The DJI Phantom 3 Standard is no longer available as of early 2018. Take a look at our updated review of drones to see current models and footage from our tests.
The DJI Phantom 3 Standard is a great choice for anyone who is itching to add aerial footage into their cinematic endeavors, but can't justify spending four figures on a drone. While the more expensive Phantom models and the GoPro Karma do offer appreciably greater performance in comparison, the Phantom 3 Standard is still a reliable, usable filmmaking tool. The gimbal is supple enough to produce the smooth panning shots most people think of when they envision drone footage. The 2.7K camera has good color accuracy, and the controller benefits from DJI's penchant for creating great user interfaces. Bottom line, the Phantom 3 Standard won't make your movie look quite as good as the more expensive models, but it will get you most of the way there for a fraction of the price.