DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ makes it easier to grab smooth aerial video, photos
The ready-to-fly camera-carrying 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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DJI's Phantom 2 Vision is pretty much the benchmark for ready-to-fly (RTF) quadcopters for aerial photos and video. Well, it was the benchmark until the new Phantom 2 Vision+ arrived.
The quadcopter itself seems unchanged from 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. If you don't stop to charge up its batteries or read the manual, it can go from out of the box to up in the air in about 10 minutes.
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 or JPEG images and video at up to 1080p at 30fps. You can also control ISO, exposure compensation, and white balance, and choose from 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 now do a 90-degree tilt letting you shoot straight down.
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ gets rock-steady video (pictures)
The quadcopter's integrated GPS autopilot system allows it to hover at a specific altitude and hold its position so you can get the exact shot you're after. The GPS also gives you a return-to-home fail-safe that will signal the Phantom to fly back to your takeoff spot and land in case you travel out of range or simply panic.
And if you're after more of a drone experience, the Phantom 2 Vision+ is fully compatible with DJI's Ground Station capabilities, which lets you plot a GPS path for the Phantom to navigate autonomously.
Also new for the Vision+ is increased range for the Wi-Fi extender. Sitting on a bar attached to the radio controller, the extender delivers the first-person view from the Vision+ camera to an Android or iOS device using the DJI Vision app (that can also be clamped on the controller). The Vision was capped at 300 meters, but the Vision+ can travel up to 700 meters (2,296 feet) away.
The app not only lets you pilot from a first-person perspective and control the camera, but it's also what delivers important telemetry and flight information such as altitude, direction, flight distance, and speed.
Lastly, DJI added a safety feature to prevent flights that are too close to large and small airports.
We'll have a full review in the near future, but if you know you want one, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ is available for pre-order for $1,299.
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DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus V3.0 review
At under £700 now, the Phantom 2 Vision Plus V3 is an awesome piece of kit and delivers great 1080p aerial footage.
DJI is one of the best known consumer drone manufacturers, and the Phantom 2 is a great quadcopter. It has now been superseded by the Phantom 3, reviewed, but it’s still well worth buying. We’ll explain why in our Phantom 2 Vision Plus V3.0 review.
The Vision+ V3 model is the top of the Phantom 2 range and originally cost £1000. It was discounted to £799 just before the Phantom 3 was released and although it is now officially discontinued, it can be picked up for less than £700 if you hunt around online. If you’d prefer to add your own gimbal and camera, a Phantom 2 V3 can be found for under £450 brand new, and that’s a great deal.
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ V3 review: design and features
Why do we like the Phantom 2 V3 so much? First, the it’s much smarter than many cheap quadcopters, and is able to hover in one place without you even touching the controls.It can do this thanks to built-in GPS and compass. These are essential tick-box items for any drone as far as we’re concerned.
Second, it has a proper gimbal and a 1080p camera which provides stunning, steady aerial footage which doesn’t suffer from the ‘jello’ effect you often get from drone cameras.
Third, it’s well built and the big battery gives up to 25 minutes of flying time, and the range extender – the small box on top of the remote – means there’s you can control the Phantom as far as 1000m away.
Fourth, it uses GPS, so you can set a location to which the drone will return if it loses connection to the remote control. You can even set a series of waypoints for automatic flying. And don’t overlook the fact that spares are easy to come by. If you break a quad from a relatively unknown brand, you could end up waiting weeks for replacement parts to arrive from abroad.
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ V3 review: flight characteristics
It’s hard to overstate how easy it is to fly the Phantom 2. Once the compass is calibrated, there’s no need to adjust any fiddly trim controls: you just take off and the on-board processors ensure a stable flight, even when it’s fairly windy. Only tiny movements on the sticks are needed to move the craft around in the air, allowing amazingly precise flying.
New to version 3.0 are upgraded motors and propellers which let you carry more weight than the Phantom 2 V2 without reducing flight time. Also, the updated transmitter has a built-in lithium rechargeable battery, so you won’t be burning through AA batteries as with many other quadcopters, and status LEDs show you at a glance how much power is left. This is why it’s important to know you’re getting a V3 when you’re browsing for cheap deals.
The remote control has a clamp for your smartphone, and the app works with iOS and Android. Using it, you can see live (albeit low quality) video from the camera along with lots of other useful information such as altitude, battery life, number of satellites picked up and more. You can also control the tilt angle of the camera, but it’s easier to do this using the shoulder rocker dial for easier, and more precise, control. That’s also a feature you’ll find only on V3 models.
Video quality is in a completely different league to many of its cheaper rivals. As well as being fitted with a 1080p camera (as opposed to the more common 720p) the footage is rock solid. If you’re buying a drone primarily for video, you’ll regret buying anything without a stabilised gimbal.
