some of images. As you may have seen before, a steady grip is a bit that holds on to the camera when you’re doing manual photography. This package here that we’re looking at, it comes with 1 battery. There, the 5,400 milliamps 3S. Also, for the charger and accessory, we’ve got a 12 volt cigarette lighter adapter, so you can use this from the car whilst you’re out at a field or filming or something like that. Of course, right at the end here, we’ve got the aluminum carry case.

Some of the design features of the DJI PHANTOM 3 4K

This particular version here has new propellers. These are a carbon fiber reinforced propeller as well, so a lot stronger than the original version. As you can see, it has a new color scheme over the original as it’s gunmetal gray. It’s fairly attractive in its design. Again, we got a fairly slimness on the nose, making it aerodynamic for flight and stuff like that. To our landing gear, to give the camera clearance from the ground. It’s got a little absorbing feet as well to make that softer on landings. If we look at the back of it, we’ve also got a quick release battery base. You just flip that down and you can pull the battery straight out of the back and then pop that back in for a quick and easy release of the battery.

About the new DJI 4k camera

One of the most eagerly anticipated upgrades to this particular quad is the new CGO3 camera in 4K. We’re looking at it on the bottom here. This here, again, the resolution will be 4K. It has a digital video downlink as opposed to the old analog downlink. Again, you can see we’re on a gimbal here. This is an integrated gimbal where all the motors are, I supposed, neatly tucked away. This keeps them free of debris and dirt and things like that, keep it safe, keep it tidy, makes it look really good as well. We’ve got pitch, we’ve got a roll access and also yaw. This takes out a lot of the vibration, a lot of the, let’s say, adverse flight conditions when you’re flying to make the footage really, really stable and smooth. Also, the rubber damp has been upgraded a little bit over the last one. This here would take out all those really small vibrations and make it really, really good quality footage as a raw material.

Standard Version’s Camera

The new standard version is here and has a full HD camera at 1080p, 120 frames per second. This will give you really good slow-mos in full HD, ultra HD 4K, you’ve got 30 frames per second. That will give you a best quality footage. Frame rates are a little bit down, but that’s still fine for, I suppose, this type of application. It’s a 3 axis stabilized camera. DJI has spent a lot of time working on the color balance and making sure the colors look as natural as possible. You’ll see that here in this video of how natural the colors look. The lens on this camera here is also a non-distortion lens, rather than having a fisheye style lens where your horizon would be bent. This one here will take that out and make sure you get a nice, flat horizon.

Stable Flights

Now, you mentioned earlier about the steady grip, which is included with the package, which allows you to film on the ground as well as in the sky. How does that work with the DJI PHANTOM 3?

This one here, again the included, this uses a smartphone that clips into this device here. You would use this as a standalone ground recording device to hold the 4K camera manually. You’d un-clip the 4K camera from the DJI PHANTOM 3 and then the little wire on the bottom as well. This here goes on to the steady grip and you plug the wire back in. You’ve got a manual, essentially, controller for the camera if you’re doing, say, ground footage or manual footage.

Now, if you don’t want to use your mobile phone with the DJI PHANTOM 3, of course DJI have included a good radio transmitter with a wide screen. In the next part, we’ll do deeper into the radio control part of the drone.