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DJI Phantom 3 Models Explained

DJI Phantom 3 has been ruling the professional quadcopter market ever since it was in market. To be really honest, DJI Phantom 3 is an exceptionally well built quadcopter in terms of the quality and features that it brings to the table. Fortunately or unfortunately, there are too many confusions around the DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter models. There are three different phantom 3 quadcopter models that DJI is currently offering. We are going to explain all three of them in this article. Before we start, we did a general DJI Phantom 3 review which you can check here. Let’s start.

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So, the DJI Phantom 3 has four different versions. Before we start, you should have a look at them in Amazon for the latest price (you can do that by just clicking on their names)

So by now, you have an idea of all three DJI Phantom 3 models and their price ranges. We kept Professional and advanced under one point because they both have exactly similar features. There is no point in making things more complex. Now, as we are ready to talk details- Let’s start.

Update (On 16th February, 2016): DJI Is Offering Discounts on all of their items right now. To get discount deals from Amazon, visit these links: 

DJI Phantom 3 Models Explained

Let’s start with the first one which is the Phantom 3 professional or the advanced version. As we already said before, though these are separate models, you can expect exactly similar features from both the quadcopters. They are one of the best quadcopters of the market and you can go for professional level photography and cinematography with this quadcopter. Both advanced and professional models need expertise to be controlled. These are not ‘easy to control’ quadcopter and if you are a beginner, you should avoid this type. The fly time is around 23 minutes with one charge and the camera will definitely satisfy you.

The second one in our list is the DJI Phantom 3 standard version[/easyazon_link]. If you are a beginner and if you have a good budget then this is the one that you should target. With around 25 minutes of fly time and a very strong camera, this is a quadcopter that will never bore you. The quadcopter is lighter than the other versions though the outlooks is pretty much the same. We will talk about the differences a bit later. Stay with us.

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The last one in our list was the [easyazon_link identifier="B01AER3J60" locale="US" tag="dronerev-20"]Phantom 3 4K version. As you can understand from the name, the Phantom 3 4K is a quadcopter that targets those who want mesmerizing images and videos. Again, this quadcopter is used worldwide for event photography and movies. With a ton of benefits, you can easily go for this model and be satisfied. Again, if you are new then this one is not for you because of the complex flying systems.

The Differences Between 3 Models

Now let’s come to the main part. What are the differences between these three models? Let’s focus one by one:

Target Market

The Phantom 3 advanced, professional & 4K models are designed to serve the photographic and professional video-graphic community. These are the quadcopters that are being used in movies and music videos. Mass people are also using them for fun and brilliant outcomes. On the other hand, the Phantom 3 standard is designed for the newbies and the beginners. If you are a first timer, the standard is the option for you to select.


There is not much difference in terms of weight among these models. Where the standard model weights around 1216g, the 4k, the professional and the advance model weight around 1280g which is a little heavier than the basic one. It does not make much of a difference at the end of the day.

Flying Time

Again, there is not much difference in terms of flying time among these models. Where the basic model flies around 23 minutes per charge, the other models can fly up to 25 minutes. The charger of the standard model is lighter (in terms of watt) than the other two models.

Camera Sensor

The standard model uses a sensor from Panasonic which can support photos up to 12 MP where the other two models use a sensor from Sony that can support up to 12.4 MP. It might not sound too much of a difference here but the result is pretty clear. Both those Sony models can take better images than the standard one.

Image sample from DJI Phantom 3 Standard Model

DJI phantom 3 Standard image sample


Image Sample From DJI Phantom 3 4K Version

DJI Phantom 3 4k image sample


Video Resolution

There is huge difference among these models in terms of video resolution. The standard version only offers recording features up to 2.7K with 1280*720 pixels in different frame rates (24-60). On the other hand, the 4K and the professional model have a variety of resolutions to pick and they are easily changeable from the controller while you are flying.

Video Transmission

The best one in terms of video transmission is the Phantom 3 professional. With 10Mbps of bitrate, it leads the industry where the other Phantom 3 variations have a bitrate of up to 2Mbps.

Final Thoughts

It really is pretty evident that if you are a new person into the world of quadcopters, the DJI recommends that you go for the standard version where if you are into professional or advanced level filming and snapping, they recommend that you go for the other options. If you ask us, we will tell you that the standard version is good enough if you are a hobbyist. Though the DJI always say that the standard version is for the beginners, you should always start with something very basic ( Read our Quadcopter reviews under $100) and then move to the DJI model to get the most out of it.

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