For those consumers wanting to try out their hand with drone photography, but don't want to spend a fortune on a high-end drone, DJI has the technology just for you: their new Phantom 3 Standard drone.
Priced at $799, the Phantom 3 Standard drone doesn't have a lot of the features consistent with DJI's more expensive flying drones, but the company hopes to focus on those consumers who are just getting their feet wet with drone photography.
"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 DJI's CEO and Founder Frank Wang to AppleInsider. "The Phantom 3 Standard makes it easy to get into the air to take great photos and videos."
However, the Phantom 3 Standard drone does include a 2.7K high-definition camera, as well as live ioS connectivity.
AppleInsider got a sneak peek at the drone before it went on sale today and recently outlined its specs. Although the Phantom 3 Standard is a low-end version of DJI's higher-end drones, it still has many of the same features, including a similar design. a flight time of about 25 minutes and a speed of around 52 feet per second.
However, the Phantom 3 Standard is targeted at those people not yet willing to invest in the more expensive drones that DJI carries. For example, the Phantom 3 Professional, which costs $1,259, features 4K video with a whopping 60 frames per second. The Standard has a lower resolution and only shoots at 30 frames per second. And unlike the other Phantom 3 models, the Standard does not have sensors for indoor flight.
Like the other Phantom 3 drones, though, users can get a bird's eye view through the Standard drone's eyes via an iOS app. Wi-Fi sharing connects the drone to its controller, and if the connection is lost, the drone's GPS brings it safely home.
"Your Phantom 3 Standard stays stable and under your control at all times during flight," writes DJI on its website. "After takeoff, it automatically hovers in place, waiting for your command. It then effortlessly changes altitude or direction at the flick of a finger. When you want it to stop, it again pauses and hovers, waiting for your next instruction."
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