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Phantom 3: Firmware v1.5.0030 Install Guide

Hi P3 Guys…. DJI have today released a new firmware for you all to shove onto your Phantom 3’s. This update is more of a tweak and maintenance release than a feature release. It’s been tested by a crack team of P3 Ninjas so should go smoothly.

Also 2.7k for the P3P ( Android only it seems for now ) !

Notes:

1. After upgrading to 1.05.0030, you will ONLY be able to downgrade as far as the previous release 1.04.0010.
2. This update does NOT apply the Phantom 3 Standard.
3. The noteworthy points of this firmware are the following:
   a. Fixes is the drifting issues some people were experiencing. Your P3 should be steady as a rock again now
   b. Added 2.7k recording capability to the Phantom 3 Pro – Android ONLY for now.
   c. Fixed upgrade issues related to the camera.
   d. Playback issues resolved. e. The Flight Recorder logs are now READ ONLY.
   f. Fixed P3P no live feed issue some users experienced ( even though OSD data was shown ).
4.There is NO RC firmware included in this release. But if your RC firmware is older than v1.3.20, it is recommended t upgrade this to v1.3.20 before updating the Aircraft to 1.5.00.30.
5. There is NO battery update included in this firmware version.
6. The DJI GO App will display the Aircraft firmware as 1.5.30 after the update is completed successfully.

Phantom 3 Pro/Advanced Firmware 1.05.0030

Follow the process described below to upgrade the Phantom 3 Professional and Advanced
Updating the Aircraft Firmware ( SD Method ).

Step 1- Check Battery and SD Card

Ensure the Intelligent Flight Battery has at least 50% power and the SD card has been formatted using the DJI GO App ( not a requirement 99% of the time but does no harm ).

Formatting SD Card Using the DJI GO App


Step 2- Prepare the Firmware Update Package

1. Download the firmware update package from the official DJI website
P3 Advancedhttp://www.dji.com/product/phantom-3-adv/info#downloads
P3 Professionalhttp://www.dji.com/product/phantom-3-pro/info#downloads

Note: The Phantom Professional, Phantom Advanced use different firmware files. Make sure to download the correct one.

Review the Release Notes for the particular P3 so you know what’s changed.
P3 Professional: http://dl.djicdn.com/downloads/phantom_3/en/Phantom_3_Professional_Release_Note_en_11.25.pdf
P3 Advanced: http://dl.djicdn.com/downloads/phantom_3/en/Phantom_3_Advanced_Releae_Note_en_11.25.pdf

2. Insert the SD card into your PC. Extract the downloaded firmware .BIN file into the root directory of the SD card. Remove the SD card from your PC.

Ensure the aircraft and controller is powered OFF then insert the SD card into the card slot on the camera.

The below video shows the process of adding the firmware .BIN file on the SD card.
NOTE: The video shows downloading firmware 1.3.20 for the Phantom 3 Professional, you will need to download the latest version ( 1.05.0011 for Pro/Advanced ) for your particular model.

Step 3 – Update the Aircraft

1. Ensure the remote controller is powered OFF and then power ON the aircraft. Upgrade will begin automatically after aircraft is powered on.

The below video shows the complete update process.
Note: How long the update takes and the precise sequence of events migth differ from the video so use it as reference only.
It will take approximately 10 to 25 minutes to complete the firmware update. The camera status indicator will blink GREEN and RED to indicate the upgrade is in progress and turn solid GREEN when the update has completed with success.

Note: During the firmware upgrade the lights on the arms of the Phantom will flash different colours, beep in different patterns, gimbal might move and go limp. All of this is normal so just ignore it. It’s ONLY when the light on the front of the gimbal goes SOLID GREEN that the process is complete (you will also hear the DA…DA.DA beep).

When the light on the gimbal goes SOLID GREEN ( and you hear the DA…DA.DA beep ), turn off the Phantom by pressing and releasing the power button quickly, then immediately press and hold it in for 2 seconds.

2. Check the upgrade status by opening the “.txt” file that is automatically generated on the SD card after the update (you need to plug the SD back into your computer for this). The final line in the LOG file should have the word “Success”.

The LOG file will look similar to this:
========== 2014.01.01 00:00:13 remo-con disconnect======
Packet: P3X_FW_V01.05.0030.bin
Upgrading …
Result: Success.

There is also another LOG file in a hidden directory on the SD card called /MISC/LOG. This file contains further detailed information on each hardware module within the P3 that’s updated. Useful if something goes wrong.