The Phantom 2 is available to buy with no camera or gimbal (for around £450): you can then buy those separately. For example, if you have a GoPro Hero 3 or 4, you can buy a three-axis gimbal designed specifically for it for around £300. A cheaper option is a Walkera G-2D – a two-axis gimbal – which costs less than £70.
You can also buy a complete FPV (first-person view) kit for the Phantom 2 which lets you fly it as if you were on board. This costs around £300, but the CAA rules state that you must keep line of sight to your quadcopter at all times, so using an FPV in public isn’t legal.
Some people say you shouldn’t buy an expensive drone as your first, and instead to start with a cheap one to learn how to fly. That’s total nonsense. If you buy a cheap drone, you’ll only be put off by how hard it is to fly and – probably – by the poor quality of its video and photos.
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ V3 review: Should I buy a Phantom 3 Advanced instead?
Not necessarily.The Phantom 2 Vision+ is almost as good at flying and the new model doesn’t fly any longer despite its new battery. Spare batteries are more expensive, too. If you already have a GoPro Hero 4 Black, you can pair it with Phantom 2 V3 and a gimbal to get 4K footage a lot cheaper than buying the Phantom 3 Professional.
But if you can afford the extra £100 or so on top of the Vision+ V3 to get the Phantom 3 Advanced, you’ll appreciate the better-quality 1080p footage from its updated camera. It also has some new features such as the ultrasonic sensors, automatic take-off and landing and more powerful motors and battery.
DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus V3.0: Specs
- Flight time: 21 mins Charging time: 55 mins Spare battery cost: £50 Claimed range: 1000m (open field) Camera resolution: 1080p SD card included: 4GB Weight: 1.24kg
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DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ specifications
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ is a drone that weighs approximately 1284 grams. It supports various video modes including 1080i, 1080p, and 720p, allowing for high-quality video capture. Powered by a Lithium Polymer (LiPo) battery with a capacity of 5200 mAh, this drone offers a decent flight time. Operating within the frequency band of 5.728－5.85 GHz, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ provides stable and reliable signal transmission. It also features a built-in camera with approximately 14 megapixels, enabling the capture of clear and detailed aerial photographs. With a maximum operating distance of 400 meters, this drone allows users to explore a considerable range without losing control. The drone's sturdy construction ensures its durability over time. The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ is designed for capturing aerial footage and can provide stunning visuals with its high-resolution camera. It is suited for various applications, such as aerial photography, videography, and even for recreational purposes. Please note that this description does not provide any subjective evaluation or judgment, but only presents factual information about the product's specifications and features.
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DJI PHANTOM 2 VISION PLUS + First Look and Review & Rating – Part 1
July 4, 2014 by craigi
Note – if you are looking for an article on the differences between the DJI Phantom models, click this link.
DJI is well known as a leader in the RTF Quadcopter market. The first Phantom, released at the end of 2012, provided a new standard and value in a mid-sized GPS quadcopter. In the time since, DJI has grown quickly (now over 1,000 employees) and invested heavily in R&D and production.
The PHANTOM 2 VISION + represents many of their innovations all rolled up into one customer-grade quadcopter. But is it for everyone? Or, more importantly, is it the right machine for your needs?
Unlike many other reviewers, we will not try to reinvent the wheel by providing you with duplicates of every specifications on this model – the specs and features are clearly stated on the DJI site and elsewhere: http://www.dji.com/product/phantom-2-vision-plus
Rather we will try to help with more subjective views on this aerial robot – how does it “feel” to fly? Can you get parts and repairs for it? Who is the target customer? How does it compare to competitive models? This, and much more, will be covered below.
Appeal to users: Advanced Beginner (flyers) and up who want to use the relatively advanced video and still photography features built in. This is not a quadcopter for racing, flips, etc. Type of Quad: Consumer / Hobbyist “hobby grade” Cost: approx. $1369 with spare battery – all other items included except for smartphone or tablet for the FPV (required). Crashworthiness – Fair
NOTE – THIS IS A TECHNICAL PRODUCT AND YOU SHOULD BE TECHNICALLY ORIENTATED OR WILLING TO LEARN IN ORDER TO PROPERLY PILOT IT. SKILLS NEEDED ARE EVERYTHING FROM PILOTING TO PROPER UNDERSTANDING OF MAPS, COMPASS HEADINGS, DISTANCES, WIND SPEEDS, ETC.
IF YOU ARE GENERALLY CLUELESS ABOUT THESE MATTERS, YOU WILL LIKELY LOSE OR DESTROY YOUR CRAFT OR HARM PERSONS OR PROPERTY.
