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DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GoPro
Report Date: 08/12/2015
Based on 587 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 11.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Landing5.0   exceptional
Platform5.0   average
Tree5.0   exceptional
Aerial4.8   average
Quality4.7   above average
Control4.6   above average
Packaging4.6   above average
Flying4.4   average
Video4.3   average
Camera4.2   above average
Price4.2   average
Speed3.8   below average
Battery3.6   average
Guard3.6   average
Calibration3.5   average
Mount3.5   below average
Size3.5   below average
Propeller3.4   above average
Manual3.3   average
Pilot3.3   below average
Software3.0   below average
Crash2.9   below average
Support2.7   average
Charging2.5   below average
Motor2.0   average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Aerial

Aerial:
"If you want an entry level, professional piece of aerial filming equipment, the Phantom is hard to beat for the price."
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"I have great aerial shots from my gopro and this has added much needed perspective to family trips and outings."
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"My first flight was flawless and captured some amazing aerial shots on my Go Pro."
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"It's a lot of fun to fly around and gets some amazing aerial shots."
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"I would recommend this to anyone who wants to get into aerial photography."
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"I've been following quadcopter aerial videography with great interest for about two years now."
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Battery

Battery:
"Then I realized the upper housing had been installed a quarter turn off which meant when I tried to sinc the GPS I was turning it wrong, also the battery charger didn't work."
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"This is a huge problem if you are flying at 80% battery and within 10 seconds it drops to 8% initiating auto land."
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"Like all electric RC aircraft, the batteries are a drawback with such limited flight time."
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"My only complaint so far has been the battery life - I have been getting around 10 minutes with the GoPro onboard but it goes by super fast."
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"My experience immediately started out on the wrong foot when the battery that came with the drone would not take any charge at all (and yes, I had the charger set to the right battery type)."
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"I would also read up on LiPo battery safety as there can be a major problem with fires."
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"It was a fully charged battery so no way was it dead."
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"I recommend an extra battery and the blade protectors but honestly it's so easy to fly that we've never come close to crashing it."
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"Recommend getting an extra pair of batteries."
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"I do recommend buying a few extra batteries."
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"But don't make the mistake I did and buy a Dual Battery kit for the Phantom."
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Calibration

Calibration:
"I finally found the setting on the remote that was wrong on my own, again not mentioned anywhere that I could find, calibrated it and went to try again."
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"It is stuck on calibrate my compass mode, and when Naza assistant is on, it keeps giving me error 27: gps needs to be calibrated and there is a strong magnetic field somewhere."
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"It takes a bit to get used to the lights and what they mean:- Four yellows = it's gathering data- One-time string of greens = its startup sequence is complete- Five greens = the IMU needs calibration; *do not fly in this state*- N red lights = 7-N (ish) GPS satellites found (don't recommend using GPS with three reds -- even though you theoretically only need three satellites to triangulate to one point on Earth's surface)- Yellow-red-yellow-red = the compass needs calibration or there is too much interference; calibrate or retry from an elevated surface- String of reds after compass calibration attempt - the calibration failed (apparently reds also mean battery dying in flight -- I've never seen this and hope I never do)(Edit: I saw this happen the other day, but it isn't a big deal."
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"Very easy to do as the other Gimbals I tried you either have to calibrate via your USB cable and run the needed software or press a little button on the board 3 time and hold the Gimbal in place horizontally."
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"The assistant software (PC) set up and calibrating went smooth as well as my first compass calibration."
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"Calibration and adjustments are easy too and it tells you what everything means."
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"After a few weeks of flying, I've learned to always wait for GPS mode to fully enable (no red lights) before take off, and that compass calibrations are probably best done before every flight."
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"It's easy once you learn how to calibrate and set it up."
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Camera

