As luck would have it, a few months after I purchase my DJI Phantom Quadcopter they come out with the Phantom 2 Vision. In other words my old quadcopter became yesterdays news in just a few months. Oh well. Another excuse to purchase a newer toy and do a quick review. Read on for details.
So what are the main differences between the DJI Phantom (V1) and the DJI Phantom 2 Vision (V2)?
- The V2 comes with a built-in Wi-Fi HD video camera.
- The V2 has wireless camera control/viewing and allows for tilting the camera up/down, video, pictures, etc via their DJI Vision app on iOS and Android.
- The V2 shows telemetry via the same app – location, altitude, speed, battery life, satellite connections, etc,
- The V2 has a larger 5200 mAh lithium-polymer battery with 25 minutes of flight time.
- The V2 has larger and more flexible blades.
- The V2 costs about $1,200 vs $479 for the V1.
Things I like about the Phantom 2 Vision.
Since I own both the V1 and V2 Phantom Quadcopters I can tell you this, if you already have a V1 with a GoPro attached, and don't care to see live video and telemetry settings, keep your credit card in your wallet. I personally like being able to see my altitude settings, speed, distance from home position, live video, etc, I also like the longer flight times provided by the larger battery. One cool feature is the ability to tilt the camera up/down from your iOS or Android device. Another thing to note for all DJI products, they are getting a bit better at UI and manual writing. Not perfect, but much better.
Things I don't like about the Phantom 2 Vision.
I realize the specs of the DJI camera sound great. 14 Megapixel still pictures, 1080/30p or 1080/60i, 140-degree wide-angle lens, etc, Wit that said, I think the GoPro video is better. There is just something lacking on the DJI video, it looks flat/raw. Most people will be happy with the video quality but I prefer the GoPro videos.
The new battery is great but the release tabs are very difficult to use. Takes me about 5 tries before I can get the battery out. Also, the battery costs approximately $150 versus $10 for the original Phantom battery.
The built-in camera gimbal doesn't do a great job at stabilizing the camera during quick movements and tends to give a jerky up/down effect on your videos. Hope this will get fixed with future firmware updates.
While the FPV (First Person View) system connected to your phone via Wi-Fi is amazing and claims a 300m range, don't expect that range in areas with trees or buildings. Flying near a building all but kills the video signal. On the other hand when flying over a lake with no buildings or trees I got about double the range!
As I mentioned earlier, the main difference between the original Phantom (V1) and the Phantom 2 Vision (V2) is the wireless camera and telemetry OSD. While this type of thing won't appeal to everyone I imagine it will appeal to most.