DJI Phantom 3 Standard Complete Starters Tutorial

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hi have you never flown a drone before

did you just get a DJI phantom 3

standard edition as a gift if you

answered yes to those questions then

this video is for you it should contain

all the basic important information so

you can start flying as quickly as

possible there's tons of resources to

read and the documents tutorials for DJI

or a bit scattered across multiple

locations on the DJI website as well as

the DJI YouTube channel unfortunately

there's not a lot of information on how

to get things started included in that

big fancy box that you got all of that

reading and watching can get a bit

overwhelming so I'm trying to combine it

all here in one generalized beginners

resource I just bought my dad one of

these DJI phantom z' for the 2016

Father's Day sale and I'm hoping this

will help him and all you new DJI

phantom owners to get a quick hands-on

understanding for how to get things

started for flying your new DJI phantom

3 standard edition so what's the first


charge everything charge your battery

charge a controller make sure and charge

your cell phone all three of those

things are going to be necessary to fly

your your drone obviously the battery

takes about 90 minutes to charge with

the provided a C charger and the

controller takes about two and a half

hours to charge with it connected your

computer with the provided USB cable the

battery lasts around 20 to 30 minutes

with flight usage while the controller

can last about three hours remember your

phone or tablet needs to be fully

charged that battery life should always

be taken to consideration when you're

flying so how do you charge well first

up pretty straightforward you're going

to go ahead and use your adapter your AC

adapter that came with unit to charge a

battery you're going to flip that little

cover open and they line up points on

your battery just like so plug that into

the wall and you're looking at about

approximately hmm ninety minutes

charging time roughly and that's going

to give you twenty to thirty minutes of

flight that's it for the battery as for

your controller which is this guy right

here you're going to take the included

USB cable

plug the micro option right here into

the end and then this other port you're

going to plug into your computer or a

wall adapter if you plug it into the

computer it'll take about two-and-a-half

hours if you plug it into a rapid state

charger that is faster than the standard

voltage that you're going to get then

you could probably have a faster charge

for this but it's not going to matter

too terribly much because this lasts a

lot longer okay now you have everything

charged next you need to install the DJI

Go app on your phone or tablet you'll be

using for your phantom 3 standard you do

this through the Google Play Store if

you have an Android device or the Apple

App Store if you have an Apple device

DJI strongly suggest that you install

the app while connected to Wi-Fi as it

is a very large download and will use up

a lot of your cell data otherwise so how

do you do that the Android application

and so or the Android I should say

device so we're going to go to the Play

Store the Google Play Store you're going

to go into the little search up there


search up there and you're going to look

for DJI go you'll notice that icon right

there that's what you're looking for

you'll go ahead and hit that and you'll

go ahead and install the app I already

have it installed so you can see that

says uninstall are open for me in

particular but install that on your

phone and then we'll go forward to the

next step by the way to see if your

phone or tablet is compatible or

recommended or tested by DJ I check the

Phantom 3 standard specs on the DJI

website here scroll down on that page to

the app slash live view section and then

look at the recommended devices section

always make sure your phone or tablet is

updated to the newest version of its

operating system no matter what you do

if your Apple if your Android you're

going to get the best performance if you

have the newest

I installed on your phone or tablet okay

you've now installed the DJI Go app on

your phone or your tablet now you need

to update the firmware for your phantom

3 standard the process for the standard

edition is different than the phantom 3

advanced or the professional models and

it's actually easier as of when I made

this video for the standard you do your

firmware update entirely through the DJI

Go app now it's time to assemble your

phantom 3 standard assembly is easy you

simply remove the yellow stickers that

are covering your four motors then

install 2 black mark propellers and two

silver mark propellers you can look down

on the propeller mounts and see the

black dot above the threads which

signify a black propeller to be

installed likewise the tops of threads

that are silver are only for the silver

propellers the propellers were only

installed in one direction the front

right of your phantom is motor one let's

look so what is the front of your

phantom when you're looking down at your

phantom and you see the camera facing

towards you this is the front right this

is motor 1 these stickers are going to

be on there initially I've already taken

all of them off of the rest of my

particular phantom but just for example

