Martine Deblois Dji Phantom June 13th, 2018 - 17:36:06
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!
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. Its 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.
You can also control the drone by tilting your phone forward backwards left or right just as you would in a racing or flying game on the iPhone. The Freeflight app also allows you to directly share the videos to Facebook YouTube or Vimeo directly from within the app. Other differences between the two drones comprise of the flying range; 25 minutes on a battery charge for the Parrot and up to 40 minutes for the DJI Phantom. The DJI Phantom is also slightly heavier and some reports say that it provides better stability in windy conditions but both drones are reasonably stable for that. Replacement parts are easily available to buy from Amazon for both models.
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.