DJI Phantom 3 Standard Test

Entertainment factor
Flight behavior
Material quality
Recording quality
Price quality
Overall rating 4.4 / 5

Again and again, the question arises which drones are especially suitable for beginners. We can warmly recommend the DJI Phantom 3 Standard to every beginner.

The drone performed well in our tests and convinced us of flight stability!

The DJI Phantom 3 Standard is the successor to the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus. As for the price, it is usually lower – 500-600 euros. The following video shows in detail what to expect from the DJI Phantom 3 Standard.

Of course, it is also possible to order from the comfort of your home, just read our detailed DJI Phantom 3 Standard Test Report and then you will know everything you need to know about this drone.

The DJI Phantom 3 Standard is a very stable aircraft that flies very well. In the event of a sudden gust of wind, the drone will immediately counter it to maintain its current position.

In our drone test, the quadcopter reached a top speed of 60 kilometers per hour. This speed is immediately reduced when you take your foot off the accelerator during flight.

We tested and compared the DJI Phantom 3 Standard alongside the Typhoon Q500 4K.

Conclusion from direct comparison: the DJI drone is more stable in the air, but gives worse recordings than the Typhoon Q500 4K drone.

This drone from DJI is very practical for beginners, but it lacks a 4K camera and is less suitable for drone pilots who place a high value on image quality.

The drone is well worth it and in terms of price, it is one of the cheapest aircraft DJI currently offers on the market.

privileges

  • DJI Phantom 3 Standard is very agile and maneuverable
  • Reaches high speeds
  • Lies stable in the air
  • Resists gusts of wind
  • Especially suitable for beginners

disadvantage

  • No 4K camera
  • The screen is not integrated into the remote control
  • Mobile device required (smartphone or tablet)

DJI Phantom 3 Standard Package

# 1: drone

The four brushless motors with a total weight of about 1.3 kg are easy to handle. Consequently, the drone has high maneuverability and stability in the air.

The Phantom 3 features fast acceleration and high speeds.

# 2: 2 sets of propellers

Supplied with 2 propellers. They can be easily screwed onto the quadcopter. Finally, be sure to briefly tighten all propellers again.

# 3: remote control

The remote control has a battery with a maximum charge of 2600 mAh. It can be charged via the USB port on the remote control.

The remote control has LEDs that show the battery charge status. If the charge falls below a certain threshold, a warning signal sounds.

This guarantees a long service life as well as a certain basic safety of the drone.

There is a ring in the middle for attaching the remote control.

At the top left, the tilt of the camera can be adjusted with the rotary gimbal.



To the left of the antenna is a smartphone holder. This needs to be synchronized with the remote before starting. Then there is a stable WLAN connection between the smartphone and the remote controller and the DJI Phantom 3 Standard and the radio controller.

# 4: charger + battery

In our test, the battery lasted for 24-25 minutes. We have built a 4480mAh battery in this drone. If you value longer flight times, you can buy multiple batteries up to 6000mAh.

Specifications

Below we have collected the most important technical data for you.

drone

Weight (with battery and propellers)

Diagonal size (without propeller)

Max. Lifting speed

Max. Descent speed

Max. Flight speed

Max. Height above sea level

Maximum flight time

working temperature

Positioning

1216 g
350 mm
5 mps
3 mps
16 m / s (ATTI mode)
6000 m
about 25 minutes
0 ° to 40 ° C
GPS

camera

sensor

lens

ISO range

Electronic shutter

Max. Image size

Photo modes

Video recording modes

Max. Video bit rate

Supported file systems

A photo

video

Supported SD Cards

working temperature

1 / 2.3 “CMOS
Effective Pixels: 12M
Field of view (FOV) 94 ° 20mm (equivalent to 35mm format) f / 2.8
  • 100-3200 (video)
  • 100-1600 (photo)
8 – 1/8000 s
4000×3000
  • Single shot
  • Burst shooting: 3/5/7 frames
  • Exposure Bracketing: 3/5 in-focus frames @ 0.7 aperture
  • Time interval
  • 2.7K: 2704 x1520p 24/25/30 (29.97)
  • FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30
  • HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
40 Mbps
FAT32 (≤32 GB); exFAT (> 32 GB)
JPEG, DNG (RAW)
MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264)
8GB micro SD card included
0 ° to 40 ° C

DJI Phantom 3 Standard Height Limit

Without parking lights, the drone is practically invisible from a distance of 150 m.For this reason, the software is programmed to automatically limit the height to 120 m.

