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DJI Phantom 3 Advanced with extra battery £749.99 potentially £712.49 with free next day delivery @ Maplin

£712.49 @ Maplin
Item: DJI Phantom 3 Advanced with extra battery £749.99 potentially £712.49 after 5% manager's discount at Maplin. Background: After hours of research I decided to buy a drone, specifically the DJ…
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Item: DJI Phantom 3 Advanced with extra battery £749.99 potentially £712.49 after 5% manager's discount at Maplin.

Background: After hours of research I decided to buy a drone, specifically the DJI Phantom 3. As a newbie I thought the standard would be better for me but I found a great offer at Maplin (behind Liverpool St station London for the P3A + extra battery and free next day delivery for a total of £712.49 (£749.99 -5% discount). I believe this price makes it worth jumping up from the standard as the better quality remote with extra functionality really is worth it.

Consideration of online retailers: I spent a long time looking for a reputable retailer and considered online distributors such as Tobydeals, SLRHut, Drones for less. After extensive review I found several genuine negative reviews from buyers with a similar profile to myself (i.e. from the UK paying via PayPal). While it was cheaper online I went for a UK company with a physical presence.

Conclusion: I think £712.49 for the P3A with extra battery and next day delivery is an excellent price. DM me if you have any questions.

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1 Like #1
Why woukd a newbie spend 700 quid on a drone.
Starter drones are available for £50 upwards which can just about carry a go pro or xiaomi yi camera
2 Likes #2
lumsdot
Why woukd a newbie spend 700 quid on a drone.
Starter drones are available for £50 upwards which can just about carry a go pro or xiaomi yi camera
That's a personal choice I didn't like the cheap starter drones and felt the functionality on the P3 was worth paying the extra for. I also think P3S > Starter drone + Go Pro.

Having said that, my personal choice as a newbie doesn't take away from the fact that this is still a very good deal.
1 Like #3
Heat added,must be a nightmare selling these with all the crash and return clowns around.
#4
the standard phantom 3 is 450

Which is a lot for what it is
#5
lumsdot
the standard phantom 3 is 450
Which is a lot for what it is

Again that's your opinion and I respect that but for £130 extra the Advanced is worth it. Also you have to compare to prices of what's out there if you can give an alternative to the P3A that's a lot cheaper then I'll cancel my order right away!

From what I can see the P3A at this price is better than the P3P and P4 based on value for money.
#6
The difference is £ 260
#7
lumsdot
The difference is £ 260
No this deal comes with an extra battery which retails for £130. I certainly wouldn't buy a dodgy battery of a random website (a friend of mine got one off Amazon from a 3rd party seller and it was rejected by the drone).
1 Like #8
Fair enough, im just saying £700 is a lot for a drone, unless you have a professional use for it.
#9
#10
Pointless expensive toys..
#11
submerged
Pointless expensive toys..
Thanks for your contribution. I only posted to help people who are considering buying one as I saw a recent thread on whether buying the P3 from Tobysdeals is a good idea or not.
#12
Rich_hard1
As I mentioned in my post I'm happy to pay the premium for both pre and post-sale peace of mind. The cost of returning the item will be fairly heft given they are based in the US. Oh and the adaptor they provide to convert US plug to UK isn't certified so be careful!

Have a read of reviews from people in the UK. Using PayPal is great for security but it will still take ages to resolve any problem.
3 Likes #13
submerged
Pointless expensive toys..

Why pointless ?

They are capable of shooting footage that looks stunning and until a few years ago you would have had to hire a helicopter to achieve the same/worse results.

I bet you have watched a tv show or film that has used footage shot with a drone,so clearly they have their uses.

As for the cost,again it would cost hundreds,if not thousands to get the same footage from a helicopter,so I'd say it's actually quite a small price to pay for anyone who wants video or still shot from above.

As for the remark about it being a toy,that's just your way of belittling people who buy them buy making out they are children or need to grow up.



Edited By: Biggunspaul on Aug 25, 2016 13:17
#14
SuperSai18
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Pointless expensive toys..
Thanks for your contribution. I only posted to help people who are considering buying one as I saw a recent thread on whether buying the P3 from Tobysdeals is a good idea or not.

But what is the use of one? Just don't get why you would want one. A lot of money if no real use for one. Probably a good price though.

