The Phantom series from DJI is quite outstanding, and offers a variety of personal drones ideal for a number of uses. The Phantom 1 is (understandably) the first in the series and therefore the most “basic,” while the Phantom 2 and 3 are upgraded models offering a number of special features. The Phantom 3 is the latest model and easily the most impressive, with the Phantom 2 a good option, though not as feature-heavy as its upgrades, the Phantom 2 Vision and Vision+. 

So which is the Phantom for you? Let’s find out:


The DJI Phantom 1 is the least expensive of the Phantom series, which isn’t exactly a shock. The Phantom 3 is currently going for about $1,280 on Amazon, while the Phantom 1 available for over $400 and the Phantom 2 for $500-$700. Think about budget constrictions long and hard before purchasing a Phantom!


As previously mentioned, the Phantom 1 is the least feature-tastic of the three models, and therefore does not include a camera. However, it is set up for mounting a GoPro camera. The Phantom 2 is also camera-free, but it is compatible with DJI Zenmuse aerial gimbals so you may fly with your own camera. Its upgrades, the Vision and Vision+, include built-in cameras that shoot 14 megapixel images and videos.

Remote Control

In terms of remote control function, the DJI Phantom 2 and Phantom 3 again have the Phantom 1 beat.The Phantom 2’s control is the updated version of its predecessor. It comes with a trainer port, built-in rechargeable LiPo battery with 2000mAh capacity, gimbal control dial, battery level LED indicators, and a throttle locking feature that “holds the throttle stick in place when descending.”

The DJI Phantom 3 controller comes with the DJI Pilot app so you may control your quadcopter through your mobile device. Control is “nearly triple the range of previous Phantom models – up to 1.2 miles.”