DJI Phantom 3 – Top 47 questions answered

DJI Phantom 3 FAQ
Guides

Most likely you’ll agree that the DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter needs no introduction. It is already the favorite choice of numerous professional photographers & hobbyists worldwide to capture stunning aerial photographs and stunning video from high above.

*** Edit: We’ve published our Phantom 4 review here in case you’re interested in that. If you came to this page looking for answers related to the Phantom 4 you find 100 of them answered here***

But if you’re looking for answers to your Phantom 3 related questions you will likely find the manual to be incomplete. Or maybe you’re thinking of buying a Phantom 3 and feel the need to get a few questions answered first, we’re here to help.

In this post, we have collected and put together the most asked questions related to DJI Phantom 3, and of course their answers.

***DJI has a summer sale with discounts up to 30% in the DJI Store – Click here to go there now ***

We divided the questions by category. Just click the link to go to the category your question relates to.

DJI Phantom 3. Jut click the links for today’s best prices:

 

dji-phantom-3DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter Drone with 4K UHD Video Camera

Professional model with 4K camera and quicker battery charger.

 

 

 

DJI Phantom 3DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Quadcopter Drone with 1080p HD Video Camera

Advanced model with 1080p camera.

 

 
DJI Phantom 3 StandardDJI 2.7K, HD Video Recording DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Drone with 2.7k Video Camera

Standard model with with 2.7k camera and Phantom 2 remote controller.

 

 

 

General FAQs

1. What is the difference between Standard, Professional and Advanced version of the Phantom 3?

– The main difference between the Professional and the Advanced comes in battery & camera configuration. Both versions are equipped with a stunning 12 megapixel camera. The advanced version is capable of shooting videos at 1080p, while the professional version does so at 4k. Also the professional comes with a 100W battery charger while the advanced has 57 watt charger. Thus the professional Phantom 3 batteries take less time to charge.

The Standard is a different story since it uses the Phantom 2 remote controller. This means no Light bridge streaming, but the less reliable Wi-Fi streaming that cut the flying range considerably shorter. All about the Phantom 3 Standard in our Preview.

 

2. Are phantom 2 batteries compatible with Phantom 3?

– No. The Phantom 3 comes with a 4 cell battery with a capacity of 4480 mAh and voltage rating of 15.2 V. Thus Phantom 3’s newly designed Intelligent Flight Battery provides more power required to power life bridge & other component. Thus the batteries are neither forward or backward compatible. You can get extra Phantom 3 batteries here.

 

3. What is the flight time of the Phantom 3?

– According to DJI, the new Phantom 3 has an approximate flight time of 23 minutes under suitable conditions.
The Phantom 3 Standard flying time is up to 25 minutes because the quadcopter weight is less. As mentioned in the previous question, you can get extra Phantom 3 batteries here to get more flight time before having to go home to recharge.

 

4. Can I charge the controller & battery at the same time?

– DJI doesn’t recommend such practice. The quadcopter comes with 2 separate cables for convenient charging.

 

5. How far can the Phantom 3 fly?

– The flight distance is dependent on wind velocity & various other external factors. But in favorable condition, the Phantom 3 can fly for 1.2 miles or 2 km. If you feel that’s not enough for you there are aftermarket range extenders available one. The easiest ones to use are parabolic signal boosters, like the Skyreat signal booster. Just slide them over your antennas and you’re good to go, with improved range.

 

6. Is Phantom 3 more quiet than Phantom 2 during flight?

Yes, thanks to the new motors the quadcopter is less noisy than the previous Phantom models.

 

7. Does it support GPS flight plans?

Not yet, DJI is still working to include this feature in the upcoming app versions.

 

8. What if the Phantom 3 doesn’t turn off immediately after I shut down the battery?

– Such behaviour is pretty normal with the Phantom 3. It takes roughly one minute to power down the whole system, including the light bridge & turn everything off. Such delay also helps to prevent any data loss from video being recorded.

