DJI Phantom 3 Professional test

Entertainment factor
Flight behavior
Material quality
Recording quality
Price quality
Overall rating 4.7 / 5

Buy Phantom 3 ProfessionalOnce again, we’ve tested a quality drone from DJI for you.

We also recently tested the DJI Phantom 3 Standard, which is much cheaper in price and is very suitable for beginners due to its stable flight characteristics and high maneuverability.

However, the camera quality did not knock us off our feet during testing at the time, and so we ordered the DJI Phantom 3 Professional directly because it has a 4K camera and offers significantly better recordings.

If you’d like to see the DJI Phantom 3 Professional in action right away, watch our test video:

During testing, the Phantom 3 Professional has proven that DJI is simply a very good drone manufacturer. If you want a quadcopter that is very stable in the air, fast, agile and maneuverable, and has a 4k camera with which you can shoot really high quality videos and photos, this drone is one of our top favorites.

Of course, there must be some kind of budget. Professional is several hundred euros more expensive than the Phantom 3 Standard.

DJI Phantom 3 Professional Package

scope of delivery

The package includes a drone weighing just under 1.3 kg. Such a relatively light quadcopter, accordingly, is quite fast and maneuverable in the air.

The package also includes an additional set of propellers (total of 8 propellers), a charger with which you can charge the battery and the remote control of the drone.

Other accessories

  • Remote control
  • Video transmission system
  • Integrated 4K camera
  • LiPo battery

If you want to use multiple batteries, only buy original batteries, not cheaper copies from questionable manufacturers. There have been cases where the drone caught fire. So be careful when buying a battery!

A 16 GB memory card is included as standard. However, due to the high resolution of the camera, it fills up very quickly. We bought a 64 GB memory card and were able to record an hour of video material on it.

Test criteria and differences from other DJI models

Image quality

Compared to the DJI Phantom 3 Standard, the DJI Phantom Professional is much more powerful in terms of image and video footage. Image rendering is also much smoother.

4K cameraSony’s built-in 4K camera has 12 megapixels. It generates 25 crisp high quality images per second in FULL HD format even at up to 60 frames per second (images per second).

However, you can only enjoy this outstanding performance with a professional.

Create immersive video footage up to 4096 x 2160 pixels with the click of a button.

This camera really shocked us in terms of video quality. It’s the same with photos and lots of camera setup options. But more on that later!

This way, you no longer need an additional GoPro camera like the GoPro HERO4 Black, which alone costs over € 300. It also makes the big price difference between the DJI Phantom 3 Standard and Professional understandable.

Camera setup options

Phantom 3 Pro camera

Phantom 3 Pro Camera Settings

The DJI Phantom 3 Professional app offers many customization options, among other things, the resolution can be set between Full HD and 4x Full HD (4K), as a result of which FPS drops slightly with increasing resolution (minimum 25 FPS, maximum 60 FPS). But the quality of the video is not noticeable.

The individual photos you shoot can be saved in RAW format, making it easy to edit images on a PC in a variety of ways.

In addition, you can set the depth of field, personal contrast and white balance.

The remote control is much more powerful than the previous model.

Camera tilt adjustmentThe drone’s camera can be moved up and down using the left wheel on the remote control.

The right wheel is responsible for setting the ISO value (white balance).

Thus, you can act directly on the “optic nerve” of the camera and easily adjust the sensitivity in flight.

Range

RangeThe DJI Phantom 3 Professional remote controller has a light bridge.

This allows you to increase the transmission and reception distance, as well as transmit images over a greater distance.

In our test, we were able to determine a range of about 662 meters at which the drone still transmits a clear image to the remote control and eventually to the smartphone or tablet.

That’s more than double that of the Phantom 3 Standard, which in our test was impossible without a break after 300 meters.

The Phantom 3 Professional is said to have a range of up to 2000 meters and descend at an altitude of 500 meters. Be sure to comply with current drone laws regarding maximum altitude and distance to pilot.

According to the latest drone regulations, you can only operate your drone within sight!

Weight

Professional is only 64g heavier than the Phantom 3 Standard, which is almost invisible in flight.

Flight behavior

However, compared to the Professional standard, it has improved sensor technology, which results in even better flight behavior and a more stable position in the air.

The Vision Positioning System ensures the Phantom 3 Pro stays in the air, even in tight spaces.

For this, there is a small camera and an ultrasonic sensor at the bottom. It registers the slightest movements and compensates for them.

Thanks to the visual positioning system, you can fly very safely and comfortably even when there is no GPS signal. This makes DJI Phantom 3 Professional appealing to newcomers and changing professions.

Flight duration

In our test, we were able to fly the Professional 2 minutes longer than the DJI Phantom 3 Standard and got about 24 minutes of flight time. However, after about 1 hour, the drone’s battery is fully charged again.

Calibrating the compass

The DJI Phantom 3 Professional has an internal compass. You need to re-calibrate and re-calibrate it from time to time, just like with
Operating time and accuracy are degraded by external influences.

Fortunately, the compass does not need to be calibrated before every launch. However, if you travel more than 100 km.
Change the location, of course there is a slightly different magnetic field and you will have to calibrate the drone.

If flight performance gets worse and worse over time, recalibration can also help, sometimes it’s a compass.

Always calibrate your drone outdoors, away from electronic devices and magnetic fields.

