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Price Range

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Type

Quadcopter

Quadcopter

Quadcopter

Quadcopter

Drone

Best for

Aerial Photography/Videography

Aerial Photography/Videography

High-level cinematography and aerial photography

Aerial Videography/Photography

Superior flight (Starpoint Positioning System)

Skill Level

Intermediate & advanced

Intermediate & advanced

Intermediate

Intermediate & advanced

Beginner

Advanced Aircraft Features

Flight Time

23 minutes

23 minutes

25 minutes

25 minutes

25 minutes

Number of Rotors

4

4

4

4

4

Max Ascent Speed

5 m/s

5 m/s

10 m/s

6 m/s

Max Descent Speed

3 m/s

3 m/s

2 m/s

3 m/s

Max Speed

16 m/s

16 m/s

24.6 m/s

8 m/s

16 m/s

Payload Capacity

300 grams

300 grams

420 grams

600 grams

180 grams

Maximum Flying Altitude

6,000 meters

6,000 meters

122 meters

122 meters

2,000 meters

Maximum Operating Temperature

40°C

40°C

45°C

80°C

40°C

Advanced Flight Features

Ready To Fly

Bind And Fly

GPS Compatible

Altitude Hold

Position Hold

Flight Planning

Autonomous Flight

Follow Me Capable

Automatic Landing

Return To Home

Collision Avoidance

Headless Mode

Streaming

Drone Physical Attributes

Weight

1,280 grams

1,280 grams

1,500 grams

1,100 grams

1,420 grams

Dimensions

18 x 13 x 8 inches

18 x 13 x 8 inches

20 x 16.5 x 11 inches

565 x 420 x 240 mm

19.5 x 19.5 x 8.5 inches

Wingspan (mm)

590 mm

590 mm

460 mm

565 mm

352 mm

Body Material

Plastic

Plastic

Carbon Fiber

Rotor Material

Plastic

Plastic/Carbon Fiber

Plastic

Carbon Fiber

Available Colors

White

White

Black

Black

Orange

Camera Basics And Attributes

Still Camera Resolution

12 megapíxels

12 megapíxels

Depending on the external camera

12 megapíxels

12 megapíxels

Max Video Resolution

4K

1080p

Depending on the external camera

4K

4K

Stabilization

3 axis

3 axis

3 axis

3 axis

3 axis

Lens Field of View

94 degrees

94 degrees

Depending on the external camera

115 degrees

108 degrees

Lens Focal Length

20 mm

35 mm

Depending on the external camera

35 mm

Lens Aperture

f/2.8

f/2.8

Depending on the external camera

f/2.8

Sensor

Sony EXMOR 1/2.3"

Sony EXMOR 1/2.3”

