Part of the Phantom 2 series from DJI, this DJI Phantom 2 Vision PLUS review is designed to explain the differences between the PLUS model and the other models in DJI’s Phantom series.
The newest of the three, the DJI Phantom Vision Plus integrated features from the original Phantom 2 and the Vision. Consumers complained that although the Vision had an installed camera, the video footage from the Phantom with an attached Venmuse Gimbal was a lot better. DJI listened and installed their own HD camera (we’ll talk more about this soon) with a stabilizing gimbal. This integration reduced overall cost and increased the ease of set-up for the pilot. Another feature that makes this a substantial step-up from the Phantom 2 + GoPro set-up is the DJI Vision App. This model allows the pilot to utilize the stunning controls and visual experience that come with the app without having to sacrifice video quality.
This is the DJI Phantom 2 Plus review, a review of DJI’s newest addition in their Phantom series. What makes this the best one yet? Keep reading to find out.
Things We Like
Design: Essentially ready-to-fly out of the box, the Vision Plus shouldn’t prove tedious to prepare for flight. Designed by the drone masterminds at DJI, this is a step-up from the both Phantom models. The DJI Phantom has incredible gyroscopic stabilization that allows for smoother flight once mastered. Although the design seems identical to the original Phantom 2, the Vision Plus offers minor advanced tweaks like increased remote control sensitivity. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because they look the same nothing has been changed.
Price: Surprisingly, we actually love the price of this drone. It comes with everything you need. The Zenmuse Gimbal and GoPro add on an extra $600. The Vision Plus is actually cheaper to purchase than the Phantom 2 if you’re planning on buying a gimbal and a GoPro. If you plan on using the GoPro for more than just drone photography and filming, it may be a better option to purchase the GoPro separately with the Phantom 2 model. As a built-in camera, you’re basically stuck with leaving the camera on the model.
Battery: Arguably one of the best batteries in the drone world, the Vision Plus also has the standard Phantom 2 battery. The 5200mAh LiPo battery has 25 minutes of flight time and alerts the pilot when it’s dying through blinking LED lights. Pretty nifty.
Camera: The 1080p, 14 megapixel, high-definition camera attached uses a gimbal. This means that even when the quadcopter shifts and tilts the camera stabilizes and maintains a flat field of vision. This built in feature does not require installation. Overall, the video footage is outstanding quality. Once you learn how to use it, you won’t be able to stop.
Things We Don’t Like
Flight difficulty: This is a tough piece of equipment to fly. If you have experience with other Phantom 2 models or even the Phantom 1 series, you shouldn’t have any problem flying the Vision Plus. If you don’t have any experience with advanced level drones, expect to struggle a bit. We’ve found some great videos that helped us to master the DJI Phantom 2 flight and we expect they should be able to help you as well.
Non-removable camera: We’ve mentioned this a few times already in this review, but do not buy this drone if you want to have a GoPro to use elsewhere as well. GoPros are a great piece of equipment that can be used in tons of different extreme sports, concert settings, and more. If you’re really looking for a drone that can attach a GoPro, check out our some of our other drone reviews.
The DJI Phantom Vision Plus in a winner in every aspect. You’re not going to find many other drones that require little set-up and do what this machine does.
We recommend (as we do with all advanced drones) being careful buying this as your first drone. If you do decide to buy something of this level, be careful! Remember to follow FAA guidelines and to master takeoffs and landings before attempting to shoot a full-length film.
If you’re ready to break into the new age of drones, where streaming high-quality video straight to your smart phone and controlling a high-tech machine is in the palm of your hands, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus is the right drone for you.