remote control drone with HD camera
DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Drone with 2.7K HD Video Camera
I have had my remote control drone Phantom 3 standard for about a week now and have flown about 15 flights. i am relatively new to flying quadracopters having previously flown an “Ominous” ($79, lightweight, durable, no camera) for a few weeks. By all means this is a cool remote control drone with camera
The “ominous” took about 10 flights before I crashing it…there was a learning curve because it’s so light and the controls so much more sensitive than the Phantom. The remote control drone Phantom is steady and easy to fly. Taking still pics is great and the shots look very nice.
When I first reviewed this I noted that the video was “choppy” at times and seemed to have quick 1-2 second dropouts. Obviously, I saw that as a flaw. I had been viewing the videos on my iPhone through the GO app’s “library”.
Well, this morning I plugged the memory card directly into my Mac and was pleased to see that the videos were flawless. In hindsight I now realize that the app was recording the wifi feed not the actual footage recorded on the card.
So now I am happy that everything works fine. I am left with impression and criticism that this product needs way better documentation/online support if it really is to be breakthrough ” drone” reaching more mainstream audiences than the RC hobbyist crowd.
It’s well built, functions fine, easy to fly and FUN, but you have to work like a dog online hunting through various websites and forums to really learn why some things do not work as you might expect. Another example..I found it almost impossible to remove the battery from the Phantom and was pretty sure I would break the arms at some point. Google/YouTube to the rescue with a homemade clip on a very effective technique.
Overall build quality is very high. Included instructions are minimal, so you reall have to hunt around to find tutorial videos and owners manuals.
One other issue I had that was frustrating was having to do. Mandatory firmware update via wifi. After completing, I swapped to a fresh battery and headed to the elementary school around the corner for my first real flight other than in my driveway. “Mandatory firmware update required” popped up again. To make a long story short, apparently the firmware upgrade was for each BATTERY. After updating the second battery, everything was fine.
This is a fun “drone” to fly. Pretty easy to learn the flight controls and basic camera controls. I have an iPhone 6 and find the screen a little small for using the app which is packed with options, but it’s a minor inconvenience, nothing serious. I also really have to find a sunshade for my phone/drone screen as it is almost impossible to see it bright sunlight, even with brightness maxed out.