The 10 Best DJI Phantom Cases
10. Lykus Water-resistant Backpack
8. Senka Backpack
7. CasePro Carry-on
6. Depstech Aluminum
5. Hobbytiger Hardshell Backpack
4. Manfrotto D1 Backpack
3. Bangcool Travel Box
2. Case Club Waterproof Wheeled
1. Nanuk 950
Understanding The Differences Between Phantom Series Drones
Even within each model line, there are a number of differences between the various DJI Phantom series quadcopters – from video bitrates and battery capacity to form factor – that set them apart from one another.
The DJI Phantom 3 Standard is like a base model of a car, missing many of the bells and whistles available on the pricier models. For one thing, the Phantom 3 Standard doesn't shoot 4K video. Instead, it records in 2.7K, which is good enough for the average user, especially if you don't have an ultra high-def TV or computer monitor to watch the video playback. It also uses a less expensive sensor and lacks dedicated controls for adjusting video exposure, video playback, or video recording.
Both the Phantom 3 Advanced and 4K feature an optical flow vision positioning system, which make them better at holding their position and landing than the Phantom 3 Standard. They both cost roughly the same price, but – while the Phantom 3 4K records in ultra high-def – it only live streams in 480p video. The Phantom 3 Advanced, on the other hand, only records in 2.7K, but is capable of streaming live feeds in 720p and uses Lightbridge technology to offer a more reliable control and video signal. In ideal conditions, the Phantom 3 Advanced can fly over 4 times farther than the Phantom 3 4K without losing connection.
The high end of the Phantom 3 line is the Professional model, which offers all of the best features of the Phantom 3 Advanced, as well as 4K video recording and a 100W charger to fully recharge the drone in less than an hour.
Topping out the series is the DJI Phantom 4 – with a camera upgrade, nearly twice the maximum video bitrate and SD card capacity of up to 128 GB. For serious professionals with cash to spare, the Phantom 4 Pro offers intelligent flight controls and a built-in display screen on the remote control.
What To Look For In A DJI Phantom Case
Aside from mishaps in flight, a drone case is often the only thing protecting your drone from potentially costly accidents. We all like to believe that these expensive devices are sturdy enough to withstand a drop or two, but sadly, this is not always the case. Sometimes, dropping or bumping the delicate hardware in just the right – or wrong – spot can cause significant damage.
For those who don't often travel with their drone, breakage might not be as much of a concern, but loss can still be a problem. With all of the additional components high end drones come with these days, it can be easy to lose an extra propeller or battery. A good drone case can prevent any of these unnecessary headaches.
The first step in picking a great drone case is identifying a few models that you like, which are designed specifically for your drone model. Some cases may have adaptable cushioning to fit different models, while others are available with hardened foam inlays specifically pre-cut for the quadcopter of your choice. Just be sure that the case you order is designed to accommodate your particular drone. Then it's time to compare features. When identifying potential cases for your Phantom, remember this: a good drone case isn't cheap, and a cheap drone case isn't good.
Look for a model made from military grade plastic that's shockproof and waterproof. If you plan on flying with your drone, make sure it's carry-on sized. If you must check your drone, bear in mind that baggage handlers are notorious for being rough on luggage, and look for something rugged enough to withstand rough handling that can be locked for security. Ideally, it should have two sturdy latches that keep it securely closed with no possibility of popping open.
Buying a case that fits a lot of extra accessories is also a good idea. You may only have one extra battery now, but most drone users buy more accessories over time.
In late 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that all private drone users in the United States would had register their drones by February 19th of 2016 in order to legally fly them. This has created much controversy among drone owners. Some feel that it is unnecessary bureaucracy that is inconvenient and costly for the average hobby flyer. Others are worried that the database could be hacked at some point, which raises privacy concerns.
Those for the new registration rule say the process of registering a drone is actually pretty quick, and it only costs $5. They feel that those who can afford to spend $100, or $1,000, on a drone, should be able to afford an additional $5 for registration.
The government states that there is a two-fold reason they are requiring drone registration. It will allow them to identify users of drones which have been flown, or crashed on no-fly zones. They also say it will force some education on the proper use of drones, which will hopefully result in less drone pilots violating the personal privacy of others.