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DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camcorder (White) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Jul 29, 2015

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DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with Integrated FPV Camcorder (White) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 08/12/2015
Based on 403 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 14.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality4.7   above average
Wind4.6   above average
Control4.3   above average
Video4.3   average
Speed4.2   average
Flying4.1   average
Range3.8   average
Battery3.3   average
Camera3.3   below average
Price3.3   below average
Software3.2   below average
Propeller3.1   average
Firmware3.0   above average
Landing2.7   below average
Support2.4   average
Crash2.3   below average
Wi-Fi1.9   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"Great quadcopter only complaint is battery sometimes flashes low voltage even when it's up over 60 percent"
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"I have since lost my drone (fly away) but here is why I still give it 4 stars (UPDATE: I FOUND IT Bottom of review for details)Most of the issues people have complained about (like battery) have been solved in the latest firmware upgrades over this past fall."
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"Also becomes very erratic when battery still has 50% or more."
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"I did not fully charge the Wi-Fi, so there may have been a weak signal from a low battery, and 2."
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"On my third flight I experienced a fly away and it crashed, broke 3 propellers, the battery was ejected and damaged, camera fell off, and cracked the main body."
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"Unfortunately, the second unit reported a battery communication error (consistently) every time it was plugged in after the firmware update."
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"I recommend buying more batteries, I have 4, which gives me 2 hours of fun at a time."
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"Great quadcopter only complaint is battery sometimes flashes low voltage even when it's up over 60 percent"
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"I'll be buying more batteries to keep it going pass 25min for more fun."
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"Fortunately it was not near any combustible items, and no damage was done to anything other then the battery."
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"I write this as a warning, if your battery gets wet I strongly recommend that you place it where it can't set anything else on fire."
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Camera

Camera:
"Now, with all of that said I'm disappointed in the camera simply because it's a bit choppy wavy when replaying my birds eye view of my flight."
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"Now I have had this for awhile and still the camera connection is terrible..even with continuous updated that don't work."
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"I purchased a DJI Phantom Vision on December 8th, this unit has had problems since the first week with camera."
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"I bought this and been struggling with it over the past week as I've tried everything possible and every solution online but I'm not able to get the camera working with iPhone or android phone so I'm missing all the fun and just flying it blind as well I'm not able to get a gps lock on itI'm returning the product"
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"this one is a very good cam but it has its problems."
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"On my third flight I experienced a fly away and it crashed, broke 3 propellers, the battery was ejected and damaged, camera fell off, and cracked the main body."
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"I was excited and wanted this drone to work well, but I could not get the camera to work."
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"The camera works well, but without the gimbal you will have vibration in your videos."
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"The good think is the camera still works, but we had to repair a wire."
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"excellent flight controll and camera images and videos."
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"This is well made and vision 2 has the HD camera that fils really good unless you are making movies for cinemas."
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Control

Control:
"Something went wrong with the signal and it was just flying erratic I couldn't maintain complete control."
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"I got it 3 days ago and I flew it about 80 feet in the air when the motor broke and it was spiraling out of control into my neighbor's bush who happened to be a nudist came screaming running out of her house my vagina is on fire"
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"These are heavy enough things to really hurt someone if they fail in the air and you don't have control anymore."
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"With the GPS, if you get confused about it's orientation, you can just let go of the controls and look at the controller information while it just stays where it is and you figure out what to do next."
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"However, I experienced one incident where I lost radio contact (and thus control) and the GPS system failed."
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"Super clear video easy to control very fun to use."
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"The more satellites it connects too the easier it flies, you can literally let go of the controls when its in the air and eat dinner and come back and there it is, still hovering where you left it!"
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"Just took it out for its first flight, very easy for the novice (try to avoid a windy day I didn't ) I kept it to a low altitude to practice with the controls and like I said very easy to fly the only flaw I noticed was the rotors instantly stop on contact with anything which could be bad if it's up high good if it rolls over on landing."
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"Awesome, easy to control."
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"Make sure you understand all the controls and how they work before attempting to fly and you will be well pleased."
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Controller

