The DJI Phantom Vision: Worth It?

DJI is one of the foremost developers of unmanned aerial vehicles, specifically multirotor craft. Multirotor refers to the design feature that it has multiple motors and rotors. One of the most popular multirotor vehicles is the quadcopter. Unlike traditional helicopters, multirotor vehicles have fixed pitch rotors and maneuver by changing the RPM of individually controlled motors via a complex flight control board.

DJI has developed very sophisticated flight control software providing a very stable platform for aerial photography and other applications. The latest entry into the flight line of DJI products is the DJI Phantom Vision. This is the successor to the very popular DJI Phantom. The Phantom was very popular and allowed anyone to fly right out of the box. The Phantom Vision takes it a step further providing a first person vision (FPV) experience by streaming live video from the attached HD 1080p camera via WiFi to your tablet or smart phone. The transmitter has a stand for attaching your device so that you can watch where you are flying.

The camera is pretty good. Not as good as a GoPro, but it does record in 1080p and has a 14MP camera. It’s field of view can be changed between 140/120/90 degrees. It can also take photos in RAW format which is one improvement over the GoPro. The device app enables you to change settings while the DJI Phantom Vision is still in the air. You can change the ISO, white balance, set a time interval for photos. The app also display altitude, speed, and distance from home. A compass is also used to help you know which way is back home and if you do get in trouble and crash, the Phantom will send out its last known GPS coordinates so that you can recover it.

The transmitter has changed to work on 5.8GHz and the WiFi works on 2.4GHz. The distance is advertised to be up to 300m. The battery integration is greatly improved and the Vision looks much more streamlined. The 5200 mAh LiPo batteries provide up to 25 minutes of flight time. Just think of all the awesome footage you could get with 25 minutes of flying!

Now the Vision is not super cheap. It comes in about $1,200. But when you stop and think about everything you are getting, in one integrated package, it’s not such a bad deal. For example if you bought the predecessor DJI Phantom, you would spend $450. Then if you wanted to put the latest GoPro on it you would spend another $400 putting you at $850 already. But that doesn’t give you the FPV capabilities that the DJI Phantom Vision does.

So is it worth it? It depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for a fully integrated, ready to fly, FPV quadcopter, I would recommend the Phantom Vision. If you are not looking for all of that, then maybe try the DJI Phantom, or even the Blade mQX.

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