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DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ review: Top-notch eye in the sky

The ready-to-fly camera-toting quadcopter can now be controlled from more than 2,000 feet away, while a new three-axis gimbal keeps your shots nice and steady.

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More powerful than your average toy quadcopter, but not as intimidating as DIY enthusiast models, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ falls in a sweet spot for anyone who wants to get started capturing videos and photos from the sky.

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The bottom line.

Well, anyone who has $1,160 to spare on a new hobby anyway. (It'll set you back around £890 in the UK and in Australia about AU$1,300.) But, that's a fairly reasonable price considering how ready-to-fly and shoot the Vision+ is out of the box.

If you don't stop to charge up its batteries or read the manual (you should do both before your first flight, of course), you can go from unpacking it to up in the air inside of 10 minutes.

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The quadcopter itself is for the most part unchanged from its predecessor, the Phantom 2 Vision . You'll find all the same convenience features like color-coded, self-tightening propellers for easy installation and replacement, and a slot-loading battery pack -- no connectors to mess with here -- that delivers up to 25 minutes of flight time (more on that "up to" part in a bit).

The camera on the Vision+, though it looks different, also seems to be the same, at least in specs: an f2.8 lens paired with a 14-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor that can capture Adobe DNG raw and JPEG images and video at up to 1080p at 30fps and 720p at 60fps. You can also control ISO, exposure compensation and white balance, and choose from a 140-, 120-, or 90-degree field of view.

The biggest change is what is supporting the camera. With the original Vision, the camera was on an antivibration platform stabilized only on the tilt axis and the tilting range during flight (remotely controlled through the mobile Vision app) had a range of 60 degrees. The Vision+, however, has a three-axis gimbal similar to the one available for use with a GoPro camera on the Phantom 2.

The gimbal actively stabilizes the camera in roll, pitch and yaw directions keeping the video looking smooth even with sudden movements. Plus, the camera can do a 90-degree tilt, letting you shoot straight down, straight ahead and anywhere in between.

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Getting started

Again, there's not much to setting up the Vision+ for the first time. The propellers have to be spun on, but they're clearly marked so you don't do it incorrectly and they're self-tightening so they lock on as soon as the copter spins up for take-off.

There are three things you'll need to charge up before you fly: the Vision+ battery pack, the wireless range extender and an Android or iOS mobile device. The remote control also needs four, AA-size batteries.

The copter's battery is charged via an included wall charger or an optional car charger, while the range extender pulls its power from a Micro-USB port connected to a computer or wall adapter (not included). It would be nice if both could get topped off from one charger giving you a bit of a reminder, but it's just something you'll have to make a habit of before you fly.

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You'll need a smartphone loaded with DJI's Vision app, which among other things lets you see what the camera sees, control the camera and its settings, view real-time flight telemetry and set up an autopilot flight plan with up to 16 waypoints.

There have been a few app and firmware updates since the Vision+ was released in April. Once you're all charged up, you'll want install the latest version of Phantom 2 Vision+ Assistant software on a Windows or Mac computer, connect the copter through its Micro-USB port and use the Assistant software to check your firmware and update it if necessary.

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Time to fly

Whether you've already bought the Vision+ or are still in the consideration phase, I recommended downloading and reading through the full user manual and flight training guide available on DJI's support site.

To get ready to fly, you'll have to power on the Vision+, the remote control and the wireless range extender. Once the extender is ready (it takes about 30 seconds), you'll connect your phone's Wi-Fi to it and then open the Vision app.

The key piece that makes the Vision+ easy to fly for beginners is the built-in DJI Naza-M flight control system. It's made up of an inertial sensor, barometric altimeter, a compass, GPS, LED flight indicators and a controller that gets them all to work together.

After a quick calibration of the compass -- something you'll do before every new flight -- that requires little more than rotating the copter once horizontally and once vertically, you'll be ready to take off.

