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DJIPhantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera
 
4.5

(based on 159 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (117)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (104)
  • Durable (65)
  • Lightweight (54)
  • Produces high quality film (48)
  • Highly compatible (31)

Cons

  • Poor interface (3)

Best Uses

  • Shooting outdoors (86)
  • HD shooting (53)
  • Home movies (42)
  • Travel (40)
  • Documentaries (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (60), Film professional (22), Parent (20), Aspiring film maker (17), Technically challenged (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (102), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I can fly it!!!

It's a camera on a helicopter. Not a helicopter with a camera. Even my Coast Guard buddy was impressed and he works on their big helicopters. I've never flown an RC vehicle before...Read complete review

It's a camera on a helicopter. Not a helicopter with a camera. Even my Coast Guard buddy was impressed and he works on their big helicopters. I've never flown an RC vehicle before and with this one I not only had fun, but was able to help my friends at the local National Park get pictures of the very tops of their totem poles.
ONLY PROBLEM: When it says don't operate under freezing it means it. The helicopter was fine, in 20-degree weather though the camera kept shutting off and had a 30-second lag for first person view. Other than that, I'm glad I bought it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great... If you re lucky...

I recently purchased and after a few flights, it simply lost power and fell from the sky. Turned out to be a bad solder job during manufacturing... One of the main power...Read complete review

I recently purchased and after a few flights, it simply lost power and fell from the sky. Turned out to be a bad solder job during manufacturing... One of the main power wires from the battery came completely off the board... Luckily I was able to retrieve the unit and return it for a replacement. If I erase this event from my memory, the Phantom 2 Vision is a fantastic device! It is NOT a toy.... It truly is a flying Camera just as advertised... It shoots really good stills and if you play with the settings just right, you can shoot a Great, maybe perfect aerial photos... The video is alright... It's probably a little better than alright, but due to the shakiness of the video when flying in windy conditions, the video is just alright. It does have what DJI qualifies as a gimbal, but it's only a single axis gimbal and does not respond fast enough to handle anything more than slight forward and back movements. If you fly the unit in calm, no wind environments and keep your movements slow and small, you will be able to capture some pretty great looking video. A motorized dual axis gimbal should have been the default for this model... It may have ended up pushing the price up a couple hundred, but I must say... It would be worth it... This is a really good buy, but don't be shocked if after a few flights you realized that you could do so much more with a true gimbal. The FPV is good... I've seen folks complain about the range, I constantly get over 300M via WiFi... The Line of Sight thing bites a little, but that's not the true purpose of this UAV. Overall, very good item if you happen to get one that's put together well...

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1.0

Worst product experience ever

By Nan

from Florida

About Me Amateur Photograper

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Cute

Cons

  • No Customer Support
  • No Service

Best Uses

  • Paperweight

Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

This product came damaged from the start. The Phantom flies and thats what I tested, but I didn't test initially the camera. I purchase this unit on January of this year and until today Sept 10, 2014, I have not been able to use it. Getting response and/or support from DJI its pure luck and many hours on the phone. They do not respond emails even if the claim they do. There is no Customer Support, there is no service at all. Right now my Phatom completed a month on their hands and I don't know what is going on, or someone to tell me exactly what its the problem. Worst experience ever. Put your money elsewhere and not on DJI.

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5.0

Review

By Nick

from New york

Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

Great product lots of fun easy to operate

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5.0

Great flying experience

By Scott

from Mishawaka, IN

About Me Tech Savvy

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fun
  • Produces High Quality Film

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Entertainment

    Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

    I had never flown or even seen a quadcopter flying before.....I had read and watched everything I could before I bought it and it ultimately arrived.....It took about 3 hours or so to get both batteries and the flight extender fully charged......I was extremely nervous starting the motors and launching but found it to be very easy to fly within a few seconds....it still makes me a little nervous from all of the fly-away stories I have read so I really haven't pushed it to range limits but every time I fly it, it gets a little more comfortable....I have been able to take some pretty amazing pictures and video and every time I leave, I am scoping places out to fly......I would highly recommend this drone to anybody who is thinking about one.....great fun!!!

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    4.0

    First quadcopter

    By Bishop32

    from Lansing

    Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

    I purchased my mobile camera platform about a week ago and I couldn't have been more happy with the purchase. The unit has been extremely easy to fly and all the online videos and documentation have been very comprehensive. Took me about 30 minutes of flying feel comfortable with the controls to where I believe I can do just about anything I need to with the unit. It have a couple small mishaps where I miscalculated space and speed and ran it into the house one time rather violently. Was able to quickly put it back together with little to no damage to the unit and began flying again. The one thing to keep in mind while flying it is to make sure if you are relying on the video screen that you do not fly out of sight as it seems to lose the video connection rather easily. I have made some recommendations to this to some colleagues and I believe they will be placing their orders shortly

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    5.0

    A unique machine

    By Petros

    from Bellingham Wa

    Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

    I grew up flying kites,in the country...(moo, oink), Never got away much and kites offered me a feeling of escaping as a kid. This is a glorified kite. I have flown rc heli's before and any gust will blow them away. This stays stationary. (Gps). A truly awesome feature. It'll hover 5' off the ground in one spot until it's battery dies if allowed to. We took it brutally high on it's initial flight. It was but a speck and the video is totally awesome. Especially when viewed on ipad in HD. relaxing to see the cars like bugs on the road. I live near a high school foot ball field. Talk about not missing a thing,... You can program it's flight path and height and it will take off without you pushing a button on the remote. (App controlled). One need not maintain radio contact while it's in auto route mode. It will fly it's route recording in HD the entire way and return by itself. Want to see more? Fly higher! Truly a fascinating machine!

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    5.0

    Great buy!

    By newwavelength

    from Fremont, CA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Produces High Quality Film

    Cons

    • Not Compact

    Best Uses

    • Shooting Outdoors
    • Travel

    Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

    I bought this as a gift for my husband's birthday and then we took it with us on picnic. It crashed may be 5 times that day and one time if even fell on a concrete floor pretty heavily, when some parts disassebmbled.. But after we put it all back together, it flew as if nothing happened. Even the spare were not necessary, as they're made of flexible plastic and bent easily but don't break.All in all, this little drone is a very complex toy, you can even install some software for almost manual control. We didn't have any problems setting up video stream or rather, any problems at all.And you can get creative with this thing - like, we arranged a contest of hitting bottles from a stand :) Oh, and finally, all the accessories came in very handy in this kit!

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    5.0

    Great, Fun and Idiot Proof!

    By Big Russ

    from Cincinnati, Ohio

    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Tech Savvy

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Lightweight
    • Produces High Quality Film

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • HD Shooting
    • Shooting Outdoors

    Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

    Open the box and the Quadcopter was ready to fly in no time. I was able to quickly get it up and recording video. It's truly idiot proof as I am the idiot that proved it!

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    5.0

    FTF = first time flyer

    By Jerry Kitten

    from Slaton, Texas

    Verified Buyer

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      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

          The first time I flew the helicopter it was perfect. Next two times the helicopter flew away and around and around and then decided to just do its own thing like fly into the top of a 30 foot tree and CRASH.... Next time well fly away until it too far away and would not come back home so then like foooeh I will land in the middle of a cotton field and hide, which it did.

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          4.0

          The answer is blowin' in the wind

          By G-Preditor

          from Los Ang, CA and D.C.

          About Me Film Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Shooting Outdoors
            • Travel

            Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

            The Phantom 2 Vision is pretty great. Good pic/vid quality, gps lock, options, power, etc. However, only problem, as I'm sure is the problem with all quadcopters, if there is even slight wind, the video is too shakey. It's fairly hard to get a good smooth shot. Other than that, it's probably the best on the market. Can't complain much. Great product!

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            5.0

            Awesome

            By Gary

            from Michigan

            About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Lightweight
            • Produces High Quality Film

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • HD Shooting
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Travel

              Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

              I was into Helicopters buy couldn't fly them (except to the crash site) I got this Phantom 2 Vision and I'm impressed ! It almost fly's itself ! Well actually with Ground Station it CAN ! The photo and video quality are excellent. Only upgrade I may do is a 3 axis gimble mount when one becomes available from DJI. I have some of my friends interested now as well, and were talking about starting a flying club. Buy it ! It's Awesome

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              1.0

              Beware Horrible Customer Support

              By Allinson

              from Jacksonville Florida

              Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

              Purchased this product from B&H and took delivery at the end of December 2013. Product very easily to operate and DJI website had excellent tutorial videos. On 20 May 2014 the camera stopped working while I was going through pre-flight check. Now I am going through an arduous task of trying to get the unit repaired under warranty. Called B&H to see if they could help. Their answer was SORRY you need to speak to DJI NORTH AMERICA (818) 235-0789 but there shouldn't be any problems because the unit is warrantied for one (1) year. DJI NORTH AMERICA line always busy with high call volume almost impossible to get through. Give it a try and you will see what I mean. 1st contact with DJI NORTH AMERICA 22 May 2014 ... opened a ticket ... their response SORRY we do not have parts and will not issue an RMA call us back after June 1 and we will issue RMA ... received and email from them stating they had solved the problem and closed the ticket (strange practice). So I called back on June 2 ... SORRY we still don't have parts and will not issue RMA ... call us back after June 15th and see if we have parts and are ready to issue RMA. Once we receive your defective Phantom Vision 2 we will attempt to repair it within four (4) weeks to send back to you ... and yes I received another email from them telling me they had closed the ticket and the problem was solved. So maybe the 3rd time will be the charm ... I will be pleasantly surprised. While I liked the product ... DJI support of their product is HORRIBLE. Most business practices would be ... send us the defective unit and we will replace it. Shame on you DJI ... B&H if you condone this type of support ....

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              5.0

              Excellent experience and so much fun

              By JG3

              from Oklahoma City

              About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Lightweight
              • Produces High Quality Film

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Shooting Outdoors

                Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

                Make sure you do all of the online research you can. I did, and it all brought me back to the DJI product. What a fun experience once you get it up and running. Watch all of the DJI tutorials you can and it will make it easier. Best purchase I have made in a long time

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                5.0

                Wow, Great video and pictures.

                By mike

                from Dalton, GA

                Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

                One of the easiest to fly quads. GPS makes this thing incredibly stable to fly in most conditions. Takes great videos and pictures in high definition. It give me a new perspective on the neighborhood. Prop guards are a must to begin with.

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                4.0

                Flies beautifully

                By Uncle Hemi

                from NZ

                About Me Seeking A New Perspective

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Great Photo Platform
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Camera Needs To Be Better

                Best Uses

                • Beginner Aerial Photos

                Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

                Chosen mainly for starting out with aerial photography, having flown radio-controlled helis previously, the stability of this platform is amazing and it is very easy to fly. No crashes to date (2 months use), can fly in up to 15mph wind easily, can be launched and retrieved by one hand.The camera is much like a latest GoPro which means a lot better than the early one I have, and with RAW and Lightroom (developing and lens correction) some reasonably acceptable shot stills can be obtained. Alas wind and video do not mix, unless you have a decent gimbal. (ie. vision2+)Other than needing a camera with a better lens (and sensor) this is a great product. Just make sure you do everything the documentation recommends and learn from the Phantom vids on YouTube, including flying by NAZA.And get the prop guards. Essential.

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                4.0

                Excellent performance,

                By Adam

                from Minnesota

                Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

                Operating the quadcopter is simple and using the Camara for photos and video is very easy even for a beginner. We experience occasional difficulty syncing the Camara with the iPhone. Sometimes, the process is very frustrating.

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                5.0

                Easy to fly, better than expected camera

                By Jax

                from Boerne, TX

                About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Produces High Quality Film

                Cons

                • Noisy

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies
                • Shooting Outdoors
                • Travel

                Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

                I watched the videos before it arrived. This made the minor assembly easy to do while the battery charged. I watched the first flight video while the battery finished charging and some of the other Colin Guinn videos. I recommend that you put your smartphone in airplane mode and then turn on WIFI.

                Flying it is easy. Taking videos is easier than stills unless it is a very calm day. The quality of both are better than I expected. The battery life is great, as I've always been ready to quit before the battery ran out.

                If you are a serious photographer, you probably want a 3 axis gimbal. The single axis gimbal works, but means you are going to have to do some rotation and cropping to get your photos straight unless you are shooting directly into the wind or downwind (if it is a calm day, not a factor).

                Range is less than I expected, but almost beyond visual range. This is a WIFI limit, not a control limit. I have flown it out of range and then while trying to get closer to it I lost line of sight. It flew home and landed perfectly.

                It is a quality product. Well built.

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                4.0

                Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter

                By Peter M

                from St. Louis, MO

                About Me Parent

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies

                  Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

                  Easy to pilot with a great high def camera. Lots of fun!

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                  4.0

                  Fantistic Product, Learn To Fly First

                  By Mark

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Adventure Filmmaker, Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Produces High Quality Film

                  Cons

                  • Lots Of Parts
                  • Not Portable
                  • Not Waterproof
                  • Shaky Footage

                  Best Uses

                  • Action Sports
                  • Shooting Outdoors
                  • Travel

                  Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

                  The DJI Phantom 2 Vision is like nothing else out there. Within minutes, you can be up and flying and capturing footage that no one else can get without renting a helicoptor. It is truly unbelievable.

                  I have not found the best use for the product yet, however, I have used it for the following.
                  - Golf Course Fly-Overs
                  - Landscapes
                  - Ariel Sports Coverage
                  - Surfing and Wakeboarding

                  With about 30 minutes of training in an open field, you can get used to the controls and get comfortable with flying. It is very nerve-wracking at first, so I'd recommend an empty field with no people, trees, or objects.

                  It can handle heavy wind, however, I would not recommend it.

                  It is NOT waterproof and proceed with caution when filming over water.

                  Watch all of DJI's instructional YouTubes.

                  Purchase a travel case to make sure the P2V does not get damaged in transit.

                  Overall, the product has been fantastic and B&H is the only place I would purchase from. They have a great relationship with DJI and were able to go to bat in helping me get it serviced last month. Could not be happier.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  YES THIS IS THE BEST QUAD FOR THE MONEY

                  By sparky

                  from queens ny

                  About Me Technically Challenged

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Produces High Quality Film

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • HD Shooting
                    • Shooting Outdoors
                    • Travel

                    Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

                    i cant belive how easy this things works.use MUST follow the instructions on this or u will not be trained like a palm pliot. o gtta fly this have fun..

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Amazing Product

                    By djchuck

                    from York, PA

                    About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Lightweight
                    • Produces High Quality Film

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • HD Shooting
                      • Home Movies
                      • Travel

                      Comments about DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camera:

                      I use this product for airial photography and filming. Incredibly stable and easy to fly. The camera is very impressive for a built in and I would say almost an equal to the GoPro 3. Worth the price and I am planning on buying another for backup.
                      I highly reccomend this product and the service from B&H has been exceptional!!!!

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                      • No

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