DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Review

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Product Details:

Dimensions: 17 x 8.1 x 12.5 inches
Camera: 14MP
Video: 1080p 30fps
Battery Life: 20-25 mins
Price: $1159
Rating: *****

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Drone Specifications:

The Phantom 2 Vision+ from DJI brings ready-to-fly into the professional realm. With its 3-axis gimbal supporting an all new custom 1080p video camera with Wi-Fi first-person-view (FPV) on your iOS or Android device, you’ll be creating super smooth cinema-quality videos in minutes. The Vision+ eliminates setup headaches with the gimbal and camera already securely mounted and aligned at the factory. Just open the box, charge the batteries and screw on the props. This is the highest quality ready-to-fly solution ever made and will quickly become the standard for independent film makers, journalists, farmers, emergency personnel, extreme sports enthusiasts and aviation hobbyists.

Our Review:

As the name suggests, DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision+ isn’t much different than its predecessor, with the same exceptional flying capabilities as the last model. But the newfound “plus” for this drone is mostly found in its vastly improved camera and gimbal, which offers super-smooth recording capabilities from a bird’s eye view.

The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ represents the company’s flagship consumer model, improving on the Phantom 2 Vision by adding a Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal camera system.djiphantom2plus The Phantom 2 Vision is only outfitted with a jello-slaying rubber platform to ward off minimal gyration shake, while the new Phantom 2 Vision+ corrects for vertical, horizontal, and angular shake. With this new system, the onboard camera can be tilted up or down, greatly maximizing the range of the lens. DJI also offers the Phantom 2, which comes without a camera or gimbal. Users can purchase the H3-3D gimbal and mount a GoPro underneath the drone, which would feature the same functionality as the Phantom 2 Vision+ while supporting a different camera.

Well, aside from being really fun to fly a drone that can fly roughly 35MPH and reach heights exceeding 900 feet (yes, nine hundred), it’s outfitted with a very solid little camera. This enables amateur and professional photographers and videographers to get shots that would would otherwise be impossible.

The new camera actually comes in two parts: The lens hangs below and moves with the gimbal to offset any shakiness or sudden movements of the drone, while the rest of the hardware that powers the camera resides above in a flat compartment, which is also where the micro SD card is inserted.

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The copter is powered by a 5200mAh Li-Po battery which is easily swappable (spares will run you about $160). There’s also a remote control that features two joysticks, two 3-position switches, and a power-switch. Attached to that is a phone clamp and a Wi-Fi range extender. It creates a local Wi-Fi network you pair your phone (Android or iOS) with, and it uses its own rechargeable internal battery juice to stay connected with the Phantom even when it’s 2,200 feet away. Using DJI’s app, you can see what the camera sees, start/stop video, take stills, tilt the camera (up to 90 degrees), adjust camera settings, and see important flight data, like distance, altitude, speed, and battery level.

The other really neat feature the Vision App supports is their ground station setting. This enables you to set a way point flight path or “flight mission”. This is about as fully autonomous as recreational model flight can get and really does transform the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus into a hands off flying drone. For obvious safety reasons, way point mission flight is restricted to a maximum range of 500 meters from the home position (where the Phantom took off).

DJI’s Phantom quadcopters are the best that I’ve flown and really open my eyes to the potential of RC and autonomous drones. It combines a mix of technologies; gyroscopes, GPS, Wi-Fi, smartphones in just the right way to make it much more than the sum of its parts. The flying experience really feels magical; it’s something you may have to fly or see in person to appreciate. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it if you’re in the market for a prosumer RC quad.

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