It has been said that DJI is the “Apple of Quadcopters” and the packaging and presentation seem to indicate they’ve take a cue from that company. While I will not waste your time with yet another “unboxing” video or description, here is a picture of what is included.
In addition to the items in the box, you’ll need a smartphone or tablet (Apple or Android) as well as the DJI Vision app which must be downloaded (free) and installed. Most flyers would want to purchase an extra battery. DJI sells a bundle which includes two batteries at a lower than usual pricing. Click here for the link to that “Extra Battery Package” at Amazon. I suggest buying and installing the optional prop guards on Phantoms – ou will be safer and also save money on props as Phantoms can easily tilt over upon landing…making the props strike the ground surface.
Assembly and Preparing to Fly
Assembly was easy – I used mostly the “quick start guide” since I am already familiar with quadcopters. In terms of what must be done in order to fly, these are the basic steps:
1. Unpack Phantom and install props – no tools needed. 2. Install batteries in TX, charge battery for the Drone (plug in charger included) and the range extender (charges via USB). 3. Install the DJI Vision app on your phone or tablet. 4. Remove gimbal lock and lens cap – install micro SD card into camera. 5. Turn on the TX (first) then the Quadcopter along with the Range extender 6. Connect your smartphone or tablet to the Phantom wireless network. 7. Calibrate compass on the Phantom (same as with other models). 8. Open Vision app, confirm camera connection – mount your phone on the TX clamp. 9. Make certain both S1 and S2 switches are in the fully up position (S1=GPS S2=Normal Flight) 10. Arm props as with other Phantoms and take off.
DJI has provided good instructions as well as some nice engineering and design to eliminate assembly errors. As an example, the propellers are threaded and screw on – no tools needed. Prop hubs are market with a black dot for the black props and no dot (silver) for the silver props.
NOTE : All LiPo batteries should be charged on a non-combustible surface – ideally inside a bag made for such purposes or an old metal ammo box or similar vessel. Batteries should not be left completely unattended when charging and make sure a smoke detector is in the area where you charge!
The included battery charger will top off the included “smart battery” in about an hour – not bad for a heavy duty power source that can keep the Phantom flying longer than most other brands (15+ minutes). Once charged, the battery will slide right into the provided compartment on the quad – no wire connections needed (as with early Phantom models).
Note: I used an iphone 4S for these flight tests.
First Flight and Impressions
Once charged and assembled, the Phantom 2 Vision + is ready for takeoff. This RTF quad is no lightweight when it comes to weighing in – 1285 grams, which is almost 3 pounds! However, this is only about 250 grams (8 oz.) heavier than the stock Phantom – not bad when you consider the much larger batter and the gimbal and camera. Current technology does not allow for it to be much lighter, but it’s worth noting that DJI takes a different tack toward their design than the upcoming Parrot BeBop (1/3 the weight at 400 grams). These quads are quite different, but I suspect the future will see multirotor designs take off in this type of different direction(s). DJI designs can currently be classified as of the “heavy lift” variety, using more powerful propellers, motors and batteries to achieve their goals. The important point here is that a compact heavy object will not survive any drop (crash, fall from sky, etc.) from heights without damage. Fly over grass and softer ground if possible. Also, the danger to vehicles and pedestrians is multiplied with heavier and denser objects. In short – DO NOT FLY OVER ROADS OR PEOPLE!
As mentioned in the summary and rating, this quad is for still photography, video and demonstrations. The design is not meant for acrobatics, racing, threading through forests at high speed, etc. Rather the unit is designed to be as stable as possible – a flying tripod, as DJI describes it. If you use it properly with this in mind, you are likely to be satisfied with it’s performance.
Once the initial steps outlined above (#1-10) are taken, it’s time to leave the ground. Set the Phantom on a level surface in the clear and arm the propellers by pulling both TX sticks down and toward the center. If all systems are go, the props will start to spin at idle. If there are problems with the camera, gimbal, etc. the props may not start – error messages will display on your smart phone screen. I had some messages regarding gimbal errors come up, but they disappeared as soon as I controlled the gimbal from the app screen arrows.
Before takeoff, confirm that you are seeing what the camera sees on your smartphone or tablet. You may want to reposition the gimbal (use the up and down arrows on the screen) before you start your flight. Confirm that you have turned on the devices in the proper order – TX first, THEN the Quad. Shutdown is the opposite – turn off the Quadcopter first, then the TX.
Advance the throttle and the Phantom will take off. I find that giving the quad almost full throttle works best, as the NAZA flight controller (FC) will regulate the acceleration for the first few seconds. Once you’ve lifted a few feet off the ground, leave go of the throttle and the quadcopter should hover. I found that the added weight can slightly confuse the Phantom – it seems to want to drop a few feet on random occasion…as compared to an old model Phantom with little or no payload. This is simply the NAZA and other instruments reacting to gravity and tends to smooth out after a few seconds.
