What can you do with a Phantom 3 Professional 4K after a lifetime grand total of 80 minutes’ flying? THIS, SUCKA!
Back in August I wrote a five-part series comparing the DJI Phantom 3 Professional 4K [B&H | Amazon] and 3DR Solo [B&H | Amazon] from the perspective of a rank newbie: I’d never flown an RC (radio controlled) aircraft of any kind.
Each quad had its strengths and weaknesses, and even though I’d initially been attracted to the idea of aerial videography by 3DR’s Smart Shots technology, I ended up preferring the Phantom [note: the Solo with gimbal is finally available].
When DJI announced that they’d added their version of Smart Shots to the Phantom 3 (called Intelligent Flight Mode or IFM), well…
I bought one: the DJI Phantom 3 Professional 4K – the exact same one I’d tested — along with an extra battery, a hardshell backpack [B&H | Amazon], and a 64G micro SDXC card. They arrived the day before we embarked on a 10-day road trip to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, so I didn’t have time to upgrade the firmware.
Thus: no IFM this time around, but no beginner mode anymore, either: just manual.
What can a person with just under 80 minutes’ flight time do with a Phantom 3 Professional?
This (no post-production other than cuts and an added soundtrack).
Cape Breton Phantom 3 Highlights
…which is amazing.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing, though: back at home, the microSD card refused to catch after the firmware update, and I’m waiting for a replacement.
But with this written – holy CRAP, this technology just blows my mind.
I keep a copy of the footage without my commentary on my iPhone, and whenever I hit “play” I am transported to a magical place. Not gear land – but that terrifying and then life-affirming little meadow high above the Atlantic Ocean.
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)