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DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter (White)
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- Complete quad copter and remote transmitter, pre-tuned by the factory and ready in minutes! Just charge the included battery, attach the propellers and add 4 AA batteries to the remote and you"re flying.
- Fun flying by itself or even better with a GoPro to record the action. Tested with Hero2, Hero3 and Hero3+ models, sold separately. Note: Wi-Fi streaming from a camera is not possible because it may interfere with the Phantom"s remote control.
- Built-in support for the Zen muse H3-2D gimbal for extreme camera stability and silky smooth video recording (gimbal is optional but can be purchased bundled with the Phantom 2).
- Fly up to 28 minutes on a single charge using the included 5,200-mAh lithium polymer (LiPo) battery that"s easily removable and contains intelligent circuitry and a charge-remaining indicator built-in.
- New self-tightening propellers means extra security and no worrying about lost prop nuts when you remove the props for storage.
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|Sold By||Camrise||Holy Stone||Digital Media Source||eDigitalUSA||West Audio||Amazon.com|
|Item Dimensions||13 x 14.6 x 8.27 in||3.54 x 12.2 x 12.2 in||10 x 20 x 14 in||15 x 20 x 15 in||3.8 x 13.2 x 14.4 in||18.58 x 18.58 x 3.7 in|
|Item Weight||1.76 lbs||881.85 lbs||—||15 lbs||2.97 lbs||1.39 lbs|
|Style Name||Base Quadcopter Only||—||—||One Controller||Drone Only||Aton|
The Phantom 2 Quad copter from DJI brings all the features you love from the original Phantom but with 2X longer flight times and native support for the Zen muse H3-2D Gimbal, which is available separately or optionally bundled. With self-tightening propellers and a much larger intelligent battery that lasts up to 28 minutes on a single charge, the Phantom 2 is a significant upgrade from the original. The Phantom 2 retains the Phantom’s fast setup and easy control layout so that you’ll be making professional quality aerial videos in just minutes.
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Quality of flight:
When this quad is in proper form, it flies excellently! It is extremely powerful, and precise. This is an EXCELLENT platform for video cameras.
That is where this craft falls very short. This quad is like a little princess. If you take a steel Allen wrench anywhere near it, you might as well just go ahead and re calibrate the compass, which is a silly ordeal by itself. It is SO easy to knock out of wack. You have to be REAL careful with it. Anytime you work on it, be prepared to recal the IMU, and re-calibrate the compass.
You must turn IOC on in the Phantom 2 software assistant, and even when you do, home lock, and course lock only work half the time. It is extremely unreliable. NEVER EVER RELY ON THESE PARAMETERS TO SAVE YOUR BUTT!
Ease of setup:
Another 2 star property of the quad. When you get it, you have to download multiple software products, and update all firmware, and set all the perimeters. One of which, Phantom RC assistant gave me a virus...
I got a virus warning when I downloaded the product. I wrote an email to my anti virus software company to check it out. They told me it was a false flag, and when I installed that program, I had my internet stop working, and I had to re-image my machine, and hunt down all sorts of exe files that were causing problems.
Do I trust this device?
NO! I am expecting it to fly off at some time. On the third flight, I had to bring it down for a crash landing. It stopped following the instructions I was giving it, so I lowered it to the ground to try and regain control. When it wouldn't, I ditched it in the grass.
Extensive experience tuning, fixing, and flying the 350QX.
Would I recommend this to a friend?
Only if they had money that they could afford to use, were technical, and understood the craft can be unreliable and will need to be constantly fiddled with. Otherwise, no, get something more reliable.
You can see my experiences with the phantom 2 by going to youtube, and typing "Mark Daniel Imaging"
UNBOXING - Great
Everything was included and in working order. There are a couple of wires taped to the bottom that make it look a little rigged-up, but otherwise, it looked very good. I only needed to plug in the charger for the battery. Also charged up my AA batteries for the controller [not included - recommend rechargeable because the transmitter eats batteries].
FLIGHT PREPARATION - Weak
There is a Quick Start Guide included. Seems like they were going for some minimalist style in the instructions. For something like this, I feel like more information is better. Had a hard time figuring out what the lights meant. Also not clear on how to calibrate the compass properly. Ended up watching a few YouTube videos to get the hang of it. Also downloaded the DJI controller and upgraded my firm-ware. A precaution I learned from previous emails warning of fly-aways. This interface was also weak and hard to understand. Seems the firmware go updated on it own so I can't tell you exactly how it happened. The program just did it, then didn't recognize my Phantom again. I might try again later.
FIRST FLIGHT - Awesome
Fired up the battery. Calibrated the compass. Then took off on the first flight. Incredibly stable. Very predictable [which is good]. Felt like I had total control. Did quite a few maneuvers around a large field. Took it very high and charged it around the field fast. Excellent handling. Felt like I could not do a lot of fancy moves like with other drones. Maybe I had some stability mode on I don't know about. Amazing flight.
ADDING A CAMERA - Good
Bought a low-cost camera platform to reduce giggling during videos. Nothing fancy. I was hard to put together, but went on to the Phantom just fine. Very nice videos so far from my GoPro.
END OF FLIGHT - Terrifying!!!
On two of my first three flights, I ran the battery down to the end. Both time, some spooky auto pilot takes over. The Phantom will rise around 10 feet and move forward quite a bit. You have no control what-so-ever at this point. You just have to hope for the best. The second time, I did it on purpose. Had the Phantom hovering right in front of me watching the battery. Suddenly, it lifted up around 10 feet over my head [again, the controller was useless]. Then started moving away from me slowly. I almost had a heart attack as it moved slowly toward the road full of traffic. But it did stop around 30 feet from where it started and slowly descended to the ground. I would hope autopilot might do it's thing, but allow the controller to still override that. Was terrified.
OVERALL ASSESSMENT - Worth the Money
This was an excellent flying experience. I am already thinking about buying a better gimble for the camera. Felt very confident doing everything. High in the air or fast along the ground. Excellent machine. Keep track of your time. Do not push the battery to the limit. Lots of potential for disaster. I bring a stopwatch with me to monitor flight time. I only allow myself 15 minutes of flight. Maybe there is a mode I can adjust to stop this from happening. Unfortunately, It will take me forever to learn how to do it.
Buy this and enjoy it. If you are smart, you won't regret it.
Chances are many of the other quads you see online, contain the same electronics that are in the heart of this unit. The Naza.
I have flown this quad about 40 times, with approximately 18 minute average flight times. Partly because of battery and wind conditions, usually because I am ready to land. I am amazed at the flight time.
During one of the early flights I was not aware that you could shut the rotors off in flight if you held the throttle stick down for more than 3 seconds. This resulted in a high speed lesson in gravity constants. But the end result was just broken props ( Come with an extra set ) and one of the arms was bent slightly. I was able to bend it back down and put on new blades and was flying again.
About 30 flights later I lost sight of RC model, and it went behind the tree line. For some reason the fail safe did not engage soon enough, or I did something wrong, either case it drifted out of sight, into some trees, and landed on ground. Again, no real damage.
Over all, I cant think of another quad copter I'd rather have, especially if this is your first. Just don't forget, download the software, upgrade the drivers, and do compass calibrations.