|DJI Phantom 3 Professional||DJI Phantom 3 Advanced|
|4K UHD||2.7K UHD|
|12 Megapixel||12 Megapixel|
|~23 Minutes||~23 Minutes|
|~3.1 Miles||~3.1 Miles|
|GET IT ON AMAZON||GET IT ON AMAZON|
DJI Phantom 3 Professional OverviewIf you’re looking to get a drone that is easy to fly, ready-to-fly out of the box, and can deliver stunning video, and you don’t mind paying a decent amount for it, then the DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone is perhaps your best bet.
The Phantom 3 comes with a camera that has the ability to record your flights in 4K resolution, as well as live stream your flights in 720p resolution. The camera can also take stills at 12-megapixels.
And, to further improve video and image quality, the Phantom 3 uses a 3-axis camera gimbal, which virtually eliminates shaky video, as it keeps the camera incredibly stable during flight.
But, perhaps the two best features of the Phantom 3 Professional (and the rest of the Phantom 3 series, for that matter) is how easy it is to fly and the fact that it’s ready to fly right out of the box (unless you need to update the firmware…)
Ultimately, there isn’t a drone currently on the market that can match the Phantom 3 Professional in terms of the camera offered and the ease-of-use under $1,500. The only real competitor to the Phantom 3 Professional is DJI’s prosumer drone, the Inspire 1. But that will cost you more than double the price of the Phantom 3 Professional.
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.