DJI Phantom 3 Standard vs Advanced Drone

If you have difficulty comparing DJI Phantom 3 Standard Vs. Advanced Drone, we’re here to help. I have been a drone pilot for the past couple of years and have used both of these models several times.

The DJI Phantom 3 Standard and the advanced model features a 2.7K camera. They also share some features, though there are some key differences that break the tie.

Feature Table

DJI Phantom 3 Standard
Advanced Drone
Battery life
Value for money
Camera Quality
Speed and Maneuverability
Ease of Use
Obstacle Avoidance

The DJI Phantom 3 Standard is slightly limited in terms of the footage you can get from it, flight time, and it’s lack of some safety features.

As a result, it’s best used for recreational videography and photography purposes.

The advanced model can give you better footage and features more advanced safety features, therefore, it’s best for intermediate or professional videographers and photographers.

Below, we shall discuss the differences and similarities between the DJI Phantom 3 standard Vs advanced model.

Keep reading.

DJI Phantom 3 Standard vs Advanced Drone

The same company makes the DJI Phantom and advanced models. DJi is also one of the largest consumer drone brands and is known for several drone models that find applications in various industries.

Most of their features of the Standard and are closely related. Nevertheless, there are some noticeable differences, for example, range, camera, and speed, that place the advanced model above the standard one.

Keep reading as we comprehensively compare these models.


If there are no interference or obstacles, the advanced DJI Phantom 3 features a range of 3.1 miles; hence, it is excellent for commercial videography and photography.

On the other hand, the standard DJI Phantom 3 model range is 1.2 miles. It’s ideal for beginners and experienced pilots who love taking photos and shooting videos for fun.

Winner: Advanced DJI Phantom 3

Battery Capacity

Your drone’s battery life determines its flight time. A high battery capacity life gives you more flight time. 

For example, a drone with a battery capacity of 1000mAh lasts for about 10 minutes on a single charge.

Under a favorable flying environment, the advanced DJI Phantom 3 model can fly for about 25 minutes on a single charge because it has a battery capacity of 6000 mAh.

The DJI Phantom 3 standard has a battery capacity of 4480 mAh, and it can fly for about 16 minutes if there’s no wind or obstructions. 

If you want to learn more about drone battery and it’s capacity then make sure to read my other guide here.

Winner: Advanced DJI Phantom 3

Camera Quality

There’s a lot of similarity between the DJI Phantom 3 Standard and Advanced Drone in terms of the camera.

For example, both models have a video resolution of 2.7K, a live video frame rate of 30 fps, a photo camera resolution of 12 MP and live video resolution of 720p.

However, the Advanced model also gives an option to film at 1080p at 60 fps. That higher frame rate and potentially better sensor allow you to get slightly better footage than you would get with the standard version.

Winner: Advanced DJI Phantom 3

Speed and Maneuverability

Both the Phantom 3 Standard and Advanced models offer similar speeds and maneuverability, with maximum horizontal speeds of around 35 mph and responsive controls for performing various maneuvers.

While the Advanced model may have slight advantages in maneuverability due to its advanced flight features like obstacle sensing and Vision Positioning System, the differences may not be significant for most users in typical flying scenarios.

Winner: The models are the same.

Ease of Use

It’s easy to operate the DJI Phantom 3 and advanced models. The Standard DJI Phantom 3 easily follows the given commands. It’s easy to assemble and fly, even as a beginner.

Some customers say it is easier to use than a toy drone. So, if you have struggled to learn how to fly a toy drone, don’t fear trying out the standard Phantom model.

It has safety and convenience features that make it easy to control it.

The advanced DJI Phantom 3 standard has high flight freedom and is highly responsive to commands.

It’s intuitive controls give pilots freedom over their flights. This means both models are easy to operate.

Winner: Both drones are easy to use

Obstacle Avoidance

Both drones lack obstacle avoidance, that’s why the manufacturer advises you to avoid areas with obstacles.

And when setting RTH, make sure to set it above the obstacles in the area you are flying in since the drone will not avoid them.

However, the DJi Phantom 3 Advanced version does have Vision Sensors that help it maintain its altitude in areas that lack GPS, such as indoors.

This makes it safer to fly indoors and closer to the ground. On the other hand, the DJi Phantom 3 Standard lacks these sensors and is often unstable to fly too close to the ground.

Winner: They both lack obstacle avoidance, but the Advanced version is safer to fly thanks to Vision Sensors.

Value for Money

Though some of the features of the advanced model are better than the standard model, both drones offer value for more.

Here’s why: Both have great cameras, a great range, are easy to use, have high speed, and are easy to maneuver.

Nevertheless, the advanced model’s battery life and camera quality are above the standard.

Hence, as a professional photographer and videographer, you get value for your money if you buy the advanced model.

As an ordinary drone user, you get value for money if you buy the standard one because it has a great camera, and most of its features are similar to those of the advanced one.

Winner: Both offer value for money based on usage.


Considering the advanced DJI Phantom 3, a higher battery capacity, and a longer range, and potentially better footage it’s our overall winner.

You will pay more, but it’s with every penny. The image and video quality are excellent.

Hence, it’s excellent for professional videographers and photographers. The standard DJI Phantom 3 is ideal for beginners or recreational drone users.

Peter Karanja

Peter is a licensed drone pilot and drone fanatic. He owns a DJI Air 2S that he uses to shoot videos for fun, enjoyment and for clients.

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