Related article:  DJI Phantom 3 Accessories Guide with survey results

 

9. Is the new Phantom 3 quadcopter waterproof?

Unfortunately, it is not. Hence is not recommended to fly the Phantom 3 near oceans or too close to bodies of water.

10. What is the memory of sd card the Phantom 3 comes with?

– The Phantom 3 comes with a 16 GB micro SD card. SD cards up to 64 GB can be used on the Phantom 3. We recommend the Sandisk Extreme Pro.

 

11. How can I restore video if power is turned off while recording?

– Under such circumstances, don’t remove the SD card. When the copter is turned back on, wait for 30 seconds until the file is stored. After 30 seconds, it will complete recording the video file on the SD card.

 

12. What is the best way to safely land the Phantom 3?

– You should try to land the Phantom 3 on a hard flat surface. The best options being on plywood or concrete. And although we haven’t, some people use special landing pads.

 

13. Why is the discharge time on battery not 0 even when I haven’t used it?

– Prior to you laying your hands on the Phantom 3, the battery is already thoroughly tested by DJI. Thus the battery discharge time is not zero. This is completely normal and indicates that the is safe to use. Also to ensure battery longevity, the LiPo batteries present are delivered with a partial charge to preserve them.

 

14- Can the Phantom 3 follow me?

– Such action is not possible from the DJI Pilot. But there are a number of other apps on the app store, the likes of Auto Pilot , that does have the follow me, orbit and a host of other features that you haven’t seen on the Phantom 3. The Auto Pilot app is still being refined and refactored by developers, so the newer version will come up, but right now it is compatible with Phantom vision plus.

 

Remote Controller FAQs

15 – Do I need to buy the Remote Controller separately?

No, the remote controller comes with the DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter. You need not purchase it separately.

 

16- What is the function of the 2 buttons at the back of controller?

– The new Phantom 3 controller is different from the old controller. This controller has an upgraded style transmitter. This Inspire 1 style controller comes with customizable buttons at the back which can be configured using the DJI Pilot app. Using the app you can put your own functions and customize the functionality of these buttons.

 

17 – Can the sticks of the Phantom 3 be customized to use the flight mode I want?

– Yes. By default, the sticks are set to mode 2. In this mode, the throttle is present on the left-hand side while the right-hand stick controls the movement of the quadcopter. While changing to mode 1 would reverse the function of the sticks.

 

18- Can I use Phantom 2 remote controller in Phantom 3

– No. Unlike the Phantom 2, the Phantom 3 remote controller operates at 2.4 GHz.

 

19- Does the Phantom 3 support multi-controller?

– No, it doesn’t support any type of dual controller. It only connects one controller at a time which can control the copter as well as the gimbal tilt. For that, you’ll need the Inspire-One.

 

20 – What is the function of the ‘PAF’ switch?

– The ‘PAF’ switch is the mode switch.
P mode – In the Positioning mode, it shows whether both the GPS & Visioning Positioning System work together simultaneously.
A mode – In Altitude mode only the barometer is used for altitude stabilization. It does’ use the GPS or Visioning Positioning System. But you can still use the return mode if GPS signal is available.
F mode – The Function mode activates the IOS control, i.e. Intelligent Orientation Control. More detail about the F mode can be found in the user manual.

 

21 – Can Phantom 3 mobile device holder be used on Phantom 2 controller?

– No, the Phantom 3 mobile holder cannot be used on Phantom 2 controller.

 

22 – Does the tablet/phone require any data plan to work or is Wi-Fi enough?

WiFi is enough, there’s no need for a data plan on your controlling device.

Related article:  Using Drones For Aerial Photography

 

23 – What frequency range does it operate on?

– The Phantom 3 operates at 2.4 GHz, & is operable up to a distance of 2000m, while operated outdoors and unobstructed.

 

24- Can the Phantom 3 controller hold iPad & other tablets?

– Yes, the new larger expandable holder on the controller, so u can put your devices with ease.