To calibrate, proceed as follows:

Step # 1 – The remote controller must be powered on and paired with the DJI app and drone.
Step # 2 – In the app, tap on “Mode” and then “Calibrate Compass”.
Step # 3 – Follow the instructions in the app.
Step # 4 – Rotate the drone once around its own axis to a horizontal position manually.
Step # 5 – Take the drone upright and rotate it around its own axis again.

New flight modes: follow me, point of interest, waypoint.

The new flight modes not found in the DJI Phantom 3 Standard are very useful.

With it, you can automatically create clean recordings without hesitation without consciously flying the drone.

follow meIn Follow Me mode, the drone follows you at the distance you specify.

In this mode, you can let the drone take pictures of you during sports and outdoor activities. But when doing your hobby, keep in mind that the drone has a limited battery life!

Sight

Point of Interest Mode allows the drone to circle around a previously defined point of interest.

The drone flies around the object in a perfect circle with the camera pointed at it.

Waypoints

Waypoint mode: here you fly to some waypoints in advance and save the position, then you can recall the saved route in waypoint mode and the drone will fly through the set points.

Specifications

drone

Weight (with battery and propellers)

Diagonal size (without propeller)

Max. Lifting speed

Max.Descent speed

Pointing accuracy

Max. Flight speed

Max. Height above sea level

working temperature

Positioning

Maximum flight time

1280 g
350 mm
5 mps
3 mps
  • Vertical: ± 0.1 m (with active optical positioning) or ± 0.5 m
  • Horizontal: ± 1.5 m
16 m / s (ATTI mode, no wind)
6000 m (programmed altitude limit: 120 m above starting point)
0 ° to 40 ° C
GPS / GLONASS
about 23 minutes

camera

sensor

lens

ISO range

Electronic shutter

Max. Image size

Photo modes

Video recording modes

Supported SD Cards

Max. Video bit rate

Supported file systems

working temperature

A photo

video

1 / 2.3 ″ CMOS
Effective Pixels: 12.4 MP (Total Pixels: 12.76 MP)
94 ° angle of view 20mm (35mm format equivalent) f / 2.8 focusing at ∞
100-3200 (video) 100-1600 (photo)
8 to 1/8000 s
4000 × 3000
  • Single shot
  • Burst shooting: 3/5/7 frames
  • Exposure Bracketing: 3/5
  • Focused frames at 0.7 aperture
  • time interval
  • UHD: 4096x2160p 24/25, 3840x2160p 24/25/30
  • FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30/48/50/60
  • HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
Micro SD
Maximum memory capacity: 64 GB. Class 10 or UHS-1
60 Mbps
FAT32 (≤ 32 GB); exFAT (> 32 GB)
0 ° to 40 ° C
JPEG, DNG (RAW)
MP4 / MOV (MPEG – 4 AVC / H.264)

What we liked and what we didn’t like

Buy Phantom 3 ProfessionalWe liked how extremely stable and agile the DJI Phantom 3 Pro can be maneuvered in the air.

This drone is pretty fun to pick up speed, tight turns and fast tight circles.

There are no pre-programmed tricks like the Parrot Bebop 2 in this drone, but you are guaranteed to have tons of fun with the Phantom 3 Professional!

The drone calibration is a little annoying. How exactly this works, we have already described above in the test report.

You need to re-calibrate the DJI Phantom 3 Professional after some time or when changing location (> 100 km) and calibrating the internal compass.

Buy DJI Phantom 3 Professional

On our website droneprozone.com, the DJI Phantom 3 Professional is one of our top rated drones.

You can buy the DJI Phantom 3 Professional here on Amazon.

Particularly impressive was the stability and maneuverability of the flight, combined with the high image quality. Here you finally get a drone that not only makes very good recordings, but is also very comfortable, fast and safe to fly.

Even with moderate to strong gusts of wind, we felt safe as drone pilots.

Now you know the most important differences from the DJI Phantom 3 Standard. Therefore, we will take a closer look at the main advantages and disadvantages of the DJI Phantom 3 Professional.

Advantages and disadvantages

During the test, we practically did not find any significant disadvantages.

What we personally don’t like is the lack of displays built into the remote. DJI Phantom 3 Professional requires a smartphone or tablet to operate.

Other devices on the market do not offer particularly reliable applications here. But DJI Go works very reliably, at least in our test.

The DJI app is really very complex and almost never crashes, runs very smoothly and is easy to use. Always make sure you have the latest update.

To be clear, here is a list of our DJI Phantom 3 Professional advantages and disadvantages:

privileges

  • Very agile
  • Stable in the air even in strong gusts of wind
  • Good for beginners
  • High image and video quality
  • Stable application
  • No major flaws
  • Best value for money

disadvantage

  • The screen is not built into the smartphone
  • Calibrating the compass

Conclusion on the DJI Phantom 3 Professional test

Buy Phantom 3 ProfessionalThe DJI Phantom 3 Pro is particularly impressive in terms of value for money. Here you get a well-designed drone that does its job very well and that you can work reliably with.

Intelligent modes such as Follow Me, Point of Interest and Way Point, combined with a 4K camera, ensure the Phantom 3 Pro is suitable for professional use.

In addition, this drone is also interesting for beginners due to its high stability and flight safety!

You can see detailed configurations in the DJI Phantom 3 app and the use of Intelligent Flight Modes in our test video above.

You can find the current price, for example, here on Amazon. If you have any questions, just write to us!