Once in the air you will probably marvel at the way the gimbal and camera work to self-stabilize. My first flight consisted mostly of some short range testing of the “feel” of the quadcopter as well as the control of the camera gimbal. In the default mode, the camera is not taking any pictures, but simply relaying it’s view back to your smartphone or tablet. Controls on the screen are available for taking still shots or starting/stopping the taking of HD video. Still shots can be taken in JPEG or RAW format. RAW will take longer between shots, as it writes much more data to the MicroSD card.
A downsized sample of my first still is below. It illustrates the wide angle of the camera lens as well as another consideration of using FPV with an aerial vehicle – that of having to take your eyes off the quad quite often to look at the screen! Also, many screens are difficult to see in very bright sun – so keep this in mind and perhaps make or buy a sunshade for your monitoring device. It occurred to me that the best possible setup for decent video and safe operation may be a pair of operators, one to fly the bird and the other to direct the framing of shots perfectly. This is not as much of a problem near sunrise and sunset and in cloudier conditions.
The camera adjusts very well to the lighting condition – as you can see from the image specs, the above picture was taken with a relatively fast shutter and at a low ISO. The original was 4384 pixels wide by 2466 high, large enough for virtually any size print or small poster.
Still Photography Impressions
The quality of the still shots – both jpg and raw – are quite impressive. Most any hobbyist or consumer will be pleased and even “prosumer” photographers will likely get decent results by post-processing RAW files and seeking out scenes with proper lighting. The included FC200 camera is adjustable along a 90 degree path – it can be pointed straight down, level with the quadcopter, or anywhere in between. The FC 200 camera (that’s the name of the built-in cam) has three resolution settings: 4384×3288 = 14.4 MP 4384×2922 = 12.8 4384×2466 = 10.8 Some sample still photos are below:
The Camera in the Vision+ records GPS data, including altitude, along with the image files. Viewing the photos in any program which supports mapping (iphoto, lightroom and many more) will display the map location.
I sent a couple of the RAW photos to a professional photographer and their comments were quite positive: “It’s a little noisy in the shadows, but that’s only for pixel peepers. Seems like you can easily boost it about 3/4 of a stop without much degradation of the image. Colors are a bit pale straight from camera but easy to increase saturation in RAW. White balance seems very accurate right out of camera. It looks like the image is a bit softer on the corners and it looks like chromatic aberration sets in a bit in the corners too (purple fringing around the houses/highlights). Again, this can all be fixed easily, especially in the RAW format. Decent sharpness overall and the high shutter speed should help neutralize any issues with motion blur. Good quality stuff overall!”
Video Quality – First Impressions
If a picture is worth 10,000 words, then a video or two will demonstrate what this rig is capable of. In one sense, the gimbal/camera combination is almost magical, bringing capabilities to the masses which formerly cost many time more and required a lot of training. Here’s a sample “Real Estate” Video I made – make sure you switch it to full screen or go to Vimeo and do the same. This video was taken in full HD:
I find the video perfectly adequate for the intended uses, although without the number of options you will see on a $400 top-end GoPro or similar cameras from Sony. The camera compresses the video into an mp4 file – which saves memory, but also gives up some quality. 1080p at 30 fps or 720p at 60 fps are the video formats. DJI publishes a spec of 1080 60i, but this is confusing because “i” (interlaced” video is not really superior, in most cases, to “p” (progressive) video at 1/2 the frame rate. In other words, consider this camera to be 30 fps at the full HD.
There is no audio input (microphone) to the camera – so all videos are silent. Microphones only tend to pick up the loud motors and wind noise, so their use on current quadcopters is very limited.
The built in gimbal is nothing short of amazing! The Phantom takes butter-smooth video even in moderate wind conditions. This type of stabilization formerly required very expensive equipment and continuous tuning. The Phantom is the first RTF Quadcopter to bring such capabilities to intermediate pilots in a system that works out of the box. While we could nitpick about additional video options, 99% of users – especially those of a “hobby” quadcopter – have little need for these enhancements.
Here is another sample video from Rhode Island, USA. Note that even Vimeo compresses the video – the original looks better than this:
For those who want a peak at the original video files, I put two short parts of them here for you to download or watch:
Please click this link for Part 2 of this review for more on the flying, the app, critiques and a summary of this First Look and Review.
