DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter

DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter

DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter

B&H # DJP2 MFR # CP.PT.000083
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Product Highlights

  • 6-channel, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Transmitter
  • Up to 3,280' Line-of-Sight Wi-Fi Range
  • Up to 22 Minutes Flying Time
  • Naza-M V2 Flight Control System
  • GPS-Based Autopilot with Return to Home
  • Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC)
  • Supports Dual Flight Control Modes
  • LED Indicators & Low Voltage Protection
  • Self-Tightening Prop Design
  • Compatible with Zenmuse H3-3D Gimbal
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WARNING: Carefully read instructions to ensure proper configuration before use. Failure to use this product responsibly may result in loss, damage, or injury.

DJI CP.PT.000083 overview

  • 1Description

This is the original (v1) version of the Phantom 2 Quadcopter from DJI. It is a ready-to-fly (RTF) bundle that features a 5200 mAh flight battery lasting up to 22 minutes, a transmitter (hand-held radio controller) that is prebound to the aircraft, two sets of props, the landing gear, and a smart charger. Only basic assembly is required before you are ready to commence your first flight. It is crucial, however, to follow all pre-flight calibration steps to ensure correct operation of the flight control system.
Able to act as an aerial platform for a GoPro camera when using a separately available mount or Zenmuse gimbal, this multi-rotor will appeal to a variety of potential users, from RC aircraft hobbyists who want to record their flights to videographers and photographers looking to open up a whole new range of shooting possibilities.

Included with this "ready-to-fly" version of the Phantom 2 Quadcopter is a 6-channel, 2.4GHz transmitter (TX) that comes pre-bound with the aircraft. It features an operational range extending up to 3,280' line-of-sight, depending on conditions.

Because of the complexity associated with multi-rotor aircraft, the Naza-M V2 flight control system in the Phantom 2 relies on a GPS-based navigation as well as gimbal, compass, and other data to maintain flight stability and provide other assisted-flying features. While fully manual operation is possible, and can be unlocked using the Naza Assistant Software, most users, especially videographers hoping to get the smoothest possible shoots, will opt for GPS or GPS Attitude flight mode. In GPS Mode the Naza system keeps the Quadcopter stable and right-side-up when moving, and holds it in a fixed horizontal and vertical position whenever you release the sticks.

The Phantom 2 features a 5200 mAh "smart" battery system that has been simplified compared to the LiPo batteries many RC aircraft use. The battery slots in without having to connect any DC leads, and features four LED indicators visible on the outside, tail-end of the aircraft helping you keep track of battery levels in flight. Charging is also simplified, with all of the charging circuitry built into the battery itself, there is no more separate balance lead to worry about plugging in. Because of this design, the Phantom 2 battery cannot be charged with all-purpose balance chargers, only chargers made specifically for it.

Warning: Never use the DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter with your GoPro camera when both devices have their Wi-Fi systems turned on. The DJI Phantom's Wi-Fi and the GoPro camera's Wi-Fi run on the same frequency, so if you use them together when both Wi-Fi systems are engaged, the DJI Phantom's transmitter will lose the ability to communicate with the DJI Phantom Quadcopter. Whenever this happens, you will not be able to tell the Phantom where to fly. This may result in loss of property or damage to your equipment.

Minimal Assembly Required
Those used to other RC aircraft will note the Phantom 2 requires only basic assembly using a screw driver and supplied wrench. You will just need to attach the rotors, skids, and a few other small parts. Once assembled you will need to be sure to follow all of the calibration steps to ensure correct operation of the GPS autopilot system before flying.
Includes Transmitter (TX)
The Phantom 2 features a 6-channel, 2.4GHz WI-Fi transmitter, with dual joystick controls similar to the kind found on other multi-rotor RC aircraft transmitters. The sticks are configured in "Mode 2", the most popular mode in the U.S. The left stick controls throttle (up/down) and yaw (essentially rotation). And the right stick controls cyclic motion (side-to-side tilt pressing right/left and tilting the nose up or down pressing up/down). A switch on the top right lets you choose between Attitude and GPS flight modes and a similar switch on the left lets you select between IOC modes.
Naza-M V2 Flight Control System
The brains of the aircraft, the Phantom 2 uses the same Naza-M V2 flight control system as several other DJI models, including the original Phantom. The software ships preconfigured with two available flight modes, GPS Mode and GPS Attitude Mode. Additional modes and other custom configurations can be enabled using the Naza Assistant software, a Windows-only application available for free download from the DJI website. In addition, the software can offload flight data for diagnostic and teaching purposes and well as perform firmware updates.
Attitude and GPS Flight Modes
The Phantom 2 has two GPs-assisted flight modes for you to choose from. Of the two, GPS Mode is the most automatic. In GPS 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 won't sway or drift because of light wind gusts.

