DJI Phantom 3 Series Advanced Model

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced an Entry Level to Intermediate Level Drone $999 USD


DJI makes two entry level drones. The one we already talked about was the most inexpensive entry level drone. this one, The DJI Phantom 3 Advanced, is a definite upgrade from that lower priced model.  At $999 USD, this drone compares much more closely to the Phantom 3 Professional model ($1259 USD) than its cheaper cousin the DJI Phantom 3 Standard ($699 USD)  The biggest advantages are the usable distance, and the camera’s sensor.  This P3 Advanced camera is the same Sony Exmor series of sensors as the P3 Professional with lower capabilities for the video parameters. The still images and other still modes are all the same quality as the P3 Professional. In almost every respect this sensor beats the P3 Standard sensor hands down. It has better low light, white balance. color, and clarity, than its cheaper cousin.


A two second exposure taken with the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced wearing a PolarPro ND8 (3 stop) filter







The P3 Advanced model has the same powertrain and controller as the P3 Professional, beating the P3 Standard with increased usable distance (up to 1.2 miles from 2000 feet) and better power but he same speed. (35MPH or 16KPH with no wind in ATTI mode). The P3 Advanced has all the same shooting modes as the Standard, plus it is capable of 27K video at 60fps on a better Sony Exmor sensor. It has the same camera design and can use the same filters as the P3 Professional. I have been using PolarPro filters to extend the capabilities of the Advanced model.


PolarPro Phantom 3 Series filters 3 pack for Phantom 3 Advanced and Professional


Using the different still image modes (Single shot,HDR,Burst,Timelpse,& AEB) combines with filters and the stabilized aerial platform from DJI, you can make some amazing imagery. Here is a 30 image 360 degree spherical panorama that I made with this combination of equipment.

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30 image panoramic image of the Bixby Creek Bridge, in Big Sur California.











Buy the DJI Phantom 3 Series Advanced model if you don’t need 4K video and a few faster fps rates. You are getting the same aircraft, gimbal and a slightly less capable Sony Exmor Sensor. The still capabilities are exactly the same with 12 megapixel images.  For the true Cinematographer, the Advanced may not stack up. But for any entry level aerialist, of any discipline, this is a very capable and cost effective drone.  I thought that I would find many more differences between the Standard and Advanced models, but they are both quite similar to fly and use.  After the next firmware upgrade, all Phantom  models should work with 3rd party apps the same.

Here is a link to the P3 Advanced Specs over on

2 Phantom 3 Advanced 2.7K videos, 30 fps. Only speed changes were made,



no color correction or effects were used. Audio was added.

All stills below were taken with a DJI P3 Advanced & PolarPro PL1 Polarizing filter by George Krieger