Martine Deblois Dji Phantom June 13th, 2018 - 17:26:22
The two main competitors are Parrot who have now released the 2.0 version of their AR Drone for amateurs and DJI Phantom which priced at over $1000 is for the more serious players in the drone arena. The AR Drone is priced at about $300 and up depending on whether you opt to go for any extra features such as GPS based auto-pilot an extra battery or extra memory in the form of a USB plug-in stick. This makes it more affordable and it would not surprise me if it becomes one of the top Christmas gifts this year!
Beyond micro quads there is a lot of space to grow in terms of cost and abilities however lets focus on the next logical step. The DJI Phantom is a very popular quad that is capable of carrying a GoPro cam. If you select to buy a Phantom I believe you will concur that it is considerably simpler to fly than a micro quad. Ive discovered the Phantoms stabilization and position-holding capability to be rock solid. I can park it in the sky and take my hands off of the joysticks. Even if there is a light breeze the Phantom will remain in location until I regulate it to go elsewhere.
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 $1200. But when you stop and think about everything you are getting in one integrated package its 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 doesnt give you the FPV capabilities that the DJI Phantom Vision does.
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.