DJI Phantom 3 Standard Review | Price, specs and release date

Brodie Fogg 7 August 2015

DJI 3Are you an amateur drone pilot? Take flight with the Phantom 3 Standard’s 2.7K HD video.

Back in June, Da-Jiang Innovations (DJI) launched the Phantom 3 Advanced and Professional – a sterling drone in its own right, but a little pricey for some and one which left many of us wondering if this was truly the replacement for the Phantom 2. It's now evident that was not the case as DJI has just announced the Phantom 3 Standard – a more affordable addition to the Phantom 3 range.

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Why is the Phantom 3 Standard cheaper than the Phantom 3 Professional and Advanced?

The Phantom 3 Standard is priced at $1,299 which comes in at $251 cheaper than the Advanced ($1,550) and $651 less than the Professional ($1,950). That's a steep 16% and 33% drop, respectively, so there are bound to be some significant hardware downgrades on the new models, right?

Well, not really. The biggest loss seems to be the 4K (4096 × 3072) video recording that the Professional boasts. What you get in place of the 4K is 2.7K HD (2716 x 1524) video. What, is this a drone for peasants?

All jokes aside, 2.7K HD still looks glorious in action and it’s only one step below 4K. o give you an idea of what that looks like, the GoPro HERO 3 records in 2.7K HD – and aspiring photographers won’t be at a loss with the Phantom 3 standard either, as it also takes high-quality 12 MP stills (matching its pricier sibling).

Oddly, the Phantom 3 Advanced touts only Full HD (1920x1080p) recording – even lower than the (cheaper) Phantom 3 Standard.

Admittedly, there are some other omissions that are sure to ruffle the feathers of drone die-hards, like the lack of GLONASS satellite positioning and the Advanced and Professional’s LightBridge feature (which allows for live streaming). The Standard’s controller has also been stripped back and more closely resembles the Vision 2+ controller. Essentially, a few physical buttons (playback, start/stop recording, shutter and customizable buttons) have been removed from the controller and placed in-app.

How does the Phantom 3 Standard compare to the Advanced and Professional?

Phantom 3 range

SpecsWeightFlight time (approx.)Video recordingLive ViewCamera (stills)Video bitrate (max)Other featuresPrice
Standard1216g25 minutes2.7K (2704x1520p)720p @ 30fps12 MP40 MbpsErgonomic controller, Five colours$1,299
Advanced1280g23 minutesFHD (1920x1080p)720p @ 30fpsSony EXMOR 12 MP40MbpsGLONASS GPS, customisable buttons, LightBridge Live Stream$1,550
Professional1280g23 minutes4K (4096x2160p)720p @ 30fpsSony EXMOR 12 MP60 MbpsGLONASS GPS, customisable buttons, LightBridge Live Stream$1,950

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2 Responses to DJI Phantom 3 Standard Review | Price, specs and release date

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    gaz | July 5, 2016

    The Phantom 3 Standard review above was last verified 12 months ago Has there been a significant drop in price since then or has it held its own ?

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      Shirley | August 11, 2016

      Hi Gaz,

      Thanks for your question.

      On DJI the prices are still similar, with the Standard still going for $1,299.

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