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P3P or P3A?

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by GMayberry, Feb 1, 2016.

  1. GMayberry

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    I have a Phantom 1.1.1 basically built as much as possible, and I am getting the itch to go bigger and better. Besides the video, what are the main differences in the Advanced and Professional models?

    One part of me says if I am spending $950 on the Advanced, I may as well spend the $1250 on the Pro, but the other part of me asks why, if its only a difference in video.

    Please help! :cool:
     
  2. msinger

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    The main differences are the camera and the battery charger. Check out DJI's comparison here.
     
  3. GMayberry

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    I had found that, but the Pro and Advanced are under the same column. Then the 4K is over to the other side. At first I was thinking that the Pro *was the 4K, but apparently I was wrong. This is leading to more confusion. haha
     
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    There are a _lot_ of threads with this exact same question (so a lot of answers as well) so you may want to search on this matter.

    Short answer.... one is 2.7k video, the other is 4k. There are several other differences, even some DJI does not talk about, and you can obtain this info from the prior posts.
     
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    btw the advanced is $799
     
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    Unless you really do need 4k and really do have equipment to edit, display etc.

    Advanced is a steel at current price
     
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    did the Advanced go up in price? Should be $799 or $725 if you buy from jet.com if money is the selling point.
     
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    Advanced is the best bang for your buck at $799, no tax free shipping to VA.

    SD
     
  9. GMayberry

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    The $950 I mentioned was a bundle I saw on EBay. I haven't even price shopped them yet. I will for sure though! I had just been thinking about the Pro the entire time and just happened upon that bundle that made me question it. Looks like I may be getting an Advanced!
     
  10. rippmaster13

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    im leanin towards p3p myself. it seems the 60mb/s 4k bitrate OWNS the 40mb 2.7k bitrate of the p3a

    (when 4k is downsampled to 1080p)
     
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    Just remember you want to edit that video. It takes a good computer to do it.
     
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  12. rippmaster13

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    yeah if your pc cant handle 4k editing, then the advance is for sure the way to go.
     
  13. Davphys

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    Not quite. I have flown both and you can notice absolutely no discernible difference in the video feed. P3A is a WAY better deal.


     
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    If you are planning to do FPV or add the HDMI module, consider the 10mbps bandwith of the p3p against the 2mbps of p3a. In terms of FPV video quality and compression it makes a lot of difference


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  15. Davphys

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    I have done FPV and have the HDMI module on both. There is an EXTREMELY slight difference when using it. It is not very noticeable and you have to "look" for artifact. It definitely does not make much difference. There is another member of this forum, "dirtybird" who will tell you the same.
    There is truly NO discernible difference between the P3A and P3P except 4K video which isn't supported by most televisions anyway. Just buy the P3A and a 100W charger.

     
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  16. rippmaster13

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    but its the 4k downscaled to 1080p where the sweetspot lies.

     
  17. GMayberry

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    The P3A can do FPV right out of the box right? (with of course my iPad)
     
  18. Davphys

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    Nonsense. 1080P is 1080P.

     
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    Correct. But if you wish to use goggles, you need the HDMI output. But of course, on an iPad it works out of the box. And on an iPad there is absolutely no difference at all between a P3A and P3P. And with goggles there is only a negligible difference.

     
  20. rippmaster13

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    no. you downsample 4k to 1080p with maintained bitrate at 60mbps. search the forums on it. less artifacting n so on.