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Read Before the First Flight

Read the following documents before using your Phantom 3 Standard.
1. In the Box
2. Phantom 3 Standard User Manual
3. Phantom 3 Standard Quick Start Guide
4. Phantom 3 Standard Guidelines and Disclaimer
5. Phantom 3 Standard Intelligent Flight Battery Safety Guidelines
To prepare for your first flight, follow the steps in the Phantom 3 Standard Quick Start Guide. Read the Guidelines and Disclaimer to understand your legal rights and responsibilities.

Introduction

Product Profile & Key Features
The Phantom 3 Standard is an easy-to-fly quadcopter for aerial photography and filmmaking. It includes
a high-quality camera, custom-built remote controller, and Intelligent Flight Battery, and is compatible with
the DJI GO app for mobile devices.

Key Features

Camera and Gimbal: The built-in camera captures video at 2.7K and 12 megapixel photos. A 3-axis gimbal holds the camera stable and steady as you fly, resulting in shake-free footage every time.
Intelligent Flight Battery: A 4480 mAh lithium polymer Intelligent Flight Battery features an advanced power management system, and provides up to 25 minutes of flight time.
WiFi Video Downlink: Live HD video is streamed from the camera to the DJI GO app over WiFi as you fly. A WiFi range extender is built into the remote controller.
Flight Controller: Flying is easy and safe with a flight controller optimized to enable controlled, stable flight. Critical flight data is collected, computed and communicated to the entire aircraft in real time.
Preparing the Aircraft
Removing the Gimbal Clamp
Slide the gimbal clamp off the camera.

Removing the Gimbal Clamp

Attaching the Propellers
Attach the black propeller nuts onto the motors with black dots and spin them counter-clockwise to secure. Attach the silver propeller nuts onto the motors without black dots and spin them clockwise to secure.

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:
1. Unfold the mobile device holder and adjust its position and angle.
2. Slide the power switch to the right to turn on the remote controller. Ensure the battery is fully charged.
3. Be sure the S1 switch is toggled to the upper most position. The Status LED will become solid green if the remote controller is functioning properly.

Battery Installation Preparing the Remote Controller:

Aircraft Diagram
Aircraft Diagram
Remote Controller Diagram
Remote Controller Diagram

Aircraft

Flight Controller
The flight controller provides stability, safety and control to the Phantom 3 Standard. The supported flight modes are designed to optimize aircraft control for different conditions and purposes. The flight controller allows the aircraft to automatically Return-to-Home (RTH) if the remote controller signal is lost (i.e. Failsafe RTH) or when instructed to by the pilot (i.e. Smart RTH), ensuring the safe return of your aircraft. Flight data is stored to the device every time you fly and can be accessed anytime.
Flight Mode
Three flight modes are available. The details of each flight mode are found below:
P-Mode (Positioning): P-Mode works best when the GPS signal is strong. One of its two states will be selected by the aircraft automatically depending on GPS signal strength.
– P-GPS: GPS is available. The aircraft uses GPS for positioning.
– P-ATTI: GPS is not available. The aircraft only uses its barometer to maintain altitude.
A-Mode (Attitude): GPS is not used for positioning, and the aircraft only uses its barometer to maintain altitude. If a GPS signal is present, the aircraft will still return to the last recorded Home Point if the remote controller signal is lost.
F-Mode (Function): Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC) is supported in this mode. Refer to the IOC section in the Appendix for more information.
Flight Status Indicator
The Phantom 3 Standard has two Front LEDs located under the two front motors and two Aircraft Status Indicators located under the two rear motors.

