Dji Phantom 3 vs the Phantom 2 - whats new ?

Dji Phantom 3 vs the Phantom 2 - whats new ?

The phantom 3 from dji brings quite a lot of new features and improvments across but from my own phantom 2 experience I want to tell you what I need and see if the phantom 3 delivers on that.

Indoor Aerial filming

The phantom 2 would be incredibly hard to get steady meaningful indoor shots as the motion of the drone is going to be more random due to there being no GPS available indors - doh of course not !
The phantom 3 has the same underside camera/sensor recognition system so that it can feedback motion from the floor detail into the brain of the drone and correct - I would be keen to know if this also works outside to augment the GPS or if that is then just ignored.

Camera Control - the biggie for me

A big issue for me is not having access to any video camera controls while in the air - we do have tilt control for the gimbal in the phantom 2 of course but now the phatom 3 brings in start and stop recording (how many times I have landed to realise that I wasnt recording I am ebarassed to say !) and there are some exposure contros I believe too. The software allows some further custom Tx (Transmitter) inputs for you to assign in the software. I am not quite sure what you would use these for yet.

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Can you fly the DJI Phantom in Strong Wind ? Hell Yes !

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DJI Inspire Setup and Demo +Inspire App Features

DJI Inspire Setup and Demo +Inspire App Features

Also see below for the answer to the Question : What is the gopro hero 4 black 4k video like ?

I run a Phantom 2 from DJI FPV system which is capable of full 4k professional aerial footage both photographs and video. This inspire takes things to a different level in areas that you may or may not need. I shall explore the inspire further but for now the phantom 2 has everything I need and travels well also.What is the big advantage to the inspire ? Well for me it is the almost full control of the camera while flying. So you can tune the exposure for example or frame rate or resolution, yes it does support 4k up to 25fps so seems to be on a par with the hero 4 black from gopro. But this is adding a lot of cost to the hobbyist and I feel pushes this into the company realm. We will have to see how the production inspires turn out and maybe see what a second generation inspire brings. But in closing it is what dji do best they marry the apps and peripheral stuff to the multirotor model - its how they weave it altogether its what apple would be making if they did quad copters. I am very very happy with mine.

Answering the question on how good is the video of the gopro 4 black edition shooting at 4k in reality? Here is a still made from 4k video with the gopro hero 4 black edition. (the image seen needs to be downloaded or inspected at the full file size it has been reduced in size to fit this blog post.)

In fact its not true 4k but UHDTV with a slightly smaller resolution of 3840 x 2160 (this was my first shock)- you may need to right click to get the image in a new browser tab to see the full size version - or download it and inspect it more closely. I do have to say that you can zoom in and take a crop at a quarter and still see a sharp image. I might be with a lot of people saying that technology has gone beyond what we can natively appreciate ! I think the value of the slow motion 1080p for action sports is worth looking at otherwise 4k might be of use for projecting a large image perhaps. Not sure..

 

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Quad FPV Aerial Videography Bundles

My research has led me to the following:

The original discussion on dji forums: http://forum.dji.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=1514&page=1#pid11247

Here is saying that the Phantom 2 is hard to beat, the all up package is around a thousand. But the flamewheels maybe will date less quickly than the Phantom. But the flamewheel needs to be packaged up and these guys offer this..

http://www.marionvillemodels.com/rc-shop/dji-f450-flamewheel-naza-light-readytofly-package.html

So I will look to see what the flameweel vs phantom 2 bundle could work out at.

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