Our forum continuation thread – for your questions and discussions of this aircraft, is here: https://droneflyers.com/talk/threads/dji-phantom-2-vision-first-look-and-review.513/
Also, you can purchase worldwide – with free shipping – direct from the DJI Web Store. This way you are sure of getting the newest models (Phantom 2 models were recently upgraded!). They also have some discounts, free shipping and holiday specials. Click here for the official DJI store.
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Phantom is a series of UAVs (or unmanned aerial vehicles) designed and manufactured by DJI, a Chinese technology company. The Phantom 2 Vision+ is the successor of the Phantom 2 Vision and is mostly unchanged from the Vision.
The 2 Vision+ and the original 2 Vision include color-coded, self-tightening propellers for easy replacement and installation and a slot-loading battery pack that produces up to 25 minutes of flight time. The camera is also relatively unchanged from the 2 Vision with an f2.8 lens paired with a 14-megapixel CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) sensor that can capture JPEG and Adobe DNG raw photos and video at up to 720p at 60fps and 1080p at 30fps. Users can also control exposure compensation, white balance, and ISO, and operate using a 90-, 120-, or 140- degree field of view.
The largest change between the 2 Vision and the 2 Vision+ is the technology supporting the camera. The 2 Vision’s camera was stabilized only on the tilt axis with a tilting range of 60 degrees. The Vision+ features a three-axis gimbal that actively stabilizes the drone’s camera in the roll, pitch, and yaw directions to keep the video smooth. The Vision+’s camera can also perform a 90-degree tilt, allowing users to take photos and record videos straight down, straight ahead, and in between.
The Phantom 2 Vision+ can be identified by its white quadcopter body with red-colored accents on each quadcopter arm. The name “Phantom” is embossed in capital letters above the camera gimbal. The manufacturer’s name, “DJI,” is printed in red lowercase letters in the top center of the drone’s body.
- Supported Battery: DJI 5200mAh LiPo Battery
- Weight (Battery & Propellers included): 1242g
- Vertical: 0.8m
- Horizontal: 2.5m
- Max Yaw Angular Velocity: 200°/s
- Max Tiltable Angle: 35°
- Ascent: 6m/s
- Descent: 2m/s
- Max Flight Speed: 15m/s (Not Recommended)
- Diagonal motor-motor distance: 350mm
- Operating Environment Temperature: 0℃-40℃
- Sensor size: 1/2.3"
- Effective Pixels: 14 Megapixels
- Resolution: 4384×3288
- HD Recording: 1080p30 & 720p
- Recording FOV: 110° / 85°
- Operating Frequency: 2412-2462 MHz
- Communication Distance (open area): 500-700m
- Transmitter Power: 20dBm
- Power Consumption: 2W
- Static: 750mA
- Dynamic: 900mA
- Control Accuracy: ±0.03°
- Controllable Range Pitch: -90°－0°
- Maximum Angular Speed Pitch: 90°/s
- Operating Frequency: 5.728 GHz－5.85 GHz
- CE Compliance: 400m
- FCC Compliance: 800m
- Receiver Sensitivity (1%PER): -93dBm
- CE Compliance: 25mW
- FCC Compliance: 100mW
- Working Voltage: 120 [email protected]
- Built-in Li-Po Battery Working Current/Capacity: 3.7V, 2000mAh
DJI Vision App:
- System Requirement Of Mobile Device: iOS version 6.1 or above/ Android system version 4.0 or above
- iOS recommended: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPod touch 5 (available but not recommended: iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini)
- Android recommended: Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2, Note 3 or phones of similar configuration
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Documents & manuals.
- Phantom 2 Vision Release Notes 2015-04-27 zip pdf
- Phantom 2 Vision User Manual (EN) v1.8 2015-01-30 zip pdf
- Phantom 2 Vision User Manual (FR) v1.08 2014-02-18 zip pdf
- Phantom 2 Vision User Manual (DE) v1.08 2014-02-18 zip pdf
- Phantom 2 Vision Quick Start Guide (EN) v1.0 2013-10-30 zip pdf
- Phantom 2 Vision Quick Start Guide (DE) v1.0 2013-10-30 zip pdf
- Smart Flight Battery Safety Guidelines(EN, FR, DE and JP) 2014-10-15 zip pdf
- Phantom 2 Vision Pilot Training Guide v1.0 2013-11-16 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* v18.104.22.168 2014-11-28
- Phantom 2 Vision Assistant Software v3.6 （Stop distributing and updating) 2014-10-31 zip exe
- @Phantom 2 Vision Main Controller Firmware* v3.08 2014-10-28
- Phantom RC Assistant Software v1.2 （Stop distributing and updating) 2014-12-03 zip exe
- Phantom 2 Vision FC200 Firmware v1.1.9 2014-01-20 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+ Central Board Firmware* v22.214.171.124 2014-11-28
- Phantom 2 Vision Assistant Software v3.6 （Stop distributing and updating) 2014-10-31 dmg
- Phantom RC Assistant Software v1.2 （Stop distributing and updating) 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, Phantom 2 Vision Assistant Software v3.6 ( for WIndows & Mac)" & "Phantom RC Assistant Software v1.2"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/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.
