DJI Introduces the Phantom 3 Standard @ $799

2.7k + 12MP Imaging with Impressive Autonomous Features

P3 standard

DJI Phantom 3 Standard

This is the new standard for the entry level quadcopter for videographers and photographers alike. Featuring a 2.7k/12MP camera on a 3-axis gimbal with proven stability and drone technology that DJI has perfected over the years, this may be the “go-to” drone for beginners and hobbyists that want to just get good casual aerial and have fun doing it.

While this new quadcopter is aimed at the beginner, some of the new smartphone app features will include more sophisticated features (to be released at a later date) such as Follow Me, POI, Waypoints and more.

Here’s DJI’s introductory video realeased today:

However, the new Phantom 3 Standard does not include more advanced technology that the Phantom 3 Advanced has such as Lightbridge and tilting camera capability. For anyone wanting to have HD video FPV and longer range capabilities, it may be worth spending an extra $200 and just go for the Phantom 3 Advanced.

Specs from DJI’s Website:

Weight (Including Battery)
1216 g
Max Ascent Speed
5 m/s
Max Descent Speed
3 m/s
Max Speed
16 m/s (ATTI mode, no wind)
Max Altitude Above Sea Level
6000 m
Max Flight Time
Approximately 25 minutes
Operating Temperature
0°C to 40°C
Navigation System 
Built-in GPS
Controllable Range
Pitch -90° to +30°
Angular Vibration Range 
1/2.3” Effective pixels:12 M
FOV (Field Of View) 94° 20 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8
ISO Range
100-3200 (video) 100-1600 (photo)
Electronic Shutter Speed
8s -1/8000s
Image Max Size
4000 x 3000
Still Photography Modes
  • Single Shot
  • Burst Shooting: 3/5/7 frames
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5
  • Bracketed Frames at 0.7EV Bias
  • Time-lapse
Video Recording Modes
  • UHD: 2.7K: 2704 x1520p 30 (29.97) 
  • FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30 
  • HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60 
Max.Video Bitrate
40 Mbps
Supported File Formats
  • Micro SD Card: FAT32/exFAT
  • Photo: JPEG, DNG
  • Video: MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC)
Supported SD Card Types
Micro SD Card 8 GB included 
Operating Temperature
0°C to 40°C
Wi-Fi Video Link
Operating Frequency
2.400 GHz – 2.483 GHz
Max Transmission Distance
FCC: 1000 m; CE: 500 m (outdoors and unobstructed, aircraft’s altitude at 400 feet (120 m))
Transmitter Power (EIRP) 
FCC: 27 dBm; CE: 20 dBm
Remote Controller
Operating Frequency
5.725 GHz – 5.825 GHz, 922.7 MHz – 927.7 MHz (Japan)
Max Transmission Distance
FCC: 1000 m; CE: 500 m (outdoors and unobstructed, aircraft’s altitude at 400 feet (120 m))
Operating Temperature
0°C to 40°C
2600 mAh LiPo 18650
Transmitter Power (EIRP)
  • FCC: 19 dBm
  • CE: 14 dBm
Working Voltage
600 mA @ 3.7V
Charging Port
Micro USB
17.4 V
Rated Power
57 W
Intelligent Flight Battery ( PH3-4480 mAh-15.2 V )
4480 mAh
15.2 V
Battery Type
LiPo 4S
68 Wh
Net Weight
365 g
Max Flight Time
Approximately 25 minutes 
Operating Temperature
-10°C to 40°C
Max Charging Power
100 W
App / Live View
Mobile App
Live View Working Frequency
2.4GHz ISM
Live View Quality
720P @ 30fps (depending on conditions and mobile device)
Low Latency Video (depending on conditions and mobile device)
Required Operating Systems
  • iOS 8.0 or later
Recommended Devices
  • iOS: iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, and iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular. This app is optimized for iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Android version coming soon.

You can learn more about the features and options of the Phantom 3 Standard from their website or place a pre-order directly from DJI or through one of their distributors, like Multicopter Warehouse.


Jeff Foster is a published author of several how-to books and training videos in the motion graphics, animation and video production industries and is an award-winning video producer and artist. Visit his web site to learn more about his training methods, tips & tricks at

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