Popular unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturer DJI has announced the release of the new Phantom 3. With new features like a return to home button, the ability to start recording as well as playback, and exposure control all built in to the controller, the Phantom 3 is packed with a laundry list of new features all aimed at making the flying experience as simple and effortless as possible.
With the modern 4K obsession, it's no surprise the features offered in the Phantom 3 are just around the corner. Capturing 4K aerial footage is already possible by using a GoPro Hero 4 Black edition and a Phantom 2, or using a DJI Inspire. Right now the Inspire costs $2,899, and using a GoPro means having to buy a separate gimbal as well as the GoPro itself, and then put it all together. The Phantom 3 takes affordability as well as straight-out-of-the-box use and combines it all into one seemingly glorious package. What I love about DJI is that with each new model they really take into consideration what consumers are asking for. With each new release, flying becomes easier, footage becomes better, and the price pretty much stays the same. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on one of these bad boys and really seeing what they are capable of.
The Phantom 3 will come in two varieties, the Advanced version for $999 and the Professional version for $1,259, both of which are available for pre-order. Both versions will come with a built-in camera with a 3-axis gimbal. Both versions will take 12-megapixel stills in RAW or JPEG formats. The Advanced versions shoots 1080p up to 60fps and the Professional version shoots 4K. The new controllers utilize DJI's Lightbridge technology that allows the controller to display HD live view up to a mile away. There is also a new app that will allow you to stream your footage straight to YouTube. You can see all the specs on the Phantom 3 website.