Only use I could see is a very cheap one for use in house to annoy cat and dog.
#15
submerged
Pointless expensive toys..
They are not expensive , they cost about £50 and are great fun.
Its just the phantom which is expensive and pointless
#16
Biggunspaul
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Pointless expensive toys..
Why pointless ?

They are capable of shooting footage that looks stunning and until a few years ago you would have had to hire a helicopter to achieve the same/worse results.

I bet you have watched a tv show or film that has used footage shot with a drone,so clearly they have their uses.

As for the cost,again it would cost hundreds,if not thousands to get the same footage from a helicopter,so I'd say it's actually quite a small price to pay for anyone who wants video or still shot from above.

I can see the use if professional yeah but not for anything else plus you get into trouble using em etc.
1 Like #17
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Biggunspaul
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Pointless expensive toys..
Why pointless ?
They are capable of shooting footage that looks stunning and until a few years ago you would have had to hire a helicopter to achieve the same/worse results.
I bet you have watched a tv show or film that has used footage shot with a drone,so clearly they have their uses.
As for the cost,again it would cost hundreds,if not thousands to get the same footage from a helicopter,so I'd say it's actually quite a small price to pay for anyone who wants video or still shot from above.
I can see the use if professional yeah but not for anything else plus you get into trouble using em etc.
Not if you use them within the restrictions. I plan to take mine on holidays to film aerial shots for our holiday album as well as using it to film parts of my wedding.

I agree it's a lot of money but it's all relative and to me it's worth it.
1 Like #18
SURVEy your roof ..check to see if any snipers hiding ahead.. video of the inside of volcanoes or Sellafield .. many uses indeed
1 Like #19
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Biggunspaul
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Pointless expensive toys..
Why pointless ?
They are capable of shooting footage that looks stunning and until a few years ago you would have had to hire a helicopter to achieve the same/worse results.
I bet you have watched a tv show or film that has used footage shot with a drone,so clearly they have their uses.
As for the cost,again it would cost hundreds,if not thousands to get the same footage from a helicopter,so I'd say it's actually quite a small price to pay for anyone who wants video or still shot from above.
I can see the use if professional yeah but not for anything else plus you get into trouble using em etc.

I've recently taken mine on holiday abroad and I got some stunning video footage of my family on the beaches and of our villa,and it will always be taken abroad from now on.so you don't have to be a professional to get benefits from a drone.

As for trouble,I've never had any trouble when flying mine.Infact when I send my drone up it always attracts positive attention from young and old.
#20
Thanks for the post - I think these are great but I was thinking the advanced does not seem that much better than the standard to justify the extra. That said this is a great offer and very tempting. Was there anything you was looking for specifically onthe advanced? Thanks for the post (heated)
#21
sledwich
Thanks for the post - I think these are great but I was thinking the advanced does not seem that much better than the standard to justify the extra. That said this is a great offer and very tempting. Was there anything you was looking for specifically onthe advanced? Thanks for the post (heated)
I actually went into the store with my mind set on the P3S. It was more than enough for me as I'm not a professional photographer/videographer and I don't think I'd even notice the better quality shots. However I did believe the remote that comes with the P3A is far superior and for me worth the extra £130 (wouldn't pay £250 more for it). There are extra buttons and functionality on the remote and (apparently) feels more sturdy. Ironically the flight time is slightly better on the P3S (25 vs 23mins)!

If you don't want the extra battery you can get the P3A for £665.
#22
Don't count on getting a discount as the OP claimed he did, drones are excluded from discounts at Maplin and that store manager would have got his bum smacked for doing one - also Dji drones contain a black box so if you do buy one, then crash it, don't expect the company to replace it cos they won't (they will repair it and charge you for it though)
1 Like #23
submerged
Pointless expensive toys..

So you can't afford one, fair enough.
2 Likes #24
ollielewis
Don't count on getting a discount as the OP claimed he did, drones are excluded from discounts at Maplin and that store manager would have got his bum smacked for doing one - also Dji drones contain a black box so if you do buy one, then crash it, don't expect the company to replace it cos they won't (they will repair it and charge you for it though)

If you crash it due to pilot error then it's fair enough that they would charge to repair it,I wouldn't expect Mitsubishi to replace my car for free if I stoved it into a wall due to my mistake.
1 Like #25
I have owned and built a number of photography drones and can confirm that the Phantom 3 Advanced is excellent value for money at the moment.

If you are a beginner and not sure if a photography drone is for you, then buy a cheap Chinese drone to see how you get on.

If you enjoy drone videography then get the P3 Advanced.

The stand out features for me over the Standard is its unique Lightbridge technology that allows much longer flight distances and low latency video as well as the better camera.

Why is the P3A a better drone than cheaper Chinese drones or Cheaper DIY drones ?

The range and the high quality and smoothness of the video. I know, I have flown everything from a cheap Syma to the larger 500mm size, GoPro 3 Equipped, drones and none have delivered the range or video quality that the P3A has.

Edited By: Bl1ng on Aug 25, 2016 15:40: Typo
#26
SuperSai18
sledwich
Thanks for the post - I think these are great but I was thinking the advanced does not seem that much better than the standard to justify the extra. That said this is a great offer and very tempting. Was there anything you was looking for specifically onthe advanced? Thanks for the post (heated)
I actually went into the store with my mind set on the P3S. It was more than enough for me as I'm not a professional photographer/videographer and I don't think I'd even notice the better quality shots. However I did believe the remote that comes with the P3A is far superior and for me worth the extra £130 (wouldn't pay £250 more for it). There are extra buttons and functionality on the remote and (apparently) feels more sturdy. Ironically the flight time is slightly better on the P3S (25 vs 23mins)!
If you don't want the extra battery you can get the P3A for £665.

Thanks - that makes a lot of sense, the extra battery allows for some extended play time and the better controller I am reading seems to have some extended range which both sounds good. Any idea if this is specific to this store/manager?
1 Like #27
sledwich
Thanks for the post - I think these are great but I was thinking the advanced does not seem that much better than the standard to justify the extra. That said this is a great offer and very tempting. Was there anything you was looking for specifically onthe advanced? Thanks for the post (heated)
Range. Standard = < 500m Advanced = 3+ km

Edited By: mikerr on Aug 25, 2016 16:29
3 Likes #28
mikerr
sledwich
Thanks for the post - I think these are great but I was thinking the advanced does not seem that much better than the standard to justify the extra. That said this is a great offer and very tempting. Was there anything you was looking for specifically onthe advanced? Thanks for the post (heated)
Range. Standard = < 500m Advanced = 3+ km

I've had my standard out to 1km with no loss of signal,if I want to film something 3km away I just drive 2km closer :D
#29
simont_space
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Pointless expensive toys..

So you can't afford one, fair enough.


What's affording one got to do with it lol. Could but one now if I could find a use.

I can see now how someone really into video/ photography would really get a kick out of one but just seems expensive for most who would just fancy one as a casual toy especially when they will be very hard to sell on etc.

But thanks for thinking I am very poor lol
#30
lumsdot
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Pointless expensive toys..
They are not expensive , they cost about £50 and are great fun.
Its just the phantom which is expensive and pointless


The phantoms are a serious bit of kit and far from pointless... There's a lot of money to be made if you have the know how, talent & correct licence to use these commercially. I've got the phantom standard & I've been thinking of upgrading to the advanced as it has a better camera and can be flown further.. This is a good deal for the advanced! Just saying
#31
So as a beginner is it possible to put a decent camera on a cheap £50 one and do the same air photography ?
1 Like #32
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simont_space
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Pointless expensive toys..
So you can't afford one, fair enough.
What's affording one got to do with it lol. Could but one now if I could find a use.
I can see now how someone really into video/ photography would really get a kick out of one but just seems expensive for most who would just fancy one as a casual toy especially when they will be very hard to sell on etc.
But thanks for thinking I am very poor lol

For most people a drone like this will be used very little,it's a bit like my GoPro camera,I really only use it a few times a year when on holiday with my kids in the pool/sea,but in years to come when they have flown the nest and I'm watching the videos back in a nursing home I'm sure I will be glad to have shot the footage to capture those moments and the cost of the camera will be a distant memory.And the same applies to a drone,it's not a device you will use everyday but when you do use it and watch the footage back it is worth every penny.
#33
MaxRazor
So as a beginner is it possible to put a decent camera on a cheap £50 one and do the same air photography ?
You could but you'd need a gimbal to stabilise the video else the quality is pretty rubbish.

