About DJI Company
DJI technology enables images that were once out of reach, can now be captured. Their flying and camera stabilization systems redefine camera placement and motion. Amazing photos and video, treasured personal memories, and high-end professional imagery are captured every day, in every corner of the world using DJI products.
Headquartered in Shenzhen, widely considered China’s Silicon Valley, DJI benefits from direct access to the suppliers, raw materials, and young, creative talent pool necessary for sustained success. Drawing on these resources, they have grown from a single small office in 2006 to a global workforce of over 2,000. Their offices can now be found in the United States, Germany, Japan, Beijing and Hong Kong.
In this post, we will be reviewing the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+.
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ is what I consider to be a 4th generation quadcopter. The ease of use, stabilization, and GPS functionality make it one of the easiest multi-rotor copters to fly. If you go out of range or otherwise lose signal, the Phantom will return back to the point of takeoff and even land automatically.
On its own the Phantom 2 Vision+ is a high-end radio-controlled and camera-equipped quadcopter, or more commonly known as a “drone.” But it also integrates with Apple’s ecosystem of devices, namely the iPhone and iPad, to greatly enhance its capabilities for aerial footage.
Supported Battery: DJI 5200mAh LiPo Battery
Weight (Battery & Propellers Included): 1242g
Hover Accuracy (Ready To Fly): Vertical: 0.8m; Horizontal: 2.5m
Max Yaw Angular Velocity: 200°/s
Max Tiltable Angle: 35°
Max Ascent / Descent Speed: Ascent: 6m/s; Descent: 2m/s
Max Flight Speed: 33mph (Not Recommended)
Diagonal Motor-Motor Distance: 350mm
Operating Environment Temperature: 0?-40?
Sensor Size: 1/2.3?
Effective Pixels: 14 Megapixels
HD Recording: 1080p/30, 1080i/60, 720p/60
Recording FOV: 110° / 85°
How to get the most out of Phantom 2 Vision+
Pictures and slow moving video certainly look pretty good but any fast motion video smears and pixelates very bad. For best results keep your bird moving nice and slow, especially when turning left/right. To minimize the fisheye effect, either have the camera pointed straight down or straight out, anything in between will enhance the fisheye look which looks really bad on video. It is best to edit the footage and remove up/down camera moves.
Also set the camera to the narrow field of view to help minimize distortion. If shooting stills, the best tool for editing them is Adobe Lightroom as it has a preset for the Vision that will reduce the fisheye effect. If you are using Lightroom or Photoshop, be sure to turn on DNG Raw format so you are working with the best quality images.
The DJI Vision app
We had also tested DJI’s official Vision app earlier this year, but since then it’s seen a number of improvements — some available for all Vision devices, and others tailored specifically for the Vision+ flagship device.
Perhaps most welcome is the Ground Station feature, which previously required its own iPad app and a hardware accessory to communicate with the device. Now, it can be done over Wi-Fi and with an iPhone.
For Vision+ users, the app also has a “first person video” mode where the delayed camera movements of the gimbal are disabled. While this results in a bumpier picture thanks to flight movements, it also makes it easier to fly the Vision+ via live camera feed rather than line of sight.