|Overall rating 4.5 / 5|
Professional drones that are suitable for very high quality photo and video production are usually very expensive. By expensive, we mean that they are in the four-figure price segment and not everyone can afford them “just like that”.
The Walkera Voyager in version 3 is a strong competitor to the DJI Inspire models in this league, as it is very similar in design. If there is any doubt about the quality, it should be said that the manufacturer Walkera has long been engaged in the “drone business”. The name is also very well known in the modeling sector, as is the case with the DJI brand among drone fanatics.
The question of whether the Walkera Voyager 3 is really as good as one of the Inspire models seems extremely important. We got to the bottom of this basic question.
According to the manufacturer, Walkera Voyager 3 beats the DJI Inspire. The first generation Inspire has an average flight time of 18-20 minutes. With Voyager 3 it’s about 25 minutes.
The Walkera flight battery also requires a charging time of about 40 minutes. Compared to other models, this is an extremely good ratio between loading time and flight time. Of course, it makes sense to have multiple batteries in order to extend the flight time, assuming, of course, several stops along the way. With 3 fully charged flight batteries, you can fly for up to 75 minutes. However, the Voyager drone also requires a large battery capacity. The flight battery consists of 2 segments and has a maximum charge of 6000mAh (2 x 3000mAh) that it can hold.
This also makes them quite complex. In total, it weighs about 3750 g and measures 47 x 46 x 30 cm. The overall impression is quite fat and awkward compared to the Inspire, it is not surprising that the Walkera quadrocopter also weighs about 20% more. Nevertheless, it looks somehow cool and makes an impression of high quality. Here you have to decide for yourself whether the model suits your taste.
For many drone pilots, it is important that the FPV flight display is integrated into the transmitter, as is the case with the Walkera Voyager 3. Being able to use the drone without a smartphone or tablet is actually pretty cool. If the battery of the end device is running low, this can quickly become a problem. Most tablet and smartphone screens reflect sunlight quite strongly, which can be fatal. You need a different mobile device for the Inspire. The point here is clearly Walkera.
Voyager 3’s transmission range is pretty good. You come here at a distance of about 2000 meters. However, please note that the USA has special laws regarding flying drones. This also means that the pilot can only fly the plane as far away from him as he can see it. In addition, the USA has a legal maximum flying height of 100 meters. Other laws sometimes apply abroad and you should check in advance.
Safety was important to the developers of Walkera Voyager 3. It has 2 positioning systems. On the one hand, the usual GPS and GLONASS, which is rather little known and stands for Global Navigation Satellite System. If one of the two signals becomes too weak, the other system takes over the positioning.
However, the most important question for you may be how good the camera is. So let’s see: here is a 4K sensor with 4096×2160 resolution and 10MP installed. The camera is removable and provides very high image quality. In the highest resolution, videos with a frame rate of 12 frames per second are possible. To achieve 60fps, you must set the resolution to 1080p in the menu, or from 120fps to 720p.
For a clear view, curves can be drawn after the start. This feature is also available on DJI’s Inspire drone. This allows for impressive 360-degree recordings.
In addition, the drone is equipped with a very sophisticated gimbal system to accurately compensate for camera movements. Even during quick and exciting maneuvers, the camera position remains unchanged.
scope of delivery
The package includes everything you need to control your Voyager 3 drone:
- 1 x Walkera Voyager 3
- 2 x 3000mAh 29.6V 10C (8S) LiPo
- 2 replaceable propellers
- 1 x radio remote control
- 1 x BT-2401B 2.4GHz Bluetooth Data Transfer
- 1 x 4K camera with gimbal
- 1 x 100W charger (SKYRC E8AC)
- 1 x charging cable
- 1 x remote control cable
- 1 x remote control bracket
- 1 x tool
- 1 x User Manual (English)
Advantages and disadvantages of Walkera Voyager 3
It is clear that when weighing the advantages and disadvantages, one should not lose sight of the fact that this is a model from an expensive class. The disadvantages of such aircraft are often very individual and also subjective. Pay attention to what you want to use the drone for and if it suits your requirements. We tried to approach the matter as objectively as possible. In our opinion, the following critical moments have arisen:
- Flight time 25 minutes
- Folding bends
- FPV flights are possible without smartphone / tablet thanks to the built-in display
- High quality 4K camera sensor
- Transmitter range up to 2 km
- 2 independent positioning systems (GPS and GLONASS)
- Slightly heavier than DJI’s Inspire models
- At the highest resolution a maximum frame rate of only 12 frames per second is possible
It’s up to you to decide if the Walkera Voyager 3 is the right drone for you. If you like film format recordings and want to create real movies with them, then one of the DJI Inspire models may be suitable for this purpose.
Feedback from customers confirms the high quality workmanship, reliable flight performance and durability of Walkera products. Compared to the Inspire, it can still catch up with a lot in terms of camera and video recording, and perhaps weigh a little less.
In our opinion, the Walkera Voyager 3 drone still deserves the “professional drone” label. If you’re on a budget and want to create high-quality videos and photos without having to use an annoying smartphone or tablet, we have crystal clear guidelines.