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Read Before the First Flight
Read the following documents before using the PHANTOM 3 Professional:
1. In the Box
2. Phantom 3 Professional User Manual
3. Phantom 3 Professional 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 Professional Quick Start Guide and refer to the User Manual for more detailed information
Product Profile & Features Highlights
The Phantom 3 Professional represents the next generation of DJI quadcopters. It is capable of capturing 4K 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.
Camera and Gimbal: With the Phantom 3 Professional, you’re shooting 4K video at up to 30 frames per second and capturing 12 megapixel photos that look crisper and cleaner than ever. 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.
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.
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
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.
Remote Controller Diagram
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 Professional 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
Aircraft Status Indicator Description
Low Battery RTH
Failsafe Safety Notices
Vision Positioning System
Follow the steps below to use Vision Positioning:
Attaching and Detaching the Propellers
Use only DJI approved propellers with your Phantom 3 Professional. The grey and black nuts onthe propeller indicate where they should be attached and in which direction whey should spin. Toattach the propellers properly, match the nut color with the motor axis color.
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.
- 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.
- 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 Professional charger is 100W.
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 Battery
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.
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:
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 Professional. Never insert or remove a battery when it is turned on
Battery Protection LED Display
The table below shows battery protection mechanisms and corresponding LED patterns.
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.
Remote Controller Profile
Using the Remote Controller
Turning the Remote Controller On and Off
The Phantom 3 Professional 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.
Charging the Remote Controller
Charge the remote controller using the included charger. Refer to the figure on next page below for more details.
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.
 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.
 Playback Button
Press to view images and videos that have already been captured.
 Shutter Button
Press to take a photo. If burst mode is activated, multiple photos will be taken with a single press.
 Video Recoding Button
Press once to start recording video, then press again to stop recording.
 Gimbal Dial
Use this dial to control the tilt of the gimbal.
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.
Camera and Gimbal
The on-board camera uses the 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor to capture video (up to 4096x2160p at 24fps or 4K at up to 30fps with the Phantom 3 Professional) 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 Professional. The Phantom 3 Professional 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.
- Do not remove the Micro SD card from the Phantom 3 Professional when it is turned on.
Camera Data Port
Turn on the Phantom 3 Professional and connect a USB cable to the Camera Data Port to download photos and videos to your computer.
- The aircraft must be turned on before attempting to access the files on the Micro SD card
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.
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.
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:
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.