|DJI Phantom 3 Advanced||Yuneec Q500 4K|
|2.7K UHD||4K UHD|
|12 Megapixel||12 Megapixel|
|~23 Minutes||~25 Minutes|
|~3.1 Miles||~0.4 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.
Yuneec Q500 4KWhile, in my opinion, the Yuneec Q500 4K quadcopter is a little behind the Phantom 3 Professional in terms of overall quality, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider it.
In fact, Yuneec’s Q500 4K has quite a few things going for it that may sway you to choosing it over the DJI Phantom 3 Professional.
For starters, the Q500 4K has two unique features called Follow Me and Watch Me. The Follow Me feature, when activated, will force the drone to follow you (or rather the controller) and the Watch Me will force the drone to keep you (the controller) in the camera’s focus.
The camera and gimbal on the Q500 4K are also detachable and the drone comes with a handheld device so that you can use the included camera on the ground as well as in the air.
And, perhaps the most important difference between the Yuneec Q500 4K and the DJI Phantom 3 Professional (and all of the DJI Phantom 3s for that matter) is the support department for both companies.
DJI’s support team has been trashed by its users and they have racked up a worrisome amount of complaints. Yuneec on the other hand has received praise for their superior support department. Since these two drones are expensive pieces of equipment, having a support team behind you to protect your investment is definitely a big feature. And, while I’m positive DJI will improve their customer support (at least, if they want to survive they will), right now Yuneec clearly leads in that department.
Ultimately, though, I feel that if we just look at the quality of the drone, the Phantom 3 Professional is the better option. But with all of the unique features and the better support department, the Yuneec Q500 4K is definitely worth considering.