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DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GoPro
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- Complete quadcopter and remote transmitter, pre-tuned by the factory and ready in minutes! Just charge the included battery, attach the propellers and landing gear, 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. Produce dramatic cinema-quickly results from the air! Note: Wi-Fi streaming from a camera is not possible because it may interfere with the Phantom's remote control.
- Outdoor flight is made possible by advanced GPS positioning that compensates for light wind. The Phantom has a fail-safe function and can be configured to automatically fly to and land at its take-off position if connection to the transmitter is lost. Note: indoor flight or operation by persons under 18 years of age is NOT recommended.
- With a maximum horizontal speed of 22 miles/hour (10 meters/second), the Phantom lets you capture the action of almost any sport, event or scene.
- The Phantom's high tech Naza-M autopilot system lets you configure advanced parameters via software (USB port and separate download required).
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From the manufacturer
Ready-to-fly Aerial Filming Rig with GoPro Mount
DJI's Phantom quadcopter is the gear of choice for next-generation filmmakers, extreme sports enthusiasts and R/C hobbyists. Despite all the advanced functions, it's easy to learn, so if you've never before owned an outdoor helicopter, this is the place to start. With innovative features such as Intelligent Orientation Control, automatic navigation back to home and a sleek, integrated design, see for yourself why the Phantom is the rig used by pros and beginners alike.
Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC)
At the flip of a switch, you can change the Phantom from flying relative to its front and back to flying relative to a home point, allowing you to perform sweeping camera motions without losing track of how to make your Phantom go in the intended direction. This innovation is made possible by the Naza-M autopilot and needs to be turned on before using. Using the included USB cable and downloadable Naza Assistant software, you can enable IOC and other advanced functions.
GoPro Camera Mount
The Phantom includes a GoPro mounting case from DJI and holes for the standard GoPro housing (shown at left with the GoPro Hero3+, not included). Tip: use the GoPro's onboard video rotation (flip) setting to adjust for the upside down mounting position.
Special Start Sequence
Simultaneously hold the Left joystick to the lower-Right while holding the Right joystick to the lower Left. Both joysticks should be pointing down and toward each other. The Phantom's motors will then start and you can let the joysticks return to their center positions. Gently power up the motors for take-off and you're flying! To stop the motors, hold the left joystick all the way to the bottom.
Phantom Quadcopter with GoPro Mount Features at-a-glance:
- Ready-to-Fly design means no complex tuning or 'binding'
- Internal autopilot can return to home and land via GPS automatically
- Transmitter range over 980 feet (300m)
- Compatible with Zenmuse H3-2D Gimbal for super stable videos (sold separately, requires upgrade board)
- Up to 15 mins. of flight time with included rechargeable battery
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Phantom Quadcopter with GoPro Mount
Phantom 2 Vision with 14MP Video Camera
|Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC)||✓||✓|
|Ready to fly, includes transmitter and rechargeable battery||✓||✓|
|Configurable via USB with downloadable software||✓||✓|
|Includes GoPro mount||✓|
|15 mins. flying per charge||✓|
|Includes 14MP/1080p video camera with Wi-Fi streaming and microSD recording||✓|
|Redesigned propellers for maximum lift||✓|
|25 mins. flying per charge||✓|
|Item Dimensions||8 x 17 x 17 inches|
|Item Weight||2.2 pounds|
|Legal Disclaimer||Purchaser agrees to comply with all local government rules. Purchaser assumes all liability for damages to property or persons caused by the equipment from proper or improper use. Purchaser will assume all risk and determine the suitability of the product for his or her intended use. Anyone injured or any property damaged by use of this product is the sole responsibility of the user. IN NO EVENT SHALL DSLRPROS, INC. BE LIABLE FOR SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES RELATED TO THE USE OF PRODUCTS SOLD. AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES AND EMPLOYEES FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, LIABILITIES, DAMAGES, AND EXPENSES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS' FEES ACTUALLY INCURRED) ON ACCOUNT OF DEATH OR INJURY TO ANY PERSON OR DAMAGE TO ANY PROPERTY ARISING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY GOODS SUPPLIED. THIS INDEMNITY SHALL APPLY WITHOUT REGARD TO WHETHER THE CLAIM, DAMAGE, LIABILITY OR EXPENSE IS BASED ON BREACH OF CONTRACT, BREACH OF WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHER TORT.|
|Shipping Weight||6.61 pounds|
|Style Name||Base Quadcopter Only|
The DJI Phantom Quad copter with Go Pro Mount Version 1.1.1 is a quad-rotor RC helicopter that acts as an aerial platform for a Go Pro HERO action camera. This product will appeal to a variety of potential users, from RC aircraft hobbyists seeking the ability to mount a camera so they can record their flights, to videographers and photographers looking to open up a whole new range of shooting possibilities. Version 1.1.1 of The DJI Phantom adds a number of small upgrades over previous versions for easier set-up and more-reliable performance. New, Self Tightening propeller blades make set-up easy and protect against loose propeller blades causing in-flight vibrations. New Dual Receivers in the Phantom 1.1.1 and a new transmitter with an upgraded circuit board help increase the Phantoms operating range and help protect against wireless interference. And the new Naza-M V2 GPS autopilot software has better control and more accurate GPS stabilization. The Phantom can achieve a maximum horizontal flight speed of 33 ft./s and can ascend and descend at up to 20 ft./s. It comes with 2.4GHz Transmitter (TX) that features an operational range of up to 984' line-of-sight. The controller draws power from readily available AA batteries. Please note that many Wi-Fi systems, including the Wi-Fi used on Go Pro HERO cameras, also operate on 2.4GHz and may interfere with the transmitter. Take care to ensure the Go Pro' s Wi-Fi is turned off with operating this quad copter.