Depending on the external camera

1/2.3″ CMOS

Camera Control Range

-90 to +30°

-90 to 30°

Depending on the external camera

360°

Supported SD Card Types

Micro SD

Micro SD

Depending on the external camera

Micro SD

Micro SD

Controller Basics And Attributes

Operating Range

2,000 meters

2,000 meters

805 meters

800 meters

2,000 meters

Controller Frequency

2.4 GHz

2.483 GHz

2.4 GHz

2.4 GHz

5.8 GHz

Control System

Remote Control + Phone/Tablet

Remote Control + Phone/Tablet

Remote Control + Phone/Tablet

Remote Control + Phone/Tablet

Remote Control + Phone/Tablet

Mobile App Name

DJI Pilot

DJI Pilot

3DR SOLO

CGO3

X-STAR

Minimum Operating System Compatibility

iOS 8.0
Android 4.12

Android 4.1.2
iOS 8.0

  • iOS 8.0
  • Android 4.3

  • iOS 7.0
  • Android 4.1

  • Android 4.0
  • iOS 7.0

Controller Battery Capacity

6,000 mAh

6,000 mAh

2,600 mAh

5,200 mAh

6,000 mAh

Receiver Sensitivity

-101 dBm

-101 dBm

Controller Battery Type

Lithium Polymer 2S

Lithium Polymer 2S

Lithium-ion

Lithium Polymer

Lithium Polymer

Mobile Device Holder

Smartphone
Tablet

Smartphone
Tablet

  • Smartphone
  • Tablet

Smartphone

  • Smartphone
  • Tablet

Controller Voltage

7.4 V

7.4 V

7.2 V

3.6 V

Controller Amperage

1.2 A

1.2 A

Transmitter Power

20 dBm

20 dBm

21 dBm

Battery Basics And Attributes

Battery Capacity

4,480 mAh

4,480 mAh

5,200 mAh

5,400 mAh

4,900 mAh

Battery Weight

365 grams

365 grams

500 grams

Battery Type

Lithium Polymer 4S

Lithium Polymer

Lithium Polymer

Lithium Polymer 3S

Lithium Polymer

Battery Power

100 V

15 V

15 V

Battery Charger Voltage

17.4 V

17.4 V

11.1 V

14.8 V

Vision Positioning System (Only for DJI Phantom Models)

Maximum Altitude

300 cm

300 cm

Operating Range

300 cm

300 cm

Maximum Velocity

8 m/s

8 m/s

Operating Environment

Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (Lux > 15)

Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (> 15 lux)

Photography And Video Details

Shutter Speed Range

1/8000 - 8 seconds

1/8000 - 8 seconds

Depending on the external camera

Photo ISO Range

100 - 1600

100-1600

Depending on the external camera

Photo File Formats

DNG
JPEG

DNG
JPEG

Depending on the external camera

DNG
JPEG

DNG
JPEG

Photography Modes

  • Single Shot
  • Burst Shooting: 3/5/7 shots
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5
  • Bracketed Frames at 0.7 EV Bias
  • Time-lapse

  • Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5
  • Bracketed Frames at 0.7 EV Bias
  • Burst Shooting: 3/5/7 shots
  • Single Shot
  • Time-lapse

Depending on the external camera

  • Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5
  • Bracketed Frames at 0.7 EV Bias
  • Burst Shooting
  • Single Shot
  • Time-lapse

Max Image Size

4000 x 3000

4000x3000

Depending on the external camera

4096 x 2160

VR Headset Compatible

Depending on the external camera

Live View

Depending on the external camera

Live View Quality

720p

720p

Depending on the external camera

1080p

720p

Live View Speed

30 frames per second

30 frames per second

Depending on the external camera

120 frames per second

240 frames per second

Live View Frequency

2.4 GHz

2.4 GHz

Depending on the external camera

5.8 GHz

5.8 GHz

Video ISO Range

100 - 3200

100-3200

Depending on the external camera

Video File Formats

  • MOV
  • MP4
    • AVC
    • H.264
    • MOV
    • MP4

    Depending on the external camera

    • MOV
    • MP4

    Maximum Bitrate of Video Storage

    60 Mbps

    40 Mbps

    Depending on the external camera

    Video Recording Modes

    • DCI 4K (4096 x 2160): 24p, 25p
    • UHD 4K (3840 x 2160): 24p, 25p, 30p
    • 1080p (1920 x 1080): 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p
    • 720p (1280 x 720): 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p

    • 1080p (1920 x 1080): 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p
    • 720p (1280 x 720): 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p

    Depending on the external camera

    • 1080p (1920 x 1080): 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p
    • UHD 4K (3840 x 2160): 24p, 25p, 30p
    • 2.7K: (2704 x1520) 30p

    • 1080p (1920 x 1080): 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p
    • 720p (1280 x 720): 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p
    • UHD 4K (3840 x 2160): 24p, 25p, 30p

    Miscellaneous Aircraft Specification

    Software Type

    Proprietary

    Proprietary

    Open Source

    Proprietary

    Proprietary

    Replacement Parts Available

    • Batteries
    • Canopy
    • Motors
    • Rotor Guards
    • Rotors

    • Batteries
    • Landing Gear
    • Motors
    • Rotor Guards
    • Rotors

    • Batteries
    • Landing Gear
    • Motors
    • Rotors

    • Frame
    • Landing Gear
    • Motors
    • Rotors

    EIRP

    100 mW

    100 mW

    125 mW

    Technical Support Available

    • Chat
    • Email
    • Phone

    • Chat
    • Email
    • Phone

    • Email
    • Phone

    • Email
    • Phone

    • Email
    • Phone

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