Flight Status Indicator

The Front LEDs glow solid red when the aircraft is turned on and help you orientate the aircraft when it is in the air. You can switch off the Front LEDs in the DJI GO app to achieve a better filming result. The Aircraft Status Indicators indicate the status of the flight controller. See the table below for details of its blinking patterns.
Aircraft Status Indicator Blinking Patterns
Aircraft Status Indicator Blinking Patterns
Return-to-Home (RTH)
The Return-to-Home (RTH) procedure 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. The following sections describe them in detail.
Smart RTH
Tap “Return-to-Home” in the DJI GO app or toggle the S2 switch on the remote controller back and forth at least twice to initiate Smart RTH. The aircraft will first ascend to the Return-to-Home altitude, then return to the last recorded Home Point if a GPS signal is available. During the RTH procedure, you may use the remote controller to guide the aircraft around obstacles.
Tap “Return-to-Home” or toggle the S1 switch once to terminate Smart RTH and regain full control of the aircraft.
Low Battery RTH
When the Intelligent Flight Battery is depleted to a point that may affect the safe return of the aircraft, the Low Battery Level Warning or Critically Low Battery Warning will appear in the DJI GO app. The thresholds for these warnings are automatically determined based on the aircraft’s current altitude and distance from the Home Point, but you can also set your own fixed thresholds as extra precaution.
Observe the Battery Level Indicator as you fly your aircraft. The 12:29 icon displays the estimated remaining flight time, and the H icon represents the point when the battery level is just enough for the aircraft to return to the Home Point. The 12:29 icon gradually moves to the left as the battery is consumed.
When the 12:29 icon enters the yellow region, the Low Battery Level Warning will appear and prompt you to Return-to-Home. The aircraft will automatically return to the Home Point if no action is taken after 10 seconds, but you can resume normal flight by tapping “Return-to-Home” or toggling the S1 switch.
When the 12:29 icon enters the red region, the battery level can only support the aircraft to land from its current altitude. The Critically Low Battery Level Warning will appear and the aircraft will begin to descend automatically. You should find a suitable location to the land the aircraft immediately.
Low Battery RTH
Failsafe RTH
Failsafe RTH will be triggered if the remote controller signal is lost for more than three seconds, provided that a Home Point was recorded previously. You can regain control of the aircraft if the remote controller signal is recovered.
Failsafe Illustration
Failsafe Illustration
Failsafe Safety Notices
Failsafe Safety Notices Failsafe Safety Notices
Flight Data
The aircraft automatically keeps a record of detailed flight data including telemetry measurements, aircraft status information, and error messages. To export this data, connect the aircraft to the PC through the Micro USB port and launch the DJI GO app to export this data. This data can be later analyzed with the proper software if necessary.
Attaching and Detaching the Propellers
Only use official DJI Phantom 3 propellers with your Phantom 3 Standard.

Attaching and Detaching the Propellers

Attaching the Propellers
1. Remove the warning stickers from the motors before attaching the propellers.
2. Attach the black propeller nuts onto the motors with black dots and spin them counter-clockwise to secure. Attach the silver propeller nuts onto the motors without black dots and spin them clockwise to secure.

Attaching the Propellers

Detaching the Propellers
Put the propeller removal clamp around the motor, and pinch both sides as shown below to hold the motor in place. Then rotate the propeller in the unlock direction to loosen it.
Detaching the Propellers
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 with the official DJI battery charger.

 

  • The Intelligent Flight Battery must be fully charged before using it for the first time. Refer to Charging the Intelligent Flight Battery on page 18 for more information.
  • Note that the output power of the supplied Phantom 3 Standard charger is 57 W.
DJI Intelligent Flight Battery Functions
1. Battery Level Display: LEDs display the current battery level.
2. Battery Life Display: LEDs display the current battery life.
3. Auto-Discharging Function: The battery automatically discharges to below 65% of battery level when it is left idle (pressing the power button will exit idle state) for more than 10 days to prevent swelling. It takes about two days to discharge the battery from 100% to 65%, and it is normal to feel moderate heat emitting from the battery during the discharge process. The discharge thresholds can be adjusted in the DJI GO app.
4. Balanced Charging: Automatically balances the voltage of each battery cell when charging.
5. Overcharge Protection: Automatically stops charging the battery when it is fully charged.
6. Temperature Detection: The battery will only charge when its core temperature is between 0°C and 40°C (32°F and 104°F).
7. Overcurrent Protection: The battery stops charging when the maximum current of 8A is exceeded.
8. Over-Discharge Protection: The battery stops discharging when the battery voltage reaches 12V to prevent damage from over-discharge.
9. Short Circuit Protection: Automatically cuts the power supply when a short circuit is detected.
10. Battery Cell Damage Detection: The DJI GO app display a warning message if a damaged battery cell is detected.
11. Battery Log: Show the last 32 entries of battery information including warning messages.
12. Sleep Mode: The battery enters sleep mode after 20 minutes of inactivity to save power.
13. Communication: The battery voltage, capacity, current and other relevant information is sent to the flight controller.