Phantom 4 Pro V2.0
- 1-inch 20 MP CMOS Sensor
- 30-min Flight Time
- Obstacle Sensing in Five Directions
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Table of Contents
- Remote Controller Power Indicator Status Information
- Antenna Orientation
- Remote Controller Operation
- Link between the Remote Controller and Receiver
- Compliance Version Configuration
- The Range Extender
- Download and Install
- Register & Login
- Connecting Procedures
- Calibrating the Compass
- Calibration Procedures
- Starting the Motors
- Failsafe Function
- Failsafe Procedure
- Regaining Control During Failsafe Procedure
- DJI VISION App Usage
- DJI VISION App Main Menu
- Shutter Button
- Camera Settings
- Capture Mode
- Video Resolution
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- Page 1 Install the four AA Batteries into the battery compartment on the back of the remote controller according to the negative andpositive poles. Set the S1 and S2 switches to the upper most position and all sticks at mid-point. ©2014 DJI Innovations. All Rights Reserved. 30 |...
Page 2: Remote Controller Power Indicator Status Information
Page 3: antenna orientation.
- Page 4 PHANTOM 2 VISION+. Position-1 Position-2 Position-3 InNaza-M mode, S2 is involved in IOC function. For ‘Ready to Fly’ the aircraft will hover (hold a stable horizontal position) when all sticks are released. ©2014 DJI Innovations. All Rights Reserved. 33 |...
Page 5: Link Between The Remote Controller And Receiver
- Page 6 （1） The remote controller comes set for CE compliance up delivery as the default setting. （2） It is recommended to use a flathead screwdriver of Φ2.4mm for adjustment. （3） There is another potentiometer reserved. ©2014 DJI Innovations. All Rights Reserved. 35 |...
Page 7: The Range Extender
- Page 8 Battery capacity level display In the main page of DJI VISION App, a progress bar will display the battery capacity level and SSID of current connecting range extender. The percentage of the progress indicates the percentage of current capacity level. The progress bar is green when the percentage is no less than 30%, and it’s red when the percentage is less than...
- Page 9 Low battery capacity warning During flight, when the range extender is low battery capacity, a warning will appear in the camera page of DJI VISION App. 6.3Rename SSID of Range Extender For easier acknowledge the SSID of your range extender, users can rename SSID of range extender.
- Page 10 3. Approximately 30 seconds later, the SYSTEM Indicator should start to blink green, which indicates the range extender is now ready to be bound. 4. (Fig.1)Run the DJI VISION App->Settings->General->Binding. (Fig.2) Select’Scan the QR Code’ to scan the camera QR code on the product packaging. (Fig.3) Get the camera SSID (E.g. FC200_0xxxxx) and the MAC address.
- Page 11 DJI customer service to receive the QR code related to your camera’sserial number which is printed on the label of camera. （2） It’s suggested to capture the QR code and reserved the picture in your mobile device or PC, in case of lost the QR code on the package.
Page 12: Download And Install
- Page 13 Select ‘Login’ to enter the login page. Fill in your registered Email and Passwordand then tap to login. You should login to your account the first time you use the DJI VISIONApp. If you do have an account, but forgot the password, selectthe “Forgot password”to retrieve it.
- Page 14 ©2014 DJI Innovations. All Rights Reserved. 43 |...
Page 15: Connecting Procedures
- Page 16 （1） The SSID is unique for each PHANTOM 2 VISION+which should appear in your Wi-Fi list as Phantom_XXXXXX. （2） Android users can tap the SSID button on the main page to enter Wi-Fi settings of the mobile device directly. ©2014 DJI Innovations. All Rights Reserved. 45 |...
Page 17: Calibrating The Compass
- Page 18 （2） Last compass calibration was performed at a completely different flying field/location. （3） The mechanical structure of the aircraft has changed, i.e. changed mounting position of the compass. （4） Severe drifting occurs in flight, i.e. the aircraft does not fly in straight lines. ©2014 DJI Innovations. All Rights Reserved. 47 |...
Page 19: Starting The Motors
Page 20: failsafe function, page 21: regaining control during failsafe procedure.
- Page 22 S1 switch to any other position once to Regain control as soon as signal How to regain control regain control. If remote controller’s signal is is recovered. recovered, control is returned back to the pilot. ©2014 DJI Innovations. All Rights Reserved. 51 |...