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Highs and lows of piloting the Vision+

I don't need to tell you how much fun it is to fly one of these things, but if you have no experience with any radio-controlled aircraft, I highly recommend taking your first flights out in an open area where there are no people or distractions.

The flight training guide I mentioned in the previous section gives you basic to advanced skills to practice. You're going to crash every now and then, but flying in a big open space can help prevent that.

DJI built the Phantom 2 Vision+ pretty tough, so even if you do have some minor crashes, chances are good it'll survive. It is not indestructible, though, and while the camera and gimbal did survive one particularly high drop after I got a little too close to a tree, it did require some manual recalibration. Mainly, you'll want to buy an extra set or two of props, because those will break.

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Initially, you'll probably navigate by sight, but the Vision+ is relatively small and you don't have to send it all too far away before you'll have trouble seeing it and using its lights and markings for navigation. At that point you'll be flying using your smartphone's screen, which can be difficult if you're flying out in full sun. Just one more thing for new pilots to keep in mind.

The quadcopter's GPS autopilot system comes in particularly handy for those just starting out. When locked onto a minimum of six satellites (both the Vision app and LED indicators on the copter will let you know when you're good), the Vision+ will hover in place and hold its position. This allows you time to stop and potentially avoid a crash.

The GPS also gives you a return-to-home fail-safe that will signal the Phantom to fly back to your take-off spot and land in case it flies out of range, the controller is powered off or the signal is lost between the controller and the Phantom for some other reason.

Using the Vision app, you can also set up a GPS-navigated flight path for the Vision+ to follow autonomously. Similar to DJI's iPad Ground Station capabilities available for the Phantom 2 and other drones, the integrated ground station functions in the Vision app let you set up to 16 waypoints just by tapping on your smartphone's screen.

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The default altitude for each waypoint is 98 feet (30 meters), but by tapping the individual waypoints you can select the altitude for each one from 0 to 650 feet (200 meters). Waypoints cannot be placed more than 1,640 feet (500 meters) from your Home point. You unfortunately can't set individual speeds for traveling from point to point, but you can set an overall speed: fast (8m/s), mid (4m/s) and slow (2m/s). The Vision+'s top speed, by the way, is 15m/s.

When you've got the flight path set, you tap Done to get a preview and then tap Go to start it on its course. You can tap a pause button to stop and hover during the flight and you can call the Vision+ back to its home point at any time as well as regain complete control to fly it manually. However, it will only fly point-to-point, and cannot be programmed to do anything else at the moment.

It's not as robust as the iPad Ground Station solution, but for a RTF quadcopter it's enough to give you a taste of what's possible. However, like flying it manually for the first time, I suggest using it in an open area when you're starting out.

Of course, all of these wonderful things require battery power. DJI says its battery is good for up to 25 minutes, which is long for this class of quadcopter. Using the camera or flying at high speeds or in windy conditions will use more power. Plus, you'll be using at least some of that 25 minutes to bring the Vision+ safely back to the ground without falling from the sky. Basically, plan to buy an extra battery or two unless you want the fun to end fast.

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Camera control and quality

Having the camera and gimbal all set and ready to go out of the box is great. There's no need to attach or connect anything, and it even comes with a 4GB microSD card for storage; cards up to 32GB are supported.

All the camera's settings and controls are managed through the Vision app. For video, you can just tap record and it will start to capture wherever you point the camera. A slider on the left side of your screen lets you control the camera pitch. You can also use your smartphone's accelerometer to control pitch simply by rolling your device forward and back.

The gimbal makes the video ridiculously smooth. There were times while I was hovering when I thought the video had frozen because it was so still. Between the gimbal and the copter's capability to hover in place, it makes grabbing photos of the shot you're after possible.

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However, every time you take a photo the screen goes black for several seconds. It's a little unnerving at first and then it just becomes irritating. On the upside you can capture in Adobe's DNG raw format and JPEG.

