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DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter with FPV HD Video Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Jul 29, 2015

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DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Quadcopter with FPV HD Video Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 08/12/2015
Based on 274 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.6
Returned or considering to return: 15.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Range4.6   above average
Flying4.2   average
Video4.2   average
Control4.1   average
Quality4.1   average
Camera3.1   below average
Price3.0   mediocre
Crash2.6   below average
Support1.9   below average
Landing1.8   mediocre


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Camera

Camera:
"I love my drone unfortunately after 2 months it fell down without any apparent reason and the gimbal with the camera broke off."
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"The drone is easy to fly and a lot of fun...but be warned, the wire harness for the camera is horribly fragile and easily broken."
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"They know this is an issue (any landing that is less than perfect has a chance of damaging the wire harness rendering the camera useless).I had to wait 3 months for them to resolve this issue for me...and I had to jump through hoops to convince them this should be a warranty issue."
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"The camera is incapable of binding with my phone."
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"In the third flight the gimbal camera flex ribbon cable broke due to a hard landing, and the Phantom was running without video"
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"I quickly picked it up and took it to my garage only to notice the camera was missing."
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"After a period of familiarity with a somewhat involved setup, I was able to operate what is essentially a flying camera."
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"Range was reasonably good around 1500 ft. without any tinkering and photos and videos with the built in camera were quite satisfactory ."
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"The camera takes great pictures and pretty great HD video."
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"The drone is easy to fly and a lot of fun...but be warned, the wire harness for the camera is horribly fragile and easily broken."
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"One thing on the video's & stills the quality and stillness the camera & gimbal achieve are amazing."
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Case

Case:
"I asked him if he would send me an email with his direct mailing in case I had more problems."
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"With the carrying case and extra batteries, I have about $1700 in unusable junk!"
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"They claim to have excellent after sale support, but it is not the case, I am considering paying for the damage and returning the unit."
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"The return to home is not precise with about a 2 meter room for error as was this case and the tree was in this range."
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"Also get the stickers for it that will help for recovering it incase it does fly away the stickers have, in case found please call then your number will be their for them to reach you also they have a stick reward incase found please call it's very handy to have."
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"One of the reasons I got the case is so I can more safely and easily transport my Phantom to more suitable venues."
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"I enjoy mine so much I am looking at buying a second one but a bigger one... Get a nice case for it too I bought the perfect one for this drone and will have to note in a review cause its a fantastic case."
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"They claim to have excellent after sale support, but it is not the case, I am considering paying for the damage and returning the unit."
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Control

Control:
"You must gain experience and you need to take responsibility for mistakes and lack of ability to control the drone."
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"if you want to tinker, add things, mess around with the insides i'd go with his setup, however if you want to plug it in and have waypoints, hd camera, 3 axis gimbal, control projected on FPV i'd go with the Vision+My only complaint is the camera is integrated into the gimbal."
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"It caused the taped wires to separate losing control of all feed and the arm broke off the gimbal causing me to crash."
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"I Further ensured I had the latest DJI app upgrade on my control device, but as the problem persisted,I disappointingly decided to return it."
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"Learn the basics until you get comfortable with the controls and how it responds."
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"BUT when it does fly it takes incredible pictures and follows your controls perfectly."
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"Beautiful camera shots, easy to control with a little practice."
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"The videos are great, and the ground station control programming is great to."
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"With a toggle on your remote you can control the camera angle as well, from straight down to a 90 degree horizon shot."
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Crash