that's what your sticker is going to

look like take those off of the four

mounts this mount as you can see on top

there is no black dot it is therefore a

silver mounted propeller this one by

example which is motor number two has a

black dot therefore it's going to get a

black propeller motor 3 silver silver

propeller motor four black black

propeller and that's how you install

let's go ahead and do one just for

example we'll go ahead and put that guy

down right there now you may be

wondering what this little tool is that

came in your kit this is actually used

to hold the motor in place I've had

several people ask me about that yes you

can hold it by hand but it's so much

easier just put a little pinch on that

and then go ahead and give a twist make

sure it's nice and tight don't go too

crazy tight it's going to get tight

flight but you want to give it a little

bit of snugness now if you're ever

confused about what is Titan and what is

realized if you look closely here you

will see I don't know if it's going to

show up on my video here there's little

icons that show follow this direction

and that will unlock and on this side

follow this direction and that will lock

it that's going to follow true for each

of your propellers as you place them on

your phantom now that you've installed

all the propellers on your phantom make

sure that your microSD card is in the

camera you may need to remove your

gimbal clamp to check this check to make

sure that your battery is installed in

the drone it can only install one way

and finally mount your phone or tablet

on your controller as an extra


there are propeller guards that you can

install which are great for beginners

they help protect the propellers and

motors if you accidentally veer into

things or crash as you get used to the

controls I'm a beginner I totally admit

that you'll notice that I've already got

the propeller guards on my particular

phantom it's going to have a look at

what I was talking about for these

things so to make sure that the SD card

is on your phantom you will first need

to remove the give me the gimbal clamp

is this little piece of plastic right

here you kind of have to put your

fingers and around it and pull it

sideways towards you to pop it off of

the camera itself you'll see now that

the camera hangs free and you can see

that the microSD slot is right here on

the top of your camera you also have a

camera cover which you can remove right

here that's just to basically protect

your lens

lastly the propellers the propeller

guards that I was talking about that's

these guys right here propeller guard

installation is pretty straightforward

however it does go ahead and include

them in the kit if you decide to go

ahead and purchase them parts and

components this is specifically the

Phantom 3 spare part number two

propeller guard part p3 six five six

zero C five nine one one I think that

holds true for all of them but just in

case there you go

important things with this shows the

four propeller guards installed this is

what they look like when they're

completely set up it includes some

screws some string and this cheapo kind

of uh how should we say not great

quality metal for your allen wrench

you'll see that there's a black allen

wrench in here that's my own personal

allen wrench I don't want to strip these

wonderful screws what are these screws

that I am talking about if you flip your

phantom upside down you're going to be

taking off the outermost two screws that

are on the arm of your each propeller on

your drone you'll take those out you'll

basically place this in place you will

use the two screws included which are

longer they reach down through your

propeller and go into where those

original screws you took out were save

those original screws that's very

important if you decide to go ahead and

put the propeller guards on next you'll

see that I have the string going from

each section here all the way around um

the way they had it on the instructions

is basically just to run it directly

underneath here I tie it in a knot

underneath each of these so if I have

individual failures with either of these

I can just cut it and then replace just

that one section it's just an extra tip

now let's explain some parts that are on

the aircraft itself first you have the

gimbal which is located right here

that's basically what's going to control

your camera to keep it steady as your

drone is moving side-to-side it's

amazingly versatile on the DJI phantom 3

standard next is give me the camera

proper which you can obviously see the

lens right here

third the micro SD card slot which we've

already kind of covered next is going to

be the antennas the antennas are

actually hidden in the arms themselves

on your DJI phantom you'll see that

three of them have antennas the fourth

does not next we have the camera status

indicator which is this tiny little hole

right here there's a little LED that

will flash and whatnot when

do firmware updates for that next is

going to be your aircraft microUSB port

which is this little guy right here see

if I can pop this open my short


you will never probably have to use this

but if you have the appropriate

application then you can plug in a cable

there and get flight data through this

port next up is going to be your front

LEDs those are located here and here