Camera:
"I ordered a vibration reducer, because the jello effect is inevitable (and annoying) with the fixed camera mount."
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"I flew the phantom in a particularly perfect condition (hardly any wind, open ground, 80 degrees weather, successful calibration and green lights all around, more than 6 satellites acknowledged and a new FULLY and recently charged battery).I was flying it over the ocean in Hawaii no more than 40 feet away from me on rocky beautiful scenery when the drone decided to become unresponsive and land in the middle of the ocean with my GOPRO camera attached to it."
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"The GoPro3 Black edition camera runs down batteries quickly, and I have been stuck with a dead camera and a Phantom ready to fly."
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"While the isolated camera mount is added insurance, it can cause problems."
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"The GoPro camera holder is the weak point in the system."
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"Add a tiny camera and you have great fun within no time flat"
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"Very great toy with a small camera attached."
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"Flown it up to 100 feet, done some high speed passes, tested the fail safe mode, and taken some great videos with the GoPro camera attached."
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"Though the software takes a bit to get downloaded(expected) it performs flawlessly very low skill level required, handles great and does exactly what they say it will, I have the go pro camera on it and it takes very high quality video, vibration doesn't seem to be an issue."
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"The only other bad part about the phantom is with camera attached I'm only getting about 10 or 11 minutes of flight time, so best to pick up an extra battery."
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Case

Case:
"If you have an RF interference problem, you may have to wrap the GoPro (or the waterproof case) in foil to reduce the RF leak that the GoPro's seem to emit."
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"Now it just sits there blinking lights and giving me error messages, in my case, error 29."
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"The guards from DJI are great but if you have a case for your drone it won't fit most likely anymore and its a pain to take off the guards every time."
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"GoPro:Attaching it with the waterproof case is best for early flights, but you have to flip the video around in your video editor."
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"You're going to have a lot of small parts, and it's much easier to handle (and keep safe) in a case."
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"ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00JD4TQ8Q&linkCode=as2&tag=todmedblo-20&linkId=OFIV4F7XBEP5HQAESecond, get a carrying case for all of your gear and accessories (remote, monitors, batteries, etc)."
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"The only issue is that in some cases 60' would not have been high enough to clear obstacles so I had to take control, which for testing purposes was not an issue."
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Charging

Charging:
"Then I realized the upper housing had been installed a quarter turn off which meant when I tried to sinc the GPS I was turning it wrong, also the battery charger didn't work."
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"Batteries have been reported to lose charge mid flight causing the Phantoms fail safe to kick in and auto land."
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"i like the product just i got a faulty charger so I'm trying to replace this with a new one but i can't"
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"So it seems that I need a new charger which isn't all that easy as I'm out of the US for a while."
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"The battery charger that was included I found to be inadequate."
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"The only problem is the charger, I have ask for exchange 2 times."
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"The charger is a great charger, although there are better ones out in the market, considering how cheap it is, it seems more cost effective to just buy another Phantom charger to multi-charge and I love that I can charge 4s LiPo batteries on it to."
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"The biggest thing to remember is that while Lithium-Polymer battery efficiency has brought a lot of new flexibility to all-electric R C flying, they are still power-limited... a Phantom with just your GoPro can fly for 10-12 minutes on a battery charge, but then you'll need to take a good while (45 minutes, perhaps) to recharge that battery."
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Control

Control:
"I pushed full forward and the unit responded, quickly flying forward and level, and then failed to accept any more control input."
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"When that happened it was very scary because I had no control over my phantom, and I wasnt fully ready to control manually."
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"In short, if you lose control or just get lost confused, put it in GPS mode and let it stabilize."
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"It definitely helped that I already had experience with 4 channel flying vehicles with the same control layouts and I wouldn't recommend making this your first multi-rotor toy because it is a bit spendy."
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"it's amazing , a bit tricky to control at first but after some time it becomes easier ."
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"More power then i thought it was going to have, much more durable then i thought, very responsive controls, i get around 11-13 minutes of flight time, doesn't sound like much but this thing can cover a lot of ground in that time."
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"Easy to control has a lot of add ons"
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"You have to have good self control and awareness of your surroundings to fly this, otherwise you'll lose it or break it."
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"This drone was easy to setup, it's fun to fly with responsive controls."
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Crash