Crash:
"I've had only one crash, which was my fault."
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"All the sudden, with no reasonable excuse, the Phantom 2 Vision + went crashing to the ground."
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"The first drone I purchased crashed (my fault) and the camera module broke."
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"Don't blame DJI if you crash it,Seems like an unusually high amount of 1 star reviews are complaints from folks who crash landed it and complained about support not replacing the parts."
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"The camera unit failed after a small crash and I am still waiting for DJI to return it."
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"It caused the taped wires to separate losing control of all feed and the arm broke off the gimbal causing me to crash."
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"IT came packaged well with decent instructions I crashed a couple of times both times limbs of trees...One fall about 30 feet into grass broke my props and kncked the compass off but I replaced the props snapped the compass back together and off again."
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"If you are expecting to be a pro and fly it straight out of the box... well good luck not crashing it."
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"So if you are like me and think you can master a toy on your own like I did, you can be like me and after a month of trying easy stuff, you to, can have a really good crash and be the proud owner of two Phanton2 vision+ es"
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"Not one problem with this Phantom straight out of the box and have not crashed once since out of the box either."
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"I was a little concerned reading 5 reviews that liked the DJI Quads and then #6 losing the copter or crashing it on the first try, especially a $1,300 set up like the Phantom 2 Vision."
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Flying

Flying:
"I may still encounter problems while flying but so far i have found that you must respect the drone."
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"after you are use to flying a cheap one that is hard to fly , this is SO EASY"
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"Was never able to fly straight, would always tilt."
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"But without a good lock, you better be ready to fly this thing, and it can drop out of lock at anytime."
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"However, I think I had damaged the connections to Camera while flying when it landed suddenly."
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"After a period of familiarity with a somewhat involved setup, I was able to operate what is essentially a flying camera."
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"I fly my drone with a great deal of care and preparation."
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"So easy to fly! "
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"Very easy to fly."
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"Also get the stickers for it that will help for recovering it incase it does fly away the stickers have, in case found please call then your number will be their for them to reach you also they have a stick reward incase found please call it's very handy to have."
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Landing

Landing:
"The damage to the drone was two new landing legs $42.40 and a new ribbon cable $69.00."
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"They know this is an issue (any landing that is less than perfect has a chance of damaging the wire harness rendering the camera useless).I had to wait 3 months for them to resolve this issue for me...and I had to jump through hoops to convince them this should be a warranty issue."
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"Landing is probably the worst part."
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"In the third flight the gimbal camera flex ribbon cable broke due to a hard landing, and the Phantom was running without video"
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"The descent was fast so I took control and went full power up, but no response as it came down in a hard landing that damaged the camera gimble."
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"Any type of hard landing will cause it to fail."
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"They know this is an issue (any landing that is less than perfect has a chance of damaging the wire harness rendering the camera useless).I had to wait 3 months for them to resolve this issue for me...and I had to jump through hoops to convince them this should be a warranty issue."
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"I have had many hours of enjoyment filming with this drone until it's first hard landing when the camera gimbal assembly came apart."
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"There are several advanced modes that will allow you much easier retrieval and landing in the beginning were you need it the most."
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"After owning prior two models this one is the most susceptible to damage from anything than a perfect landing."
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"When it comes to the camera being able to shoot straight down gives you a much better view allowing you to be able to know what your landing on, in case your not there to see it."
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Price

Price:
"after you are use to flying a cheap one that is hard to fly , this is SO EASY"
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"DJI is great at taking your money...but they are TERRIBLE at backing up their product."
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"The worst money I spent."
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"The expensive fix is that the camera is damaged and that will cost a lot of money to fix."
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"The landing gear is damaged which is a cheap fix."
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"Definitely would not recommend spending your hard earned money on these units."
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"Greatest Hobbyist Quadcopter for the Money!"
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"The absolute best camera drone for the money the camera is quite expensive by itself so i purchased a square trade warranty up to 1000 dollars."
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"The warranty was expensive but on a great piece of gechnology its a small price to pay."
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"i say buy a cheap 150 drone and have fun for a few weeks then get this."
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"for the price, out of the box ready to fly, this is your best option."
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Quality

Quality:
"On the other hand, I have learned not to trust DJI product quality and I wonder if it is wise to attempt in getting another one of these."
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"Unfortunately the quality of the camera leaves a lot to be desired."
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"Video Quality: It's good, but not great."
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"I would rather have better quality video that takes up more space on the vision plus camera memory card than a bunch of poor quality videos that are hard to edit."
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"Video quality is easily top notch, stability is as advertised."
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"One thing on the video's & stills the quality and stillness the camera & gimbal achieve are amazing."
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"He's taken it up to 400 feet and the video quality is phenomenal!"
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"I am just amazed at the quality of the images, the smooth motion that the phantom flies, and the resulting professional looking images or video."
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"The quality of the 1080 HD video is great."
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Range