 

  • Read the Phantom 3 Standard Intelligent Flight Battery Safety Guidelines before use. Users take full responsibility for all operations and usage.

Using the Battery Using the Battery

Turning On or Turning Off the Battery
Press the power button once, again, and hold for 2 seconds.
  • When turning off the battery, the power button may continue to flash for a few seconds if the aircraft is still storing media files to the Micro SD card.
Low Temperature Environments:
1. The battery capacity is significantly reduced when flying in cold environments (i.e. air temperatures below 0°C).
2. It is not recommended to fly in very cold environments (i.e. air temperatures below -10°C). Ensure the battery voltage is stable when operating in air temperatures between -10°C and 5°C.
3. End the flight as soon as possible if the Low Battery Level Warning appears when you are flying in low temperature environments.
4. Try to warm up the battery indoors prior to flying in low temperature environments.
5. Keep the battery core temperature above 20°C to ensure optimal performance.
6. The charger will pause the charging process if the battery core temperature is out of operating range (0°C ~ 40°C ).
  • Ensure the temperature of the Intelligent Flight Battery exceeds 5°C before takeoff. To warm up the aircraft battery, power it on inside the battery compartment for approximately 1-2 minutes before takeoff. Begin flying by hovering the aircraft at a low altitude for approximately 1 minute to ensure that the battery temperature is stable.
Checking the Battery Level
When the battery is powered off, press the power button once. The Battery Level Indicator will light up to display the current battery level. See the table below for more details.
Checking the Battery Level
Checking the Battery Life
The battery life indicates the number of cycles the battery can be charged and discharged 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 Indicator will light up with one of the following LED patterns:
Checking the Battery Life
Charging the Intelligent Flight Battery
1. Connect the battery charger to a suitable power supply (100-240V, 50/60Hz).
2. Open the protection cap on the battery charger and connect it to the Intelligent Flight Battery. If the battery level is above 95%, turn on the battery before charging, otherwise it will not be fully charged.
3. The Battery Level Indicator will display the current battery level as it is charging.
4. The Battery Level Indicators will turn off when charging is complete. Disconnect the Intelligent Flight Battery from the battery charger.
  • Always turn off the Intelligent Flight Battery before inserting it into or removing it from the aircraft. Air cool the Intelligent Flight Battery after each flight. Allow its temperature to drop to room temperature before charging it.

Battery Protection Mechanism

After any of the above protection issues are resolved, press the power button to turn off the battery protection warning. Unplug the Intelligent Flight Battery from the battery charger and plug it back in to resume charging. Note that you do not need to unplug and plug the battery charger in the event of a room temperature error; the battery charger will resume charging when the temperature falls within the normal range
Discharging the Intelligent Flight Battery
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Remote Controller

Remote Controller Profile
The Phantom 3 Standard remote controller features a 2.4 GHz WiFi Video Downlink, 5.8 GHz aircraft transmission system, and a built-in battery. It is capable of transmitting signals to the aircraft at up to 0.62 miles (1 km). There is a foldable mobile device holder attached to the remote controller used to mount your smartphone.
Controls and Operation
Powering on the Remote Controller
1. Toggle the S1 switch to the upper most position and ensure both control sticks are in the neutral position.
2. Slide the power switch to the right to turn on the remote controller.
3. The Status LED will light up solid green when the remote controller is connected to the aircraft. The Battery Level Indicator will display the battery level of the remote controller.
Powering on the Remote Controller
Charging the Remote Controller
Charge the remote controller through the Micro USB port using the provided Micro USB cable. The Battery Level Indicator will blink green when it is charging.
Remote Controller Operation
The remote controller is set to Mode 2 by default.
  • Neutral Position: The control stick is released and in the central position.

  • The aircraft will hover in place when both sticks are released and GPS is available.
  • If GPS is not available, the aircraft will lock its altitude but drift from side to side
Battery Level Indicator
The figure below illustrates the four battery levels that are displayed by the Battery Level Indicator on the remote controller’s front panel.

