Cool Gadget: The Phantom DJI

By Colin Tyler
August 29, 2014 at 11:22 am  •  Posted in Cool Gadgets, Gear & Reviews, New Products by

DroneBlog The DJI Phantom 2 series of quadcopters is the perfect entry point for any person considering trying their hand at aerial imaging. They are a great way to gain new angles and perspectives in video and photography.

They are available in 3 different styles: the Phantom 2, the Phantom 2 Vision, and the Vision+. DJI offers several different custom gimbals, and the base model can be fitted to allow use with a variety of cameras including the GoPro Hero 3. While the Vision and Vision+ come with their own pre-attached cameras and offer in-flight tilt control for the creation of new and different angles. The Vision and Vision+ are also accompanied with a smartphone app that allows you to communicate and control the camera seamlessly, plus set shooting waypoints for your quadcopter to travel to automatically.

What is most appealing about the Phantom 2 series is its use of GPS to assist your flight. Because of this, it is one of the easiest quadcopters on the market to fly. The GPS unit will do everything from track its movements to correct the Phantom’s flying position so that micro adjustments don’t have to be made constantly. This lets you spend less time worrying about piloting, so you can concentrate on your imaging.

The GPS also provides several safety features to help avoid accidents while flying the Phantom 2. A GPS home point can be set up so that if the quadcopter loses contact with the controller or is running dangerously low on battery, the quadcopter will autopilot itself back to this position and land. The Phantom 2 also comes pre-installed with a map of no-fly zones that will limit the height and whether your drone can take off. While this may sound limiting, given the areas that are covered and average flying height, you will barely notice the restriction.

The Phantom 2 series is built with strong and durable plastic to take on the typical wear and tear that would be expected from a device with crash potential. The quadcopter itself is also quite modular. For example, if you were to damage a propeller, you can simply replace an inexpensive part to get back to flying in no time.

The Phantom 2 series of quadcopters is quite an amazing product, that is sure to help you get the most out of your photography and let you see the world from a new perspective. Its GPS and assisted flying capabilities make it simple to fly, giving you the flexibility to focus on your shots. For more information on the DJI Phantoms series of quadcopters, check out: thecamerastore.com.

2 Comments

  1. Dale / August 29, 2014 at 12:18 pm /

    Unfortunately, not commented in this article is reference to the Federal Government of Canada, through Transport Canada, regulations governing flying the unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV).

    Before a purchase is made, one should be familiar with those regulations as provided by Transport Canada.

    The Phantom meets weight restrictions to be considered a recreational vehicle. However, if one is considering using the Phantom, and other UAV’s under 36kg in weight, to make photographs or video for remuneration, a Special Flight Operation Certificate is required.

    Further information can be found at https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/general-recavi-brochures-uav-2270.htm

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    • Jenny Montgomery / August 29, 2014 at 4:19 pm /

      Hi Dale,

      You bring up a great point about knowing and understanding the regulations before jumping into aerial photography. We actually have an article on exactly that by Scott Linstead coming up in the next issue.

      Thanks for mentioning the regulations of Transport Canada!
      Jenny

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