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Okay, this is too cool. First I should state that I have *never* flown a radio-controlled aircraft. Never, as in zip.
What drew me to this was that it's made for use with GoPro cameras, which I already own, and I needed a new way to use the camera. Mine is the original GoPro, and although the DJI Phantom includes an open "basket" to hold your camera, it also uses the same GoPro mounting bracket elements, so I kept mine in its GoPro case (for protection) and hung it upside-down from the Phantom. Anyone with a GoPro camera knows that it's very easy to invert the video ride-side up.
I put mine together after watching the five videos on the DJI site (Amazon deletes URLs in reviews, so I'll add the URL to a comment), but I do recommend downloading the PDF instructions from the DJI site, also, since no instructions are included with the Phantom. Their reason for this is that it's their way to make sure the instructions are always current and up-to-date. Okay, I'll buy that (I guess).
There are firmware upgrades made available via USB, but we Mac-users are currently out-of-luck. You do not need the upgrades except for advanced features (at least for now).
I assembled my Phantom with no problems (again, after watching the five videos) and headed out to a large field. It was fairly breezy. Since I really didn't know how to use the controller, except for setting it on GPS and where the throttle was, I calibrated the compass, set it on the grass, turned on the Phantom, and slowly raised the throttle. It immediately tipped forward, without leaving the ground. The second time it did the same thing. I had wondered how it would balance itself with the weight of the camera on the front, and I discovered it technically didn't.
So, as to try an option, I loosened the GoPro mounting screw and tilted the camera back to where it was looking almost straight down, but it made the Phantom more center-weighted. Sure enough, the Phantom lifted straight up on the third try. I'm sure there is a way to have it lift-off with the camera pointing more horizontally, since the vibration of the props quickly permitted the camera to rotate into more of a horizontal view.
Since only the throttle was known to me, I just slowly raised it to full throttle with a cross wind, and it went probably as high as it will go, and simply remained stationary while hovering. It was windy on the ground protected by trees, so it must have been quite windy at altitude.
I did slowly rotate the copter while it was up there, and it was well above the communications tower used by our law enforcers, which seems taller than a typical cell tower. You'l notice the horizon dipping on the left or right. That's how the Phantom stays stationary in the wind by using its GPS. It must lean into the wind.
I brought it all the way back down, hovered it in front of a interested stranger, moved it towards me and set it down, with a bounce. I decided to test the homing function by turning off the controller. For those who don't know, when the Phantom losses connection with the controller, it automatically enters "go home" mode. It climbs to 60 feet, and makes a beeline to its home position, which is where it took-off from, all by using the GPS. Once it loses that connection with the controller, it will not regain it. Turning the controller back on will do nothing while it's heading home.
That was about the time I realized I really messed up, as I wasn't paying attention to the tree branches that extended far out over my Phantom, about 20 feet up. I was sure I was watching the destruction of my Phantom when it hit those branches. But after battling them for a few seconds, it ricocheted out into clean air and righted itself. Whew, I thought (but it wasn't over).
Because it was using its GPS to climb and head home, as soon as it righted itself, it headed right back into the tree to continue its climb. Pieces of branches were flying everywhere. It retuned to the tree three times total, and when the tree spit it out after the third time, it hovered down low enough for me to grab a skid.
Amazingly, the Phantom suffered *no* damage. None.
A fully charged battery will keep it aloft between 10-15 minutes, so I already ordered an additional one, and will probably order more. They take over an hour to charge.
Some users have referred to the "jello" appearance to the resulting video. I now know what they mean. I understand, though, that it's cause by the propellers vibration which are not perfectly balanced. Knowing that, I ordered a Top Flite Power Point (Magnetic) Prop Balancer, which should substantially reduce, if not eliminate the jello effect.
All-in-all, it was really fun ... I've got new plans for it now. I may even upgrade my GoPro. I got home and the instructions made more sense to me, even though I had not read them before flying. This is truly a high-tech toy for adults. Without a GoPro camera, I'd probably get bored with it in short time, so make sure you have a camera, too. I edited this video down from about 10 minutes.
