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Read Before the First Flight

Read the following documents before using the PHANTOM 3 Advanced:
1. In the Box
2. Phantom 3 Advanced User Manual
3. Phantom 3 Advanced Quick Start Guide
4. Phantom 3 Professional / Advanced Safety Guidelines and Disclaimer
5. Phantom 3 Professional / Advanced Intelligent Flight Battery Safety Guidelines
We recommend that you watch all tutorial videos on the official DJI  website and read the Disclaimer before you fly. Prepare for your first flight by reviewing the Phantom 3 Advanced Quick Start Guide and refer to the User Manual for more detailed information.

Introduction

Product Profile & Features Highlights
The Phantom 3 Advanced represents the next generation of DJI quadcopters. It is capable of capturing 1080p video and transmitting an HD video signal out of the box. The built-in camera has an integrated gimbal to maximize stability while minimizing both weight and size. Even when no GPS signal is available, the Vision Positioning System allows the aircraft to hover accurately in place.

Features Highlights

Camera and Gimbal: Phantom 3 Advanced has a fully integrated camera that shoots 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second and captures 12 megapixel photos. An enhanced sensor gives you greater clarity, lower noise, and better pictures than any previous flying camera.
HD Video Downlink: The low-latency long range HD downlink is powered by an enhanced version of DJI Lightbridge.
DJI Intelligent Flight Battery: The 4480 mAh DJI Intelligent Flight Battery features upgraded battery cells and an advanced power management system.
Flight Controller: The next-generation flight controller has been updated to provide a safer, more reliable flight experience. A newly implemented flight recorder stores critical data from each flight and the Vision Positioning System enhances hovering precision when flying indoors or in environments where GPS is unavailable.

 

Preparing the Aircraft
Removing Gimbal Clamp
Remove the gimbal clamp by sliding it to the right (when facing the nose of the aircraft), as shown below.

Removing Gimbal Clamp

Attaching the Propellers:
Mount the propellers with black dots on to motors with black axes and spin counter-clockwise to secure. Mount the propellers with sliver dots on to motors with sliver axes and spin clockwise to secure. Be sure all propellers are securely in place.

Attaching the Propellers

Battery Installation
Slide battery into the battery compartment according to the arrow’s direction shown below. Make sure that you hear a click sound indicates the battery is firmly installed. Failure to do so may affect the flight safety of your aircraft.

Battery Installation

Preparing the Remote Controller:
The mobile device holder is designed for securing tablet or mobile device. Tilt the mobile device holder to the desired position, then adjust the antennas so they are facing outward.
1.Press the button on the top right side of the mobile device holder to release the clamp, then adjust the clamp to fit the size of your mobile device.
2. Secure your mobile device in the clamp by pressing down, and connect your mobile device to the remote controller using a USB cable.
3. Plug one end of the cable into the mobile device, and the other end into the USB port on the back of the remote controller.

Preparing the Remote Controller

Aircraft Diagram
Aircraft Diagram
Remote Controller Diagram
Remote Controller Diagram Remote Controller Diagram Remote Controller Diagram

Aircraft

Flight Controller
The Phantom 3 Advanced’s flight controller features several important upgrades, including a new flight mode. Safety modes include Failsafe and Return-to-Home. These features ensure the safe return of your aircraft if the control signal is lost. The flight controller can also save critical flight data from each flight to the on-board storage device. The new flight controller also provides increased stability and a new air braking feature.
Flight Mode
Three flight modes are available. The details of each flight mode are found below:
P-mode (Positioning) : P-mode works best when GPS signal is strong. There are three different states of P-mode, which will be automatically selected by the Phantom 3 Advanced depending on signal strength of GPS and Vision Positioning sensors :
– P-GPS: GPS and Vision Positioning both are available. The aircraft is using GPS for positioning.
– P-OPTI: Vision Positioning is available but the GPS signal strength is not sufficient. The aircraft is using only the Vision Positioning System for positioning.
– P-ATTI: Neither GPS nor Vision Positioning is available. The aircraft is using only its barometer for positioning, so only altitude can be stabilized.
A-mode (Attitude): GPS and Vision Positioning System are not used for stabilization. The aircraft only uses its barometer. The aircraft can still automatically return to the home point if the control signal is lost and the Home Point was recorded successfully.
F-mode (Function): Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC) is activated in this mode. For more information
about IOC, refer to the IOC section in the Appendix
Flight Status Indicator
The Phantom 3 Advanced has Front LEDs and Aircraft Status Indicators. The positions of these LEDs are shown in the figure below:

Flight Status Indicator

The Front LEDs show the orientation of the aircraft. The Front LEDs glow solid red when the aircraft is turned on to indicate the front (or nose) of the aircraft. The Aircraft Status Indicators communicate the system status of the flight controller. Refer to the table below for more information about the Aircraft Status Indicators:
Aircraft Status Indicator Description
Aircraft Status Indicator Description
Return-to-Home (RTH)
The Return-to-Home (RTH) function brings the aircraft back to the last recorded Home Point. There are three types of RTH procedures: Smart RTH, Low Battery RTH, and Failsafe RTH. This section describes these three scenarios in detail.
Return-to-Home (RTH)
Smart RTH
Use the RTH button on the remote controller (refer to “RTH button” on page 26 for more information) or tap the RTH button in the DJI GO app and follow the on-screen instructions when GPS is available to initiate Smart RTH. The aircraft will then automatically return to the last recorded Home Point. You may use the remote controller’s control sticks to control the aircraft’s position to avoid a collision during the Smart RTH process. Press and hold the Smart RTH button once to start the process, and press the Smart RTH button again to terminate the procedure and regain full control of the aircraft.
Low Battery RTH
The low battery level failsafe is triggered when the DJI Intelligent Flight Battery is depleted to a point that may affect the safe return of the aircraft. Users are advised to return home or land the aircraft immediately when prompted. The DJI GO app will display a notice when a low battery warning is triggered. The aircraft will automatically return to the Home Point if no action is taken after a ten-second countdown. The user can cancel the RTH procedure by pressing the RTH button on the remote controller. The thresholds for these warnings are automatically determined based on the aircraft’s current altitude and distance from the Home Point.
The aircraft will land automatically if the current battery level can only support the aircraft long enough to descend from its current altitude. The user can still use the remote controller to alter the aircraft’s orientation during the landing process.
The Battery Level Indicator is displayed in the DJI GO app, and is described below:
 Low Battery RTH
Failsafe RTH
If the Home Point was successfully recorded and the compass is functioning normally, Failsafe RTH will be automatically activated if the remote controller signal is lost for more than three seconds. The Return-to-Home process may be interrupted and the operator may regain control of the aircraft if the remote controller signal connection is re-established.
Failsafe Illustration
Failsafe Illustration
Failsafe Safety Notices
Failsafe Safety NoticesFailsafe Safety Notices
Vision Positioning System
The DJI Vision Positioning System uses ultrasound and image data to help the aircraft maintain its current position. With the help of Vision Positioning, your Phantom 3 Advanced can hover in place more precisely and fly indoors or in other environments where a GPS signal is not available. The main components of the Vision Positioning System are located on the bottom of your Phantom 3 Advanced; they include [2] two ultrasonic sensors and [1] one monocular camera.
Vision Positioning System
Using Vision Positioning
Vision Positioning is activated automatically when the Phantom 3 Advanced is turned on. No further action is required. Vision Positioning is typically used in indoor environments, where GPS is unavailable. Using the sensors that are built into the Vision Positioning system, the Phantom 3 Professional can hover precisely even without GPS.
Using Vision Positioning

Follow the steps below to use Vision Positioning:

1. Toggle the flight mode switch to P-mode.
2. Place the aircraft on a flat surface. Note that the Vision Positioning system cannot work properly on surfaces without clear pattern variations.
3. Turn on the aircraft. The aircraft status indicator will flash green two times, which indicates the Vision Positioning system is ready. Gently push the throttle up to lift off and the aircraft will hover in place.
 Vision Positioning System
Flight Recorder
Flight data is automatically recorded to the internal storage of the aircraft. This includes flight telemetry, aircraft status information, and other parameters. To access these data, connect the aircraft to the PC through the Micro USB port and launch the DJI GO app.
Attaching and Detaching the Propellers
Use only DJI approved propellers with your Phantom 3 Advanced. The grey and black nuts on the propeller indicate where they should be attached and in which direction whey should spin. To attach the propellers properly, match the nut color with the motor axis color .