 

App FAQs

25- What app should be used with the Phantom 3?

– DJI Pilot App is used with Phantom 3. The app starts to connect with it and automatically changes to suit the Phantom 3. Now everything is configured in the same app, & it will recognize the copter you load on its own.

 

26- Which devices are compatible with it?

The Phantom 3 is compatible with many devices running iOS 8.0 or later or Android v4.1.2 or later.

Over at Phantom-Four they’ve created a page that lists devices that are known to be compatible: http://www.phantom-four.com/compatible-devices/

 

27- Does the DJI Pilot app include video editor?

– Yes. All you need to do is go to the editor of the Pilot App & tap Director from the home screen. Then you need to select a template to add the clip. After that, you can share the video on YouTube or on other social media platforms.

Keep in mind that the Director uses the videos streamed via Light bridge (720p resolution) and not the full-quality videos stored in the P3 memory card!

 

28 – How can I synchronize the pictures and videos captured on my Phantom 3 into my iOS album?

– To do so, you need to adjust the settings of your mobile device. Go to the Settings menu, select the Privacy tab, and select the Photos tab. Then use the toggle switch next to the DJI Pilot app icon. Then you can synchronize you images & videos. But if the Pilot app hasn’t provided the access to your albums, the photos and videos cannot be synchronized.

 

Camera FAQs

29 – Does Phantom 3 come with a protective lens cap?

– No, the Phantom 3 doesn’t have a separate lens cap. The lens cap or glass filter is already on the camera, which is exactly in front of the actual lens, in order to protect it. This filter is removable, so when you feel like cleaning the lens, all you need to do is take it off. However, if you want a lens cap you can get it from Amazon.

 

30 – Can I use Neutral Density (ND) filters?

During broad daylight, or in abundant lighting condition, shutter speed is increased to compensate the amount of light coming in. But doing so results in choppy movement. Thus the trick is to keep the shutter speed low and to use a Neutral Density (ND) filter. You can replace the protective lens filter in from of the camera with an ND Filter. We recommend Snake River Prototyping, DJI (fits Phantom 3 Adv/Pro and Phantom 4) or the PolarPro DJI Phantom 4 / Phantom 3 Filter Professional 6-Pack.

31 – Is there an upgrade path from Advanced to Professional, replacing just the camera?

Currently, there’s no option to upgrade or degrade the version of the Phantom 3.

 

32 – Is there a microphone on the camera? Can Phantom 3 record audio?

No, there’s no microphone on the camera. It’s not a feasible practice as all you would listen is the noise from the rotors and the prevalent wind.

 

33 – Can the Phantom 3 camera record with Fish-Eye effect?

No, that’s one of the advantages of the new camera that DJI highlighted versus the GoPro.

 

34 – Does the ugly landing gear show up in the videos captured by Phantom 3?

Unfortunately, it can. Like previous Phantom models, the landing gear can still be visible in the recorded videos. But as the landing gear is comparatively wide, the duration during which it is visible is quite short. Being said so, it still depends on the expertise of the person maneuvering the drone. If you fly it controlled you will not have an issue with the landing gear.

 

35- Can we add our own GoPro camera to the Phantom 3?

– No. You can only use the Phantom’s camera, i.e. the 12-megapixel camera (resolution would depend on the advanced or professional version).

Related article:  Drones for Real Estate Aerial Videos

Return-to-home FAQs

36 – How to regain control after a failsafe?

Press and hold the Smart RTH button to start the process. Then press it again to terminate the procedure. This will give back full control of the quadcopter.

 

37 – What is Failsafe?

Failsafe is how DJI calls the Return-to-home (RTH) features.

 

38 – When will Failsafe Activate?

Failsafe will activate when

  1. The Remote Controller is powered off.
  2. The Phantom has low battery
  3. The Phantom has flown out of effective communication range.
  4. The signal between the Remote Controller and the Phantom has been lost (due to interference or other) for more than 3 seconds.