ADDENDUM: Quick note, but I was dead wrong about the maximum altitude the Phantom can achieve. On my second flight, it just kept climbing as it disappeared into the clouds. I lost visual, and was sure I'd never see my Phantom again. I didn't notice the the throttle stick does not revert to center when you let it go. It stays where you leave it, and for me, that was full throttle. From calculations based from DJI's web site that it climbs 6m/second, which means it attained an altitude how somewhere between 5000 and 7000 feet. I didn't realize until I got the video back. This is *not* good, though, since untiI I saw the video, I didn't realize I was in controlled airspace. Do *not* do this. Keep you Phantom in visual range at all time, or risk getting arrested, or even worse, causing a flight accident. You should not fly it at over 400-500 feet.
This is the latest version of the Original Phantom 1 drone (Version 1.1.1) and has several upgrades compared to the previous version such as New Controller NAZA-M V2, New Self Tightening Propellers, Dual Antennas and Gimbal Pan / Tilt Control at the bottom of the remote.
Great Drone to learn on and still be able to upgrade if you want additional features.
If you are interested in some of the additional features I looked into and lessons learned here is my input.
One of the first feature I wanted to add has a Gimbal to keep the camera level regardless of the wind conditions and left / right maneuvers which result in a tiling of the horizon in the background. Word of advice there are many Gimbals out there and unless you are willing to spend $300 plus you will end up with some YouTube video searching as most of the Gimbals in the $50 range offer little documentation and no support that is helpful. I learned that the hard way. Also keep in mind if you get an entry level Gimbal they are very heavy and will impact the way the drone can maneuver and the flight time will be reduced. My final choice was not the $ 300 plus range Gimbal but a $ 80 Gimbal from Walkera G-2D 2 Axis Brushless. It made out out light weight plastic and weighs half of the $ 50 range Gimbals.The $ 50 Gimbals all have wires exposed that to the motors and get in the way of the motor movement. One YouTube, I found that many people have to make all sort of modifications to make them work correctly . The Walkera model has no exposed wires and setup adjustments (leveling Gimbal if needed) are done via inserting a small screwdriver into a connection on the board. Very easy to do as the other Gimbals I tried you either have to calibrate via your USB cable and run the needed software or press a little button on the board 3 time and hold the Gimbal in place horizontally. That a cool fast feature but I found ti difficult to get the 3 other Gimbals I tried to get into that setup mode and then to actually keep the setting was not easily done as the Gimble always tended to make a small adjustment after and ended up not being adjusted properly. Making the adjustments via screw drive provide me with a perfect result every time. Hopefully this will give you a little guideanse on your Gimbal purchase.
Also added propeller guards, just keep in mind the more you add the more weight and the less fight time. The guards from DJI are great but if you have a case for your drone it won't fit most likely anymore and its a pain to take off the guards every time. I then got the guards that you can slide in and not have to screw on which worked really good but were very heavy and between the Gimbal and Guards the Phantom would not keep its height and was sinking, so I had to keep applying power to keep the drone at the same height, which was a pain and a huge drain on the battery. (Note: This issue was only with my original $ 50 Chinese metal Gimble not the G-2D Plastic Gimble)
Last item to share is that be VERY CAREFUL WHEN YOU add PROPELLER GUARDS. If you use the wrong screws you will penetrate into the back of the motor and short the motor out and possible the ESC board as well. That is A VERY EXPENSIVE MISTAKE TO MAKE, unfortunately I have a friend help me with putting on the Propeller Guards before flight and he ended up using screws that were just a little to long. End result the Phantom propeller would not spin up and smoke came up within seconds of applying power. Big stupid mistake that I want to share with you as the cost of the motor is around $20 to $25 and the ESC about the same price. In my case all four motors and ESC boards were a total loss. You are looking at a minimum of $ 200 in parts. Mine ended up costing $ 246 after tax and shipping charges were taking into account and I decided NOT to order the parts and just order a second Phantom since they run around $ 350. By adding another $ 100 to my stupid mistake, at l least I will have spare parts. If you look at the individual pricing of parts it is in my option cheaper in the long run to just buy a new Phantom 1 for spare parts.
I would say that the design of the motor for the Phantom 1 is poor, it is a easy fix to weld the inside of the motor so a screw cant damage the motor. If you look on YouTube there are countless people that have run into the same issue. I don't know if the newer Phantoms have addressed this but it sure is a big disappointment this is not addressed on the Phantom 1.
Overall I am very happy with the Drone (minus my mistake) and this seller does provide you with the latest version of the Phantom 1, so do keep an eye out for that to make sure you get all the upgrades that are part of version 1.1.1.
I'm by no means an expert at this as this is a new hobby for me just simply sharing my experiences.
Enjoy, fly safe and courteous.
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