DJI Phantom 2 Vision Review

Earlier this month, DJI Innovations released the much awaited Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter. For those of you not familiar with it, this is DJI’s update to its wildly popular Phantom quadcopter, released just under a year ago in January 2013. The DJI Phantom quadcopter, in my view, marked the beginning of the emergence of a real consumer market in mid range quadcopters. While there were certainly some Ready to Fly (RTF) quadcopter models out there before the Phantom, DJI really brought this category of products into a whole new market segment – beyond the hobbyists at tinkerers. The Parrot AR.Drone and AR.Drone 2.0 were also transformational in the quadcopter market, though both of those models were marketed towards the casual flyer and were really in the toy-like category of product.

The DJI Phantom brought an extremely capable quadcopter platform into consumers hands at a relatively reasonable price – $699 for most of this year, though you can now buy one for $479 given the release of the new model. It provided GPS navigation, enhanced payload capacity, increased range and control, and a more robust flying experience to consumers. It featured an easy-mount video recording capability, building off of GoPro’s wild success and dominance in the action and sports worlds with its HERO line of cameras. Finally, DJI wrapped up the Phantom in a sleek design and featured extensive marketing and PR behind it – something that you just don’t see from Syma, Walkera, Blade, or others on the lower end.

And now, less than 10 months after the original Phantom’s release, DJI has given the quadcopter world a new gold standard for ready-to-fly, video capable, integrated quadcopter platforms – the DJI Phantom 2 Vision.

UPDATE: As many of you reading this now know, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision has been replaced by the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, a much improved quadcopter with better stabilization, battery life, and ease of use. Therefore, we no longer recommend anyone purchasing the regular Vision even if you can get it substantially cheaper – the Vision+ is just so much better! Be sure to read our full DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ review and check out our Best Quadcopter page.

Check out PhotoshopCAFE’s DJI Phantom 2 Vision Review:

Arthur Chapman brings us a great DJI Phantom 2 Vision Review:

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A solid product comparison of the DJI Phantom vs. Phantom 2 Vision: