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The DJI Phantom 3 Review

Okay, so let’s just say you have cut your teeth on the Syma X5C-1 – a great drone for beginners we have to admit – and you are ready to step up a gear. Okay, you are still a relative novice to the world of drones and you have mastered the basic skills, but you’re not quite ready to splash out $5,000 on a DJI Inspire1Pro-X5 Quadcopter with Zemuse X5 4k Video Camera! So perhaps something around the $500 budget mark will fit the bill, but you want it to have some guts and a half-decent camera. After all, $500 isn’t exactly chump change, is it?

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So, taking these requirements into consideration, the obvious choice lands on the doorstep of DJI, and in particular their entry-level Phantom 3 Standard model. Now before you start turning your nose up at the words ‘entry-level’ and ‘standard’, this is no basic and boring quadcopter, or drone. This is a clever piece of kit and will excite you ten times more than your Syma X5C did, so why go for the full bells and whistles model straight out of the blocks? This quadcopter is a gem and search as far as you want, you will struggle to find a bad word said about it by anyone. Now you are going to want something that is still easy to control and responsive, but you’re not ready for drone racing and while you want great video and stills imagery, you’re not aiming to find your work on the front page of the National Geographic….yet. Modern digital photography has changed how we see the world, and adding a great camera to a quadcopter has introduced a whole new dimension, one you want to take full advantage of.

We found this test flight video on YouTube courtesy of ‘ItzFilyO’ which we felt was ideal as it gives a real ‘hands-on’ feel to how the drone operates and the great bonus is you can get an instant impression of just how great the images are for this ‘entry-level’ DJI Phantom 3 – maybe now you’ll understand why we aren’t trying to persuade you to rush out and buy the DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter 4K UHD Video Camera Drone. As we want to remain as impartial as we can here on Quadcopters, we also like to take note of any comments left under posted videos that relate directly, and we were pleased to read one from Vincent Rogers which said “Thanks, this video helped out tremendously.  I’m in the market for one and with so many different options out there, I’m determining that this is the one for me. ”

We think Vincent will be far from disappointed with his choice and from our own personal experience, anyone who buys this model will be more than thrilled with it and seriously eager to get it out of the box and flying high. However, we would advise that the DJI Phantom 3 Standard is a whole new ball game compared to the Syma X5C so before you even think of going airborne, please read the instructions very carefully. There is nothing overly complicated, but an hour spent familiarizing yourself to begin with will pay dividends and greatly increase your enjoyment of this great drone in the long run.


  • Easy to fly
  • GPS-assisted hover
  • Automatic Flight Logs


  • 2.7K video camera
  • 12 megapixel photos
  • 3-axis stabilization gimbal


  • Easy, intuitive controls
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Convenient controls

Average Rating 9/10 

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The DJI Phantom 3 Review
9 Total Score

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  1. Reply Avatar for quadcopters Alex May 21, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Well I am sold! Look how crisp and steady that footage is!!! It has some minor flaws but I was watching more videos on it after reading this post and it is going to be my next drone for sure. A friend have me is old one which is just an entry level on and I been hooked since. Great review! I will be reading more 🙂

  2. Reply Avatar for quadcopters Baley May 21, 2016 at 12:35 am

    I was shocked to see this drone under $500! I remember reading about it before it came out officially and people were saying it would going to have a price tag of around $900. The video is beautiful by the way. I watched the whole video. I plan on getting one this summer for a road trip me and some friends have planned. We will use it for our adventures!

  3. Reply Avatar for quadcopters bastcilkdoptb June 13, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    You have brought up a very fantastic details , thankyou for the post.

  4. Reply Avatar for quadcopters Casey Miller @DJI Phantom 3 Review December 8, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Once your drone is up in the air recording the awestruck views, you can watch the live videos on your device as well. Download a DJI Go App on your smartphone or tablet; connect it with its WiFi network and you are all set to watch the streamlined videos.

  5. […] not convinced that it represents a huge performance boost over the Phantom 3, which we reviewed here. The Phantom 3 is a really clever piece of kit at a great price and anyone would be delighted to […]

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