This page should not be interpreted as dissatisfaction with the Phantom
It is much easier to note faults, shortcomings and complaints than it is to
note points of satisfaction.
At the time of writing, 2015/12/20, I was, in general, very pleased with my
drone, but I did feel that the instructions provided could be greatly
improved, and that the operations needed to upgrade the firmware could be
much better explained.
The Phantom 3 Advanced drone comes with a remote control unit, a set of spare
propellers, a battery, a battery charging unit, several leads, and a few other
odds and ends.
Serpentine River and Lake Goegrup, Mandurah, Western Australia
The drone attracts interest from passers-by.
I'm the one in the foreground on the right here, the walker with his dog
stopped to chat.
Unfortunately, keeping up even a light conversation does not aid the
concentration required to fly the drone and take photos.
Mandurah War Memorial, Western Australia
In addition to this the user must have a 'compatible device' which
may be one of several up-to-date iPhones, smart phones, tablets, mini iPads or
I had to buy an iPad mini 2 at a cost of about Aus$380.
This is not an optional extra, it is an absolute necessity.
The user will also need access to the Internet to set-up the drone and iPad,
but not to fly the drone once the set-up is completed.
The instructions that DJI provide for their excellent drone are a long way
short of excellent.
The Phantom 3 Advanced comes with a very limited set of written instructions.
Apart from the Safety Guidelines and Disclaimer booklet there is a single
sheet of paper folded into five sections, each about A5 size, titled
Quick Start Guide.
These are quite inadequate.
After some time I discovered that a much more detailed 58-page set of
instructions, the DGI Phantom 3 Advanced User Manual, can be downloaded from
the DJI site.
But this too is not what it might be.
For one thing it refers to the "DJI Pilot app" which seems to have been
superceded by the DJI GO app.
For a beginner to get started using DJI's instructions is slow, difficult,
confusing, and frustrating.
The DJI instructions (in the manual) for updating the firmware state
"To check your current firmware version, launch the DJI GO app and tap
through Camera View > System Status Bar > Overall Status".
What is the System Status Bar?
Nowhere in the manual is the System Status Bar referred to!
Firmware update guide, P5, "If your ... remote controller firmware is
v1.3.20 or above, you must use the DJI GO app to update the firmware".
This turned out to not be true.
My first attempt to update the firmware, from the instructions on the DJI
site, failed and gave me a drone that I could not use for several days
(because I had no access to the Internet to try the update again).
When I did again have access to the Internet I found
Drone Camps after
I followed the instructions given in Drone Camps and the firmware installed
successfully in the aircraft.
(Not in the remote control, but perhaps there was none to be installed in it.)
It seems that the very small LED at the front side of the camera gimbal
flashes red and green while the installation process is in progress.
A loud beeping sound, described as "D, D, D" in the manual is made if the
update has been unsuccessful.
A much quieter beeping takes place during updating that is progressing