- Page 23 (second level warning) respectively. First Level Battery Low Warning When battery level drops below 30%, the LED indicators will blink red slowly and the DJI VISION app will produce the alarm to notify the user. Refer to<DJI VISION app Low Battery Capacity Warning>for more...
Page 24: Dji Vision App Usage
- Page 25 （1） Hold your mobile device carefully in Accelerometer Sensor Mode as any movement of it will change the gimbal pitch angle and aircraft azimuthangle real timely. ©2014 DJI Innovations. All Rights Reserved. 54 |...
- Page 26 If you wish to use the mobile device to control the Yaw movement of the aircraft, you need to enable this function in the setting page of the DJI VISION App. After this function is enabled, Lean the mobile device...
- Page 27 If your mobile device contains a compass, the top portion of the Radar is the direction you are pointing. If not, the radar will be oriented due north. Flight Parameters Distance: Horizontal distance from home point. ©2014 DJI Innovations. All Rights Reserved. 56 |...
- Page 28 Displays estimated shots remaining, based on the current Photo Sizesetting of camera and the storage capacity of the Micro-SD card. This shows ‘0’ if: (1) Micro-SD card is not inserted. (2) Micro-SD card is full. ©2014 DJI Innovations. All Rights Reserved. 57 |...
Page 29: Shutter Button
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DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus Specifications
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus drone is a high-end quadcopter designed for aerial photography and videography. With its advanced features and capabilities, it is a popular choice among professional photographers and videographers. The Phantom 2 Vision Plus comes equipped with a high-quality camera that can capture full HD video at 1080p resolution and take 14-megapixel still photos. The camera is mounted on a three-axis gimbal that provides stable and smooth footage, even in windy conditions. The drone also features a built-in GPS system, which enables it to fly autonomously and accurately. It also has a maximum flight time of up to 25 minutes, allowing for extended flights and multiple shots. The Phantom 2 Vision Plus also comes with a range of intelligent flight modes, including waypoint navigation, point of interest, follow me, and home lock. One of the unique features of the Phantom 2 Vision Plus is its built-in FPV (first-person view) system. This allows the pilot to see what the drone sees in real-time, providing a more immersive and engaging flying experience.
Overall, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus drone is a highly capable and versatile tool for aerial photography and videography. Its advanced features, powerful performance, and ease of use make it an ideal choice for professionals and hobbyists alike who want to capture stunning aerial footage.
How to Set Up and Fly DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus?
In this guide, we will show you how to set up and fly your DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus.
Setting Up Your DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus
Step 1: Unbox and Inspect
Before you begin, it is important to inspect your Phantom 2 Vision Plus for any damage that may have occurred during shipping. Open the box and remove all the components. Check the drone, the remote controller, the camera, and the battery for any visible signs of damage.
Step 2: Charge the Battery
The Phantom 2 Vision Plus comes with a rechargeable battery. Before your first flight, make sure the battery is fully charged. Insert the battery into the charger and connect the charger to a power source. The battery will take approximately two hours to charge fully.
Step 3: Attach the Propellers
Attach the propellers to the drone. The propellers are marked with either black or silver dots to indicate which ones go on which arm. Attach the black propellers to the motors with black dots, and the silver propellers to the motors with silver dots. Twist the propellers until they are secure.
Step 4: Attach the Camera
The Phantom 2 Vision Plus comes with a built-in camera that is attached to a 3-axis gimbal. Attach the camera to the gimbal by sliding it into place and securing it with the latch. Connect the camera cable to the drone’s camera port.
Step 5: Turn On the Drone
Press the power button on the drone’s battery to turn it on. The LED lights on the drone will blink rapidly as the drone initializes. Once the lights turn green, the drone is ready to fly.
Step 6: Connect the Remote Controller
Turn on the remote controller by pressing and holding the power button. The LED lights on the controller will blink rapidly as it initializes. Once the lights turn green, the controller is ready to connect to the drone. Press the linking button on the drone’s battery and then press the linking button on the remote controller. The LED lights on both devices will blink rapidly as they connect. Once the lights turn solid, the devices are connected.
Flying Your DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus
Step 1: Perform a Pre-Flight Check
Before each flight, it is important to perform a pre-flight check to ensure that your drone is ready to fly. Check the drone’s battery level, GPS signal, and camera status. Also, check the propellers and the gimbal to make sure they are securely attached.
Step 2: Take Off
To take off, press the takeoff button on the remote controller. The drone will automatically rise to a height of approximately four feet. Use the control sticks on the remote controller to move the drone in different directions.
Step 3: Fly the Drone
The Phantom 2 Vision Plus is easy to fly. Use the control sticks to move the drone in different directions. The left stick controls the altitude and the rotation of the drone, while the right stick controls the drone’s forward, backward, left, and right movements.
