What’s up everyone, I totally forgot to post this when I completed it about a week ago. I have here test footage of our new favorite toy in our disposal: a DJI Phantom 3 standard drone.
In early August when my family and I went up to rural Minnesota to celebrate my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary (Here’s the video for that event in case you missed its release: 60TH Wedding Anniversary) my uncle and cousin brought up their drones to play around with.
He had two drones with him, one is the DJI Phantom 3 Professional, while the other less used one was the DJI Phantom 3 Standard. That first night a few hours after we finished the grueling 10 hour drive from our home in Illinois, my uncle brought the drones out to fly. My cousin set up the professional to fly then showed me on his Ipad the auto take off button which he then pressed.
The drone quickly rose up and once reaching four feet in the air stopped to hover in place, the take off looked clean and easy to do. My cousin then took the drone off over all the farmland and forest around us; it being golden hour at the time the footage looked pretty damn good.
As my cousin flew around the countryside, I looked at the standard drone sitting in its original box on the ground. I asked my uncle what the difference between the professional and standard drones was. He said that the standard only shoots 720p footage but they’re basically the same. He then said I can actually have the standard drone since they don’t use it. Without hesitation I said I’ll be glad to take it since I had been wanting a drone for a longtime to expand Insane LLama’s shot opportunities.
That night I decided to look up online to see all the differences between the standard and professional editions on the DJI website. First thing that stood out was that the standard version actually shoots/records 2.7k footage, where my uncle got the 720p from was that it only displays that ratio on the screen or when live broadcasting. I only want to use the drone to film establishing shots for our films so that was great news to hear.
Fast forward a few days later when I was back home in Illinois, it was time to fly the new drone for the first time. The user manual was missing from the box so I ended up having to look for it online, which one can easily find on the DJI website. I read the whole manual to learn every feature and detail about the drone; which after re-reading the more important sections a couple more times I was ready and confident in flying the Phantom 3.
I went out to my backyard and set the drone in a more open area so it wouldn’t hit anything when taking off. As the manual said I pressed the power button twice then held it until the green bars filled up, which upon filling the drone beeped loudly and powered on. I used my Ipad to connect to the drones Wi-Fi signal, which when done you can use the Ipad as a screen for the drones camera.
I pressed the auto take off button and the drone had lift off. First thing I noticed was how easy and precise the controls were to fly and also move the camera around. I flew the drone all over the neighborhood, experimenting with getting interesting and beautiful shots with the camera.
One thing is the small drone is actually pretty loud for its size, with most people quickly looking up towards it when I flew over them. During this and a couple later flights I captured some photos and also recorded some high quality footage.
Here are the photos
More importantly here’s the test footage I shot! Enjoy!
Link To Video – DJI Phantom 3 Test Video
Hope you can get a grasp of what this drone can do with the photos and videos. I’m extremely grateful to my uncle for being so kind in giving his spare drone to Insane LLama. Since getting it Eliot and I have been thinking of many great shots we will do with the drone. We’re hoping the drone will increase our production values and more importantly give us another tool in shaping the stories of our films.
Well until next time. Consider following the blog for future post about drones and our short films, maybe also check out the Insane LLama Youtube channel which can be accessed through the drone video posted, we always have interesting and entertaining content being released for everyone to enjoy. Thanks and bye!