-Updated Transmitter with Gimbal Control
-More Efficient Motors ESC and Props
-Camera with 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer
-Takes 14MP Still and 1080p Video
-Wi-Fi Downlink for Smartphones
-iOS/Android App for Monitoring/Control
-Up to 25 Minutes Flying Time
-GPS-Based Autopilot with Return to Home
-Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC)
-Stationary Hover with GPS Attitude Mode
The version 3.0 (released late 2014) Phantom 2 Vision+ Quadcopter with Gimbal-Stabilized 14MP 1080p Camera from DJI features a number of notable hardware updates over the previous Phantom 2 Vision+ model including more efficient motors redesigned self-tightening props a new transmitter (radio controller) with built-in battery and gimbal control dial and other improvements.
The Phantom 2 Vision+ is based on the same air frame as the Phantom 2 and Phantom 2 Vision. Unlike its siblings however it features a 14MP camera that is stabilized and controlled with an integrated 3-axis gimbal. Gimbal stabilization makes the Phantom 2 Vision+ ideal for shooting aerial footage and photos. The camera can take 14MP Adobe DNG RAW photos and can record video in 1080p Full HD at 30 fps or 720p at 60 fps for creating slow motion effects.
The Phantom 2 Vision+ ships ready-to-fly meaning that a radio controller--often referred to as a transmitter is included with it and is pre-bound to the aircraft and that only minimal assembly using common household tools is required. It features a 5200mAh battery that can sustain the quadcopter in the air for up to 25 minutes. The transmitter features a line-of-sight range of up to 2625 depending on conditions.
The camera is controlled via 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi using an app available for iOS and Android devices. Using the supplied mount you can attach your smartphone directly to the controller giving you a heads up display directly from the cameras point-of-view. From the app you will also be able to start and stop video recording take a snapshot and even tilt the camera up or down.
Because of the complexity associated with multi-rotor aircraft the Phantom 2 Vision+ relies on a GPS-based navigation system to maintain flight stability and provide other features. While fully manual operation is possible most users especially videographers hoping to get the smoothest possible shoots will opt for GPS attitude mode. GPS attitude mode is an autopilot system that keeps the Quadcopter stable and right-side-up when moving and holds it in a fixed horizontal and vertical position whenever you release the controls. This is ideal for shooting video because you can compensate for light or moderate wind that might otherwise cause the aircraft to drift.
As with the other Phantom 2 models 5200mAh battery system is simplified over the original version 1 Phantom. The battery now slots in and provides LED indicators on outside tail-end of the aircraft so they can be seen in flight. Charging is also simplified with all of the charging circuitry built into the battery itself. You simply need to plug it into the wall with the supplied universal AC adapter. A DC car charger available separable can also be used.
The Phantom 2 Vision+ includes a Wi-Fi Range extender that will increase the wireless range of the smartphone used for FPV camera operation up to nearly 2300 line-of-sight. The range extender mounts on the transmitter (radio controller) along with the smartphone.
Finally there is a 4GB MicroSD card included to help get you started filming and taking photos with the 14MP camera.
Whats New for Version 3.0?
- Redesigned Transmitter (Radio Controller)
- The radio controller (more commonly known as a transmitter in RC lingo) has been updated with some notable additions:
- Left Dial: Use this to operate the tilt function of the gimbal
- Trainer Port: Connect the remote control to the computer to run a simulation application
- Throttle Lock: Pull down the throttle stick to descend; the stick will lock into place and the aircraft will descend steadily. Push the throttle stick upward to release throttle lock
- LED Battery Indicator: Foregoing AAs the transmitter now runs on a built-in LiPo battery. Four LEDs on the front tell you how much charge is left
- Micro-USB Port: Use the micro-USB port to recharge the built-in battery. The LED indicators will display charging status as the battery tops up
- New 2312 / 960 KV Motors
- The new motors features a stator winding structure for a neater designed and improved heat dissipation. The new motors offer:
- Up to 200g per axis more thrust than the previous design
- The single wire stator design improves motor efficiency and its ability to withstand a larger current
- New bearings with a higher durability and ability to withstand greater impacts are used to avoid damage in the event of an accident
- New insulation coating powder is used to improve the stator voltage capacity helping extend the working life and stability of the motor
- A new ESC (electronic speed controller) - ESC v2.0 - is used to ensure the efficiency improvements of the motors are maximized
- Updates Self-Tightening Props - Model 9450
- Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) have been applied to the prop redesign providing them with increased thrust and better efficiency. Combined with the new motors up to 200g per axis of thrust has been achieved - especially beneficial when flying with a heavy payload
- Improved Compass
- The compass is now encased in a protective shell and features added protection against static interference
- Gimbal Stabilized 14MP HD Camera
- The Phantom 2 Vision+ features a 14MP camera with a specially integrated 3-axis gimbal designed specifically for use with the Quadcopter. In addition to photos the camera can record 1920 x 1080 resolution video at 30 fps and 720 video at 60 fps. The camera is controlled wirelessly via Wi-Fi using an app available for smartphones with Android or iOS. Internal recording is to a MicroSD memory card. Additionally captured footage can be uploaded from your smartphone to social media websites such as Facebook
- Attitude and GPS Attitude Flight Modes
- The Phantom 2 Vision+ flight control system has two computer-assisted flight modes for you to choose from. Of the two GPS attitude mode is the most automatic. In GPS attitude mode the Quadcopter will stop as soon as you release the controls and stay hovering at a fixed horizontal and vertical position. This setting is the easiest to fly and is generally preferred for shooting video as the Quadcopter wont sway or drift because of light wind gusts
The second attitude mode is a more manual flying mode in which the Phantom Vision does not try and maintain a fixed spatial position. When you release the controls it will continue to drift unless friction slows it down or you stop it. And in this mode it will be more likely to be blown around if there is any wind. This not a true manual mode however in that the GPS navigation system is still used to maintain flight stability and by the return to home feature in the
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