GPS Attitude Mode, or Attitude Mode, is a more manual flying mode in which the Phantom 2 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 event of signal loss.
Return to Home Failsafe
If the Quadcopter loses the signal from the controller for any reason the "return to home" feature will initialize. The aircraft will ascend to 60 feet then make a straight-line course back to the "home position" you will have defined during the GPS calibration process. Once there, it will safely descend to the ground and power itself off.
Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC)
IOC is designed to help make flying more intuitive. Nominally, the yaw control will allow the Quadcopter to rotate continuously, which can quickly become confusing if you lose track of which way is "front". Suddenly your controls can get mixed up, where pressing right causes the craft to move left and pressing forward causes it move backward. Intelligent Orientation Control prevents this from happening, keeping the "tail" of the Quadcopter pointed roughly toward the pilot at all times. To enable this feature you will need to use the Naza Assistant Software.
Slot-In Battery with LED Status Indicators
A 5200 mAh battery slots into the "tail" of the Phantom 2 and enables up to 22 minutes of flying time. It features and on/off switch and four LED charge indicators that are visible while flying so you can keep track of remaining flight time. For recharging, balance and power regulation is handled internally within the battery itself. You simply plug it into a wall outlet with the supplied power cord and you are good to go.
LED Status Indicator
LED status light on the rear struts of the Phantom 2 provide you with various feedback as well as warnings. Colors alternate between green, amber and red and can either be flashing or solid. These messages give you valuable information such as whether the GPS system is properly calibrated, warning you the battery is getting low or telling you the remote's signal is out of range.
Self-Tightening Rotor
The Phantom 2 features a rotor design that is new for this model. There is no longer a separate prop nut and the threading is designed to be self-tightening, so there is no danger of a loose prop coming off in flight.
In the Box
DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter
  • 6-Channel Transmitter (TX)
  • 8 x Self-Tightening Props
  • Landing Gear (Pair)
  • Phantom 2 Quadcopter Battery wzyuyvstuwywryxvzsvfyvdwsusa
  • Phantom 2 Vision Battery Charger
  • USB Cable
  • Wrench
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty on MC
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty on Transmitter (Radio Controller)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty on ESCs
  • Limited 3-Month Warranty on Battery
  • Limited 3-Month Warranty on Motors
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    DJI CP.PT.000083 specs

    Charger & Battery Parameters
    Charger AC Input 100 - 240 V
    Battery Type 11.1 V, 5200 mAh 3 S lithium-polymer (LiPo)
    LED Indicator Four LEDs indicate remaining capacity / charge status
    Handheld Transmitter TX Parameters
    Working Frequency 2.4 GHz ISM
    Communication Distance Up to 3,280' (1000 m) line-of-sight depending on conditions - This Transmitter is FCC approved. Please check your local laws regarding use outside the USA
    Receive Sensitivity -93 dBm
    Control Modes Mode 2
    Transmitting Power Not specified by manufacturer
    Power Source 4 x AA Batteries
    Take-Off Weight < 3.1 lb (< 1400 g)
    Max Yaw Angular Velocity 200°/s
    Max Tilt Angle 35°
    Max Ascent/Descent Speed 20.7 ft/s (6 m/s)
    Max Flight Velocity 32.8 ft/s (10 m/s)
    Dimensions Propeller Length: 9" (22.86 cm)
    Diagonal: 13.8" (35 cm)
    Weight Not specified by the manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.8 x 13.1 x 8.4"
    B&H Hands-on Learning Videos
    1. Unboxing 6:44
    2. Software 6:45
    3. First Flight 8:30
    4. Flight Modes 6:24
    5. Accessories 5:18

