The DJI Phantom 2 Vision is different from the original Phantom 2 because of the “Vision.” Yes, the Vision model includes a high-definition camera but it does not include a gimbal, like the newest Vision Plus model.
The Phantom 2 Vision is a step-up from the original because it has a built-in camera. If you’re looking for ease of use and quick flight, then this may be the correct Phantom 2 model for you. When it comes to overall quality of video, the Phantom 2 with an attached gimbal and GoPro or the Phantom 2 Vision Plus are better.
Things We Like
Design: DJI makes great quadcopters, it’s an undeniable fact. They are a trusted brand that makes incredibly high-tech and well-designed machines. The Phantom 2 series is part of their newest state-of-the-art drone photography series and the quadcopter itself is stunning to look at. The impressive body and overall design make this an enviable piece of hardware. You won’t regret buying this.
Battery: With a max flight time of 25 minutes and an easily rechargeable battery, the Phantom 2 Vision has the same capabilities as the other Phantom 2 drones. The LED lights create a stylish way to indicate the battery life is failing.
Camera: The 14 megapixel camera takes high-quality videos with an unparalleled ease. You don’t need to attach anything or worry about altering the camera. It’s attached, RTF, and provides excellent footage right out of the box.
DJI Vision App: One feature that does set this drone apart from the original Phantom 2 is the DJI Vision App for iOS and Android. In the box is a smartphone holder so the pilot can attach a smartphone to the transmitter.
Things We Don’t Like
Flight difficulty: As mentioned in the other Phantom 2 reviews, this is an advanced drone. The Phantom 2 series is difficult to fly and should not be attempted without proper guidance or extended practice time. You’re spending a serious amount of cash on this, so make sure that you know what you’re doing before flying. A crash or a wreck could set you back even more cash, so be careful.
No gimbal: The Vision takes excellent videos but it lacks a key feature that can take your videos to another level. The gimbal keeps the camera level when the drone turns or tilts.
As we have explained in the DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter review, this model lacks a key feature that the Vision Plus and the Phantom 2 with an attached Zenmuse Gimbal have. It does not contain a stabilizing gimbal. This is still an excellent drone and it works well to shoot all types of videos, but it does have its limitations. If you want continuously smooth videos you must be an excellent pilot to fly the DJI Phantom 2 Vision.
Make sure you know what you’re purchasing before you make the commitment as this is an advanced drone. If you are excited to take the next step in your flights and video, this may be the right purchase for you.