Having the raw file gives you more flexibility when it comes to editing the images. You'll be able to rescue details blown out in a highlight or hidden in shadows as well as exposure, color, sharpness and distortion.

Video quality is what I would call "good enough." If your main concern is to get the best possible video and photo quality, you'll want to with a quadcopter like the Phantom 2 where you can attach your own camera. For me, this is the biggest downside to an all-in-one solution like the Vision+: You can't put on a better camera.

The video has a bit rate of about 12Mbps, which is what you'd find on a lower midrange POV/action cam these days. Fast movement results in a fair amount of motion artifacts where details turn into flat patches. There are aliasing and rolling shutter artifacts , too, but wobble is kept in check for the most part thanks to the gimbal.

You're paying for convenience here, though, and really, depending on how high up you're shooting from, fine detail becomes less important. But, you can see for yourself in the clips above.

If you have no interest in tinkering and want a no-muss, no-fuss way to get in the air and start seeing the world around you from a different perspective, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ is an excellent entry point for aerial photos and videos. However, if you think you might want better video quality consider the Phantom 2 instead.

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A revolutionary adventure filmmaking drone just got some serious upgrades. And we’re impressed. 

Only a few months after releasing the Phantom 2 and Phantom 2 Vision quadcopters, DJI unveiled a new model with some major changes aimed at aerial photographers and filmmakers. 

The Phantom 2 Vision+ carries a three-axis gimbal, (the original just had a single axis), plus it’s faster and it can film at a 90-degree tilt. While the Phantom 2 opened the door to aerial photography and video, the Vision+ looks to take these flying cameras to the next level.

The  Vision+ update also includes an integrated GPS system that allows users to automate flight paths and hover in the same position even with wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour. The new drone has double the WiFi reach, expanding control range to 2,000 feet. The smaller-profile camera still shoots 1080p at 30 frames with 14 megapixel still images. The latest quadcopter even has a “no-fly-zone” feature that prevents the drone from flying into regulated areas like airports.

The Phantom 2 Vision+ is now available online for $1,300—just $100 more than the previous Phantom 2 Vision. The latest Vision+ is the best ready-to-fly drone for novice aerial photographers, but if you’re worried about resolution and camera control, the Phantom 2 with a Zenmuse gimbal and the GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition is still hard to beat. 

Looking to get into the drone game? We tested some of the most popular models and outlined the best ways to get airborne . 

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DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision Makes Aerial Photography Easy

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The advent of affordable quadcopters has made aerial photography accessible for almost anybody. Getting really good results still often takes a bit more than just attaching a GoPro to a quadcopter. A few months ago, I looked at the DJI Phantom and that was already a lot of fun to fly, though the images you could get from an unmodified Phantom can be quite shaky.

Now, DJI has launched the DJI Phantom 2 Vision, which comes with a built-in camera you remotely control through your phone. As far as out-of-the-box quadcopters go, the $1,200 Vision sets a new standard for anybody who wants to get into aerial photography and is a heck of a lot of fun to fly.

One thing to remember here is that you are looking at a prosumer device – and not just because of the price. This is not the kind of remote-controlled helicopter you can pick up at any discount store today. Just like its predecessor, the Vision has a built-in GPS unit that allows it to fly back home if the connection to the remote controller is ever interrupted. In the near future, DJI will release an app that will turn the Vision into an autonomous drone by allowing you to input GPS coordinates and have it fly a circuit without your input.

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What makes the new Phantom stand out, though, is the fact that you get a direct video downlink from the camera that shows up on your iPhone or Android device. To do this, DJI built a mobile app and added a Wi-Fi extender to the remote (which you have to charge separately). As the remote has a range of up to 1,500 feet, the Wi-Fi connection between the phone and Vision would likely break up after just a few hundred feet. With the USB-charged Wi-Fi extender, you should be able to keep the video going up to almost 1,000 feet (though all of this always depends on your local conditions, too).

