DJI's Phantom 2 Vision+ incorporates much of a couple hot topics these days, and that's a quadcopter, floating camera stabilization and action camera videography. The plus version of this quadcopter is really a step up from the Phantom 2 Vision with the introduction of a 3-axis gimbal. It appears much like a point and shoot camera would if it were attached to a remote control head. We haven't even touched on how the flying apparatus itself hasn't changed much beyond the original Phantom, but seems to remain stable enough to carry more and more.
The Phantom 2 Vision+ has a camera with a 1/2.3-inch sensor, and can record video at 1920x1080 and 30fps. The 14MP sensor can be fully utilized for 4384x3288 stills and the lenses' field of view is 110/85 degrees. A microSD card slot on the camera reminds us that the quadcopter as a whole is plenty small and could easily be lost by an inexperienced pilot. To aide those in training, a fly-home feature reprises its role from previous models of the Phantom. Recording time aside, the flight time for the quadcopter is 25 minutes, enough to keep the fun and imagination possible with the Phantom 2 Vision+. Getting shots that are straight down, rising, dropping or moving through arches are each within reach.
We know DJI has cooperated with GoPro with the HERO3 series as the prescribed camera, and now the software side is getting some attention with Adobe's lens profiles which can help correct the fisheye distortion. Another way that DJI seems to work well with others are apps that can help you pilot a quadcopter in the Phantom line. While the FAA is seemingly poised to make more regulations on video from drones, the price remains very inviting to many producers, and at $1,299 the Phantom 2 Vision+ may be pricey, but then again, how much is the handheld gimbal you're looking at, and the camera too?
Las Vegas, April 6, 2014 – DJI, a global leader in aerial photography and cinematography platforms, today announced the release of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, the world’s first flying camera that captures stabilized HD video out of the box.
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ features a built-in camera that shoots 1080p video at 30 frame-per-second (fps) and takes 14-megapixel pictures. The camera is mounted to a gimbal, an electronic stabilizer, ensuring the steadiness of the camera on 3 axes – pitch, roll and yaw – regardless of wind conditions or flight speed.
With its built-in GPS system, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ will automatically stay in the same spot in the air even in winds of up to 40 kilometers-per-hour (25 miles-per-hour), allowing creators to focus on getting the right shot.
Using the DJI VISION App for iOS and Android devices, pilots can view what the camera is seeing in real time and control the camera from up to 700 meters (2,296 feet) away using the camera’s own Wi-Fi network. The DJIVISION App also displays key flight information including altitude, distance from pilot, and battery strength.
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ is also fully compatible with DJI’s Ground Station capabilities, which allows pilots to set a GPS path for the Phantom to navigate autonomously.
“We have been truly inspired by all the creative applications of our Phantom series so far –filmmaking, fire fighting, conservation and many others,” said Frank Wang, Chief Executive Officer of DJI. “By stabilizing the camera and making it easy to fly with minimal set up, we hope to inspire a new generation of aerial creators to take to the sky and capture their vision.”
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ ships with a first-of-its-kind firmware upgrade for the entire Phantom series. The upgrade makes it easy for pilots to follow international best flying practices by helping them avoid flying near airports and giving them the ability to set their own height and distance limitations in line with local regulations.
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ is available for pre-order through the DJI website and from authorized dealers across the globe for an MSRP of $1,299. Find out more at DJI.com/product/phantom-2-vision-plus.