The Phantom 3, released in April 2015, adds built-in lightbridge downlink, that gives the controller a maximum range of 4800 meters (3 miles), and the visual positioning system, that allows the Phantom 3 to better maintain its position at lower altitudes and even indoors where GPS is weak or unavailable. The remote for Professional and Advanced models also has 2 antennas.
The Phantom FC40, released in January 2014, is an intermediate model between the Phantom 1 and the Phantom 2. Like the Phantom 2 Vision and the Phantom 2 Vision+, it is equipped with an iOS/Android app control, Wi-Fi and GPS modules. Using a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connection, it helps its pilot follow in real time via aerial pictures on a mobile device. The camera angle is manually set before the flight and tilted by remote control. The mount can also be used to attached a GoPro camera to the unit as well.
The Phantom 2 was released in December 2013. Upgrades include auto-return, increased flight speed, increased flight time and controllable range, increased battery capacity, smartphones, tablets and even some smart glasses compatibility, Wi-Fi module and is available in different performances. Its configuration allows users to remotely tilt the camera and adjust its orientation on two axes for a better level shot.
The Phantom 1, originally known as Phantom, was released in January 2013. It was commonly equipped with a GoPro camera for amateur filmmaking or photography. Its battery life was around 10 minutes with a GoPro. Uses Polymor Lithium batterys.
Frank Wang founds DJI
Wang Tao (Chinese: 汪滔; pinyin: Wāng Tāo; born 1980), also known as Frank Wang, is a Chinese billionaire entrepreneur who is the founder (2006) and CEO of DJI, the world’s largest consumer drone company, headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong. DJI manufactures unmanned and autonomous aerial vehicles, flight controllers, Zenmuse aerial gimbals, Ronin ground gimbals, cameras and FPV Goggles.