|DJI Phantom 3 Advanced||DJI Inspire 1|
|2.7K UHD||4K UHD|
|12 Megapixel||12 Megapixel|
|~23 Minutes||~18 Minutes|
|~3.1 Miles||~3.1 Miles|
|GET IT ON AMAZON||GET IT ON AMAZON|
DJI Phantom 3 AdvancedThe DJI Phantom 3 Professional and the Phantom 3 Advanced are identical drones. They use the same controller, have the same design, utilize the same 3-axis gimbal, and sport the same flight features. The only difference is in the camera.
The Professional version can shoot 4K video, whereas the Advanced can only shoot 2.7K video. But ultimately, 90% of users probably won’t be able to utilize 4K UHD video anyways (let alone 2.7K), so why not save a couple hundred bucks and go with the Advanced version?
In my opinion, the Advanced is the better bang for your buck for most prospective buyers. It’s ready to fly out of the box, it can stream live video at 720p (same as the Professional), it has the same 12MP camera for stills as the Professional, and it can fly the same distance for the same amount of time as the Professional.
The only other real difference between the two is that the Professional version comes with a better charger. But if you purchase some additional batteries that should cover you.
In the end, the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced is perhaps the best price-to-performance quadcopter currently on the market. It’s easy to fly, ready to fly right out of the box, has the ability to shoot excellent video footage and take awesome stills, and it has a class-leading flight time and flight range.
DJI Inspire 1 OverviewIf you’re looking for professional quality out of your drone and you don’t mind paying a premium to get it, the DJI Inspire 1 is the most complete drone currently on the market.
For the most part, the DJI Inspire 1 has similar specs to the Phantom 3 Professional. However, the DJI is bigger, faster, and better designed than the Phantom 3.
Not only that, but where the Phantom 3’s camera can only pan up and down, the Inspire 1’s camera can pan up and down, as well as in a 360 degree rotation. And, the Inspire 1 allows you to control the camera separate of the drone itself, which will give you more control over the shots and video footage you get.
Another strong selling point of the Inspire 1 is the fact that you can choose between different cameras ranging from the high-end to cinema-level quality.
Ultimately, the Inspire 1 is a borderline commercial drone, designed for professional users in mind. But if you have the money and you want the best consumer drone available on the market, then by all means… get it!