DJI is one of the best-known drone manufacturers in the world, and the Phantom 2 is a superb drone. This small, powerful remote control helicopter is packed with tech, comprising Wi-Fi, GPS, and a 14MP camera with an F/2.8 lens that has the ability to record video at 1080p/30. The drone can reach heights exceeding 900 feet, allowing photographers and videographers to capture amazing videos and photos that would otherwise be impossible.
The quadcopter’s smartphone compatibility means that you can view what the camera is recording when it is 300 feet above the ground. If you are just getting started with quadcopters, the drone is a superb, beginner-friendly quadcopter. Here is a complete DJI Phantom 2 Vision review.
- Integrated 14MP camera with 1080p HD video recording on a micro SD card and live first-person view (FPV) Wi-Fi streaming of video and telemetry to the free Vision app for iOS or Android
- Included Wi-Fi extender allows live remote video streaming from up to 980 feet away
- The integrated camera tilt motor will automatically compensate for the Phantom's single-axis motion by tilting the camera for smoother video, and it's manually controllable via the Vision app
- Fly up to 25 minutes on a single charge using the included 5,200-mAh lithium polymer (LiPo) battery that's easily removable and contains intelligent circuitry and a charge-remaining indicator built-in
- The Phantom 2 Vision also includes all the features you love from the original Phantom, with an included camera instead of a GoPro mount
At first glance, the Phantom 2 Vision looks like a kid’s toy made of cheap plastic but it is not. The tool looks like a large white X, with a two-bladed rotor on every point. The drone stands on two long, square-like legs, which protects the camera when on the ground.
The upper part serves to cover the battery, the antenna, the base plate as well as the motor. The quadcopter is designed to be used with your a GoPro camera and a gimbal, both purchased separately. The gimbals for phantom 2 Vision are located at the bottom and provide very quick 3-axis stabilization.
The quadcopter comes with a user-friendly hardware design that even starters can pick up on. The quadcopter self-stabilizes, and if you take your hands off the remote it will simply fly in the present position. If it goes out of sight, it will return to where it was launched from and land itself thanks to its in-built GPS. Phantom 2’s remote control comes with great features. The built-in lithium-polymer battery eliminates the need to invest in standard AA batteries. The smooth curves and protruding camera combine to seamlessly capture amazing moments. The smooth curves enable the quadcopter to fly easily in any direction when it is in the air and the camera is bulbous to allow in more light.
Users can program a flight path using their smartphones. The drone comes with a built-in Vision Plus, meaning you don’t need to buy an additional Ground Station system. Using DJI’s application, you can view what the camera is recording on your smartphone, start or the stop video, take stills, adjust the camera, and view such important flight data as distance, speed, and altitude. If you need to start taking pictures or recording videos, you need to use on-screen buttons. The Wi-Fi extender unit on the remote-control boosts signal range to 300m, although the environment you are can affect this. The remote control features two 3-position switches, two joysticks, and a power-switch. Connected to that are a Wi-Fi range extender and phone-clamp.
Although this drone itself is a superb flying machine, the camera is its weak point, suffering from mild performance problems in dim light. The camera has a shock mount that’s designed to deplete vibration from the drone, but without a three-axis gimbal you won’t get clear footage unless you are hovering. The camera, however, works better for stills. The 14-megapixel image from the F/2.8 wide-angle lens is incredible and has that buzz quality the video is missing. If you intend to upload your videos on YouTube, then the camera is not a good option. However, for a fun bit of airborne footage, it is fine.
The Phantom 2 is well built and the large battery gives 25 minutes of flying time on a full charge. If the battery gets to about 8% low it will automatically start to descend in order to avoid running out of power and eventually crashing. The main drawback of this feature is that the drone will descend into what is below. For instance, if you are flying above water when the battery runs out, it will land in the water. The batteries charge quickly though. If you are considering flying in the afternoon, you will require additional batteries. Three batteries and two chargers will keep your Phantom 2 in the air long enough.
DJI Phantom 2 Vision Ratings
- Design and ease of use
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision is the finest hobby drone in the market. This drone is fun and it’s the simplest way to obtain stabilized aerial images and videos. If you are interested in the cinematography shots, the drone may frustrate you. Nonetheless, compared to other drones out there it is an incredible piece of technology.