Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

Sign up for a weekly email of the latest drone news & information

Phantom 3 alternatives?

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by dunginhawk, Apr 18, 2015.

  1. dunginhawk

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2014
    Messages:
    229
    Likes Received:
    23
    So I am a Phantom 2 owner, and i like it. i think its a great bird... overall very happy with it

    I am looking at getting a new one and the p3pro sounds quite nice. added range, 4k, etc .

    On the market today (i havent looked in about 8 months) is there anything out there (i know about the inspire) that rivals the p3?
    Just want to make sure i make the right choice :)
    thanks
     
  2. Sean_joburg

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2015
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    10
    I know the 3DR Solo is coming it's more expensive than the P3 but has some awesome features. Check out this youtube video :
     
  3. Advexure

    Approved Vendor

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2014
    Messages:
    366
    Likes Received:
    163
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA - New York, NY - Sheboygan, WI
    Solo definitely has come in a caused a little stir but the Phantom 3 is still a much better value. Biggest drawback with the Solo is you are still depending on a GoPro's fisheye for aerial..fisheye and aerial should not be in the same sentence ;)
     
  4. Meta4

    Meta4 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2014
    Messages:
    7,696
    Likes Received:
    3,425
    DJI 3 has leaped ahead of the pack with the Phantom 3.
    Anything else you can buy now is way behind now.
     
  5. jason

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2014
    Messages:
    4,099
    Likes Received:
    404
    Location:
    Commerce Twp,MI
    That statement isn't entirely true as the lens can be changed on the GoPro and eliminate the fisheye altogether. Plus there many other features and frame rates that GoPro has that the P3 doesn't have.
    Can the P3's camera be taken off and be used for any other purpose? NO!! So then tell us how good is it really.
     
    ianwood and dirtdummy like this.
  6. mmee1992

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2015
    Messages:
    340
    Likes Received:
    139
    For people like myself and others out there who don't need to take it off and use it elsewhere its perfectly fine.
     
    Ian H likes this.
  7. mmee1992

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2015
    Messages:
    340
    Likes Received:
    139
    Is this the GoPro drone we've been hearing about?
     
    Gearie likes this.
  8. F6Rider

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2014
    Messages:
    1,126
    Likes Received:
    346
    Location:
    Foothills Of The Sierra's, California
    You can pre-order one for $999 but then you have to spend $400 for the go-pro black + lens change to rid of the fish-eye. By the time you are finished you're into it for $1500-$1600. Haven't looked into the flight spec's so can't comment on flight time and such.
     
    MrTommy likes this.
  9. Apparition

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2014
    Messages:
    965
    Likes Received:
    324
    Location:
    USA
    Don't forget the $400 gimbal.
     
    MrTommy and F6Rider like this.
  10. F6Rider

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2014
    Messages:
    1,126
    Likes Received:
    346
    Location:
    Foothills Of The Sierra's, California
    My Bad! you are correct so make that 2K
     
  11. Advexure

    Approved Vendor

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2014
    Messages:
    366
    Likes Received:
    163
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA - New York, NY - Sheboygan, WI
    Jason, you make a great point but most people aren't going to go through the hassle of voiding their GoPro's warranty and getting a new lens installed. The one benefit that you mentioned of being able to use the GoPro for whatever else is a big plus that often leans people to go that route.

    No, this is not the "GoPro Drone". Rumors out of GoPro HQ could be that they may have their own aerial platform out for Christmas, strictly rumors.

    Well put, we've been constantly hearing this justification and many are quick to understand the bang for your buck you're getting with the P3.
     
  12. Apparition

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2014
    Messages:
    965
    Likes Received:
    324
    Location:
    USA
    I have a gopro but the only time it flys is when I'm at the motocross track. The phantom cameras work too well to have to hassle with a gopro.
     
  13. Gunflight

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2015
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    4

    So it doesn't come with the gimbal? Really? I thought it did. Thats a joke if it doesn't.
     
    MrTommy likes this.
  14. Apparition

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2014
    Messages:
    965
    Likes Received:
    324
    Location:
    USA
    No gimbal included. Check it on b&h.
     
  15. SkinFluteSwe

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2015
    Messages:
    99
    Likes Received:
    35
    Location:
    Sweden
    Nope, comes without.
     
  16. thestone11

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2015
    Messages:
    296
    Likes Received:
    32
    Location:
    Alberta Canada
    I enjoy flying my quad, not holding the controller and let the quad fly on its own (seems to be the way 3DR solo selling point). So I think I will still say the phantom is the number one choice of mine.
     
  17. tcope

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2015
    Messages:
    3,508
    Likes Received:
    1,386
    Location:
    Salt Lake City, UT
    How much are the props and how much are the batteries? :)

    Seriously, it's like... "would you like wheels with your new car?"
     
    MrTommy likes this.
  18. Mako79

    Joined:
    May 16, 2014
    Messages:
    3,409
    Likes Received:
    567
    Location:
    Sydney Australia
    + a million.
    The removal of the go pro means that you shouldnt really factor the cost into the 3dr solo. The phantom with proprietary camera means you are stick with aerial and aerial only. Its nerve racking knowing that you are at dji's mercy when the gimbal goes limp because of a $10 flex cable that dji wont sell to the public because they can make a wad replacing the whole gimbal and camera for a thieving $800 or more...
     
    dirtdummy likes this.
  19. dirtdummy

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2015
    Messages:
    147
    Likes Received:
    48
    Location:
    New Hampshire
    The GoPro lens just screws in not hard to change.
     
  20. jason

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2014
    Messages:
    4,099
    Likes Received:
    404
    Location:
    Commerce Twp,MI
    Not quite I had to completely take it apart because a lens cover was installed in such a way it could not be removed. But really taking it apart was no big thing.

    When I did my 3+ silver and put it back together without micro to mini HDMI cable it took two tries to get a sharp in focus picture. After buying the cable and checking it again on TV it was perfect. Now I'm waiting for the new lens for the 3+black so I can start shooting in 4K.
     
    Advexure likes this.