Attaching and Detaching the Propellers

Attaching the Propellers
1. Be sure to remove the warning stickers from the motors before attaching the propellers.
2. Attach the propellers with silver dots onto the motors with silver axes and spin the propellers clockwise to secure them in place. Attach the propellers with black dots onto the motors with black axes and spin the propellers counter-clockwise to secure them in place. Be sure to tighten each propeller by hand before flight.

Attaching the Propellers

  • Ensure the propellers are attached to the correct motors. Only using the propeller with the same model.
  • Tighten the propellers with both hands before each flight.
  • Ensure that all propellers are in good condition before each flight. DO NOT use aged, chipped, or broken propellers.
  • Stand clear of the motors and DO NOT touch the propellers when they are spinning.
Detaching the Propellers

Hold the motor in place with one hand, then spin the propeller in the indicated unlock direction.

  • Check that the propellers and motors are installed correctly and firmly before every flight.
  • Ensure that all propellers are in good condition before each flight. DO NOT use aged, chipped, or broken propellers.
  • To avoid injury, STAND CLEAR of and DO NOT touch propellers or motors when they are spinning.
  • ONLY use original DJI propellers for a better and safer flight experience
DJI Intelligent Flight Battery
The DJI Intelligent Flight Battery has a capacity of 4480 mAh, a voltage of 15.2 V, and a smart charge/ discharge functionality. It should only be charged using an appropriate charger that has been approved by DJI.

DJI Intelligent Flight Battery

  • The Intelligent Flight Battery must be fully charged before using it for the first time. Refer to“Charging the Intelligent Flight Battery” for more information.
  • Be aware that the output power of the supplied Phantom 3 Advanced charger is 57 W.

DJI Intelligent Flight Battery Functions

1. Battery Level Display: the LED indicators display the current battery level.
2. Battery Life Display: the LEDs display the current battery power cycle.
3. Auto-Discharging Function: To prevent swelling, the battery automatically discharges to below 65% of total power when it is idle for more than ten days. It takes around two days to discharge the battery to 65%. It is normal to feel moderate heat being emitted from the battery during the discharge process. Discharge thresholds can be set in the DJI GO app.
4. Balanced Charging: Automatically balances the voltage of each battery cell when charging.
5. Overcharge Protection: Charging automatically stops when the battery is fully charged.
6. Temperature Detection: The battery will only charge when the temperature is between 0°C (32°F) and 40°C (104°F).
7. Over Current Protection: The battery stops charging when high amperage (more than 8 A) is detected.
8. Over Discharge Protection: To prevent over-discharge damage, discharging automatically stops when the battery voltage reaches 12 V.
9. Short Circuit Protection: Automatically cuts the power supply when a short circuit is detected.
10. Battery Cell Damage Protection: The DJI GO app displays a warning message when a damaged battery cell is detected.
11. Battery Error History: Browse the battery error history in the DJI GO app.
12. Sleep mode: To save power, the battery enters sleep mode after 20 minutes of inactivity.
13. Communication: Information pertaining to the battery’s voltage, capacity, current, etc. is transmitted to the aircraft’s main controller.
  • Refer to Phantom 3 Professional / Advanced Intelligent Flight Battery Safety Guidelines before use. Users take full responsibility for all operations and usage.