Controller:
"With the GPS, if you get confused about it's orientation, you can just let go of the controls and look at the controller information while it just stays where it is and you figure out what to do next."
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"I then realized that in my attempt to avoid dropping the controller, my thumb was holding right rudder full over."
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"Updating the remote controller firmware is annoying because you have to disassemble it."
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"You can fly at least 500 ft from the controller (I never needed to go beyond that).Unfortunately there are a few key problems that negate all these positives, at least for me."
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"I should be able to use the camera from the controller without finding just the right smart phone for it to work."
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"That apparently caused the wider range of hover, as when I later re-calibrated, this issue went away (keep reading - this turns out good).After a few minutes of basic maneuvers, it seemed the controller lost the connection and the phantom began to react violently to control inputs."
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"First unit worked flawlessly after conducting the recommended firmware updates to the controller and the copter."
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"It will work on an Ipad mini or standard IPad, but you have to be creative to attach it to the the controller device; the DJI app is refined for the smaller Iphone type screen."
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"So being able to turn off the controller and have it come home is a big help."
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Crash

Crash:
"flew off and crashed and broke"
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"It crashed a few times and then broke."
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"Broke a few props crash landing but he advises, go low and slow for the first little while"
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"On my third flight I experienced a fly away and it crashed, broke 3 propellers, the battery was ejected and damaged, camera fell off, and cracked the main body."
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"If the compass is out of whack, the phantom will do weird things and likely crash."
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"After a few flights I was the victim of a fly-away where the Phantom took off on it's own and crashed causing moderate damage."
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"If you crash it, you will break the camera, so learn to fly it only in good weather with an excellent phone signal."
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"awsome machine has held up well so far after a few bumps and crashes"
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"Crashed into my neighbor's roof and got dinged up pretty good."
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"I crashed it into a tree and it survived very well - Its tough."
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"It is easy to fly, but you will avoid some crashes if you do your homework first."
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Firmware

Firmware:
"I have since lost my drone (fly away) but here is why I still give it 4 stars (UPDATE: I FOUND IT Bottom of review for details)Most of the issues people have complained about (like battery) have been solved in the latest firmware upgrades over this past fall."
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"Unfortunately, the second unit reported a battery communication error (consistently) every time it was plugged in after the firmware update."
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"First of all, never flown before and I was able to take this out of the box, do the firmware update, charge the batteries, set the compass and fly within an hour."
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"Beware of firmware problem on camera."
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"Updating the remote controller firmware is annoying because you have to disassemble it."
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"(This was not due to pilot error and it's difficult to update firmware after the fact.)"
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"All the while I was confident that all firmware was up to date, but later discovered that it might say the firmware or software is up to date it might not be."
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"I found all the information I needed, however, on the Internet and within dozens of videos available, was able to update the firmware on the quad and the camera with little effort."
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"Despite assurances by various forums that the issue is fixed, I would say it's not since my first unit does not report this error after the firmware update."
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"First unit worked flawlessly after conducting the recommended firmware updates to the controller and the copter."
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"First off, mine was shipped with firmware version 1.08, and I've had no problems whatsoever."
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Flying

Flying:
"Item turned out to be broken and did not fly took it to a repair shop for drones and it would've cost me 300 dollars to fix and ended up selling it to the repair shop for a loss."
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"Something went wrong with the signal and it was just flying erratic I couldn't maintain complete control."
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"This is the kind of thing I would never buy for myself, but despite it being a nasty Winter, have been flying it quite a bit."
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"Need to buy blades in case of damage while flying."
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"When it flies, it's great, but when it fails, it's gone."
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"Bought in November 2014 and this week was flying over the sea and has a problem and fell 30 meters into the sea and disappears the unit, it stopped working without explanation."
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"Totally pleased, very easy to fly."
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"I was able to fly the drone and compliment DJI on building an awesome flying machine."
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"Fun to fly and very well made This is not a cheap toy."
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"I have a little background in flying RC aircraft (planes, helis, a handful of quads) The Phantom 2 vision is amazingly easy to set up and fly."
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"love it easy to fly and pictures and video are awesome video range could be more but still pretty good so far so good I've only flown a couple of times"
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Landing

Landing:
"Broke a few props crash landing but he advises, go low and slow for the first little while"
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"Only problem is landing platform a little tiny and sometime tips over when landing ruining the blade."
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"Earlier versions are subject to a battery intelligence error which can force upredictable and potentially uncontrollable landings."
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"Although I have flipped it over or had it tilt over on a few landings, I have always made sure I am landing on soft grass so the most damage that has occurred beside my own pride is the grass on the blade which wipes off."
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"DJI fixed the problem by upgrading the firmware so that it would not do an emergency landing."
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"Under the original firmware, when that connection fails, the copter does an emergency landing immediately, even if it is over water or an area where it will be damaged or impossible to retrieve."
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"Just took it out for its first flight, very easy for the novice (try to avoid a windy day I didn't ) I kept it to a low altitude to practice with the controls and like I said very easy to fly the only flaw I noticed was the rotors instantly stop on contact with anything which could be bad if it's up high good if it rolls over on landing."
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"Close mowed grass is the best landing surface should it turn over."
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"It needs to be perfectly still on landing or it will turn over."
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"I watched the video and it landed softly on its landing gear so there was no damage."
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"I have flipped it twice at the landing spot without any damage other than grass and mud stained props."
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Motor

Motor:
"My first time flying it, fell over and broke a motor."
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"I got it 3 days ago and I flew it about 80 feet in the air when the motor broke and it was spiraling out of control into my neighbor's bush who happened to be a nudist came screaming running out of her house my vagina is on fire"
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"I am appalled a fully tested unit made it out with a faulty bearing motor assembly on something a customer pays $1,200 for."
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"To my great disappointment, one motor spins very slow."
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"because there is a motor that was broken by myself, so I immediately send them message how to fix it , I didn't ask them to return , just fix it for me , but What I didn't expect is they send me a new DJI phantom 2 Vision."
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"Shortly after flight, one of the motors suddenly failed and stopped causing it to crash."
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"It's lightweight, looks cool, motors and controls felt like they were made well."
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"To my great disappointment, one motor spins very slow."
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"I bought a replacement motor for 30$ and plan to do the repairs myself and hope for the best."
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")...and waited for the Moment of Truth....fingers crossed...heart beat full on.....hoping for the best...I advanced the left joy stick slowly.....I heard and saw the motors speed up....a bit more stick...and then...smoothly...almost as if I actually knew what I was doing....the Phantom rose into the air...about 6-7 feet at that point...WOW!"
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Price

Price:
"fun to fly around but either get a real cheap one or go for a more expensive one cause these will just frustrate you.. Iam guessing thats why these are discontinued.. hit or miss is what i say- I got the latter"
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"I spent a lot of money for this Quadcopter and I'm not happy."
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"com's fault for not ensuring this not relatively inexpensive toy would work."
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"As fun as it is when it works, it will fail and you will be out a lot of money."
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"So they they want to make money on their products failure and are not interested in even getting the old one back to understand failures."
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"It would have been nice that they built this in but would have been hard to keep it at this price point."
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"ALOT of fun, it's definitely worth the money"
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"Fun to fly and very well made This is not a cheap toy."
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"Shipped faster then promised, great price, and was exactly as described."
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"Good and now prices are better."
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"In a few years , this will be amazing, but for now, save your money."
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Propeller