Step 4: Capture Aerial Footage
The Phantom 2 Vision Plus is equipped with a high-quality camera that is capable of capturing stunning aerial footage. Use the camera controls on the remote controller to adjust the camera’s angle and capture the perfect shot.
Step 5: Perform a Compass Calibration
Before flying the Phantom 2 Vision Plus, it is important to calibrate the compass. This helps the drone to determine its orientation and maintain its stability while in flight. Here are the steps to calibrate the compass:
- Turn on the Phantom 2 Vision Plus and wait for it to acquire a GPS lock.
- Access the settings menu in the DJI Vision app and select “Advanced Settings.”
- Select “Sensor” and then select “Calibrate Compass.”
- Follow the instructions provided by the app to complete the compass calibration process.
Step 6: Take off
Once you have completed all the necessary setup procedures, you are ready to take off. Here’s how to do it:
- Place the drone on a flat surface.
- Turn on the remote controller and wait for it to establish a connection with the drone.
- Turn on the drone by pressing and holding the power button until the lights start to blink.
- Press and hold the left joystick upwards to take off. The drone will begin to ascend into the air.
Step 7: Control the Drone
To control the drone, use the left and right joysticks on the remote controller. The left joystick controls the altitude and rotation of the drone, while the right joystick controls its movement. Here are the basic controls:
- Push the left joystick upwards to make the drone ascend and downwards to make it descend.
- Push the left joystick to the left or right to rotate the drone in that direction.
- Push the right joystick upwards to make the drone move forward and downwards to make it move backward.
- Push the right joystick to the left or right to make the drone move in that direction.
Step 8: Return Home
The Phantom 2 Vision Plus has a return-to-home feature that allows it to automatically return to its takeoff point. Here’s how to use it:
- Press the “RTH” button on the remote controller. The drone will automatically fly back to its takeoff point and land.
- Alternatively, the drone will also return home automatically if it loses connection with the remote controller or if the battery level is low.
In conclusion, setting up and flying the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus drone is a straightforward process that requires careful attention to detail. By following these steps, you can enjoy the experience of flying your drone and capturing stunning aerial footage. Remember to always fly your drone safely and responsibly.
- Camera: The Phantom 2 Vision Plus drone is equipped with a high-quality camera that can capture full HD video at 1080p resolution and take 14-megapixel still photos. The camera is mounted on a three-axis gimbal that provides stable and smooth footage, even in windy conditions.
- Flight time: The drone has a maximum flight time of up to 25 minutes, which is more than enough time to capture a lot of footage in one flight.
- Intelligent flight modes: The Phantom 2 Vision Plus comes with a range of intelligent flight modes, including waypoint navigation, point of interest, follow me, and home lock. These features make it easy to capture footage from any angle or perspective.
- Built-in FPV system: One of the unique features of the Phantom 2 Vision Plus is its built-in FPV (first-person view) system. This allows the pilot to see what the drone sees in real-time, providing a more immersive and engaging flying experience.
- GPS system: The drone features a built-in GPS system that enables it to fly autonomously and accurately.
- Remote control: The drone can be controlled manually with a remote control, making it easy to operate and maneuver.
- High-quality footage: The Phantom 2 Vision Plus is capable of capturing high-quality video and photos, making it a great tool for professional photographers and videographers.
- Easy to operate: Despite its advanced features, the drone is easy to operate and can be controlled manually with a remote control.
- Long flight time: The drone has a long flight time, which allows for extended flights and multiple shots.
- Intelligent flight modes: The drone comes with a range of intelligent flight modes that make it easy to capture footage from any angle or perspective.
- Built-in FPV system: The built-in FPV system allows the pilot to see what the drone sees in real-time, providing a more immersive and engaging flying experience.
- Expensive: The Phantom 2 Vision Plus is quite expensive compared to other drones on the market, which may be a drawback for those on a tight budget.
- Requires skill and practice: While the drone is easy to operate, it does require some skill and practice to fly it safely and capture high-quality footage.
- Limited range: The drone has a limited range of up to 700 meters, which may be a drawback for those who need to capture footage from longer distances.
- No obstacle avoidance: The Phantom 2 Vision Plus does not have obstacle avoidance capabilities, which means it can crash if flown into an object.
- Heavy and bulky: The drone is relatively heavy and bulky compared to other drones on the market, which may make it difficult to transport and use in certain situations.
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus drone is a highly capable and versatile tool for aerial photography and videography. Its advanced features, powerful performance, and ease of use make it an ideal choice for professionals and hobbyists alike who want to capture stunning aerial footage. While it does have some disadvantages, such as its high price tag, limited range, and lack
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