DJI is one of the top manufacturers of remote controlled quadcopters on the market, and they are always looking for new ways to improve on their quadcopter models. The DJI Phantom 2 Vision is classified as a lightweight, multi-functional integrated aircraft and camera, and it is by far a significant upgrade to their original Phantom quadcopter design. It offers all of the original features from the first quadcopter, but it has added a variety of new features, as well.
- Weight: 7 lbs
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 14.6in x 13.2in x 8.3in
- Flight Speed: 15 m/s
- Flight Time: 25 minutes
- Experience Level: Intermediate
- Flight Controller: Mobile Device
With the new changes introduced in this version, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision is easily the favorite quadcopter currently on the market. The new flight time for the DJI Phantom 2 Vision is up to 25 minutes on a single battery charge. It uses a new 5,200 mAh lithium polymer battery that is built with intelligent circuitry which notifies you of the amount of charge remaining you have in the battery.
Arguably the most important feature that was added onto to this particular model is the integrated camera. Unlike the Phantom models of the past that had a GoPro mount, the owners of the Phantom 2 Vision no longer have to worry about configuring a camera separately and it not working properly. It is a 14 MP camera that is capable of shooting 1080p HD video recordings and photos simultaneously that can be stored on a micro SD card. This camera also offers a first person point of view (FPV) for Wi-Fi streaming. The camera is mounted on an anti-vibration camera platform that has single axis stabilization, allowing the controller to record video and take pictures without the vibrations of the actual quadcopter rotors or wind shuttering interfering with the video feed.
Here’s a sample of a video taken with the camera.
How good is this camera compared to a GoPro? Check out the comparison video below. We think the default camera on the DJI Phantom 2 Vision is pretty darn good.
Just like most other things in the technological world today, DJI has created a free Vision mobile app on iOS and Android devices to go along with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter. The DJI Vision app is also able to remotely control the camera on the quadcopter while it is in flight. Since the camera is fully integrated into the quadcopter, DJI has also added in a camera tilt motor that allows the controller to take photos and videos from various angles (up to 60 degrees) instead of just one. Having a wifi connection to a quadcopter is not something new, but with the Phantom 2 Vision, DJI actually included a Wi-Fi extender built into the quadcopter. This allows the control of the quadcopter to receive and record live remote video streaming from up to 980 feet away, a vast improvement to the previous models. The extender extends the distance about 300 meters from the old version. In the older version, depending on the terrain around the area it was being flown in, it was extremely hard to keep track of the quadcopter once it was in the air. However with the Phantom 2 Vision, this issue no longer exists. DJI has actually added a virtual radar aircraft locator to this model that can be found on the mobile application. You never have to worry again about losing your quadcopter if it leaves your line of sight.