underneath these red stickers that your

drone comes by default with these LEDs

basically are going to show when your

aircraft is in the air where the front

is a little bit harder during the day

absolutely wonderful at night very good

to get used to seeing those red facing

towards you if it's flying towards you

obviously if it's facing away you're

going to see the rear indicators and

what are those these two guys right here

on the rear props props number let's see

what's that two and three those are

going to be props two and three are

going to be your aircraft status


what else do we have here

these little silver guys are your motors

that are going to be the runners for

your propellers which are attached on

top next up you have your camera Morrow

USB port so here's our camera facing

forward here is the camera micro USB

port on the side next you have your

intelligent light your intelligent

flight battery excuse me on the back it

has four indicator lights which

basically help let you know how much

battery power you have left for

obviously means full one obviously means

you're about to run out of battery next

you have the link button which is

located just to the right and underneath

here which is used to link your

controller with your battery if you ever

have an issue with a connection between

the two most of the time you won't

that's pretty much it for the flight

unit now what about your controller the

controller has quite a few things on it

that are extremely important obviously

your power switch which is located right

here your status LEDs which are these

guys right here your power LED and then

your battery level indicator your

lanyard loop you know if you decide to

get a lanyard and hang it around your

neck that's this guy right here you can

go ahead and mess with your control

sticks the standard default is going to

be this is going and raising your drone

up into the air this is having it

descend down to the ground rotate left

rotate right over on the right stick you

have going forward going backwards

moving to the left moving to the right

so most of your movement and one plane

is based on the right side if you're in

the standard configuration

you also have a couple switches which

help default how these controllers work

you have your s1 switch which is over

here you'll see I currently have toggled

into the up position and you have s 2

which is the switch over here which

you'll see I currently have in the

middle position you also have your

mobile device holder that's this little

clamp here on top which is where you

would put your cellphone at and you also

have your antenna which is here in the

back you want to keep that at a 45

degree angle

they say 135 because yes it's going all

the way over 135 but 45 degrees up from

this plane is the way that I describe it

next up you have your gimbal dial which

is located in the upper left of your

controller and if you move it up or down

that's going to control your camera

lifting up or down on the drone itself

that'll be important when you're

recording and flying lastly you have

your micro USB port here on the

underside now let's talk about the DJI

Go app this app is the core of your

interaction with the drone it gives you

real-time view of your drone in flight

controls recording takes photos and

important sensor calibration so let's

talk about this app a little bit I

already have installed on my note 4

Android device I'm just going to go

ahead and open the app here we can watch

the process in real time you'll see that

it starts off with the inspire 1 raw

which I do not have it inspire 1 raw I

have a phantom 3 standard what you're

going to do which is not necessarily

intuitive unless you notice these four

little dots down there and are used to

it is to scroll to the left that's going

to open up phantom 4 which you can see

up here you'll notice there is a little

drop down arrow right there if you hit

that drop down arrow it's going to give

you options for the phantom 3

professional advanced or standard this

video is for the phantom 3 standard so

let's click on the phantom 3 standard

next you're going to see there's two

options at the bottom you can learn more

learn more about your local regulations

and policies but we really want camera

view so

let's go ahead and hit camera note I've

already connected my DJI phantom 3 to my

Wi-Fi network we'll cover this a little

bit later I'm just doing this so I can

show you a bit of the options within our

program so it's going to start off with

your aircraft status you'll notice that

I already have all the things calibrated

and the firmware is the most normal etc

I'm going to close that this is your

standard camera screen with the DJI Go

app there's several very important

things on here one of the more important

things is where it says safe to fly GPS

for me it may not say that for you

depending on whether you have GPS signal

in your area that is your status area if

you click that right where it says that

it'll pop up the aircraft status screen

you'll notice it covers overall status

it talks about what your firmware is

that mine is the latest version it'll

talk about your IMU we're going to get

to that very shortly says mine is normal

compass this is where you would do a

calibration it covers a couple other

different things you can scroll up and

down within this app to see different