Using the BatteryUsing the Battery

Turning ON/OFF
Turning On: Press the Power Button once, then press again and hold for 2 seconds to turn on. The Power LED will turn red and the Battery Level Indicators will display the current battery level.
Turning Off: Press the Power Button once, then press again and hold for 2 seconds to turn off. The battery power LED will flash when powering off the Phantom to allow automatically stopping of a recording during the event recording wasn’t stopped
Low Temperature Notice:
1. Battery capacity is significantly reduced when flying in low temperature (< 0°C) environments.
2. It is not recommended that the battery be used in extremely low temperature (< -10°C) environments. Battery voltage should reach the appropriate level when operating environment with temperatures between -10°C and 5°C.
3. End the flight as soon as the DJI GO app displays the “Low Battery Level Warning” in low temperature environments.
4. Keep the battery indoors to warm it before flying in low temperature environments.
5. To ensure optimal performance of the battery, keep the battery temperature above 20°C.
6. The charger will stop charging the battery if the battery cell’s temperature is not within the operating range (0°C ~ 40°C ).
  • In cold environments, insert the battery into the battery compartment and allow the aircraft for approximately 1-2 minutes to warm up before taking off.
Checking the Battery Level
The Battery Level Indicators display how much power remains. When the battery is turned off, press the Power Button once. The Battery Level Indicators will light up to display the current battery level. See below for details.
Checking the Battery Level
Battery life
Battery life refers to how many more times the battery can be discharged and recharged before it must be replaced. When the battery is turned off, press and hold the Power Button for 5 seconds to check the battery life. The Battery Level Indicators will light up and/or blink for two seconds, as shown below:
Battery life
Charging the Intelligent Flight Battery
1. Connect the Battery Charger to a power source (100-240 V 50/60 Hz).
2. Open the Protection Cap and connect the Intelligent Flight Battery to the Battery Charger. If the battery level is above 95%, turn on the battery before charging.
3. The Battery Level Indicator will display the current battery level as it is charging.
4. The Intelligent Flight Battery is fully charged when the Battery Level Indicators are all off.
5. Air-cool the Intelligent Flight Battery after each flight. Allow its temperature to drop to room temperature before storing it for an extended period.
  • Always turn off the battery before inserting it or removing it from the Phantom 3 Advanced. Never insert or remove a battery when it is turned on.

Battery Protection LED Display

After these issues are resolved, press the Power Button to turn off the Battery Level Indicator. Unplug the Intelligent Flight Battery from the charger and plug it back in to resume charging. Note that you do not need to unplug and plug in the charger in the event of a room temperature error; the charger will resume charging when the temperature is within the allowable range.
How to discharge your Intelligent Flight Battery

Remote Controller

Remote Controller Profile
The Phantom 3 Advanced remote controller is a multi-function wireless communication device that integrates the video downlink system and aircraft remote control system. The video downlink and aircraft remote control system operate at 2.4 GHz. The remote controller features a number of camera control functions, such as taking and previewing photos and videos, as well as controlling gimbal motion. The remote controller is powered by a 2S rechargeable battery. The battery level is displayed via LED indicators on the front panel of the remote controller.
Using the Remote Controller
Turning the Remote Controller On and Off
The Phantom 3 Advanced remote controller is powered by a 2S rechargeable battery that has a capacity of 6000 mAh. The battery level is indicated via the Battery Level LEDs on the front panel. Follow the steps below to turn on your remote controller:
1. When the remote controller is turned off, press the Power Button once. The Battery Level LEDs will display the current battery level.
2. Press and hold the Power Button to turn on the remote controller.
3. The remote controller will beep when it is turned on. The Status LED will rapidly blink green, indicating that the remote controller is linking to the aircraft. The Status LEDs will glow solid green when linking is complete.
4. Repeat Step 2 to turn off the remote controller.

Turning the Remote Controller On and Off

Charging the Remote Controller
Charge the remote controller using the included charger. Refer to the figure on next page below for more details.

Charging the Remote Controller

Controlling the Camera
Shoot videos/pictures, view recorded images, and adjust camera settings via the Shutter Button, Camera Settings Dial, Playback Button, and Video Recording Button on the remote controller.

