Product Comparison: DJI Phantom 3 vs DJI Mavic Air


General Specifications
Brand
DJI
DJI
Model
Phantom 3
Mavic Air
Origin
China
China
About the Product
The Phantom 3 drone is undoubtedly one of the best creations from the brand called DJI. For those of you who are new to the world of drones, DJI is one of the most popular names whenever we talk about quadcopters. With a series of efficient drones leading up to the Phantom 3, this is an intelligent drone that works best for beginners and experts alike.
A marvel of engineering and design, the Mavic Air was built to go wherever adventure takes you. Inheriting the best of the Mavic series, this ultraportable and foldable drone features high-end flight performance and functionality for limitless exploration.
Key Specs
Indoor Or Outdoor Use
Outdoor
Outdoor
Integrated Camera
Yes
Yes
Integrated GPS
Yes
Yes
Maximum Flight Time
25 min.
21 min.
Wireless Range
16404 ft.
262 ft.
App-Controlled
Yes
Yes
What customers say about "Key Specs"
DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone
  • GPS - The GPS flying keeps it stead and I love the return to home feature.
  • Battery Charges fast - A dead battery will be ready to fly in a little over an hour.
  • The Standard will be just fine for most situations. The range has been perfect for me and the quality of video is more than enough for my needs.
  • Short battery life/usually get 13-15 minutes on a fully charged battery dependent on flight route and weather conditions.
  • This drone has a very short range, around 1500-2000 feet. This seems like a lot but in practice it is limited.
DJI Mavic Air Quadcopter with Remote Controller
  • On the good side: the aircraft, gimbal and camera are all really good in high wind, and the resolution is very acceptable though not as good as the Phantom 4 Advanced or Pro.
  • Compared to a spark: this thing is smaller when folded up, has a much better camera, and longer flight time.
  • Otherwise, the combo offers best value, especially when you consider how small the actual flight time is for this little beast.
  • The battery lasts what you'd expect for a drone of this size and caliber, and, despite crashing a couple times, it has held up very well.
  • However 21 minutes with the size of the battery is impressive. Just the sheer fact that I can carry this in a small soccer bag and still have room for plenty of other gear makes it all the worth.
Size & Weight
Height
7.4 in.
3.26 in.
Width
11 in.
6.6 in.
Depth
11 in.
7.2 in.
Weight
2.68 lbs.
0.95 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone
  • It is fairy light. The weight of a filled coke bottle or so. When I carry it around I can stick my arm through the leg handles as if it were a weird plastic handbag.
  • Awesome build,nice sturdy and not to heavy.
  • Its small not bulky and easy to use.
DJI Mavic Air Quadcopter with Remote Controller
  • Great little drone. I have a few DJI and this one is worth it’s weight in gold.
  • I've owned the Phantom 1-4, the Inspire, and the Mavic Pro. That being said, the Mavic Air is probably the best drone I've owned so far. Although I'm not going to get the same quality that I would on the Inspire, the size factor is a big plus.
  • Seasoned pilots may also want it because of its capability and size. I have only had this, my first drone, for 30 days.
  • The controller design and the size of the drone are awsome. It is very easy to travel with this drone compared to my old one.
  • It's compact size, features and the carrying bag included with the fly more combo are awesome.
Flight
Autonomous Flight Modes
Hover, Landing, Follow user, Return to take-off point, ATTI mode
P-mode (positioning), S-mode (sport), ATTI mode, Return to Home, Dronie, Circle, Helix, Rocket, Boomerang, Asteroid
Maximum Speed
35 mph
42.5 mph
Number of Rotors
4
4
Directional Controls
Up, Down, Left, Right, Forward, Backward, Leftward flight, Rightward flight, All
Forward, Backward, Rotate left, Rotate right, Up, Down, Left, Right
What customers say about "Flight"
DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone
  • The P3 is very stable, provided you have a clean GPS lock and aren't flying in heavy winds.
  • Return to Home - The fact that when you're in GPS flying mode it knows to come back home if you drive it to far was a huge plus to me.
  • Drone will fly home when it loses signal or if battery is too low.
  • Superb GPS lock/hovers in place until you move it.
  • It is awesome! Great stability, amazing control. Just understand the range is very much reduced compared to the Advanced model. If range is anything of concern to you, spend the extra couple bux and get the advanced.
DJI Mavic Air Quadcopter with Remote Controller
  • The biggest thing is that if you let go of the controls, the drone hovers in seconds.
  • The intelligent flight modes make getting great cinematic shots a breeze.
  • Flight is amazing, the ability to fly it while watching the video or by looking at it is amazing. The GPS built in allows you to hover it about anywhere.
  • Everything looks pretty good, first couple flights went off flawlessly.
  • The control systems in the drone are excellent. This is a good entry point for me as it is small enough to take anywhere and I can learn to use a drone and expect good video and stills.
Features
Camera and Memory
HD Camera, Micro SD Card 8 GB included
12MP photo, Internal Storage 8 GB
Landing Gear/Legs Included
Yes
Yes
Additional Accessories Included
Remote controller, Battery, Charger, microSD
Remote controller, Battery, Charger
Intended Use
Video shooting & Entertainent
Professional video shooting & Entertainment
Recommended Minimum Age
14
18
Extras
3-axis stabilization, Unique Mobile App, Ultimate Control, Automatic Flight Assistant
LED light, 32 MP Sphere Panoramas, Foldable & Portable, 3-Axis Gimbal & 4K Camera, 3-Directional Environment Sensing, SmartCapture, Slow-Motion Video, Foldable Remote Controller
What customers say about "Features"
DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone
  • Shoots excellent video. The unit records in both 1080P and 2.7K with multiple framerate options.
  • Flexible in the sense that you can add mods/accessories if you feel the need to.
  • Intuitive and well designed mobile app/flight simulator is an amazing feature and very life like.
  • Remote. The transmitter that comes with this model is rather cheap looking. The P3 models come with a nice looking/operational transmitter. However, you can easily add the tablet/phone extender to this for $10.
  • Crappy instructions - Their how to videos shows you advance stuff but for a beginner like me I had to find people on youtube that made better videos.
  • Not a very well designed controller and phone/tablet clamp.
DJI Mavic Air Quadcopter with Remote Controller
  • The camera quality being 4K 30fps or 2.7k 60fps is absolutely stunning. I would definitely recommend this drone to anyone looking to get a great drone to travel with.
  • So far ive only recorded video at 4k; expect some stutter in most of your videos. Overall this thing is a beast. Cant believe I can buy something this awesome for this price and convenience.
  • Amazing photos, amazing videos, range is great. Works amazing in rural areas, being closer to the city can break up signal a little but that's expected.
  • The wide angle lens does a great job of capturing landscape shots, and it takes clear, high quality stills and video.
  • It's so damn small and portable! And the 100mbps and slow motion features are a plus as well.
Power
Battery Type
LiPo 4S
LiPo 3S
Charging Interface(s)
USB
USB
Battery Capacity
4480 mAh
2375 mAh
Battery Voltage
15.2 V
11.55 V
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
CE, FCC
CE
Other Information
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