DJI has announced a new camera drone called the Phantom 3 Standard. The DJI Phantom 3 Standard is a quadcopter with an integrated camera able to record video at up to '2.7K' (2704 x 1520) at 30 fps and take 12 megapixel still images in JPEG and DNG Raw formats. The quadcopter is designed for consumer-level use.

According to the maker, the Phantom 3 Standard uses an upgraded version of the Phantom 2 Vision+ controller, which includes a clip for attaching a smartphone. Near real-time footage from the camera can be viewed on the smartphone via a Wi-Fi connection and the DJI Go mobile app. The app can also be used to toggle recordings on and off, and to adjust the camera's settings. 

The drone itself is based upon DJI's Phantom 3 model, offering 25 minutes of flight time and stabilization based on GPS. Intelligent flight features utilize the GPS functionality, as well, allowing for 'Point of Interest', 'Waypoint Navigation', and 'Follow Me' recording modes. The Follow Me mode has the drone follow the user; Waypoint Navigation mode lets the operator set a specific route for the drone to travel; Point of Interest mode allows the operator to choose an object around which the drone will circle.

The drone's camera has a 1/2.3" 12 megapixel sensor and a 94 degree field of view with a 20mm equivalent F2.8 lens. The ISO ranges from 100 to 3200 for video, and 100 to 1600 for still images. Several photography modes are available: single shot, burst modes (up to 7 frames), auto exposure bracketing, bracketed frames, and time lapse. Images are stored on an included 8GB microSD card.

Video recording, meanwhile, includes Full HD 1080/30p/25p/24p and 720/60p/50p/48p/30p/25p/24p options. There's a max video bitrate of 40Mbp, and both MP4 and MOV file formats are supported. The live video view via the DJI Go mobile app, however, is limited to 720/30p quality.

The Phantom 3 Standard is available now from DJI for $799 USD. Shipping will take place 3 to 5 days after the payment confirmation.

Press release:

DJI Releases Photography And Video Drone Designed For Beginner Pilots

DJI today released the most accessible flying camera ('drone') the company has ever created.

Designed specifically for first-time pilots, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard brings DJI’s signature attention to stability, flight, and imaging to make capturing aerial images easier and more accessible than ever before.

“Based on the remarkable success of the DJI Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 3 Advanced, we wanted to create a new drone that addresses people who are curious about aerial imaging, but not quite ready to commit to a more professional system,” said Frank Wang, DJI’s CEO and Founder. “The Phantom 3 Standard makes it easy to get into the air to take great photos and videos.”

With a newly designed and integrated camera, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard records up to 2.7k HD video at 30 frames per second using a high-quality 94 degree distortion-free lens. The camera also shoots still images at 12 megapixels in both DNG Raw and JPG formats. Using a standard WiFi connection, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard allows pilots to see what their camera sees in near real time in HD, capture photos, start / stop record for video and adjust camera settings all from the updated DJI Go app.

The remote controller is an updated version of DJI’s previous Phantom 2 Vision+ controller, with an integrated WiFi range extender and wheel to angle the camera.

Based on the Phantom 3 design, the new DJI Phantom 3 Standard includes GPS-based stabilization and flight times up to 25 minutes using DJI’s interchangeable Intelligent Flight Batteries for the Phantom 3 series.

The DJI Phantom 3 Standard will be compatible with intelligent flight features including Follow Me, Waypoint Navigation and Point of Interest flight planning.

Follow Me – The drone intelligently follows the user based on their orientation.

Waypoint Navigation – Allows users to set a multi-point route that the Phantom 3 flies automatically while leaving camera control (pan and tilt) to the user. Users simply have to pull back on their controller and the Phantom will retrace its path to the beginning.

Point of Interest – Lets users define an object that the Phantom will fly around in a circle with the object framed perfectly in the center – capturing a cinematic shot that is otherwise difficult to fly manually.

These intelligent features, originally released for DJI’s professional products, will be available through a firmware upgrade for the rest of the DJI Phantom 3 series and the DJI Inspire 1 in coming weeks. They are also available through SDK apps already developed by third party DJI developers.