DJI Phantom 3 Standard is the cheapest offering in its maker’s Phantom 3 series, which also features the Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 3 Advanced. It has similar design as the other two and offers some of their features as well, although a number of the highly critical features on the more-expensive models are missing.
The Phantom 3 Standard retains the four-pylon design and the white colour that have become the signature for consumer drones in the popular Phantom series. The body is made mostly of plastic and measures around 23 inches from one wingtip to the other while weighing around 2.7 pounds.
It should not be too cumbersome carrying this quadcopter around for aerial photography.
The landing struts of the DJI Phantom 3 Standard can be found under its body as would be expected. The gimbal and camera are mounted on the undercarriage. The intuitive radio controller seen on both the Phantom 3 Professional and Advanced drones is missing here; in its place is a controller similar to that which came with the previous-generation Phantom 2 Vision+.
However, the Phantom 3 Standard controller is more of an upgrade over that of the Vision+ and comes with an internal rechargeable battery and no need for a separate Wi-Fi range extender.
Video and Image Quality
The DJI Phantom 3 Standard packs a camera that is less powerful than that on the Phantom 3 Professional but one that outdoes the unit on the previous-generation Vision+. The snapper is in the same class as the shooter that comes with the Phantom 3 Advanced, offering capability to record up to 2.7K videos.
The drone can be used to shoot 2.7K (1520p) aerial videos at either 30 or 24 frames per second (fps). The camera can record Full HD (1080p) videos at up to 48 fps and HD (720p) videos at up to 60 fps.
Like the other quadcopters in the same range, DJI Phantom 3 Standard features a lens offering field of view of 94 degrees to ensure the fisheye distortion that is commonly experienced in footage taken by some drones are prevented.
With Lightbridge technology missing, you will unfortunately not be able to do live streaming of footage on YouTube. The 2.7K camera can be used to snap up to 12-megapixel still images in JPEG and Adobe DNG RAW formats.
The controller that accompanies DJI Phantom 3 Standard has limited camera controls, so you will have to rely on the updated DJI Go app for most camera settings and controls. The new app is currently available for iPhones and iPads, while an Android version is expected to be available soon.
The consumer drone boasts intelligent flight features such as Follow Me, Point of Interest (POI) flight planning and Waypoint Navigation. It uses the latest Phantom 3 Intelligent Flight batteries that supposedly deliver up to 25 minutes.
But with DJI Phantom 3 Standard lacking discrete Return-to-Home button, it is advisable to initiate landing after 22-23 minutes in flight.
This quadcopter also does not have the Vision Positioning System that is available on the Professional and Advanced models. What this means is that it is not safe flying DJI Phantom 3 Standard in indoor environment and close to ground as a result of signal problem and lack of ground-scanning capability.