DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter v2.0

DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter v2.0

DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter v2.0

B&H # DJP2V20 MFR # CP.PT.000083R
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Product Highlights

  • Updated Transmitter with Gimbal Control
  • More Efficient Motors, ESC and Props
  • Smart Battery Lasts Up to 25 Minutes
  • GPS-Based Autopilot with Return to Home
  • Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC)
  • Beginner and Advanced Flight Modes
  • Tx Training Port for Flight Simulation
  • LED Indicators + Low Voltage Protection
  • Compatible with Zenmuse Gimbal for GoPro
  • Assistant Software for Windows and OS X
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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.000083R Overview

  • 1Description

The Phantom 2 Quadcopter v2.0 features a number of notable hardware updates over the previous Phantom 2 model from DJI, including more efficient motors, redesigned self-tightening props, a new transmitter (radio controller) with built-in battery and gimbal control dial, and other improvements. The Phantom 2 - for those who aren't familiar - is a quad-rotor UAV aircraft that can be great fun to fly standalone, but more than anything serves as a platform for capturing aerial shots using a GoPro HERO action camera (gimbal and camera available separately). It features a "Smart Battery" with integrated regulation circuitry that provides up to 25 minutes flying time; which is a substantive improvement over the original Phantom's still respectable 14 minutes.

This version of the Phantom 2 is classified - in RC jargon - as "ready-to-fly" (RTF). This means that a pre-bound transmitter (radio controller) is included, and the most of the major assembly - anything involving soldering and special tools - was done at the factory. However, autonomous - that is, computer-assisted - flying still requires a number of pre-flight calibration steps before the aircraft can safely take to the skies. The most important being GPS calibration. GPS provides the most important data the navigation system uses to determine where the quadcopter is in relation to the pilot. Without GPS the aircraft can still provide some correction to maintain stability; but all other assisted flying features - especially those required by beginners - will be unavailable.

Because of the complexity associated with multi-rotor aircraft, the flight control system in the Phantom 2 relies on a GPS-based navigation as well as a sensor gimbal, compass, and other data to maintain flight stability and provide assisted-flying features. While fully manual operation is possible, and can be unlocked using the 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 flight control 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 most RC LiPo batteries. 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.

Note: An optional camera mount or Zenmuse gimbal is required to use a GoPro camera with the Phantom 2 Quadcopter.

Warning: When using an Wi-Fi enabled GoPro, ensure the GoPro's Wi-Fi is turned off as it operates on the same 2.4 GHz frequency as the Phantom 2's transmitter and receiver. If the GoPro's Wi-Fi is left on the transmitter's (radio controller) connection may be broken causing the aircraft to become inoperable. This may result in loss of property or damage to your equipment.

What's New for Version 2.0?

Redesigned Radio Controller
The radio controller (more commonly known as a transmitter in RC lingo) has been updated with some notable additions:
  • Left Dial: Use this to operate the tilt function of a Zenmuse gimbal
  • Trainer Port: Connect the remote control to the computer to run a simulation application
  • Throttle Lock: Pull down the throttle stick to descend; the stick will lock into place and the aircraft will descend steadily. Push the throttle stick upward to release throttle lock
  • LED Battery Indicator: Foregoing AAs, the transmitter now runs on a built-in LiPo battery. Four LEDs on the front tell you how much charge is left
  • Micro-USB Port: Use the micro-USB port to recharge the built-in battery. The LED indicators will display charging status as the battery tops up
New 2312 / 960 KV Motors
The new motors features a stator winding structure for a neater designed and improved heat dissipation. The new motors offer:
  • Up to 200g per axis more thrust than the previous design
  • The single wire stator design improves motor efficiency and its ability to withstand a larger current
  • New bearings, with a higher durability and ability to withstand greater impacts, are used to avoid damage in the event of an accident
  • New insulation coating powder is used to improve the stator voltage capacity, helping extend the working life and stability of the motor
  • A new ESC (electronic speed controller) - ESC v2.0 - is used to ensure the efficiency improvements of the motors are maximized
Updates Self-Tightening Props - Model 9450
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) have been applied to the prop redesign, providing them with increased thrust and better efficiency. Combined with the new motors, up to 200g per axis of thrust has been achieved - especially beneficial when flying with a heavy payload
Improved Compass
The compass is now encased in a protective shell, and features added protection against static interference


Minimal Assembly Required
Those used to other RC aircraft will appreciate 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, however, 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 (Radio Control)
The Phantom 2 v2.0 features an updated 6-channel, 2.4 GHz 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