Propeller:
"I do have several website issues but that's something I need to work out with DJIAs you can see the drone is very dirty and the stickers are already on it and the 4 propeller stickers guards were all missing"
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"All broken propellers came from too much horizontal movement during take off or landing."
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"I have been through all of the propellers (broken) that came with it and have bought spares."
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"On my third flight I experienced a fly away and it crashed, broke 3 propellers, the battery was ejected and damaged, camera fell off, and cracked the main body."
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"Unless you sink it in a lake or some other extreme scenario, you will have something to recover, and stand a good chance of experiencing nothing more than minor prop damage.6."
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"I would highly recommend getting prop guards and extra props while learning to fly."
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"I was excited to get the product and I spent a good hour assembling the unit, adding the Prop Guards, and reading all the paper work."
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"- Propeller guards - would recommend these for folks just starting out flying."
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"Think the product is great however here is my experienceAfter updating firmware - calibrating the compass and setting out in a park with 6 satellites locked on to the device and most importantly waiting for the green flashing lights to activate for the come back home feature to be active - my first flight was cool for 30 seconds until the quad shot straight up into the air lost it on my phone at 212 feet then the screen showed coming back home-which it did as it crashed to the ground through a tree propellers still spinning and smack into the ground - now good news this device can take a pounding rotors snapped camera went bouncing for 100 feet gimbal broke."
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"I had no problem purchasing batteries and propellers this week, but things may be changing as the TRO was just issued in the last few days."
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Quality

Quality:
"Not much stabilization and the quality of the camera is not that good."
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"Disappointed in the build quality."
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"I am impressed with the video quality as well."
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"Now, the quality of the still portraiture is impressive at a 14mp resolution."
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"Excellent quality video."
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"Excellent quality."
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"The Vision camera on the Phantom 2 provides excellent quality video and still pictures."
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Range

Range:
"Out of the box it has great features over Phantom 1 and Phantom 2:- FPV- Telemetry- Waypoint Mission Plan- 1080P-integrated cameraHOWEVER, the cons:- The FPV Telemetry has terribly short range (compared to Vision Plus V3.0)."
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"The only downside (and it didn't affect my rating) is the range extender does not hold a charge as long as I would like--not much point in having five batteries for the Phantom (which I do) if the controller battery dies after two!"
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"That being said, if you're not careful you can easily fly it out of range."
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"love it easy to fly and pictures and video are awesome video range could be more but still pretty good so far so good I've only flown a couple of times"
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"The Wi-Fi has incredible range and the camera records great video!"
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"So if you absolutely do not intend to produce aerial video and only are interested in short-medium range FPV, then this can still be a good buy and saves about $400."
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"20-25 minutes of flight time, flight range up to 1,000 feet, excellent still images and HD movies from the camera."
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"TheDJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter is easy to fly, the camera works great, but the range extender battery is not charging properly."
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Software

Software:
"Very easy to fly, I didn't update the software I'm some what nervous because of some of the reviews but I've had 0 problems."
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"DJI is getting better and explaining the upgrade procedure within the software but there are still a few upgrades that confused me a little (i'm and IT guy).When you are in the software please TURN ON NAZA MODE."
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"There must be problems with the GPS, compass or software."
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"The aircraft experienced an Invalid Battery error which required re-installation of all software updates."
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"Very easy to fly, I didn't update the software I'm some what nervous because of some of the reviews but I've had 0 problems."
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"DJI is getting better and explaining the upgrade procedure within the software but there are still a few upgrades that confused me a little (i'm and IT guy).When you are in the software please TURN ON NAZA MODE."
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"Because of its single aXis, you're going to have to have some pretty expensive editing software to try to stabilize it."
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"Although the raw video and photos are great, you will want advanced photo video software for editing."
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"The software that runs on iPhone and Android is great, and provides nice 'through the lens' approach to picture taking."
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Speed

Speed:
"To my great disappointment, one motor spins very slow."
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"I just want to say after I bought it, I got so fast response , advise and services when I got problems."
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"Shipped and delivered very fast and packaged well."
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"Great product, fast shipping, all as advertised"
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"Flies well in some good wind as well (10-15 mph breezes have virtually no effect, unless you need a perfectly stable hovering video shot - in which case you simply add higher-level camera hardware and such).So far, very sturdy and reliable."
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"It can shoot up a few hundred feet in the matter of 20-30 seconds however the decent is VERY controlled and SLOW."
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"The shipping speed was fast and I recommend this item to other customers."
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Support