The LOG will look similar to this:
[00014762]Firmware upgrading[2]…
[00014955][01 01] Firmware upgrade start…
[00045266][01 01] Firmware upgrade finished successfully.
[00045547][03 06] Firmware upgrade start…
[00385853][03 06] Firmware upgrade finished successfully.
[00385932]Done.

[00386003]Version checking[3]…
[00386109][03 05][00] v34.2.0.9 -> v34.2.0.9
[00386210][03 06][05] v2.4.0.5 -> v2.4.0.5
[00386293][04 00][00] v1.41.0.0 -> v1.41.0.0
[00386471][11 00][00] v1.7.0.0 -> v1.7.0.0
[00386599][12 00][00] v1.10.0.0 -> v1.10.0.0
[00386721][12 01][00] v1.10.0.0 -> v1.10.0.0
[00386844][12 02][00] v1.10.0.0 -> v1.10.0.0
[00386979][12 03][00] v1.10.0.0 -> v1.10.0.0
[00387149][15 00][00] v1.1.2.0 -> v1.1.2.0
[00387254][17 00][00] v1.1.1.7 -> v1.1.1.7
[00387513][17 01][00] v1.0.2.7 -> v1.0.2.7
[00387619][19 00][00] v1.0.8.96 -> v1.0.8.96
[00387693][01 00][05] v1.26.4315 -> v1.26.4315
[00387764][01 01][05] v1.26.4315 -> v1.26.4315
[00387865][08 00][00] v0.13.0.7 -> v0.13.0.7
[00387959][09 00][00] v2.13.0.0 -> v2.13.0.0
[00388035]Packet upgrade finish successfully.
See this video on how to see hidden files on Windows and OSX.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV1PvSpbLyo


Perform Calibrations.

After all the firmware updates have been completed, perform the following calibration’s from within the DJI GO App.

1. Calibrate the IMU (even if the app says you don’t need to). Try to do the IMU when the Phantom is cold and on a level surface.
2. Calibrate the gimbal as soon as a successful IMU is done.
3. Calibrate the remote controller. This step is optional as the controller will beep like mad and indicate in the App if it needs calibrating. No harm doing it though.
4. Before flight, calibrate the Compass. Make sure to do this away from metal, magnets and other ferrous thingy-ma-doodas (in a big open field with just grass).

Upgrade Notes.

a. When the update fails you will get a solid RED light and a screech hurts your head. Here is a short video showing the results of a failed update (in this case it was a corrupt BIN file)

b. Ensure there is only one firmware package file stored on your SD card at any one time.
c. Ensure you remove any gimbal lock and lens cap before powering on the Phantom.
d. Only storage devices that are formatted for FAT32 and exFAT file systems are supported for aircraft and remote controller firmware updates.
e. Ensure the internet connection of your mobile device is stable when downloading the firmware update package.
f. Turn on Airplane Mode on your mobile device before updating the firmware on the controller, as any incoming calls may disrupt the update process.
g. Do not perform firmware update while the aircraft is still flying in the air (I just cannot imagine someone even doing this).
h. Be sure to update the remote controller’s firmware to the latest version after you upgrade the aircraft’s firmware.
i. The remote controller may become unlinked from the aircraft after updating. Re-link the remote controller and aircraft.
j. Confirm the update results based on the blinking pattern of camera status indicator or gimbal sound. It is normal for the aircraft to sound or the LED to blink during the update process.
k. Always check the logs no matter if it completed or not. Subsequent restarts of the P3 with the firmware on the card will result in an “Abort” being logged saying the firmware is the same. If you get this, its likely the update went OK. Any concerns, post the logs in this or the support thread.
l. When updating, the ONLY thing to look at is the gimbal light;
Flashing GREEN and RED – Its updating
Solid GREEN – Update successful
Solid RED – Update failed ( check the log files. )

If after following this guide you are unable to update the firmware or are experiencing any issues, please report back by commenting in this thread. http://forum.dji.com/thread-35873-1-1.html

(9) Comments

  1. Purchased my P3Pro about 2 months. Flew it a couple of times with no issues. Started it today and getting No Signal. Attempted to update firmware to 1.5.0030 and got the aircraft failed as shown on your video. Checked the logs and it displays the following. Mind you that I attempted to update several times:

    FROM P3X_FW_RESULT_AB.txt
    ========== 2015.11.26 15:59:45 =====================
    Packet: P3X_FW_V01.05.0030.bin
    Result: Failed.
    Reboot the aircraft and try to upgrade the firmware again.