The more transmitter also adds a Left Dial for operating the tilt function of a Zenmuse gimbal, a trainer port for flight simulations, and an LED display indicating the charge status of the internal LiPo battery
Phantom 2 Flight Control System
The brains of the aircraft, the Phantom 2 uses a special implementation of the Naza-M V2 flight control system. The embedded 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 Phantom 2 Assistant software, available for Windows and OS X as a free download on the DJI website. In addition to settings, 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 Phantom 2 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 25 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
In the Box
DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter v2.0
  • Phantom 2 Remote Control (Part 13)
  • 4 x Phantom 2 9450 Self-tightening Propellers (1 x CW and 1 x CCW Per Set; Part 12)
  • Landing Gear (Pair)
  • Phantom 2 Quadcopter Battery vrdtxqszcd
  • 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
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    DJI CP.PT.000083R Specs

    Hover Accuracy Vertical: 2.6' / 0.8 m
    Horizontal: 8.2' / 2.5 m
    Max Yaw Angular Velocity 200°/s
    Max Tilt Angle 35°
    Maximum Ascent/Descent Speed Ascent: 19.7 fps / 6 m/s
    Descent: 6.6 fps / 2 m/s
    Maximum Flight Velocity 49.2 fps / 15 m/s (not recommended)
    Flight Time Up to 25 minutes per battery
    Takeoff Weight ≤ 2.9 lb / 1.3 kg
    Operating Temperature 14 to 122°F / -10 to 50°C
    Flight Control System
    Model Phantom 2
    Connectivity 1 x Micro-USB for user with Assistant Software
    System Requirements Assistant Software: Windows or OS X
    Model CCW: Phantom 2 2312 Motor (Part 10)
    CW: Phantom 2 2312 Motor (Part 11)
    Recommended Takeoff Weight 10.6 oz / 300 g per axis
    Maximum Tension 1.8 lb / 800 g per axis
    Stator Size 0.9 x 0.5" / 23 x 12 mm
    Motor Velocity Constant KV: 960 rpm/V
    Working Temperature 23 to 104°F / -5 to 40°C
    Weight 1.9 oz / 55 g
    Model Phantom 2 Remote Control (Part 13)
    Operating Frequency 2.4 GHz ISM
    Communication Distance Open Area: 3280.8' / 1000 m
    Receiver Sensitivity At 1% PER: -97 dBm
    Working Current/Voltage 120 mA at 3.7 VDC
    Power Requirements Built-In Lithium-Polymer Battery: 3.7 V, 2000 mAh
    Model Phantom 2 9450 Self-tightening Propellers (1 x CW and 1 x CCW per set; Part 12)
    Attachment Self-tightening
    Diameter x Pitch 9.4 x 5" / 23.9 x 12.7 cm
    Maximum Thrust 1.5 lb / 660 g (with 2212 motor KV 920 at 12 V)
    Type 3S lithium-polymer
    Capacity 5200 mAh, 11.1 VDC
    Charging Environment Range 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Discharging Environment Range -4 to 122°F / -20 to 50°C
    Power Requirements DJI Phantom 2 Smart Battery
    Dimensions Diagonal: 13.8" / 350 mm
    Weight 2.2 lb / 1 kg
    Packaging Infovrdtxqszcd
    Package Weight 7.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.8 x 13.0 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.000083R Reviews

