Hello everybody! It’s been a while. I’ve been laying low for quite some time with not much to post, but over the past few months two things occurred which are encouraging me to be active in FPV again. The two things are:
- I’ve obtained by FAA Part 107 UAS Operators Certificate
- I’ve purchased a Phantom 3 Standard drone
Why is this important, well the Operator’s certificate now allows for legal commercial operation of drones under certain conditions set up by the FAA. It’s a huge step forward in legitimizing drone operations in the US.
As for the Phantom 3 Standard… Well, It’s awesome and now I’ll take you through the box opening.
The price point of the Phantom 3 Standard is simply amazing and frankly do not think I could build a drone system like this for the price.
Here is it…
Opening the box it is nicely packed in a firm material to keep it moving around during shipping.
Taking it out of the box you have a nice compact unit. The camera gimbal is nicely protected with a plastic cover to keep it moving around too much during shipping.
The camera a gimbal has rubber dampers to isolated the camera from the vibration of the drone body. They do a great job and in the later section of the review we’ll see how incredibly smooth the video is.
It’s a nice and compact unit.
Here’s the side view. Looks like they design in air vents throughout the body to allow for air cooling.
The rear view shows the battery compartment with the battery installed. To arm the Phantom 3 Standard you have to press the activation button for 2 seconds. The battery is a lot more advanced than what we are used to with self built FPV models. It has the electronics built into to indicate charge level even when not installed in the body.
Here’s a close up view of the battery cover of the Phantom 3 Standard.
There’s really no way to install the battery improperly .
Here’s a close up of the Phantom battery
You could confuse the Phantom 3 Standard controller with a standard RC controller. There are two switches at the top which control the flight mode and can change other operations of the drone. The transmitter is rechargeable and you change it with a USB mini connector that could be used with a typical call phone.
The Phantom 3 Standard include two sets of props. They are color coded gray and black for clockwise and counter clockwise motion.
In terms of documentation, there is a manual included in the box. It is adequate, but not particularly detailed in terms of drone operation. It also includes some stickers for customizing the look of your drone.
Here’s a view of the Phantom 3 Standard full assembled.
The fit and finish of the Phantom 3 Standard is quite nice.
Here’s the drone powered up (you can notice from the lights are on and the camera is now actively being controlled).
This ends the box opening of the Phantom 3 Standard. It’s an impressive package! Especially for many of us who built their own. In the next segment I’ll go over flight testing and video operations.