    FROM P3X_FW_LOG_AB.txt
    [00014755]========== 2015.11.26 15:59:46. boot(15) ============
    [00014804]Packet [C:\P3X_FW_V01.05.0030.bin] detected, card sn [0x2931a2e3].
    [00014854]Packet upgrade start…

    [00014903]Packet checking…
    [00014949]Packet vlink 01.05.0030 01.04.0010.
    [00014995]Record vlink 01.04.0010 01.03.0020 (flow = 0).
    [00015046]Done.

    [00015091]Version checking[1]…
    [00015171][03 05][00] v34.2.0.9 -> v34.2.0.9
    [00015271][03 06][00] v2.4.0.5 -> v2.4.0.5
    [00015409][04 00][00] v1.41.0.0 -> v1.41.0.0
    [00015551][11 00][00] v1.7.0.0 -> v1.7.0.0
    [00015634][12 00][00] v1.10.0.0 -> v1.10.0.0
    [00015734][12 01][00] v1.10.0.0 -> v1.10.0.0
    [00015814][12 02][00] v1.10.0.0 -> v1.10.0.0
    [00015915][12 03][00] v1.10.0.0 -> v1.10.0.0
    [00028461][15 00][00] device not detected.
    [00028555][17 00][00] v1.1.1.7 -> v1.1.1.7
    [00028701][17 01][00] v1.0.2.7 -> v1.0.2.7
    [00028768][19 00][00] v1.0.8.96 -> v1.0.8.96
    [00028813][01 00][00] v1.26.4315 -> v1.26.4315
    [00028865][01 01][00] v1.26.4315 -> v1.26.4315
    [00041410][08 00][00] device not detected.
    [00041479][09 00][00] v2.13.0.0 -> v2.13.0.0
    [00041525]Packet upgrade failed at version checking.

    However when checking app, I show the following versions:
    App – Version 2.4.2
    Aircraft – Version 1.5.30
    RC – Version 1.5.70

    The main issue is that I am not getting a display signal from aircraft to RC. Tried changing cables, mobile devices (both iOS and Android) and no success.

    Is there an existing issue with the P3Pro with Signal issues?? All other functions and controls seems to be OK.

    Any help would be great. I intend to go back to dealer to find out how this can be resolved.

    Thanks,
    Octavious

  2. Updated my DJI Phantom 3 Pro controller with the latest upgrade: 1.5.7.0 and afterwards were prompted that I had to upgrade the aircraft. Downloaded 1.5.7.0030 and went through update procedure (Took battery out of aircraft, micro sd card only had digital median file folder and the bin file: PSW_FW_V01.050.003. After update was finished. Turned aircraft off.
    Then turned on controller and aircraft and discovered that IMU, GSM, and battery data was not being shared between devices. Tried a second time, message on aircraft indicated that identical or lessor upgrade was on one of the apparatus (aircraft or remote controller).
    Controller shows poor signal connection and connection between controller and aircraft is made, able to move camera. Screen shows IMU needs adjusting, unable to make IMU calibration.
    Please help with any suggestions. The aircraft was flying and functioning 100% before upgrade.

    Thanks for any help.

    Bob Bearden
    (216)225-4792
    bmonaro@yahoo.com

  3. Same things happen to me as Bob described above. I get notices: WEAK IMAGE TRANSMISSION SIGNAL.UPGRADE REQUIRED.
    “The camera is required to update, please check the firmware upgrade tutorial videos in Academy”
    From other things: “Radio channel quality – POOR (Strong interference, please be cautious in long distance flight!”

  4. After installing the latest upgrade, 1.5.7.0, I experienced the same issues as Bob Bearden. No IMU, GSM or battery data being shared between devices. RC will fly aircraft fine but no GPS connection in any mode and no indicator that the camera is functioning (although it does take videos). Sometimes a weak signal indicator and eventually a constant “Aircraft warming up” indication, once on never goes away. Help would be appreciated. Thank you.

  5. Hi, I have updated my aircraft to 1.05.0030 – all is well. TXT file shows success. But my controller has steady red light and despite trying to connect to gimbal or via a card reader I cannot get the red light to change. My iPad software is up to date… Can anyone tell me how I can get the controller to upgrade? I have never had a problem before – but the aircraft will not now fly. The iPad says ‘not connected’… Thanks, Tim

  6. I am having the same issue as the first post. Please post if a solution is found. My phantom has about 5 hours on it and is a month old :(

    I have tried several things including downgrading firware to previous version all with no success.

    Thanks,
    Stephen

  7. I have have been using phantom 3 advanced for months now and successfully updated to firmware V1.4 but this v1.5 upgrade is a disaster. Upgraded rc successfully but the aircraft update is just is not happening. Keep getting corrupt bin file error message in txt file. Tried going back to v1.4 with no success,formatting SD card does not help either. Do not know what to try now.

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