  • Always ensure the remote controller has an adequate battery level before each flight. If the battery level is critically low, the remote controller will sound an alert and its Status LED will blink red for 3 seconds before automatically powering off. If the remote controller powers off during flight, the aircraft will enter Failsafe RTH.
Optimal Transmission Range
To achieve optimal transmission, point the top of the remote controller at the aircraft, and adjust the antenna so that it is parallel to the aircraft’s legs (or simply tilt it at a 45 degree angle).
Optimal Transmission Range
Linking the Remote Controller
The Phantom 3 Standard is linked to the remote controller by default, and re-linking is only necessary if the remote controller is replaced with a new one. Refer to the figure below to locate the Link Button.
Linking the Remote Controller
Linking Procedures
1. Turn on the aircraft and press the Link Button. The button will blink red when the aircraft is ready to link.
2. Switch on the remote controller, turn the gimbal dial to the far left, and toggle the S2 switch back and forth quickly for at least three times. You will hear a pulsating beep sound when the remote controller is trying to link to the aircraft.
3. The remote controller will stop beeping and the Link Button on the aircraft will turn solid green if linking is successful.
Linking Procedures
CE or FCC Compliance
The remote controller complies with CE compliance as default. Switch between CE and FCC is automatically adjusted according to the GPS locations acquired by the DJI GO app.
  • The CE compliant remote controller has an effective signal range of 0.31 miles (500 m) in open spaces.
  • The FCC compliant remote controller has an effective signal range of 0.62 miles (1000 m) in open spaces.
  • Be aware of your flying distance as the aircraft will enter Failsafe RTH if it flies beyond transmission range.

Remote Controller Status LED Description

WiFi Video Downlink
Used to boost the transmission range between the on-board camera and the remote controller, the 2.4 GHz WiFi video downlink is integrated into the remote controller and provides the device with an effective communication range of up to 0.62 miles (1000 m). It also enables the remote controller to connect to the DJI GO app wirelessly.
Connecting to the WiFi Video Downlink:
1. Switch on the remote controller.
2. Turn on the aircraft.
3. On your mobile device, select ‘PHANTOM3_XXXXXX’ from the WiFi network list, and enter the default password ‘12341234’.
4. Launch the DJI GO app and enter Camera View. A video signal from the aircraft’s camera indicates that the aircraft has established a connection to the WiFi video downlink successfully.
Connecting to the WiFi Video Downlink
Resetting the WiFi Video Downlink
Switch on the remote controller, turn the gimbal dial to the far right, and toggle the S2 switch back and forth for at least three times. The remote controller will sound a long beep if the SSID and password for the WiFi Video Downlink have been reset to their default values successfully.
Resetting the WiFi Video Downlink

Camera and Gimbal

Camera
The on-board camera features a 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor that captures up to 2.7k Ultra HD video at 30fps and 12 MP still photos. Video can be recorded in MOV or MP4 format, while stills can be saved in both JPEG and DNG formats. Shooting modes include burst, AEB and time-lapse. A live HD video feed from the camera can be viewed on your mobile device through the DJI GO app.
Video and Photo Storage
The Phantom 3 Standard comes with an 8 GB Micro SD, but also supports Micro SD cards with a capacity of up to 64 GB. It is recommended using a UHS-1 or Class 10 Micro SD card to minimize the delay when reading or writing high resolution image files
Video and Photo Storage
  • DO NOT insert or remove the Micro SD card when the Phantom 3 Standard is turned on.
Downloading Videos and Photos
Connect the Phantom 3 Standard to your PC through the Camera Micro USB Port to access videos and photos stored on the Micro SD card.
Downloading Videos and Photos
  • The aircraft must be turned on in order to access the files on the Micro SD card.
Camera Status LED
The Camera Status LED lights up when the aircraft is turned on and provides information on the working status of the camera.
Camera Status LED
Gimbal
The 3-axis gimbal provides a steady platform for the camera attached, allowing you to capture crisp, clear images. The gimbal can tilt the camera across a 120 ̊ range.
Gimbal
Use the gimbal dial on the remote controller to control the tilt motion 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 Phantom 3 Standards comes with two Anti-Drop Pins which help secure the gimbal and camera to the aircraft. To install additional pins, follow these steps: Push the Anti-Drop Pin through the damper and the center of the ring. Press them together until you hear a click. Only 2 pins installed adjacent from each other are required during use.
Anti-Drop Kit