settings talks about how much SD card

life you have left but your gimbal

status is at how your battery's doing

your aircraft battery things like that

it's very straightforward I'm going to

close this for the time being we're

going to go ahead and look at a couple

different other things on here one of

the most important things is this little

section right here it shows the

satellite view

currently for me it says 12 and it has

five bars completely lit up ideally you

want to have at least eight as the

number above that little satellite that

means you've connected to eight

satellites that's a very good signal at

least as a baseline 12 is even better so

obviously I'm doing really good in the

area that I'm at another thing you want

to notice is this section over here it

has the little drone type symbol it says

P GPS on my particular app at the moment

let's click on that

if you click on that you're going to see

that it talks about a bunch of different

things there's a whole bunch of

different tabs here that you can click

on this starting one is MC settings

which is very important you can also go

to remote controller settings you can

click on the Wi-Fi settings you can

click on the aircraft battery you can

click on the gimbal settings and you can

click to general settings and there's a

whole bunch in each one of these you can

scroll up and down to get different

menus so let's go ahead and start with

the very basic MC settings with your

first flight you're going to need to

perform an IMU inertial measurement unit

calibration you do this through this app

make sure that you've removed your

gimbal clamp and your camera cover and

make sure that your drone is placed on a

flat surface you'll see in my particular

case gimbal clamps removed camera covers

removed I'm on a table that's about as

flat as it gets so let's go ahead and

cover IMU calibration if you're up in

the MC settings in other words your

little drone icon up on the left there

is blue if you scroll down to the bottom

which means you're lifting your finger

upwards you'll see a section down there

it says advanced settings let's click on

that now that you have that selected you

want to hit sensors now you're going to

see this screen with a whole bunch of

numbers that are moving around and you

see two things listed at the bottom

check IMU and IMU calibration we want to

do an IMU calibration select that it

says please keep the aircraft stationary

and horizontal during calibration

calibration process will take five to

ten minutes go ahead and do that follow

the instructions and make sure and do

this before your very first flight also

make sure that you are outside and away

from any potential electrical

interference let's go ahead and get

prepared for our very first flight make

sure that your drone controller is

turned on first you always want to have

your drone controller on first then go

ahead and turn on your drone

so let's go ahead and go through that

whole process so with your controller go

ahead flip your switch to the right

hopefully you have four LEDs which means

you have it charged all the way then

you're going to look over to your drone

go to the battery area press once for

the battery and then press again hold

two seconds and you'll see that all four

battery lights should hold on you'll get

a tone and you'll notice the camera

moved a little bit during it as well

that means that your drone is basically

preparing for flight you'll hear a very

mild tone you'll see some flashing from

your status indicators as well okay

let's go ahead and turn this guy around

alright next what you're going to want

to do is connect your phone to the

actual drone itself using Wi-Fi on your

phone so let's connect to Wi-Fi on our

device I have an Android note 4 you may

have a different Android device or you

may have an iPhone either way you should

know how to connect to the Wi-Fi using

your device but in case you don't refer

to somebody else I'm not going to cover

that in this video for my particular

foam you'll drop it down and you'll hit

Wi-Fi and I'm going to look at the

settings and look for my Wi-Fi network

you'll see they just said that I

connected because I've connected to it

before but you're going to be basically

looking for the network that says

phantom 3 underscore and then it's going

to have a series of numbers and letters

my particular one says phantom 3

underscore 0 6 B DC 6 you'll notice that

already says connected for mine you're

going to have to actually tap on

whatever network you have and then the

very first time you're going to have to

enter a password the default password

for this is 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 so in other

words 1 2 3 4 twice in a row that's

going to go ahead and connect it you

only have to do that once unless you

change the password for your device next

once you have all that taken care of

you're going to go ahead and open the

DJI Go app what's the DJI

app is open you'll again want to scroll

over to get your phantom 3 standard as

we covered before you're going to want

to enter camera mode and let's go ahead

and put this in alright okay

now that we've got this set you should

notice that everything is looking good

hopefully you've already updated your

firmware as we already covered earlier

in this video hopefully your compass is

calibrated oh we haven't covered compass