 

39 – What is Return-to-home or Failsafe altitude?

This is an extra safety feature. You can choose the altitude, which the quadcopter will keep while returning to the home point, in order to avoid any obstacles.

 

Transportation FAQs

40 – Is Phantom 3 shipped with a hard case included?

Unlike the DJI presentation video for Phantom 3 that shows a nice hard case, there’s no case included in the shipment. But you can always check our recommended backpack if you are in search of a hard case. Or you can choose from anassortment of hard cases on Amazon.

 

41 – Does the Phantom 3 fit in a Phantom 2 case or backpack?

It actually depends on the case. Phantom 3 is considerably taller and has a slightly wider landing gear than its predecessor. There are cases and backpacks that work for the whole Phantom family, like our recommended backpack.

 

42 – Are the Phantom 2 prop guards compatible with the Phantom 3?

– Yes, you can use the propeller guards of Phantom 2 on Phantom 3 without any trouble. For both of them, you can also use the snap-on prop guards as they fit easily and are easier to carry. But please, be careful with the screws! There have been cases of people damaging the motors tightening them too much. If you don’t have prop guards but want some you can find them here.

 

New FAQs

43 – What’s the top speed of the Phantom 3?

– There’s no official indication, but according to a user tests it is around 45mph.

 

44 – Does the phantom 3 controller come with a mobile device holder?

Yes, but it’s cheap plastic. Several pilots have recommended to upgrade to the Inspire 1 mobile device holder.

 

45 – Does the phantom 3 controller have an HDMI port?

The HDMI port is not included in the P3 controller, but since mid-July 2015 this long awaited optional is available:Phantom 3 – HDMI Output Module (Pro/Adv). This upgrade Module connects to the remote controller and allows for HDMI Output, similar to what already available for the DJI Inspire 1. The HDMI Output allows the broadcasting of the real-time video (resolution of 720P) to monitoring devices or goggles for FPV flight.

 

46 – What’s the resolution of the video edited with the Director app?

The Director App works with the videos streamed via Light bridge, that means 720p and not the full video quality recorded in the Phantom 3 memory card.
The idea is to quickly edit videos, but the Director won’t replace a high-quality editing.

 

47 – What’s the best tablet for the remote controller?

Many Phantom 3 pilots agree that the best tablet is the iPad mini 3. Both video results and the app are superior to other tablets. Android users are in general less satisfied.

 

Ready to buy your Phantom 3, or do you have any more question? If so, let us know in the comments.

And if this post was helpful don’t forget to share it with your friends. You can even use the social media buttons at the top of the post to do so.

Also, if you subscribe to our newsletter we will let you know (from time to time, we won’t continuosly spam you) what content we’ve released or if we’ve updated articles like this one. That way you’ll always have the latest information.

DJI Phantom 3 – Top 47 questions answered
5 (100%) 3 votes

56 Responses

  1. Matthew says:

    What, in your opinion, is the absolute best tablet to use when flying the Phantom3 Professional? My drone should be arriving this week (So excited!), and I want to be ready as soon as it arrives!

    Thank You,
    Matthew B. Westphal
    312-394-9224
    Brendonbarr14@gmail.com

    • daniele says:

      Hi Matthew,

      I’d go for iPad mini 3. I’m an Android guy, but I heard too many complains about Phantom 3 and Android tablets…

      • Matthew says:

        Daniel,
        Thsnks for your reply! I’m an Android guu too, except for my desktop, but definitely my S6 Edge and I had a Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet that I thought was great. What problems have you heard about Android tablets. Idrallu, I would like to figure out how I can use my Samsung Note 4 (or the S6 edge), and somehow connect it theough my occulus rift, but the Note 4, isnt even listed as being compatable. Although, I.did manage to use my GoPro4 with a chest harness and strap it to my lasr Phantom 2 and it worked great with the Note 4 and Edge. Of course, there was no gumbal functionally. Anyway, Id be really interested in your specifix thoughts about the android tablet problems. Thanks again. – Matthew

      • ronnw69 says:

        I use a galaxy tab 3 7″ and it works great, have never had a problem with it and they’re relatively cheap. Model# SM-T210R, hope that helps. GO ANDROID!!!

