DJI Phantoms are professional quality drones that come at surprisingly affordable prices. There are several different models of these drones, each having different features that make them suitable for various applications. To choose the right one, you’ll have to take into account what you plan on doing with the helilcam, your budget and whether or not you want to expand your uses for the drone in the future.
The DJI Phantom 1
The DJI Phantom 1
The DJI Phantom 1 is compact, lightweight and easy to use. It spans 350mm along the top axes and is 190mm tall. It can operate in most outdoor conditions, having temperature tolerances that range between -10 degrees C and 50 degrees C. It can tilt to 45 degrees and can be outfitted with prop guards to ensure that you don’t bump your rotors when you’re making more intense moves.
The controller for this multirotor has a 1000 meter range and 7 channels. It operates on a 2.4 GHz ISM frequency and requires 4AA batteries to operate.
The DJI Phantom 1 comes with the GPS and Compass module that has made DJI helicams so popular. This provides a range of different features, some of them convenient and some of them really safety features more than anything else. For instance, should your DJI Phantom 1 get out of range, it will return to its launch site automatically. This is a great feature, particularly for those who are just learning to fly and learning the range of their device.
The DJI Phantom 1 is speedy, able to reach in excess of 6 meters per second in flight. This is fast enough to keep pros happy but, if it’s your first multirotor, you’re likely to be a bit blown away by how fast this quadcopter can go.
The DJI Phantom 1 comes with a Gopro camera frame mount that makes getting your video equipment installed very easy, and your shots very stable.
DJI Phantom 2 H3-3D
This is a combination of the upgraded DJI Phantom 2 and the brand new 3-axis camera gimbal for the GoPro Hero 3. The DJI Phantom 2 H3-3D can capture incredibly clear, crisp and stable images from its camera. Video downlink support is provided with this helicam, expanding the possibilities still further.
The DJI Phantom 2 H3-3D has a 25 minute fight time and it’s very easy to replace the batteries as needed. Of course, because the DJI Phantom line comes with GPS control, you can be sure your DJI Phantom will return to its launch site should you happen to go out of range of your controller. Getting out of range, however, is not an easy thing to do. The DJI Phantom 2 H3 3D has 1000 meters of communication distance in an open area, with an operating frequency of 2.4GHz ISM.
The Zenmuse GoPro H3-3D Brushless Gimbal is really the centerpiece of this helicam. It features a 3-axis gimbal that offers the highest levels of performance. The setup is remarkably easy and there isn’t any additional software or hardware required. It is
realistically described as a plug and play device.
With a camera of this caliber, it’s natural to want to get some fantastic footage from the helicam. To assist in that, the Zenmuse H3-3D offers an independent internal measurement unit (IMU), which ensures that you have precise control over the camera and the shots that you’re getting. If your firmware needs to be upgraded, you can download the latest versions from the DJI site.
DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus is a great choice if you want professional quality video but you want a device that is simple and easy to use. It includes DJI’s proprietary HD camera, rather than requiring you to purchase your own GoPro. The camera is stabilized along three axes, which makes it very easy to get steady shots, even if you’re doing tracking shots or shooting something fast-moving, such as sports.
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision plus also comes with a GPS feature that keeps everything stable when you’re hovering. You can hover over a given spot and not have to worry about your frame drifting; the DJI Phantom will correct itself automatically should that happen.
The Vision app that comes with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus can run on both Android and iOS devices. It supports popular Android devices, including the Samsung Galaxy line of phones. Of course, iPods and iPads are supported in the iOS version of the app.
The communication distance on this device is capable of reaching out to 700m in a clear environment. It has plenty of range for most uses, and certainly more than enough to capture most sporting events, and even for tracking wildlife and getting some great video.
What to Buy?
Any one of the DJI Phantom line of drones is high quality, suitable for professional use and designed to make operation simple.
Which one is best for you will depend upon your budget and how high-resolution the video you want to produce has to be. These are certainly suitable for filmmakers and other demanding users who want to get great aerial shots without using a helicopter or other expensive means! Please contact a professional to help determine the right DJI Phantom for your needs