I am going to get one of these and start inspections by drone, watch out for promotional videos.
See the review at: DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter drone Review | Stuff.
DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision is a revolutionary product.
This powerful, easy to fly quadcopter sports not only a built-in anti-vibration camera, but also smartphone compatibility. That means you can view, in real time, what the camera’s looking at when it’s soaring 300 feet above your head. And all at a relatively affordable price. So does it deserve to sit atop the drone throne, or is it a UAV you should avoid?
Flying made simple (and smart)
You don’t have to be a polymath, possess lightning reactions or have 20/20 vision to fly the Phantom 2 Vision.
The quadcopter is designed to be easy to fly: it self-stabilises, and if you take your hands off the controls it’ll simply hover in its current position. Lose sight of it or move it out of its control range and, thanks to built-in GPS, it’ll automagically fly back to where it took off from and land – that’s some smart self-preservation right there. It also has a generous 25 minutes of flight time per charge – about 10 minutes longer than previous DJI quadcopters.
The controls are sensitive (you can adjust them using the desktop app), but we never came close to crashing the Phantom. Manual landing is a piece of cake, too. There are plenty of YouTube clips that demonstrate that these things can be crashed, but it’s far from easy to do. Do avoid tight confines if possible, though – the body seems tough enough to withstand plenty of punishment but the rotor blades are more easily shattered.
DJI’s manual also specifies that the drone should be kept below 400 feet at all times, as above that it can pose a hazard to low-level aircraft. Yes, really.
The responsiveness of the controls and the zippiness of the quadcopter (it can climb at 6m/s and travel forwards at up to 15m/s) make it a joy to fly.
DJI Phantom 2 Vision tech specs
Flight time – 25 minutes
Communication range – 300m
Still resolution – 14MP (RAW or JPG)
Video quality – 1080p/30fps/25fps; 1080i/60fps; 960p/30fps/25fps; 720p/60fps/30fps; 480p/30fps
App compatibility – iOS 6.1 and above; Android 4.0 and above
Weight – 1160g