DJI Phantom 3 Drone: Professional vs Advanced

by coptrz on January 27, 2016

The DJI Phantom 3 4k quadcopter is a great example of a drone suitable for business. If offers lots of different options on various models, though. Confused about which Phantom 3 model is best for your business? We break it down for you!

The first thing to know about this drone is that the lower-grade models, i.e., the Phantom 3 Standard and even the Phantom 3 4k, is that you will often find it lacking in features as soon as you get to grips with drone basics.

If you’re looking to use a drone for business purposes, it’s worth considering the DJI Phantom 3 4k Professional or the Advanced models as these both offer a higher-spec experience that will deal with all your UAV needs for your business strategy.

So what’s the difference between the DJI Phantom 3 Professional and the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced models?

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced

Choosing your drone specifications

Apart from the more obvious price difference between the two models, you’ll find that there are only two major differences between these two drones: the camera and the charger.

The DJI Phantom 3 Professional uses a camera capable of filming and streaming 4k footage at a rate up to 30fps (frames per second), while the Advanced is a lower rate at 1080p.

If you want to futureproof yourself, or intend to use your drone for high-spec film footage that’s to be seen on big screens or requires significant minute detail, then go for the fancier Professional drone.

However, if you’re a hobbyist entering into the professional drone world or are still in the early forays of using a drone for business, you could always test the water with a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced. You’ll save a chunk of money to put towards your drone pilot training or on drone spare and accessories, and when you feel ready you might want to upgrade to the Professional model.

In addition, if you’re a photographer wanting to use drones for incredible landscape aerial photography, you will find the camera on the Advanced perfectly suited to your needs – the 4k specification applies only to film footage, so if you only want to take static photos with a drone then the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced is perfect.

What is 4k footage?
4k simply means it has four times the horizontal pixels of mainstream HD. This results in a much clearer picture – but you need the correct equipment to see the difference. Imagine filming in 3D but viewing on a non-3D enabled screen. It’s a similar concept!

So why should I have a 4k drone for my business?

4k is here to stay. Remember when HD first hit our screens? Now it’s everywhere! It’ll be the same with 4k – if you invest in a drone with a 4k camera, you’ll be able to create phenomenal footage that stands the test of time.

DJI Phantom 3 Pro

The DJI Phantom 3 Professional has a much higher-spec 4k camera on-board

So what about the battery life of the DJI Phantom 3 drones?

We’ve talked about the cameras – now let’s look at the other major difference: the battery. The Professional model offers a higher powered Intelligent Flight Battery charger, allowing shorter charging times so you can get back in the air faster. A 4480 mAh 4S lipo battery on a 100w charger, it seriously outsmarts the Advanced model’s 54w charger offering.

Summary: The DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Versus Professional

If you’re a business serious about using high-specification, future-proof film techniques to show off your assets or deliver detailed surveys, the Phantom Pro is definitely for you. Long survey days will be significantly shortened with the fast battery charging time, so you’ll easily get your money’s worth in time saved very quickly.

If you’re a photographer using drones, or are still testing the waters of using drones for your business, then the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced is for you. Once you get to grips with using the UAV you might want to upgrade – but by then who knows, there might be another contender to consider!

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