DJI Unveils Phantom 3 Drone

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DJI has played a pivotal role in bringing the drone into the mainstream, thanks to its Phantom series of read-to-fly quadcopters. The company's newest addition to the lineup is its most sophisticated drone to date, arriving in two editions in the form of the Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 3 Advanced. The primary difference between the two is the camera: the Professional version shoots 4K footage at 30 frames per second, while the Advanced shoots at a 1080p resolution at up to 60 frames per second. Both will have features including the innovative Visual Positioning System, laden with indoor sensors that allow the Phantom 3 to hold its position inside, as well as GPS that's been improved with support for GLONASS (a Russian satellite-based navigation system that works in conjunction with GPS). Additionally, the Phantom 3 now comes bundled with DJI's Lightbridge system, allowing for live HD streaming direct to your mobile device from up to 2 kilometers away.

The Professional will cost $1259; $100 more packaged with an extra battery. The Advanced, meanwhile, is listed at just $1000, or $1100 with the extra battery. (Flight times are rated at about 23 minutes per battery.) Look for the DJI Phantom 3 to launch in the coming weeks.

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