calibration let's go ahead and cover

that so in this particular screen the

aircraft status screen if you're not

here I'm going to close this for the

moment if you're not here you will hit

safe to fly GPS and you're going to see

compass calibrate mine says normal yours

may not so if it doesn't say that it's

normal we're going to hit calibrate and

it's going to say calibrate compass

ensure there are no magnets or metal

objects near your compass hit OK ok make

sure no magnets or metal objects are

within 1.5 meters or 5 feet

approximately of the compass rotate your

aircraft 360 degrees horizontally let's

go over that so for the first screen for

calibration it's saying that you need to

hold your drone horizontally which means

as if it's sitting on the ground and

turn 360 degrees you'll turn a complete

circle and then your status indicators

should turn a solid green or a solid

yellow in the back next it's going to

say to hold your drone in a vertical

position and you're going to go ahead

and do the exact same thing rotate 360

degrees turn back you'll notice that I

have flash and green

that completes the calibration a couple

extra notes with calibration if you did

it correctly your aircraft indicators

should turn solid yellow or solid green

you've already done your entire

horizontal and vertical procedure if

your indicators flash yellow or flash


after either of these then go ahead and

try them again do your compass

calibration again if it still won't work

after several tries you may need to try

a new location because you may have

interference once you've done these

procedures though you're completely

ready to fly now we're ready to go over

the directions with your joystick and

show liftoff okay we have made it to the

actual flight portion of using your

drone make sure that you have your drone

on your remote controller on your DJI Go

app already activated and connected we

show safe to fly everything looks good

here if this is green and safe to fly

with GPS that means that your drone is

going to be locked in position once it's

in the air if it is yellow up here and

says that you're not having GPS

connection that means that every little

gust of wind is going to be very

difficult for you to control and you're

going to be using it manually without

the lock that's a lot tougher that's

what I face using it back in the

Redwoods where I'm at so let's go ahead

and practice starting remember what I

said for our controls

if you push upwards with this controller

that's going to be lift off if you push

downwards that's going to tell it to

land left is rotate to the left right is

rotate to the right on your right set of

controls this is moving forward in the

air this is moving backwards in the air

this is scrolling to the left and this

is scrolling to the right so let's go

ahead and do liftoff there is a special

set of procedures for doing liftoff you

can either move both of your controllers

down this direction horizont excuse me

not horizontally diagonally inwards or

you can move diagonally outwards and

that will start your propellers watch

now you can see that it says that my

whole point has been updated and that

we're ready for takeoff you'll see that

I have icons over here that can go ahead

and land or I can return to home it was

also a button that go ahead and take off

and lift us up into the air

I'm personally doing manual takeoff

because it's just a little bit more fun

I currently have my drone facing towards


so that means my controls are going to

be a little bit reversed you have to get

used to that if the camera is facing

away from you then everything is going

to be forwards backwards scroll to left

scroll to the right if you've rotated

your drone using one of these and

suddenly it's facing towards you like I

have my drone now then everything is

reversed you have to get used to that

that's one of the beautiful things about

seeing those red LEDs underneath the

first and fourth props that are facing

towards you with those red stickers so

let's go ahead and take off I'm going to

gently push upwards on the left which

raises me up in the air I'm going to

gently bring the drone towards us

you see already there's a little bit of

wind movement and the drone is moving

without my control but it's staying

within about a foot or two radius thanks

to the GPS lock okay let's go ahead and

cover some usage here the drone is

currently facing away from me which

means all of my controls should be

straight forward if I pull back or it's

is going to back up to me if I push

forwards it's going to move away from me

if I push to the left it'll go to the

left and if I push right it's going to

go to the right one of the beautiful DJI

Go app is that you're seeing in real

time what you're doing with the drone no

matter the distance away as long as you

still have appropriate connection you're

going to see a little map down here on

the left hand corner showing where

you're at position wise it talks about

the height I'm currently at one hundred

eighty five point four feet it talks

about the IC your speed that you're

moving which I'm currently not moving in

vertical speed or horizontal speed but

you'll see if I move to the left all the

sudden I have a heavy ten mile per hour

speed to the left if I move to the right

I suddenly have about a 15 to 20 mile

per hour speed to the right same thing

if I'm going up and down here with