        • Dennis says:

          Does the SM-T210R have GPS so that I can use the “follow me” function?

          • ronnw69 says:

            It doesn’t have a GPS button but it does have a location button like all cell phones. I’m not sure if they would be considered the same thing, I haven’t used the follow me function so I can’t say. When I go out to the field I use my phones hot-spot and connect my tablet to my phone….

          • Dennis says:

            Thanks ronnw69

            Have you updated to the latest firmware? Any chance you could try out Follow Me with just your Samsung (i.e. no hotspot) and let us know if it works?

            Thanks,
            Dennis

          • ronnw69 says:

            I was trying the new stuff yesterday but I had my hot-spot on, I’ll try it today without it on and report back for you.

        • Kirk B says:

          How you say Galaxy Tab 8.3 and it works beautifully

        • Kirk B says:

          I use a Galaxy Tab 8.3 and it works beautifully

        • Larry Akers says:

          I know your message is more than a year old, but I have to ask… I have a Samsung SM-T210R and I cannot get the dji go app to load on it. Download site says it is incompatible? Is there a trick to get the dji go app to load on this tablet? Thanks, LAkers

          • QuadHangar says:

            Unfortunately we don’t know of a way to make it load. But if you do find one, please let us know as well.

    • Peter says:

      I have an IPad 4. The regular sized iPad. Will this iPad work?

      • Bob K says:

        Peter,

        If it is not a mini 2 or 3 or one of the ipad Air’s it would appear that it won’t work. I have what I think you refer to as an ipad 4 and when I try to download the DJI Pilot app it will not download from the app store as it says it is not compatible. I would say try downloading the app and you will get your answer.

        Bob

        • Matthew says:

          Following up on the iPad4 question. I just purchased the IPad4 mini, and YES, IT IS FULLY COMPATIBLE WITH THE DJI PILOT APP, INCLUDING, DJI’S RECENT UPDATE WHICH INCLUDES THE “FOLLOW ME, ORBIT, AND WAY POINT MODES”, on the DJI Vision 3 Professional Drone. Having started out with the iPad 3 mini, I can confirm that both work exceptionally well. Lastly, I am not other aware of Apple having ever released an IPad4. I am only familiar with their iPad4 mini.

          • Nathan says:

            Thanks Matthew for this update. I have ordered the mini 4 and it should be here today. I looked all over the place and no one has talked about the mini 4. Now i can stop freaking out. Thanks

        • Brent56 says:

          Ipad 4 mini wifi/cellar works fine for me!

        • Brent says:

          IPad Mini 4 works just fine!

    • Chris says:

      I apologize, I know this is an old thread but I wanted to add my input since I picked up a Phantom 3 Professional a couple weeks ago. My Nexus 7 (2012 edition) works beautifully, but the video does get a bit choppy the further away you fly, due to the weaker processor in the tablet.. My wife’s Nexus 7 (2013 edition) performs much better.
      I actually prefer using my Galaxy S5 because it does MUCH better in direct sunlight compared to both Nexus 7 tablets.
      Dan anyone tell me how the iPad mini does in direct sunlight? I’m looking into purchasing a sunshade regardless.

      • Duncan says:

        Chris,

        It seems that apple devices are outperforming android devices more recently than before. Some people suspect that’s because of DJI’s cooperation with Apple.

        I haven’t tried the ipad mini yet so I can’t say how it does in direct sunlight but based on every other device I’ve used I’d say keep looking into purchasing a sunshade as you’re going to need it.

      • Brent says:

        Works better than any other I have tried in bright sun!

