I have something to confess. I've been flying drones for a while now and I've flown dozens of different models – except for a DJI Phantom.
I'd been avoiding them for 2 reasons: they are pricey, and I thought they were overhyped by loyal “fanboys.” I had no doubt the Phantom was a good quadcopter – but I also assumed you could find one just as good, but also more affordable. Guess what? I was wrong!
I found a great deal on a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced on Amazon, so I broke down and bought it. I've only had a chance to fly it a handful of times – but holy crap, what a drone!
My first flight consisted of launching it a few feet into the air, hovering it for a minute, then letting it auto-land. I was blown away! It was like the heavens parted and it finally dawned on me – “ohhh, so this is what all the fuss is about! Now I get why everyone is raving over the Phantom!”
Up to this point, my plan was to keep upgrading my Cheerson CX-20 until I had a “cheap” Phantom. I've come to realize that won't happen. Sure, a fully modded CX-20 will have most, if not all, of the “features” of the Phantom – but it will never match the slick, smooth, simplicity of the Phantom.
Plus, with the recent price drops in the Phantom line, you'd pay about as much for a fully modded CX-20 as you would for a Phantom 3 Standard. And with the upcoming release of the Phantom 4, I fully expect that we'll see even more great deals and savings on the Phantom 3 line.
So if you are contemplating a Phantom 3, I suggest you keep an eye on eBay and Amazon used/refurbished deals – they've been steadily and consistently falling recently (hence my recent purchase of the Phantom 3 Advanced!).
I won't be doing a Phantom 3 review – you can find dozens of great reviews if you do a little googling. Instead, I'll share my experiences and recommendations with accessories.
And don't fret – we'll keep posting reviews of non-phantom drones! So stay tuned!