GEAR ENVY: DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Review

GEAR ENVY: DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Review

“Oh man! That’s some space age shit!” were pretty much the words I uttered when I first saw my mates new drone hovering above the backyard. While a drone isn’t necessarily an item to be used for camping, 4wding or any outdoors activity for that matter; a heck of a lot of people are using them to capture such activities.

Image courtesy of dji.com

Lets start with the camera, the whole point of having a drone in the first place! The camera shoots 1080p at 30 frames per second, and shoots still photographs at 14mp in DNG RAW format (if you’re not camera savvy, this is AWESOME!). The camera on this model is a permanent fixture and is attached to a 3-axis gimbal, meaning that the video captured is perfectly stabilised. It has a large controller loaded with functions, yet also connects to your smart phone via wifi to allow control over the camera angle and a live video feed relayed back to you.

So what was the first thing we did? See how high it will go of course! Turns out it’s a long bloody way. So far in fact that we completely lost sight of the Phantom, then the video feed dropped out, then the controller lost all signal and the drone fell from the sky like a piece of space junk….nope, that last point is a lie. You see, this thing is equipped with GPS and all manner of location identifying gear. When such an event does occur, it simply re-traces it’s steps to return to it’s take off point!

Because selfie sticks are sooooo 2014! Courtesy dji.com

This level of location awareness also means that you can set the Phantom to hover where you like, and it will stay there all by itself (we tested this in 35km/h wind) allowing you to concentrate on getting the shot you’re after. And if you really need to focus on the shot, you can even program a flight path straight from your smart phone (to an epic maximum distance of 5km!) and let the drone do it’s thing while you operate the camera. Don’t be worried about the battery dying either, the Phantom constantly monitors battery state and distance to ensure it always has enough juice for a return flight!

 

Now for the price, the “ouch” part. You’ve gotta be serious about film making, or love to blow cash as you won’t get much change from $2000 for a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+. But dayum! If you’re into camera’s, photography or film making you can sure blow $2k in worse ways!

If you want to know more, and watch some video’s on the Phantom follow THIS LINK to the DJI website.

Alex

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