Phantom 2 Vision By DJI – Limitless Flying

DJI has been making the drone for years now, and the various configurations of it have collectively become one of the more popular quad-copters in the world. And now DJI has finally announced it’s new quad-copter ‘The Phantom 2′.

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Build Quality 

This is a pretty stout little drone. Despite being made of plastic, the drone’s hull gives only slightly when you twist and turn it, and the arms feel dense and strong. You definitely don’t need to worry about the quad-copter losing an arm if it takes a hard landing. Unless you drop this thing from ten stories up onto a concrete sidewalk (which is not an impossibility), hull damage shouldn’t be a big worry. The Phantom’s legs, however, are much more flimsy than the rest of the craft. This is most likely by design though. Strong legs add extra weight, so here DJI opted to keep them lightweight, slightly flimsy, and above all, replaceable. If you do break one off, new landing gear can be purchased for just a couple bucks, and attached with a Philips screwdriver.

This is a pretty stout little drone. Despite being made of plastic, the drone’s hull gives only slightly when you twist and turn it, and the arms feel dense and strong. You definitely don’t need to worry about the quadcopter losing an arm if it takes a hard landing. Unless you drop this thing from ten stories up onto a concrete sidewalk (which is not an impossibility), hull damage shouldn’t be a big worry.

The Phantom’s legs, however, are much more flimsy than the rest of the craft. This is most likely by design though. Strong legs add extra weight, so here DJI opted to keep them lightweight, slightly flimsy, and above all, replaceable. If you do break one off, new landing gear can be purchased for just a couple bucks, and attached with a Philips screwdriver.

Design

It’s a small, remote control helicopter that’s absolutely crammed with tech, including GPS (global positioning system), Wi-Fi, and a fully stabilized 14-MP camera with an F/2.8 lens that shoots video at 1080p/30. At first glance, you’d think it’s a kid’s toy—it’s basically all white plastic on the outside. From the top down it looks like a big white X, with a plastic two-bladed rotor on each point. It stands on two long, square legs, which also serve to protect the camera in its undercarriage. The camera rig is easily the most complex-looking component. It’s on a platform that hangs down from the drone’s body, connected by four, soft, rubber bulbs which help dampen vibration from the motors. Unlike the normal Phantom 2 Vision, the camera has been divided into parts. The hanging platform contains the camera’s brains, micro SD card slot, and micro USB plug, but then a wire goes down and attaches to the camera’s lens and sensor. This is very clever.

The bigger and heavier something is, the bigger and heavier the stabilization rig has to be. DJI realized that all it needed to stabilize was the lens and sensor, hence the split camera. The result is what looks a half-sized Go-Pro at the end of a small mechanical arm. The arm, of course, is the gimbal, which provides extremely quick 3-axis stabilization. It reacts so quickly it’s almost spooky.

After spending a couple weeks with the Phantom 2, it’s clear why this is one of the most popular drones in the biz. It’s ready-to-fly right out of the box, it’s durable and well built, and most importantly, it’s an absolute blast to fly.

 

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