Range:
"The return to home is not precise with about a 2 meter room for error as was this case and the tree was in this range."
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"Range was reasonably good around 1500 ft. without any tinkering and photos and videos with the built in camera were quite satisfactory ."
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"return to home, stable simple flight and the range is amazing."
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"I am very impressed that at this price point you get a quad that handles very well, has great GPS lock, gets great images, has pretty good range, has video downlink, and even though the controller looks like junk,,, it does the job and comes in the box."
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"I run a 3rd party wi-fi booster app and now I get amazing range - close to a mile before signal breaks and return to home kicks in."
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"I am consistently able to get amazing range."
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Support

Support:
"A tech at the dealership says they have more problems with this model and little support from DJI."
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"only works 1 and always look good after malfunctioning and sending to technical support and nothing to return pesimo service dji"
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"It is selling a defective product that it does not support in any meaningful way."
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"Their support line recognized the problem as follows: We have heard of some instances of what people are terming Fly away, causing a loss or a crash...We have reviewed your survey, and based on the incident you experienced, we feel that compensation is necessary."
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"Don't blame DJI if you crash it,Seems like an unusually high amount of 1 star reviews are complaints from folks who crash landed it and complained about support not replacing the parts."
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"After sales support is absolutely horrible."
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"Also, tech support must be improved as well."
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"only works 1 and always look good after malfunctioning and sending to technical support and nothing to return pesimo service dji"
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"*UPDATE* DJI has a great support parnter in thenerds."
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"I tried calling DJI for tech support, but that is pretty much useless as you get nowhere."
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"So again, I am returning another P2V+ to Amazon, who has been great about product support."
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Video

Video:
"Unfortunately the video stream cannot handle other nearby wireless networks, so you won't get good video (or any when that occurs)."
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"My only complaint is that the documentation could be better but there are tons of videos online with people demonstrating various aspects of setup and piloting."
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"Everything else works but we can not take good videos without monitoring it on iPhone."
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"I was asked for a video showing the problem."
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"The Phantom Vision +, the latest version of the DJI Phantom, adds three-point gimbal stabilization to the already proven Phantom line, As an owner of the prior generation Phantom Vision, the one complaint I had was that that video shots were not stable unless there was no wind and the Vision was parked in one spot and not moving."
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"Range was reasonably good around 1500 ft. without any tinkering and photos and videos with the built in camera were quite satisfactory ."
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"Video quality is easily top notch, stability is as advertised."
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"Fun, takes great pics and video."
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"Video is amazing."
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"Takes great video and photos."
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Wind

Wind:
"My Phantom 2 abruptly flipped itself over (in calm winds) and damaged the gimbal...DJI instructed me to send it to them for repair."
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"Video is super smooth and stable - even in wild winds of 25mph+.No complaints here! "
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"Its so easy to fly this drone that most of us (myself included) get ambitious and over-confident and start taking risks like flying between buildings where nasty winds lurk around every corner, checking out the trees, looking at signs, hovering low over water and racing around.2) Watch the many videos out there on how to fly this thing and how the advanced modes work while you wait for delivery.3) Turn on the advanced mode (NAZA) upon delivery and learn to fly with it from day one."
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"It has survived two fairly hard and three soft wind or operator error related crashes."
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"Very smooth flight controls even with winds, great camera control and the iPhone App works perfectly, no glitches yet."
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"Though one battery will let you fly for 20+ minutes (assuming low wind and that you're flying smoothly and not jinking around a lot), that never seems to be enough."
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"It will get up to about 30mph if there isn't much wind and easily (and quickly! )"
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"The stability of the camera even in 20 MPH winds is remarkable."
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"the Vision+ shoots very good video even in wind and while moving."
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