DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GoPro Review

The DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GoPro is considered as one of the best quadcopters in the market today. It is perfect for hobbyists or professionals who love taking taking aerial photos and videos. This unit boasts of advanced technologies such as GPS, among others. It currently sells for $499 in Amazon.

Design

This quadcopter weighs about 2.2 pounds with dimensions of approximately 17 by 17 by 8 inches.

The Phantom has GoPro mounting case and holes for the standard GoPro housing. These features allow users to take stable pictures and videos given that the cameras are firmly attached or mounted to the aircraft. The unit has been tested to work with Hero2, Hero3 and Hero3+ models.

The Phantom comes with rechargeable battery and the unit can run on straight 15 minutes of flying on a single full charge. The transmitter is powered by AA batteries that do not come with the package.

Performance

The Phantom boasts of the Intelligent Orientation Control feature that lets the unit move different directions—front or back or sideways— without losing its track. This lets users take various angles of aerial shots and videos. This feature is available for the Phantom as the unit has the Naza-M autopilot system that needs to be activated before letting the unit fly.

This quadcopter has a maximum horizontal speed of 22 miles per hour or 10 meters per second. Its transmitter also has a range of over 980 feet or about 300 meters.

The Phantom comes with an advanced GPS technology which also has the fail-safe function. The unit can be programmed to automatically go back to its take-off location when it has lost contact with the transmitter.

Ease of Use

This advanced quadcopter is ready to fly and users no longer need to buy additional items for the quadcopter. Flyers simply need to charge the battery of the quadcopter and insert the batteries for the transmitters, attach the propellers, landing gear and GoPro mount using the screws which is included, and do some calibration.

Users can configure advanced parameters with the Naza-M autopilot system easily, but this may require additional downloads.

Many of those who have tried this quadcopter strongly recommend that other users take the time to read the instructions and watch videos on how to operate the unit before flying it.

“This really is a fun quadcopter, but you need to watch the company’s videos to ensure you get everything right. The controller didn’t operate the quadcopter out of the box, and I needed to download drivers and sync the controller with the quadcopter. The online directions were challenging to navigate. The GPS feature has worked very well for me.”—Amazon buyer comment

What the Users are Saying

The DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GoPro has received a rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars from Amazon buyers. More than 60 percent of the users have given this quadcopter a rating of 5 stars.

The majority of flyers who have tried the Phantom are happy with its performance but cautions others to take the time to read and watch videos on how to fly this quadcopter/

“The best RC toy ! Very stable and easy to fly ! Get the GoPro camera and start recording amazing aerial videos.” —Amazon buyer comment

“LOVED! A bit hard for those on entry level but with some practice you learn to fly and love it! TIP: Buy 3 batteries or more.” —Amazon buyer comment

‘This is one of the easiest RC planes to fly there is. Very short setup time. Instructions are a bit complicated but youtube has some EXCELLENT video’s on how to properly set it up, and any other tasks that need to be done. One of the funnest things I have purchased in a long time. Compared to the other options out there, I would not even consider spending my money on any other product in this price range.”– —Amazon buyer comment

Pros

  • Intelligent Orientation Control feature that let the unit move in any direction without losing its track
  • GPS technology with fail-safe function
  • Maximum horizontal speed of 22 miles per hour
  • Transmitter with a range of over 980 feet
  • GoPro mounting case and holes for housing of camera
  • Works with Hero2, Hero3 and Hero3+ models

Cons

  • Users will need to watch videos to be able to control the unit properly and to maximize its functions
  • May require additional downloads for some features to work

Conclusion

The DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GoPro is perfect for those who would like to take beautiful aerial shots and videos. This unit is a lot more expensive compared to other quadcopters, but it has more advanced features such as GPS with fail safe technology and Naza-M autopilot system. Just make sure to take the time to read instructional videos on how to operate this quadcopter so you can maximize its features and functions.