DJI Phantom 2 Vision plus quadcopter
Photographers and videographers are always after stable aerial images. Capturing videos and photos from the air, without a shaky, “jello” effect is a mammoth task.
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus offers a solution, but potential users will want to know if this quadcopter can do what DJI says it can.
A. DJI Phantom 2 Vision plus features
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus has a set of enticing features that make it a dream quadcopter for photographers and film makers.
Having said this, potential users will want to know what they will receive. The quadcopter’s features will definitely interest them as well.
The box includes:
a. The Phantom 2 Vision+ V3.0 quadcopter
b. An RC transmitter
c. A 14 megapixel Full HD camera
d. A 4GB MicroSD card
e. The three-axis camera gimbal
f. A WiFi range extender
g. A 230-volt charger
h. Two sets of propellers
i. Two LiPo battery
j. 1 compact carrying case
1. Ready-to-fly design
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus comes ready to fly. There is no need to spend unnecessary time assembling it. This is a definite plus for new fliers who may not know how to put a quadcopter together.
2. Three-axis camera stabilization
The three-axis gimbal stabilizes the camera. The videos that the device captures do not quiver. The gimbal removes the shaky, “jello” effect that hampers smooth video capture, an improvement over earlier DJI Phantom models.
3. High performance camera and parameter settings
The Vision Plus includes a high-quality,14-megapixel, integrated camera. It captures full, 1080 pixel, HD videos at 30 megabytes per second. This makes the Vision Plus an ideal camera for capturing fast, action videos. It has a dynamic resolution of 4384×3288 dpi.
4. Camera tilt control
Camera tilt control gives users greater creative freedom in the air. They can tilt the camera to its widest angle of 35 degrees and capture images from interesting aerial perspectives. Tilting the camera also allows users to capture action effectively, both forward and down.
5. Improved Power
DJI has put together enhanced propellers, motors and batteries in the 2 Vision Plus to give the device greater power. This means that users can put more equipment on the quadcopter. The 350 LiPo battery gives it more thrust.
6. 25 min flight time
Increased power gives the device a longer flight time. While its predecessor, the DJI Phantom for Go Pro, was able to fly on 15 minutes of battery power, the Vision Plus is able to stay in the air for 25 minutes. It is now able to capture more high-quality videos and photos.
7. Better orientation
The stabilizing gimbal makes sure that the camera hovers in place if users lose the remote control signal. This makes the device user-friendly. It is less possible to lose the device.
This quadcopter has built-in GPS, allowing users to track it. Intelligence Orientation Control steers it in its intended direction. It also returns to its take off point should users lose communication with it.
8. New Remote Control
DJI has included an improved remote control. It now comes with a gimbal dial, trainer port and a rechargeable, built-in LiPo battery. LED indicators highlight battery level. The throttle is now held firmly in place.
9. Social media sharing
The Vision Plus has features that allow users to share captured images with friends. Post images on Facebook and Twitter.
B. Dji Phantom 2 specifications
In addition, the Vision Plus’ specifications make it a reliable aerial camera.
1. It weighs 2.74 pounds
Light, the quadcopter weighs 2.74 pounds or 1242g. The weight includes propellers, motors and batteries.
2. Hover accuracy
The Vision Plus has vertical hover accuracy of 2.62 feet(0.8m) and horizontal hover accuracy of 8.2 feet (2.5m), which keeps the device in place and prevents loss.
3. Max ascent/descent speed
The greatest ascent speed of the Vision Plus is 19.69 feet(6m)/s and its greatest descent speed is 9.84 feet(3m)/s, making it easy for users to control the quadcopter.
The Vision Plus has a wide communication range, depending on what country you live in. It as a CE compliance communication range of 1312.34 feet(400 meters) for European countries. Its FCC range stands at 2624.67 feet(800 meters (2624.67 feet) for other countries. The 2412 mHz range extender increases this range. This makes the quadcopter fun to fly in open areas.
5. Software upgrades for both Windows and Mac
Upgrading the Vision Plus is easy. There are available Vision Plus upgrades for both Windows and Mac users.
Other than the savvy features and specifications such as its stabilizing gimbal, improved power and increased flight time, the quadcopter has a number of other advantages.
1. Barrel distortion removal
The Vision Plus already captures stable, aerial images. To make pictures even sharper, there is an adobe lens profile for barrel distortion removal available for its integrated camera.
2. See photos and videos in real-time
A handy feature of the Vision Plus is that users can see photos and videos as they capture them. This makes it possible for them to make adjustments on the spot.
With the stabilizing gimbal and hover accuracy, the camera makes capturing photos and videos easy.
4. Works with IOS and Android smartphones
The device works with all IOS and Android devices, making it available for most people to use. These phones have the Vision Plus app installed.
All devices come with their drawbacks. The Vision Plus is no different.
1. For more experienced pilots
Though it is user-friendly, the DJI Phantom 2 vision plus is more suitable for users who have had more experience flying drones. Like all drones, it flies out of sight if the user loses the radio transmitter signal. Pilots need a little practice before attempting advanced flying.
Users must remember to calibrate their transmitters by syncing the Vision Plus with their computers. This is so that they can decide how high or how far away the model will fly. Calibration is a little complex for novice flyers.
One should never fly the quadcopter until the compass is completely oriented. Users should also make sure that the rear lights of the device flash green before flying it. They should always set it to the “return to home” mode so that the Vision Plus returns, at the right altitude, to its take-off point.
2. Wind issues
The drone may also fly away when there is a lot of wind. Again, it may take a more experienced pilot to control the quadcopter at high wind speeds.
3. Navigating obstacles
Users should never fly the quadcopter in areas with many trees. These would snag the quadcopter and make it difficult to retrieve. Unless the user is an experienced pilot, he should never fly the quadcopter in areas where there are many obstacles.
At over one thousand dollars on Amazon, the Vision Plus is slightly more than twice the price of its predecessor, the DJI Phantom.