Support:
"After sales support is absolutely horrible."
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"Purchase this unit if you like but be prepared to get the worst customer support you have ever experienced in your life from DJI."
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"The Dji Support is horrible."
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"I thought DJI would be interested in this failure as it seems a really safety problem, not to mention I lost an expensive toy due to their product failing so I emailed their support."
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"Customer support is woefully inadequate, though they are courteous if you can ever get someone on the line."
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"I understand things will break, but then I called DJI customer support for the worst support possible."
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"Great, so you only support your most expensive products."
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"Although the copter when it works is great, there is literally NO customer support."
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"Oh yeah...do not expect any help from customer support at DJI, you can send and send e-mails and never get a response, You Tube and Phantom chat boards are the best support you can have and you had better have more than one battery for your bird, its a must to have at least 1 hr of flying time."
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"DJI, any product is just as good as the support it gets from the manufacturer, at least in my book."
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"You might want to do your research and find a product from a company that can effectively support it! "
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Video

Video:
"The real time feed over Wi-Fi does not have great resolution but the down loaded movies are spectacular with the 1080p."
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"It is a lot of fun to fly but I am disappointed that I have never been able to get the video to work nor have I been able to get it to connect to my iPhone."
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"The video however, not so good."
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"The live video feed is a bit flaky at times, but it's wifi, so I guess that's to be expected, but that is a minor issue compared to how well this thing performs with everything else."
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"Out of the box, the setup was quite simple (calibrating it is a little confusing, but video tutorials answer those questions)."
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"The fact that you can still control the camera with your phone at 100 feet is great, but the connection keeps on dropping, the wifi is really unstable, the camera wont go 90 degrees down, videos were really shaky and many video files were corrupted or unable to being open afterwards, it was a big disappointment, specially after having to send $ 1200 for this fancy toy."
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"This is easy to operate and well worth what the cost is it takes great video and pictures."
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"After receiving my second Phantom 2 Vision doing everything I did with the first one, making sure I was doing everything right and using the galaxy s4 for the mobile device I was able to take about a 12 min video with no drop out!"
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"It was beautiful, I just have to make some changes on the video setting."
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"The camera works well, but without the gimbal you will have vibration in your videos."
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"I am impressed with the video quality as well."
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Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi:
".....then appeared the message WiFi connection broken."
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"The real time feed over Wi-Fi does not have great resolution but the down loaded movies are spectacular with the 1080p."
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"I did not fully charge the Wi-Fi, so there may have been a weak signal from a low battery, and 2."
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"My speculation is this was due to the failed wifi charge."
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"Unfortunately, I did not charge the Wi-Fi adapter properly (more on that in a little while)."
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"The live video feed is a bit flaky at times, but it's wifi, so I guess that's to be expected, but that is a minor issue compared to how well this thing performs with everything else."
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"I even done a short video in my back yard just to see if my home WiFi would interfere...not a problem...no glitch!"
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"The Wi-Fi has incredible range and the camera records great video!"
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"The product is good, in general, however my Phantom's wi-fi stopped working in its second flight, I am talking one hour after I unboxed a brand new item."
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"The fact that you can still control the camera with your phone at 100 feet is great, but the connection keeps on dropping, the wifi is really unstable, the camera wont go 90 degrees down, videos were really shaky and many video files were corrupted or unable to being open afterwards, it was a big disappointment, specially after having to send $ 1200 for this fancy toy."
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"But the startup time to get all the radios playing nicely, getting the wifi repeater broadcasting, getting your phone onto that network - that's a good minute+."
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Wind

Wind:
"Even with the wind blowing, it attempts to maintain the last place you left it."
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"Flew it in 10-20mph wind gusts today and it pretty much hovered in place."
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"Flies well in some good wind as well (10-15 mph breezes have virtually no effect, unless you need a perfectly stable hovering video shot - in which case you simply add higher-level camera hardware and such).So far, very sturdy and reliable."
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"The stabilization system keeps the picture perfect even in very heavy winds."
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"Excellent GPS stabilized feature so that the wind does not blow it away."
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"Pros:Stable in wind, easy to fly for the most noviceBuilt in camera is very good at 14MP."
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