    DJI CP.PT.000083 reviews

    Phantom 2 Quadcopter is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 161.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm loving my first quadcopter! I got the Phantom 2 to start taking aerial photos. Out of the box, I was flying in about 15 minutes. It took a bit of practice to get used to controlling, but after a few crashes, I've gotten the hang of it. It has stood up to a good amount of abuse from my mistakes as I've learned to fly the quadcopter, I'm glad it's made so sturdy. I have flown every day since I got the Phantom 2. I get at least 20 minutes flytime and it deals with slight wind with no problems - I have not flown in mid-strong winds. I use the quad with a Gopro and the zenmuse gimbal and the image/video quality is amazing. I highly recommend the Phantom 2.
    Date published: 2014-01-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's great but sensitive. The Phantom is great so I'll just concentrate on the things that were not so great: Online Tutorials are a bit confusing. You need to download the Driver and the Assistant to get your Quad talking to your computer. I can't get all the Flight Modes working (I have the Course Lock, not the Home Lock). I have to do more research. I can't get the Autonomous Flight working. I'll keep researching. On YouTube, it shows people playing with it near water. If it touches water or even high humidity, you will run into issues with the Compass, GPS and Gimball. Even my GoPro (Hero3+) needed repair because the humidity entered the exposed HDMI port.
    Date published: 2014-07-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from DJI Phantom 2 I bought this product to try a new hobby aerial photography-- mind you, this is my firs ever quad and it seems to me that this suits me. I have never tried any quads before and was hesitant to buy this, after further reading on reviews i made up my mind and bought this from BH. First time fight; wind is 45 with 75 gust. I tried to test this thing and boom! i thought it will fly away with the wind INSTEAD it moves back to where it is supposed to fly (thanks to the GPS positioning). IMPRESSIVE!!! now, i have no regrets on getting this product! KODOS!!!
    Date published: 2015-01-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from DJI Phantom 2 - Not a Toy! Ordered DJI Phantom 2 and 3-axis Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal to mount GoPro Hero 3. Thank you B&H for excellent customer service and next day delivery. As stated on headline, this R/C gear is not a toy, DJI provides good instructions on getting you started using your Phantom 2 but, your research relating to other Phantom 2 users experiences with using Phantom 2 ....especially if your modify your Phantom 2 (upgrading transmitter, receiver, etc, etc, ...) would at minimum helpful. For new users to R/C, flying DJI Phantom 2 with provided transmitter/receiver in Readytofly w/GPS flight mode is highly recommended.
    Date published: 2014-05-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome, but not a toy! I recommend spending plenty of time flying (learning to fly and getting comfortable) before even worrying about recording video. We crashed twice and used spare blades pretty fast because we were more concentrated on the video. I also recommend watching YouTube videos (search for MicBergsma - he has videos on Phantom 2). I used the GoPro and I have had some amazing footage with this so far. I wish B&H sold carbon fiber blades for this. Lastly, research setting the home point, GPS and satellites before flying - we lost signal and, thank God, it flew back to us on its own. There are videos on this as well.
    Date published: 2014-05-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great higher end RTF Drone Was looking for a drone with more capability and the option to use our existing GoPRO Hero 3. After researching several companies this came up over and over. I was especially impressed with the flight time where everything else is around 8-10 minutes. We received the unit and accessory parts and it took about 2 hours to get everything setup and the firmware updated. We took it out, followed the procedures for initial flights and we were flying in no time.
    Date published: 2015-03-05
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from BE WARNED!!! No customer service. The helicopter is good. Plenty of reviews to read elsewhere. What really stinks is their customer service. Repeated attempts to email them and several phone calls reveal NOTHING. NADA. ZIP. ZERO. Their advice is to contact the seller first. Well I did. Apparently the California office could care less about service after the sales. My advice to DJI is to watch what B&H Photo does regarding customer service. B&H actually care about their customers.
    Date published: 2014-06-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Serious Flying Platform DJI Phantom 2 is a serious flying platform for the price of a toy. It gave me some hard time at the beginning with the firmware upgrade, but when it is set up correctly, it is an unbeliably reliable piece of equipment. Mine is with Gopro3 and a Gimble calibrated for GoPro3. I have flown in the wind as stronge as 12 knots and the camerta was rock solid. I do not suggest the thirdparty carbonfiber propellers, since mine had issues when landing faster than 1m/sec. It can go so high, and can fly so fast. It's really incredible, but be aware of firmware limitations. Also firmware upgrade is not optional it is done automatically as soon as you connect DJI thru USB cable. It's just a really well-made gadget.
    Date published: 2014-10-26
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