DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GoPro Review

The Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GoPro is currently one of the top remote-controlled (RC) drone quadcopters you’ll ever come across. The device is created by DJI Innovations, which is headquartered in Shenzhen, the Chinese equivalent of America’s Silicon Valley. DJI Innovations created the “Phantom Series” specifically for quadcopter hobbyists and expert operators.

With the Phantom quadcopter, recording aerial footage at high definition is now easy and accessible. It was specifically made for taking dramatic HD quality photos and videos from up in the air. It can capture any event, movement, scene, or sport in detail. The Phantom quadcopter is currently the smallest and most lightweight quadcopter made by DJI. It is already pre-tuned by the factory, which makes it ready to fly in minutes with simple, quick assembly. No complicated binding or tuning required. Simply attach the battery, fasten the propellers, attach the landing gear, add 4 AA batteries to the remote, and your quadcopter is good to fly. Outdoor flight is made possible with advanced GPS positioning that compensates for light wind. You can also adjust the camera settings while the quadcopter is on the air.

GoPro users will easily get familiar in using the Phantom since it includes a mounting case for GoPro found in its DJI as well as holes intended for the standard model of the GoPro housing. For an upside down mounting position, the user can use GoPro’s onboard video rotation or flip setting. This will give extraordinary footages or shots from your GoPro device and Phantom. Unlike other GoPro Drones, the Phantom has a special start sequence. Holding the left and the lower right joysticks at the same time while holding the right joystick to the lower left altogether will activate the Phantom’s motor. After turning it on, you can return all the joysticks in the center positions. For take-off, gently power up the motors and the Phantom is ready to fly. To stop, just hold the left and bottom joysticks.

GoPro owners can enjoy the new DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter especially those who need to use their camera in a new way. The Phantom is using mounting bracket elements that almost all GoPro cameras have, so it is pretty much an all-in-one drone for GoPros. Assembling the Phantom is very easy and stress-free. The unit’s battery usually keep it upward between 10-15 minutes and charging them takes over an hour to charge. The DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GoPro is a sophisticated quadrotor helicopter, and with proper set up, it can fly alone. All in all, the Phantom is a cool and fun drone unit that can cater to the needs of extreme sports enthusiasts, hobbyists, and filmmakers. An all-in-one unit that can bring extraordinary shots or footages for whatever kind of activity or adventure.

Features

  • Maximum horizontal speed of 22 miles per hour (10 meters per second)
  • Range of transmitter is over 980 ft (300 m)
  • 15 minutes total flight time on a full charge
  • GPS positioning system allows for outdoor light that compensates for light wind
  • Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC) that allows operator to fly the Phantom in a specific direction
  • fail-safe function flies the quadcopter at its take-off position if there’s no connection to the transmitter
  • modern Naza-M autopilot system allows you to configure advanced settings via software (USB port and download needed)

Note that Wi-Fi streaming from a camera is not possible because it may interfere with the Phantom’s remote control functions.

PROS:
  • durable and superior construction
  • simple, quick assembly and ready-to-fly in minutes
  • compatible with all GoPro camera models
  • GPS-enabled position-holding
  • physical joysticks instead of touch screen sliders
  • Intelligent Orientation Control
  • overall impressive performance

CONS:
  • requires you to take off the camera housing
  • confusing LED codes
  • Jell-O video (caused by the propellers’ vibration)
  • cannot use Phantom quadcopter and camera Wi-Fi simultaneously

Note that some users have experienced their Phantom quadcopter not responding as expected to controls, then flying away and never coming back. In these instances, the Wi-Fi systems of both the Phantom quadcopter and the GoPro camera are on. The problem is, both Wi-Fi systems run on the same frequency, and when both are engaged at the same time, the Phantom quadcopter’s transmitter will lose the ability to communicate with the quadcopter itself. When this happens, you cannot control where the Phantom quadcopter flies, resulting in the device just continuing to fly away and inevitably crash onto something.

9 Total Score

Design
9
Perfomance
9
Display
9
Battery
8
User Rating: 3.98 (95 votes)
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