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Build vs buy. Does aftermarket transmitter work with p3?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Rkkkkkk, Dec 7, 2015.

  1. Rkkkkkk

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    Hey guys so I am in between buying or building which I have asked before others opinions. I also want to know how customizable is the phantom 3? Can I use an aftermarket transmitter? I ask because I found one for $280 but no remote. I can buy a 50 dollar transmitter or buy the orig. One for 250. Prefer the aftermarket one.
     
  2. msinger

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    No.

    Working camera, gimbal, and all? That's a heck of a deal. I'd be careful though because it sounds a little too good to be true.
     
  3. Rkkkkkk

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    The guy claims it all works but I haven't seen it yet. Pics look good. I'm planning on pulling the top case off to inspect the parts as well. Luckily I've watched enough youtube videos that I know how it all comes together and what it should look like. Okay so no matter what I have to buy an expensive p3 remote. Thanks man!
     
  4. Rkkkkkk

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    I thought I'd be able to use a new transmitter if I soddered in a new receiver but I guess dji probably codes all their stuff to promote buying only their parts
     
  5. msinger

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    I'm thinking most people buy Phantoms because they fly as-is right out of the box. If you're looking into building and/or partially building your own, then a Phantom is probably not the best way to go.
     
  6. Rkkkkkk

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    I definitely enjoy the building process. I'm wrestling with the fact that at the end of the day building my own drone will cost the same with less features/less performance. I saw one used for $440 p3
     
  7. Meta4

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    If you wanted a s/h transmitter, ebay is full of them.
    The reason you can't use a conventional controller is that the P3's Lightbridge isn't standard R/C.
    It's much better giving you great range plus 720p video in the same package.
     
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    Understanding all the functionality and components in a quad I don't think you can build as cheep as you can buy. I know it's fun but you'll get enough of that repairing her from the small crashes and mistakes. We all have them. Low hanginging branches, thought I was higher ... It didn't look that close... Called pilot error. Been flying over two years and have probably had half a dozen mishaps. Nothing earth shattering but they did require some repairs. Like other say.. That's the name of this game.
     
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