  2. Jim says:

    I agree. I’m android all the way but have had nothing but issues with the nexus 7 2nd Gen that dji recommends. The video lags and the app stops working in the middle of flight. They also do not support the flight simulator that exist on the ios platform app. This leads me to conclude that dji is not dedicating the same resources to the android app as they are to the ios app. Go with the ipad mini 3 and make sure it is the latest version with the A7 processor as I finally did.

  3. Mark says:

    i feel your pain, buddy.
    After having read lots of posts on different websites, I zeroed in on the problem
    Try this on your android device……
    Go to settings…
    Open up your Applications menu….
    Open Application Manager
    Open up Google Play Services….
    Uninstall updates
    It works
    Key like a charm for me!
    I went for a 3 mile run yesterday (1.5 miles greatest distance) without a software hiccough.
    Let me know if it works for you.

  4. Jim says:

    Don’t even bother with Android. I’ve been using the ipad mini 3 now for a week after ditching the nexus 7 2nd Gen. The ipad mini is a far superior experience with no glitches, no interruptions to the app and smooth video from the camera at all times on the ipad screen. Android at this point is a waste of time IMO. The latest update to the app is not even ready on the android platform which again tells me dji is not serious about android or is too difficult to develop compared to ios. Just go with an ipad mini. It’s a no hassle, very enjoyable experience. I wish I had gone to ios months ago.

    • Mick says:

      I’m using a nvidia (Shield Tablet) Android. Not so much a problem of any kind with no glitches, no interruptions to the app and smooth video from the camera as far as a Mile 1/2 away. 🙂

      • Jim says:

        I looked at the nvidia shield but it was way more money than an iPad 3 mini, but I have heard it’s an awesome tablet. glad to hear it’s working for you.

  5. krist says:

    i have a tab 3 sm-t110 how can i maked it work with my phantom 3 advanced?

    • Jim says:

      If it’s not on the DJI list of recommended tablets, it won’t work at all or it won’t work well. You will have nothing but problems. If you still want to pursue it, on your Tab 3, go to the Google Play store and see if you can install the DJI Go app. If it is not available (doesn’t show up), it means your tablet is not compatible with the app and you should not use your tablet. If it is available, install it and see how it works.

  6. Duncan says:

    do you need to have your sim card in all the time? is a pain keep taking it out of my phone to put in my pad and if not do you need to switch on WiFi?

  7. Jim says:

    Once I have reached the field where I want to fly, I just turn on “mobile hotspot tethering mode” on my cell phone and use my cell phone to connect my table via wifi to the internet to update my location so I can use the maps on the DJI Go app. Once you update the DJI Go maps, you can turn off the hotspot. If you change locations so much that the map is no longer current for your location, then you start the process over again at the new location you wish to fly.

  8. Clay says:

    Sorry but I’m still a little unclear, my iPad does not have cellular and there’s never Wifi available where I’ve flown. Is it really necessary to have a data connection when you’re outdoors flying? What functionality do you lose? I suppose I could always use my iPhone 6 +..?

  9. Jim says:

    You basically turn your cell phone into a wifi hotspot so your tablet can connect to the internet through your cell phone. See the YT video here on how to enable it on the iPhone 6+ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0UChfifljU You can absolutely just use your iPhone if you don’t need/want the bigger screen.

    If you don’t connect to the internet in the field, the functionality that you lose, is the ability to update the satellite maps for the exact location in which you are flying. You need only connect for a few seconds, just long enough for the DJI GO app to update the position information for the maps, then you won’t need the internet again unless you change locations (by many miles, not feet or yards – you would need to move to a new location beyond the current map info). If you don’t need/use the maps function, then you probably could go without any type of connection.

    • ronnw69 says:

      I have the Phantom 3 Advanced. But I downloaded the owners manual for the Standard and you actually connect your smart device thru your devices Wi-Fi, it’s completely different than the Advanced or Professional versions. You just open your devices Wi-Fi setting and look for Phantom 3 under the networks list that you can connect thru, pick that then enter the default password 12341234 and you should be good to go. Hope that helps, it’s all in the downloadable manual from the DJI website. Happy flying….