    Phantom 2 Quadcopter v2.0 is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 37.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from The CocaCola but Electronics not robust I have bought three of the Phantom 2's. For the most part, they have performed just fine. I had read about the fly-away issue some users had, and that only happened to me once. The biggest issue recently was that while flying about 100ft, battery at 3 out of 4 bars, the power suddenly and completely turned off and it came down the hardest I've had a phantom come down. Usually in a fail, or low battery it will at least spin some and give a teeny bit of lift to help cushion any crash. I also wish DJI and GoPro weren't fighting so much. After phantom 1, DJI refused to pay the licensing fee for the connector to the GoPro. Now with the phantom 3, I can't even find a model that will let me have a GoPro. I really don't want to be stuck with a non-interchangeable camera.
    Date published: 2015-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A blast and effective! I recently took this out for a spin after calibrating it and getting the updates on firmware. It has very intuitive flight and great response. Even in 5-10 mph winds it held very steady. I was initially afraid of flyaways and crashing it but the benefit outweighed the risk. In Manual mode I feel in full control and completely trust it over water and extreme heights. I'll update should any issues or concerns arise. For now I don't know of a better option for the price. The one con I can see is there is no protection for the camera and the GoPro case cannot be used with the Zen Muse gimbal. I have to put that on them though.
    Date published: 2015-02-09
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Proceed with caution I am a huge fan of drones and endlessly frustrated by the experiences of working with them. I upgraded from the DJI 1 because of flyaway issues and relatively poor GPS control. So I spent a lot of money on the DJI 2. Out of the box it had 1 rotor motor that was not working and the joystick was jamming. So back to BH for a refund. But at the same time the DJI 3 is coming out. Very tantalizing because supposedly they've solved a lot of the GPS issues, but I hear from many experienced flyers that even the top end Inspire has flyaway issues. So ... they are tons of fun but anyone considering this purchase should proceed with caution. If you google DJI flyaway you will see hundreds of unhappy customers. Basically you have to read an Internet full of user experiences to know what to do.
    Date published: 2015-04-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Bird is the Word Have been looking for an excuse to add something to my still photography and after 30 years this DJI Phantom 2 with Zenmouse 3 gimbal is just what I need to get excited about a new vision of imagery. First flight was in the desert SW of Phoenix flying some open flat lands and rock formations. All went very well and the DJI Phantom 2 v2 performed without an incident. Do make sure you update the firmware after you have everything installed using the DJI software found on there site. Available for Win/Mac, both. Also, if you're flying the new Phantom 2 v2 or greater with a Zenmouse H3 3D gimbal be certain to use the supplied interference board. I have one request for DJI and probably aren't alone in this one. IF you can provide an out of the box solution for Phantom 2 Vision/+ to have use of the smartphone app then surely you MUST give the same option to those of us flying the Zenmouse with GoPro. Honestly, stop the games and just offer it. At this point both systems are using all the same equipment including controller with only the camera/gimbal being the difference. Shame on you.
    Date published: 2014-12-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm amazed with the DJI Phantom 2 I purchased the DJI Phantom 2 without the gimbal because this is my first experience with a quadcopter and i'm not really into the whole aerial video thing as of yet,so that's why i decided on this one.I wanted something that i could learn to fly first,then if i decide later i want to get into aerial video or fpv i can always add on.I think that DJI has a great product here because anyone can learn how to fly one of these without taking months to (get the hang of it).I've had mine for about a week and flew it four times and i haven't found anything that i don't like about it.
    Date published: 2015-02-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeding Expectations I bought this for fun but have used it with the Hero 4 to shot commercial video. I was shocked how stable of footage I got. I took it up a mountain on a very windy day. I was extremely nervous about sending it up but it was great. The video perfect. The only draw back is you must allow it to fully initialize before lift off or you can't control the unit. I just wish I could control the angle of the camera. But for the money it is awesome. Highly recommend.
    Date published: 2015-09-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun, easy, and endless possibilities. If you're considering the DJI Inspire or the other Phantoms, I'd advise getting this one first unless you plan on flying indoors or you need to see the return video for critical framing. Gopro's video is brilliant and has so many more settings than the DJI cameras.I popped it out of the box on xmas morning (it was a gift from my wife), spun the props on, and started flying on day 1. After attaching the H33d Gimbal, and connecting the gopro, I have amazing video of the neighborhood. Honestly, on a windless day it's like a tripod that can fly up to 400 feet (or higher if you disable their safety setting.) This DJI Phantom 2 takes care of the stability while you fly it around. When you use the right control stick, it seems to scoot around like it's on an unseen sheet of glass in the sky, keeping it's altitude almost perfectly stable. If the wind blows it around a bit, you can let go of the controls and it will then try to go back to it's last location. It's safest feature is that it's loaded with GPS software that is aware of airports which limits your ability to somehow hit a manned aircraft and possibly bring it down (that's bad). And when my battery ran out, it had planned for this possibility well ahead of me. It went up to 66 ft and headed for the place where I got the initial GPS lock, and it settled there before I could run back to catch it. The only drawback is that you need to add the video return signal, but I'm fine without it for now, and many people just wing it. I did crash it into a bush about 8 feet up, and i got off the throttle, and watched it hit the ground. It was perfectly fine.You should note that the startup procedure also instantly shuts the props off too. That's typical of these flying machines, but it's something to consider. Also, be considerate of shared airspace. You might not realize how high you are till a chopper flys by bringing someone to a life-flight hospital.
    Date published: 2015-01-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product but a bit expensive. The 2.0 Phantom is a must have upgrade from the first version. With the updated controller, updated motors and better propellers, I've found myself able to control the drone a lot better. The tilt wheel on the controller for the camera operation is also a big plus. It's a lot easier to tilt the GoPro I have mounted on mine in a much smoother fashion. With the Phantom 3 now out, I would expect to see this at or below $$but alas that hasn't happened yet. If it does, it's a must buy.
    Date published: 2015-04-12
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