I would check out the Tarantula X6, my only and favourite toy grade drone.

The rest of mine are hobby grade 250 sized meant for speed

If you want strictly photography, this will do but IMO, they get boring pretty quick.

YouTube "250 quad copter" now they're REALLY fun.
1 Like #34
I picked up a customer returned p3a from maplins last week for £500. unfortunately, was worst case scenario and appeared to have been heavily used.....props were scuffed and foam on phone holder was already split. so, probably going to return as wouldn't fully trust it at any decent distance.

this is not a bad price if you get the discount, but was 699 with extra battery at jessops just a few weeks ago, so probably a sign of prices going forward?

think I will wait for under 700 with extra battery and case or maybe get the p4 in the spring.
1 Like #35
Can I just check is this something that I need to call the store for. Is the extra manager discount something you negotiated on or advertised. Thanks
1 Like #36
sledwich
Can I just check is this something that I need to call the store for. Is the extra manager discount something you negotiated on or advertised. Thanks
It was offered to me on 2 occasions by 2 different members of staff. However I have just seen that Jessops have brought back the offer of £699 for the P3A + extra battery
http://www.jessops.com/online.store/products/96639/Show.html?PPCCat=Default&PPCAlwaysOn=True&nst=0&gclid=CJnPsp3x3s4CFUQaGwodDAcNgA
#37
Biggunspaul
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Biggunspaul
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Pointless expensive toys..
Why pointless ?
They are capable of shooting footage that looks stunning and until a few years ago you would have had to hire a helicopter to achieve the same/worse results.
I bet you have watched a tv show or film that has used footage shot with a drone,so clearly they have their uses.
As for the cost,again it would cost hundreds,if not thousands to get the same footage from a helicopter,so I'd say it's actually quite a small price to pay for anyone who wants video or still shot from above.
I can see the use if professional yeah but not for anything else plus you get into trouble using em etc.
I've recently taken mine on holiday abroad and I got some stunning video footage of my family on the beaches and of our villa,and it will always be taken abroad from now on.so you don't have to be a professional to get benefits from a drone.
As for trouble,I've never had any trouble when flying mine.Infact when I send my drone up it always attracts positive attention from young and old.
May I ask what model you have? I'm planning on buying a reasonably priced drone to take on holiday too. Thanks.
#38
AN_786
Biggunspaul
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Biggunspaul
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Pointless expensive toys..
Why pointless ?
They are capable of shooting footage that looks stunning and until a few years ago you would have had to hire a helicopter to achieve the same/worse results.
I bet you have watched a tv show or film that has used footage shot with a drone,so clearly they have their uses.
As for the cost,again it would cost hundreds,if not thousands to get the same footage from a helicopter,so I'd say it's actually quite a small price to pay for anyone who wants video or still shot from above.
I can see the use if professional yeah but not for anything else plus you get into trouble using em etc.
I've recently taken mine on holiday abroad and I got some stunning video footage of my family on the beaches and of our villa,and it will always be taken abroad from now on.so you don't have to be a professional to get benefits from a drone.
As for trouble,I've never had any trouble when flying mine.Infact when I send my drone up it always attracts positive attention from young and old.
May I ask what model you have? I'm planning on buying a reasonably priced drone to take on holiday too. Thanks.

I have the phantom 3 standard.Apart from doing a distance test I always fly the drone within close proximity (400ft or less normally) as the footage I record is normally of just my family,so being miles away is no interest to me really.

If you want to take the drone abroad I can highly recommend the hard shell cases,I use one and they are great.I picked one up from eBay for under £40 delivered.
#39
If you are spending £700+ then my advice would be spend a little extra and go for the Phantom 4, it has a vast number of improvements but specifically has extra sensors to prevent it crashing into stuff, "auto following" allowing it to follow you by simply clicking you, much faster, further range, better camera, longer lasting battery and numerous other improvements.

The Phantom 3 Advanced can be had for £500-600 if you look around, DJI also have a student discount of 20% on their online store on the older Phantom Models.
#40
Maplin doing 10% discount for Students this month. Ordered P3A from them but the courier appears to have lost it.

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