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DJI Phantom 3 drone announced with built-in 4K camera

DJI Phantom 3 drone announced with built-in 4K camera

DJI has officially unveiled a new drone with a built-in camera. It is called Phantom 3 and it comes in two versions, one of them being capable of recording 4K videos at up to 30fps.

One of the world’s most popular drone makers, DJI, has introduced a new generation of flying devices that can capture aerial photos and videos. The new Phantom 3 is here with superior video recording capabilities along with support for video livestreaming on the web.

The manufacturer has revealed two versions of the DJI Phantom 3, one called Professional and one called Advanced. Only one model can capture 4K footage, but both of them come packed with a built-in image stabilization system.

DJI Phantom 3 Professional
DJI Phantom 3 Professional records 4K videos and comes with gold markings on it.

DJI Phantom 3 Professional becomes official with 4K video recording

As lawmakers are struggling to find the best options to regulate the use of drones, DJI releases a new generation of quadcopters that are able to shoot and to livestream high-quality videos.

The new DJI Phantom 3 Professional features a 12-megapixel 1/2.3-inch-type image sensor, made by Sony, that records 4K videos at up to 30fps. The manufacturer says that a 24fps option is available, too, and that it will be welcomed by filmmakers.

There are a couple of 4K resolution modes. A 4096 x 2160 pixels mode at 24fps and a 3840 x 2160 pixels mode at 24/30fps.

This model is considered a cutting-edge drone that also supports full HD video recording at up to 60fps. Moreover, the new DJI Pilot app allows users to livestream their whereabouts on YouTube.

The updated application supports manual controls to the camera, so videographers can manually set the shutter speed, the ISO sensitivity, and the exposure compensation.

DJI has confirmed that the Phantom 3 Professional comes with an integrated 3-axis gimbal to keep videos steady. It is worth noting that the camera’s fixed lens offers a full-frame equivalent of 20mm.

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced
DJI Phantom 3 Advanced records full HD videos and features silver markings on it.

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced allows videographers to record full HD footage

On the other hand, the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced features a similar image sensor, but only records 1920 x 1080 movies. Other than that, it is pretty much identical to the Professional model.

Both units come with an enhanced battery, that recharges faster, and improved in-flight sensors, that make it easier to control the drone.

The company claims that the quadcopter can easily take off even indoors at the touch of a button. When outside, the drone can go up to one mile / 1.6 kilometers away from the controller and it will still send video to the user’s mobile device without any delays.

The quapcopter’s built-in camera can record stills while shooting videos, which is a nice touch in case users believe that a scene deserves to be immortalized.

The DJI Phantom 3 Advanced will be released on the market by the end of April for a price of $999, while the Professional version will also start shipping in April but at a price of $1259.

Potential buyers can already pre-order the Advanced unit at Amazon or pre-order the Professional unit at the same retailer at the aforementioned prices.

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