DJI this week released its most inexpensive drone yet.
Designed specifically for first-time pilots, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard is much like the Phantom 3 Advanced and Professional, but with newbies in mind.
Unlike the Advanced and Professional with an unlimited maximum altitude that can fly as far as 6,500 feet safely, the Standard limits the altitude to 400 feet and can along fly as far as a half mile. The camera also shoots 2.7K video vs the Professional’s 4K video.
But the price tag is a lot easier on your wallet, selling for $799.
“Based on the remarkable success of the DJI Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 3 Advanced, we wanted to create a new drone that addresses people who are curious about aerial imaging, but not quite ready to commit to a more professional system,” said Frank Wang, DJI’s CEO and Founder. “The Phantom 3 Standard makes it easy to get into the air to take great photos and videos.”
Some specs for the Standard:
- 2.7k HD video at 30 frames per second using a 94 degree distortion-free lens
- Shoots still images at 12 megapixels in both DNG Raw and JPG formats.
- Using a standard WiFi connection, allows pilots to see what their camera sees in near real time in HD, capture photos, start / stop record for video and adjust camera settings all from the DJI Go app.
- Follow Me – The drone intelligently follows the user based on their orientation.
- Waypoint Navigation – Allows users to set a multi-point route that the Phantom 3 flies automatically while leaving camera control (pan and tilt) to the user.
- Point of Interest – Lets users define an object that the Phantom will fly around in a circle with the object framed in the center
Here’s DJI’s promo video.