DJI Phantom Review

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Product Details:

Dimensions: 17 x 17 x 8 inches
Camera: GoPro Mount
Video: GoPro Mount
Battery Life: 10-15 mins
Price: $579
Rating: *****

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DJI’s Phantom quadcopter is the gear of choice for next-generation filmmakers, extreme sports enthusiasts and R/C hobbyists. Despite all the advanced functions, it’s easy to learn, so if you’ve never before owned an outdoor helicopter, this is the place to start. With innovative features such as Intelligent Orientation Control, automatic navigation back to home and a sleek, integrated design, see for yourself why the Phantom is the rig used by pros and beginners alike.

Our Review:

The DJI Phantom can be described as a radio controlled aircraft. When it is purchased, the user needs to assemble it before taking it out into the air. You can find a well produced instructional video on the official DJI website which can be followed with ease or download a Quick Start Manual which will give you all the details needed to assemble the device without any problem. This material will also help you out a great deal when it comes to leaning how to fly the quadcopter. The Phantom is promoted as an incredible aerial platform used for GoPro HERO action cam and it is also important to note that it comes with an angle mount that is adjustable specifically designed for the camera. However, it is important to note that before the camera is fitted on the mount; the protective outer house has to be removed. In line with this, the mount does not come with any room for any of the HERO’s add-ons like extra battery or LCD screen.

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After you have assembled the DJI Phantom correctly, you need to take it out for its first flight. To do this, you need to turn on the control unit. From here, you can go ahead and turn on the aircraft. This is done simply by installing the rechargeable lithium polymer battery (2200mAh 11.1V). The device performs a self check on all the systems and relays the findings through its single prominent RGB LED indicator. This happens every time the aircraft is used. The LED normally flashes on and off in various patterns of colors. This lets you know when the systems are warming up before you are alerted about the facts of the Phantom’s compass which cannot be calibrated especially when you are not able to find enough GPS satellites or when it is too cold. Unless you have used the aircraft very many times, there is no way you can learn what the patterns stand for. This means that you have to refer to a printout or even download the manual and have it close at hand. Even with this, it can be quite challenging or confusing trying to cross reference the blinking multiple colors that happen quite rapidly. It would be far much better if the manufacturer would have included a one line calculator like LCD screen which displays simple text such as “initializing”, “wait” or “insufficient GPS satt”.

djiphantom-goproOnce everything is in place, you are now ready to take the DJI Phantom to the air. You will need to fly it over a big field so that it can be able to access enough satellite for the GPS features to work. This way, you will be able to avoid any rough landings. You will however be pleased to learn that the Phantom is a top notch product and is not affected too much by rough landings as the only damage that I experienced after several bumpy landings was a cracked landing strut. The DJI Phantom can be used for a very long time without any complications.

After flying it the first few times, you will definitely get better at operating the DJI Phantom and you can be assured that you will have a really great time with it. The device can go really fast 10 meters/32.8 feet per second when it is going forward. It can also go very high and it should also be credited for the fact that it responds to commands instantaneously. The battery life for the flights is at about 13 minutes.

It is possible to fly the DJI Phantom in attitude mode which allows you to hold it in its position mid air, even when you remove your hands from the controller. It is something that helps really helps, especially beginner pilots whilst is also helps to compensate for wind gusts. It also has an incredible fail safe feature that makes the entire flying experience less intimidating. All in all, this is a great aircraft thanks to some of the great features such as simple assembly, tough construction, GPS enabled position holding, built in GoPro attachment point, physical joysticks as opposed to the touchscreen sliders, intelligent orientation, control impressive performance, highly integrated and attractive design, ready to fly design, low voltage protection and high intensity LED lights that help to add orientation during flights among many others.

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