    • ronnw69 says:

      Sorry, picked the wrong reply to answer lol

  10. Lynn says:

    I a new Phantom 3 standard owner. Can somebody tell me how to plug in the controller to my kindle fire. The micro USB cable will only plug into the controller or the fire not both. How can It talk back an forth??
    Help….. Very frustrated.. I need a micro sub tomorrow micro use cable do I not??

  11. Lynn says:

    That’s micro USB to micro USB.

  12. Ernani says:

    Hi. Will DJI Go and Phantom 3 Professional work smoothly with iPad Air 32Gb Wi-Fi & cellular (1st generation)? Thanks for the hints!

  13. ronnw69 says:

    I have the iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi and it works great. To answer your question tho both the iPad Air 1 and 2 are listed as compatible devices on the DJI website.

  14. Mike says:

    I have srcathced my lens an P3 STANDARD. What can i do ?

  15. zaw says:

    having problem. I have phantom 3 advance drone. Oneday still i’m flying drone and falldown RC to the ground. Then i cannot see live camera view on mobile device. Why? Plz help me

  16. Question?

    Is the Gimbal Saver for DJI Phantom 3 Ribbon Cable Protection Fix really a necessary item.

    I ordered a Phantom 3 Advanced that should arrive this Wednesday.

    Norman

  17. Tony Melone says:

    Will the Return To Home (RTH) work if you do not have a Wi-Fi or cellular connection in the field?

  18. Don says:

    Trying to update phantom 3 professionals software/firmware and not working. Is this compatible with Mac book pro? Thx in advance

  19. Bob Koch says:

    My update worked fine with my MacBook Pro. I did end up going back to the 1.04 version first but then I upgraded to the 1.05 version. The other thing I did was reformat my micro SD card between updates to make sure there wasn’t any hidden files that would cause me problems. I.e. The MacBook Pro shouldn’t be the problem

    Good luck,
    Bob

  20. Andrew says:

    I have a phantom 3 standard. Every time I turn it on, it says there is strong interference. It doesn’t seem to matter where I am. I also can only get it to go about 750 ft before it loses signal.can anyone help me? I’m new to the drone world.

    • Jeremy says:

      Andrew,
      I’ve been a drone pilot, well, since they started coming out!
      I own all three of the DJI Phantom Drones, but the first one I bought was the Standard. If you are in close proximity to any Television, Power Lines, underground cabling or etc, then you are going to get this interference…. On the Advanced and Professional it just gives you a Compass Error when you around these type objects, however on the Standard I think it just says that there is strong interference.
      Suggestion: Go somewhere like an empty parking lot during the day when the lights are not on, then Calibrate your Compass and IMU. If that doesn’t get you going then I would consider calling your vendor and getting a return….
      Hope this helps,
      Jeremy

  21. Mike says:

    Don’t have any metal objects or have any other devices on at the same time..

  22. Pimimo says:

    Is compatible futaba radio and phantom 3.. (standard,advance or Pro.) ???

  23. Richard A. Woznicki says:

    I have a question. I have had my DJI phantom 3 standard since DEC 2016 and have flown it many times with out any problems with out doing any soft ware updates due to the problems i have heard of. Do i have to update it?

    • Duncan says:

      Software updates generally bring improvements which is why they are recommended. But no, you can keep flying with the default firmware just fine.

  24. Alex Brugger says:

    Just wondering can the phantom 3 be used in areas where there is no phone signals , gps signals.

    • Duncan says:

      Hello Alex,

      Yes, it can be flown in ATTI mode. Obviously this will require a bit more work but it’s well doable and a skill I think everybody should master anyway.

  25. Chris says:

    Are there any wide-angle lenses available for the Phantom 3 Advanced? Would love to be able to put a “filter”-like lens cover on that would capture a wider-angle shot…

Leave a Reply