vertical speeds let's go ahead and take

a little bit of look around and do a

little bit of recording so what are some

of the features that we talked about

with this app well first of all remember

this little dial over here that's your

camera gimbal dial that goes up and down

to raise your camera up and down I am

now going to pull the camera dial

downwards you can't see it's blocking my

finger a little bit but you can see the

cameras rotating downwards to see where

I'm at above the school where I'm doing

this recording if I push upwards you'll

see that it's raising the camera back up

to view outwards so what if we want to

do recording combining all these

features of these controls and as well

as that gimbal dial that we're using

down there there's a little side

scrolling screen right over here you

currently set the camera

when it's to the left you can see the

little camera picture if you press that

little white dot it moves to the right

and now you'll see that it's underneath

and has a lumen

for the recording so for video if you

hit the red record button it's going to

start recording and you'll see that a

countdown timer or a stopwatch basically

starts going for how long you're

recording for just like any standard

video camera one of the beautiful things

about the DJI phantom is the amazing

gimbal that it has on this unit I am now

moving heavily to the left you can

barely see up in that top corner there

there was a prop showing there's a prop

showing right there and now I'm heavily

moving to the right you can see that by

my horizontal speed down there I'm going

21 22 miles per hour as it scrolls the

gimbal doesn't you know the camera

doesn't move all over the place the

gimbal is adjusting to hold the camera

in a perfect position

likewise if I'm going down you'll see my

vertical speed downwards seven miles an

hour or you'll see I'm going back up

again the gimbal super smooth what about

if we go forward and back you'll see

those prop guards pop into view as I'm

going very fast forward what about if

I'm going very fast back you're not

going to see the prop guards this time

because they're lifted above the unit

but you'll see that the camera view

still holds very smooth occasionally my

prop guards will pop in if you don't

have prop guards you'll see the

propellers themselves but the camera

gimbal is amazingly stable so that

basically covers recording let's go

ahead and stop my recording let's say we

want to do a picture this looks a little

bit dark because I'm down towards sunset

I want to get a view of all these I

don't know the top of the school and the

orchards that are over there looks a

little bit dark because I'm at sunset

you can hit this little menu right down

here which brings up your different

things such as your ISO which you can

adjust if you take it off manual you'll

notice the picture got very very

brighter I can go really really bright

1600 400 is probably appropriate for

where I'm at right now you can adjust

your shutter speed

there's a whole bunch of different

options once you're in manual as soon as

you hit one of these adjustments it

automatically puts it into manual

otherwise click back to auto and it

defaults everything to where it thinks

should be appropriate although in my

personal opinion it's pretty dark for

the video that I'm seeing right now so

that's what you can do for your

different options for adjusting your

camera and your video

take that off another thing you can do

is hit the menu button above where the

camera and video are at there you can

see a whole bunch of different options

for all the things that you can adjust

white balance your Styles your colors

your format whether it's JPEG or raw or

both your image ratio etc these are the

main menus that you're going to use in

the DJI Go app I already know that I

have no objects in the way I'm going to

go ahead and hit return to home for my

device says return home and land

distance between aircraft is less than

20 meters it'll land if returned to home

is initialized we're going to slide to

go ahead and bring it return to home

watch the video as the device returns to


you'll notice I can also take it out of

return to home and go manually at any

point just by moving the controllers

that's a fail-safe feature in case you

notice that your device is about to hit

something nasty well there's my drone

we've now returned to home and you'll

see that it automatically locks into

place and shuts off for me so that's

return home feature one last thing what

if you want to do it manually okay let's

pretend we just did a big flight and now

we're coming back home you're going to

slowly bring your joystick downwards as

you come back into home once you hit all

the way down touching the ground you

want to hold it completely straight

downwards I hope you found this video

informative if you have any questions or

comments please go ahead and leave them

here on this video I hope to link to all

the different sections of the video and

again this is a very beginners type

video I'm not an expert by any means but

I do believe that I've compiled a bunch

of the information together in one place

which I haven't quite seen other videos

do which to me as a first-time pilot was

pretty annoying so hopefully this helps

you out let me know in the comments

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