The height limit can be increased to 500 m. However, we recommend leaving it at 120 m, especially if you are a beginner.

The height limitation is relative and refers to the starting point of the drone.

At 6,000 meters above sea level, everything is finally over and the drone can no longer be flown. It can no longer generate enough lift because the air is too thin at that altitude.

To prevent the DJI Phantom 3 Standard from falling hundreds of meters into the forest or bushes, observe the limits!

If that happens anyway, GPS will make it easier to find.

Flight modes

The DJI Phantom 3 Standard has 3 flight modes.

P: positioning

This is the normal mode. It works whenever GPS is available. Usually the drone is always controlled in P mode.

Positioning means the drone tries to maintain a stable position in flight and, for example, resists a gust of wind to maintain its current position.

DJI Phantom 3 Standard implements positioning using 2 satellites and a small camera on the fuselage of the quadcopter.

The combination of visual and GPS positioning provides highly controlled airborne behavior.

Airplane mode is especially useful for beginners!

A: Attitude

In this flight mode, the pilot must actively resist the headwind. Attitude means position in flight, and it is maintained even if you release the joystick after accelerating.

Then the drone also does not turn against it, but “drifts” and follows a given impulse.

You should only use Mode A if there is no GPS.

We only recommend it if you have already gained experience flying this drone.

Q: function

The third mode F (function) is IOC (Intelligent Orientation Control) and is subdivided into the following “functions”:

• Course lock
• Home lock

If you are using course lock, if you move the right stick forward, the drone will always move in the same direction from the starting point, no matter where the nose tip is or where the pilot is.

If the tip of the nose is facing west during takeoff, the drone will always move in that direction as soon as you move the right stick forward.

A very good GPS connection is required to use the Home Lock function. The drone will then always fly towards you from your position when you move the stick backward, no matter where your nose tip is now.

Before you can use Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC), it must first be activated in the app.

We recommend that you get extensive drone experience first before trying other modes.

Don’t forget to test the different modes for the first time in a particularly large outdoor area!

Camera and image quality

At 2.7K, the camera takes good pictures, but the quality of the images does not really stand out compared to others.

12 megapixel camera, so impressive, especially for the price! We found the field of view to be good at 94 degrees.

The 3-axis gimbal stabilization system works very reliably and always keeps the camera in the desired position. This will allow you to shoot still videos.

The camera can also be tilted up and down using the radio remote control. However, not sideways.

The high quality workmanship of the suspension system and camera speaks for itself.Brushless motors control the camera stabilization system, so there will be no image lag when tilting the quadcopter.

DJI Phantom 3 Standard Conclusion

DJI Phantom 3 Standard shows a very good figure in the air.

But if you attach great importance to quality 4K recording, then you should look at a similar model, which is also very suitable for professional recording.

The positioning is very good and in flight it is easy to tell that the model is mature! Testing was really fun because the drone is very manoeuvrable and can reach high speeds quickly.

The risk of falling is very low. In fact, you can’t go wrong if you fly in P mode!

Low cost and safe flight make the quadcopter ideal for entry level aircraft.

If you are looking for just such a drone, we can recommend the DJI Phantom 3 Standard with a clear conscience!

Please make sure the app is compatible with your device (smartphone or tablet) before purchasing! To use the app and control the quadcopter, you need at least iOS 8.0 (apple) or Android 4.1.2.

We have again listed DJI-recommended devices in the table above. Good luck with your drone flight!