DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Quadcopter Review

The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Quadcopter with FPV HD Video Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal could be the perfect quadcopter for those who love to take aerial shots and videos. The Phantom 2 Vision comes with the quadcopter and very high quality, high definition camera. Users can also see the footages or shots in real time with the use of Wi-Fi.

Design

The Phantom 2 Vision weighs roughly about 1242 grams and runs on 5,200-mAh battery. Users can fly this quadcopter for 25 straight minutes on a single full charge. This is a lot more compared to other quadcopters’ batteries. The unit’s battery takes at least an hour to fully charge.

This quadcopter is also equipped with LED lights which are placed under the unit’s four arms. Two of the LED lights will blink red lights to indicate the unit’s orientation while the other two lights can either shine red, yellow or green lights to indicate operational information.

Red, for example communicates that the unit is going low on batteries while yellow indicates that the compass has to be recalibrated. Green means that the unit is ready to fly, and has signal and locked on GPS.

Performance

The numbers for the Phantom Vision are very impressive.

For one, it has a vertical hover accuracy of 0.8 meters and horizontal hover accuracy of 2.5 meters. Its maximum accent speed is 6 meters per second and maximum descent speed of 3 meters per second. It can go as fast as 15 meters per second, as well.

The transmitter’s operating frequency is also higher compared to the quadcopters in the market at 5.728 GHz to5.85 GHz. The transmitter can also communicate with the unit from 500 to 700 meters.

Advanced GPS Technology

The Phantom Vision boasts of advanced GPS technology that serves two purposes; to automatically fly the unit back to its take-off location and for the GPS telemetry to let the aircraft fly in a stable manner amid strong winds and high altitudes.

The GPS has a fail-safe feature that lets the aircraft go back to where it took off in cases where it losses connection or communication to the transmitter.

On the other hand, the unit is capable of knowing when it is supposed to be hovering on its own or if it has to receive commands from the controls. For example, this quadcopter would try to maintain its position when it is being pushed or pulled away by gusty winds. This makes it easier for users as they no longer have to worry that the aircraft will spin out of control or get lost.

Camera

The Phantom 2 Vision comes with a very high quality camera and a 4 GB micro SD card. The camera can shoot at full high-definition at 1080p 30/60i, 720p 60 and can take 14 megapixel pictures. The setting of the camera includes Exposure Compensation, White Balance, capture format, picture quality and ISO, and can be adjusted using the vision application.

This quadcopter also comes with a high-precision 3-axis camera stabilization (3-axis Gimbal system) system that keeps the camera in place for smoother shots and videos.

The camera can be tilted even when it is already up in the air, and can be pointed straight down, too. Plus, users can receive the photos and videos from the Vision+ cameras straight to their mobile phones using Wi-Fi.

Users can also see the flight telemetry on the onscreen display.

Ease of Use

The Phantom Vision can be flown by both amateurs and experts, just like DJI Phantom Aerial UAV. The GPS system makes it easy for users as they can be assured that the aircraft can get back safely even during windy conditions.

This quadcopter is also ready to fly, and as such users no longer need to buy additional items to make it work and fly. Users simply need to insert the batteries for the transmitter, charge the quadcopters battery, screw the propellers and calibrate.

It is, however, important for users to take the time to read the instructions and watch videos to operate the unit easily and to maximize its features.

Users can fly this quadcopter using the videos since it has a camera attached which provides real time viewing

What the Users are saying

The of DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Quadcopter with FPV HD Video Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal has received a rating of 3.3 out of 5 stars from Amazon buyers. More than 40 percent of those who have tried this product have given it a rating of 5 stars.

Those who have given this quadcopter high rating complimented the great pictures and videos it takes, the performance of the quadcopter and the GPS technology.

“30+ flights so far. No problems. Just keep all the software up to date. And make sure you keep it over your own property, or over public land that is sparse with people. Most neighbors will hate this if you fly it around the neighborhood. The videos are absolutely stable. No complaints at all!”—Amazon buyer comment

“Excellent handling easy to use camera. Love it” —Amazon buyer comment

“I’ve been flying smaller crafts for about a year, nothing like the Phantom. Easier to control and the GPS hover mode is great. Take your time setting up and wait for GPS signal. Camera with the gimble works great—Amazon buyer comment

“Lots of fun to fly. Images are amazing. Easy to learn to fly.” —Amazon buyer comment

Almost 30 percent of those who have tried the Phantom Vision 2 have given it a rating of 1 star. The majority of those who were dissatisfied with their purchase complained about the customer support of the manufacturer.

“Where this get’s tricky is the lack of response from DJI. We wrote them a few times, no response, have posted on their Facebook page a few times. Nothing, nada, zilch. Called a few distributers, same deal, they don’t hear from them either, and don’t have any parts, or any expectations of getting them. If you crash, or even hard land, you are out of luck for a few months, or longer. Heck, even on the F550, support and parts are still lacking.

Really surprised. With the cost of the drones I would expect world class support, but instead, there is virtually no support.”– —Amazon buyer comment

Pros

  • High Quality high definition camera
  • First person view of images and videos; can be seen with the use of Wi-fi
  • Excellent quadcopter with speed of 15 meters per second
  • High frequency transmitter that can reach up to 500 to 700 meters
  • 3-Axis Gimbal system to keep the camera in place for better shots and videos
  • Longer battery life; 25 minutes of single full charge
  • GPS technology that serves two purposes; to let unit automatically fly back to take-off location and for stability during windy conditions
  • Ready to fly out of the box; no assembly needed and no additional purchase required

Cons

  • Poor customer service from manufacturer
  • Users will need to carefully read instructions and even watch videos to know how to maximize the features of the unit given its advanced technology.

Conclusion

The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Quadcopter with FPV HD Video Camera is perfect for those who are serious about aerial photography and film making. The quadcopter itself has impressive features and performance which includes the GPS system, among others. The camera is a high quality that can shoot in high definition images. The camera is kept secure and stable with the 3 Axis Gimbal system which allows users to take different aerial images at different angles.

Just make sure to read the instructions and watch videos on how to operate the entire system to avoid crashing the unit accidentally for lack of knowledge on how to operate, and to fully maximize its advanced features. The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Quadcopter after all, is very pricey equipment and as such users should take precautions and make the most out of this aircraft with camera.