The phone app comes in handy for more than just seeing the video link. It also includes a heads-up display with all the pertinent information about your flight, including speed, distance, height and battery life. You can also use it to see a radar-like screen that tells you where exactly your quadcopter is in relation to your own position.

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The phone controls all the settings for the built-in camera. The wide-angle camera itself is comparable to a GoPro Here 3 Silver Edition and can, among numerous other settings, take 1080p video at 30 frames per second (fps) and 720p video at 60 fps. Unlike the GoPro, it can also record 1080i at 60 fps. Thanks to the built-in vibration-damping platform underneath the vision, the video you get from this unit is significantly better than from an unmodified Phantom 1.

When it comes to these kinds of videos, higher frame rates are often desirable, as the slowed-down video makes the recording feel quite a bit smoother. All of the images are beamed to your phone, but also stored on a microSD card.

Using your phone, you can start and stop video recordings, but you can also take still images. The 14 megapixel camera doesn’t exactly rival a DSLR , but does a nice job of keeping up with different lighting conditions and in a pinch, you can always set your exposure settings manually from the app. You can also take images in RAW format, but so far, DJI hasn’t made any tools available to actually read these images in Photoshop or other photo-editing suites (chances are it will at CES this week).

I’ve got a feeling these kinds of images will be the next trend in wedding photography (let’s just hope the photographers are better fliers than this guy ).

Here is an example of what raw video from the Vision looks like:

The gimbal underneath the Vision only moves vertically, so it doesn’t fully eliminate vibrations and only compensates for the quadcopter’s forward and backward motions. When you’re flying sideways, your image will also be slightly tilted to the side. Overall, though, this system does away with virtually all of the dreaded “ jello effect ” that often marred videos from the original Phantom when paired with a GoPro.

Unlike the previous Phantom, which had a battery life of about 10 minutes, the Vision comes with a far more powerful battery. I didn’t quite feel like crashing my review unit by running out of juice (though it should automatically land itself if it does indeed run out), but in my tests, the unit easily stayed in the air for a good 25 minutes, which is on par with DJI’s promises . In return, though, the battery, which includes the on/off switch for the quadcopter, is proprietary and an additional unit will set you back about $150.

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How hard is it to fly the Vision? I’m not an experienced RC flyer, but just like the earlier Phantom, the Vision is pretty easy to get in the air and land after you’ve watched the introductory videos. Once it’s flying, the live video and radar scope make it straightforward to stay in control, though inexperienced flyers should definitely go slow at first. This isn’t a toy, after all, and it has four fast-spinning rotors that could easily hurt somebody. Because of this, you probably want to stay away from people at first (and trees, power lines and everything else, really).

I never quite crashed the Vision, but I did make a couple of ungraceful landings that didn’t seem to faze the Vision. If it’s anything like the original Phantom, which I did manage to crash into concrete and trees when I tested it, it should stand up to quite a bit of punishment.

It’s also worth remembering that the FAA would prefer it if you didn’t fly any remote-controlled planes within the proximity of an airport (three miles is the standard for regular remote-controlled aircraft) and to keep them under 400 feet.

If you have $1,200 dollars burning a hole in your pocket, the Vision is probably among the coolest toys you can buy right now (and hey, it’s even $200 cheaper than Google Glass). It won’t let you start your own Amazon Prime drone delivery service, but it’ll give your videos and photographs a whole new perspective.

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Phantom 2 Vision+ Specs

  • Phantom 2 Vision+

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Phantom 2 Vision+ Preparing to Fly

Phantom 2 Vision+ Downloads

Documents & manuals.