Controlling the Camera

[1] Camera Settings Dial
Turn the dial to adjust camera settings such as ISO, shutter speed, and aperture without letting go of the remote controller. Move the dial to left or right to scroll through pictures and videos in playback mode. Press down on the dial to toggle between these settings.
[2] Playback Button
Press to view images and videos that have already been captured.
[3] Shutter Button
Press to take a photo. If burst mode is activated, multiple photos will be taken with a single press.
[4] Video Recoding Button
Press once to start recording video, then press again to stop recording.
[5] Gimbal Dial
Use this dial to control the tilt of the gimbal.
Controlling Aircraft
This section explains how to control the orientation of the aircraft through the remote controller. The Remote Control is set to Mode 2 by default.
  • Stick Neutral/Mid-Point: Control sticks are in the center position.
  • Moving the Control Stick: The control stick is pushed away from the center position.

Controlling Aircraft Controlling Aircraft

P-mode (Positioning): P-mode works best when the GPS signal is strong. There are three different versions of P-mode, which will be automatically selected by the Phantom 3 Advanced depending on GPS signal strength and the Vision Positioning sensors:
– P-GPS: GPS and Vision Positioning both are available; the aircraft is using GPS for positioning.
– P-OPTI: Vision Positioning is available but a sufficient GPS signal is not available. Aircraft is using only Vision Positioning for position holding.
– P-ATTI: Neither GPS nor Vision Positioning is available, the aircraft is using only its barometer for positioning, so only altitude is maintained.
A-mode (Attitude): GPS and Vision Positioning System are not used for stabilization. The aircraft uses only its barometer to stabilize. The aircraft can automatically return to the Home Point if remote controller signal is lost and the Home Point was recorded successfully.
F-mode (Function): Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC) is activated in this mode. For more information about IOC, refer to the IOC section in the Appendix.
By default, the Flight Mode Switch is locked to P-mode. To unlock other flight modes, launch the DJI GO app, enter the “Camera” page, and tap “Mode”, then activate “Multiple Flight Mode”.

Camera and Gimbal

Camera

Camera Profile
The on-board camera uses a 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor to capture video (up to1080p at 60 frames per second with the Phantom 3 Advanced) and 12 megapixel stills. You may choose to record the video in either MOV or MP4 format. Available picture shooting modes include burst, continuous, and time-lapse mode. A live preview of what the camera sees can be monitored on the connected mobile device via the DJI GO app.

Camera Micro SD Card Slot
To store your photos and videos, insert the Micro SD card into the slot, as shown below, before turning on the Phantom 3 Advanced. The Phantom 3 Advanced comes with a 16 GB Micro SD card and supports Micro SD cards up to 64 GB. A UHS-1 Micro SD card is recommended due to their fast read and write speeds allowing you to save high-resolution video data.

Camera Micro SD Card Slot

  • Do not remove the Micro SD card from the Phantom 3 Advanced when it is turned on.

Camera Data Port
Turn on the Phantom 3 Advanced and connect a USB cable to the Camera Data Port to download photos and videos to your computer.
Camera Data Port

  • The aircraft must be turned on before attempting to access the files on the Micro SD card.
Camera Operation
Use the Shutter and Video Recording buttons on the remote controller to shoot the images or videos through the DJI GO app. For more information about how to use these buttons, refer to “ Controlling the Camera Page 24 ”.
Camera LED Indicator
Camera LED Indicator lights up after the flight battery is powered on. It provides information on the working status of the camera

 

Camera LED Indicator

Gimbal
Gimbal Profile
The 3-axis gimbal provides a steady platform for the attached camera, allowing you to capture clear, stable images and video. The gimbal can tilt the camera within a 120 ̊ range.

Gimbal Profile

Use the gimbal dial on the remote controller to control the tilt movement of the camera.

Gimbal Operation Modes
Two gimbal operation modes are available. Switch between the different operation modes on the camera settings page of the DJI GO app. Note that your mobile device must be connected to the remote controller for changes to take effect. Refer to the table below for details

Gimbal Operation Modes

Anti-Drop Kit
The anti-drop kit helps keep the gimbal and camera connected to the aircraft. Two pins have been
mounted prior to shipping. If new or additional pins are required, see the diagram below. Press Part ① through the hole of the vibration absorber and into the center hole of Part ② , then lock them together as shown ③ . Mounting the anti-drop kit pins diagonally from each other is recommended.

Anti-Drop Kit