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Advance v Pro - Camera Options

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Specialist, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. Specialist

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    Hi There, i'm looking to purchase a DJI 3 after many weeks of deliberation.

    I guess my question is ... is the Pro really worth an extra £250 ? It seems quite a lot of money for a faster charger and a 4k camera that only shoots at 30fps.

    Has anyone compared both camera ? I'll be using the drone for aerial photography and hopefully some video footage of cycling, trail running etc.

    My other option is that I have a GoPro 4 Silver already. Do you know if the Pro and Adv are sold with a GoPro Gimbal and would you people say the GoPro 4 is better than the Pro Camera ?

    So many questions :) .. Thanks in advance
     
  2. fordruid

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    In my mind the choices are Standard or Pro. If I understand it right the pro has better camera stuff and signal stuff for remote than Adv (could be wrong). Standard for close flying, Pro for serious pictures and great flights I own both, Adv was not an option for me

    Phantom 3's have a dedicated camera, no 'easy' change.
     
  3. Meta4

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    Only if you absolutely, positively need 4K video
    The cameras (and everything else) is identical except that the Advanced will only handle up to 2.7K video which is plenty for most purposes.
    Everything else is the same.
    For stills, there is no difference.
    Save the $$ and use it for batteries.
    There's no GoPro option with the P3 series but very few people would want to use the GoPro after the P3 which gives full camera control in the air, something not possible with the GoPro.
     
  4. Specialist

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    The standard doesn't us GLONASS does it ? and doesn't have as powerful motors?
     
  5. fordruid

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    No to both, but I bought it for when it 'might not come back'. Think flying into a active volcano....yes, most of my fun starts with "hey, ya'll watch this" or "here, hold my beer".
     
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    Fantastic aerial photography there Meta :) .. They look very crisp indeed. And that was with the advance ? .. Thanks for sharing
     
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    Thanks .... yes, I fly the P3 Advanced
     
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    No Glonass on the standard but the motors are the same as the newer version motors that all P3s now have.
    Just slightly less powerful that the original motors but it makes no appreciable difference.
     
  9. Specialist

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    lol .. thanks fordruid ... we don't have any active volcano's here in the UK .. we have some active chimneys bellowing out smoke.. that's the closet we get :)
     
  10. PhantompilotNL

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    Hai meta and specialist, the extra battery is one of the reasons to choose the advanced. Have you even try to edit 4k video on your pc? Think about that... Greetz
     
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    But if you were video recording the Tardis and The Doctor took off.....
     
  12. Καλλιστώ

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    Hi everybody!
    Specialist, i have you very same dilemma, and what i'm unsure of is the video bitrate of the two.
    I fear the the pro has an higher bitrate (60 Mbps vs 40 Mbps) that means more informations also using Full HD setting (that it will be probably my favourite settings for video).
    So far i can't find it this difference exists or the higher bitrate is because the 4k capability...
     
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    You must have had a bundle deal .. i'm not sure by default that the advance comes with an extra battery? 4k Editing on your PC isn't that bad.. you need quite a bit of disk space and a really good graphics card :)
     
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    Hi Καλλιστώ .. I've been doing some reading this morning and the 4k is 60Mbp/s (25fps) and strangely 1080p only runs 25/Mbp/s (25fps)

    There is a petition for DJI to increase 60Mbp/s to a minimum of 100Mbp/s .. The Actual video encoder in the DJI is capable of 240/Mbp/s

    See link - DJI: 100Mbp/s bit rate for the Phantom 3 Professional
     
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    Thanks!
    Keep studying...
    (obviously i've signed the petition)
     
  16. PhantompilotNL

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    Very interesting research... Dji has to upgrade based upon the hardware!!!! Moderators Just try...
    I think this will be the phantom 4 professional in may 2016 released....based on the same hardware.... :)
     
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    I agree. Buy the best now that you can afford (everyone's situation is different) or wait for P4. Or judge you needs. What works for me may be insane to you (and from past experience, insane may be the right term for me...look it up)
     
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    Welcome specialist!

    The answer to your question lies within your expected usage of the P3? (Recreationally / professionally)

    Also, think about your editing / viewing capabilities. (I personally, upgraded both after getting my first pro - But I still recorded in 4K prior to this)

    I will be (officially) operating commercially in the UK very soon (which is why I chose the route I did)

    I live in Dorset (near / overlook sandbanks), there is no such thing as a "boring" flight around here, the Jurassic coast is all around me & the new forest is a short drive too, so I have always wanted to capture footage as best as possible on my P3 (regardless of it's intended use)

    My next investments are inspires (more so for commercial reasons)

    The P3's (adv / pro) are bang on the £ for their capabilities.
     
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    Me too, for a hobby.
     
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    One other consideration that I have come aware of is that the live feed to the iPad or phone that you use is much lower quality on the advanced (2mbs vs 10 Mbps) than on pro, I'm probably going back to a pro based on this... The advanced is totally usable but it is a big difference in quality
     
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