  • Phantom 2 Vision+ Release Notes 2015-04-27 zip pdf
  • Phantom 2 Vision+ Disclaimer 2014-04-07 zip pdf
  • Phantom 2 Vision+ User Manual (EN) v1.8 2015-01-30 zip pdf
  • Phantom 2 Vision+ User Manual (JP) v1.6 2014-11-12 zip pdf
  • Phantom 2 Vision+ User Manual (DE) v1.6 2014-11-12 zip pdf
  • Phantom 2 Vision+ User Manual (FR) v1.6 2014-11-12 zip pdf
  • Smart Flight Battery Safety Guidelines (EN, FR, DE and JP) 2014-10-15 zip pdf
  • Phantom 2 Vision+ Pilot Training Guide (EN) v1.1 2014-04-07 zip pdf
  • Phantom 2 Vision+ Pilot Training Guide (FR) v1.1 2014-04-07 zip pdf
  • Phantom 2 Vision+ Pilot Training Guide (DE) v1.1 2014-04-07 zip pdf
  • Phantom 2 Vision+ Quick Start Guide (EN) 2014-11-18 zip pdf
  • Phantom 2 Vision+ Quick Start Guide (FR) 2014-11-18 zip pdf
  • Phantom 2 Vision+ Quick Start Guide (DE) 2014-11-18 zip pdf
  • Phantom 2 Vision+ Quick Start Guide (JP) 2014-11-18 zip pdf

Software & Drivers

  • Phantom 2 Vision+ Assistant Software v3.8 (Stop distributing and updating) 2015-01-30 zip exe
  • @Phantom 2 Vision+ Main Controller Firmware* v3.14 2015-04-27
  • @Phantom 2 Vision+ Central Board Firmware* v1.0.2.10 2014-11-28
  • Phantom 2 Vision+ Assistant Software v3.6 2014-10-31 zip exe
  • @Phantom 2 Vision+ Main Controller Firmware* v3.08 2014-10-28
  • Phantom RC Assistant Software v1.2 2014-12-03 zip exe
  • Phantom 2 Vision+ FC200 Firmware v1.3.0g 2015-01-16 zip
  • DJI WIN Driver Installer 2013-01-18 zip exe
  • Phantom 2 Vision+ Assistant Software v3.8 (Stop distributing and updating) 2015-01-30 dmg
  • Phantom 2 Vision+ Assistant Software v3.6 2014-10-31 dmg
  • Phantom RC Assistant Software v1.2 2014-12-19 dmg

DJI Vision App

* Mobile Device Support: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPod touch 5 (available but not recommended: iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini). Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2, Note 3 or Android phones of similar configuration.

Latest Version Information

  • * Disclaimer of Warranties: SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd. provides the firmware “as is” and “as available” for your use, without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including all implied warranties of merchantability, and fitness for a particular purpose. You expressly agree that your use of, or inability to use the firmware is at your sole risk. In no case shall SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd. be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, special, or consequential damages arising from your use of any of the firmware, including but not limited to, any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of your misuse, transmitted, etc. We will stop distributing and updating "Phantom 2 Vision+ Assistant Software v3.8(for Windows & Mac)”, “iOS App V1.0.54” and “Android App V1.0.59” on May 15, 2018, including adaptations to the new version of the operating system. After May 15, 2018, the software is still available for download. The server shutdown time will be announced separately. Looking ahead, DJI will continue to provide the best tools and services for users and developers.

Phantom 2 Vision+ FAQ

None. Everything needed for Vision Ground Station flight is built in to the Phantom 2 Vision and Vision+. Just ensure that you are running the latest firmware (v3.04). Visit https://www.dji.com/product/phantom-2-vision-plus/download to download the latest firmware and installation instructions.

16 waypoints 200-meter height limit 5000-meter max flight distance 3 speedsFast 8m/s, Mid 4m/s, Slow 2m/s

This could be caused by one of three things 1. You may be within an airport no-fly zone (within 8Km of major airports) or you may have no GPS lock. Move out of the no-fly zone to begin. 2. You have no GPS lock. Wait until your Phantom has full GPS lock i.e. 6 satellites or more. 3. You have not cached a map. Connect to the internet and download the map for your area.

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