The DJI Phantom 3 Standard was once the gold standard for drones with several of its current competitors in this list closely imitating its basic appearance. This indicates the kind of influence that the DJI brand has had over the other drone manufacturers. Obviously, DJI has been busy developing and releasing newer, more advanced versions of the Phantom, as well as other models, but the Phantom 3 Standard is still available because it provides excellent value and solid performance for buyers who want a top brand while keeping their drone budget under $500.
The body is white with white propellers, silver-colored engine housing, and colored striped for positional orientation. The Phantom 3 model actually is available in a Standard, Advanced or Professional version with different features for each. We review the Standard model here because it’s the one that’s the most affordable. For anyone looking for a drone below five hundred bucks that has the best range, this model offers between 3.5km and 5km which is exceptional. The flight duration of 25-minutes is also no slouch, and it’s unlikely that a drone pilot will need more before a recharge is required (charge the battery in 120 minutes).
The Standard model comes with a 12-megapixel camera offering 2.7K video recording. The 2.7K video was a considerable step up from 1080p, but apparently, drones at the top of the market have moved up to 4K UHD now. The video quality is useful for the real-time FPV video feature with the transmission on the 2.4Ghz frequency. DJI comes with their own app for iOS and Android to control flight, set the home location, note interesting locations on the local map, and play with options like follow me to track a person around a location. The software lets the pilot create multiple GPS waypoints to set a particular flight path to take in certain sights which certainly makes it easier to capture the shots, or the video wanted in-flight. The control system is one of the best on the market. At this price, it’s hard to fault a purchase of the DJI Phantom 3 Standard unless one is dead set on a drone with 4K UHD video capabilities.