Crash:
"very easy to fly even for someone who never tried one.....we only crashed it twice so far and it doesnt have any damage."
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"I have painfully crashed it against a wood pole, and a metal pool heater before hitting concrete, checked to see if props were tight, turned it on and let it idle for about 20 seconds, everything sounded fine and the drone still fly's like its supposed to, the props didn't even break!"
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"Crashed and broke, tried to call for service, no answer, ever."
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"I admit I was a bit skeptical that I would be able to fly it without crashing it, and that there was a good chance that I would destroy it."
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"It didn't and crashed hard into a fence and broke."
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"I've crashed it into my truck head on...still no issue (other than broken prop)."
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"For some that's easy but I would be sick if I crashed a $1200 toy."
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"very nice and after set up very easy to fly no crash yet"
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"I have been seriously addicted to this thing since I bought it, I mount my GoPro Hero3 and it works perfectly, I finally had a minor crash into a tree branch that bent one of the propellers, but I swapped it out with one of the replacements they sent and started flying again."
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"I recommend an extra battery and the blade protectors but honestly it's so easy to fly that we've never come close to crashing it."
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"I have crashed a few times and had no damage."
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Flying

Flying:
"I was excited because now I would get my problem fixed, and get to fly!"
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"I can't really review this item as to how it functions since I was never able to fly it."
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"This has resulted in them releasing models that have not been tested thouroughly with known problems like frequent fly aways."
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"This is a huge problem if you are flying at 80% battery and within 10 seconds it drops to 8% initiating auto land."
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"No actual flying had been done prior to simply an attempt to start stop the props."
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"Wasn't the easiest to lean to fly."
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"Don't let the confusing manual stop you, once you get it going and adjusted, it's awesome to fly and so much fun especially with a GoPro."
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"It's suprisingly easy to fly."
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"very easy to fly even for someone who never tried one.....we only crashed it twice so far and it doesnt have any damage."
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"i'm amazed at the quality and how well this drone flies."
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"Already, a few Drone operators have killed themselves with their sheer neglect of obvious, straightforward flying rules and arrogant boasting of their superior flying skills."
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Guard

Guard:
"That is A VERY EXPENSIVE MISTAKE TO MAKE, unfortunately I have a friend help me with putting on the Propeller Guards before flight and he ended up using screws that were just a little to long."
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"The (only) damage was a prop guard and 2 carbon fiber props and a lipo (low voltage)."
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"Broke a prop guard."
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"I think that might be to keep bits of broken prop guard from breaking a prop, but it might be simply to stabilize them."
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"I would not recommend this to anyone without the Propeller guards, they could have saved me almost a month of waiting for parts and doing repairs because of a crash I did in my first week owning it, but once you've got those on it's almost impossible to hurt this thing."
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"I've broken (2) prop guards but still have the original propellers (albeit a little chipped and scratched)."
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"I recommend getting the prop guards."
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"I then got the guards that you can slide in and not have to screw on which worked really good but were very heavy and between the Gimbal and Guards the Phantom would not keep its height and was sinking, so I had to keep applying power to keep the drone at the same height, which was a pain and a huge drain on the battery."
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"The guards from DJI are great but if you have a case for your drone it won't fit most likely anymore and its a pain to take off the guards every time."
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"Invest in the prop guards...its a good plan."
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"The Phantom is pretty damn tough, but I would recommend the prop guards even if you are an experienced pilot."
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Landing

Landing:
"It was not fit for flight by any decent navigational standards; the props were bent, the landing sticks smashed, and the manufacturing area of the motor was horribly misaligned and crammed."
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"Crashed alot my first day (on the landing mostly) and Drone was still in good shape, except the propellers."
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"They are cheap and even the best flyer will be prone to the Phantom occasionally tipping over on landing or takeoff through no fault of the pilot."
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"A little bit of height to the landing gear would be good to accommodate a cam."
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"I did dump it a few times already on landings and running the battery to low, but there has been no damage yet, I got ten extra rotors because I thought I would be breaking them, not one so far, this thing is pretty well built."
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Manual

Manual:
"Seems like this could be a cool product, but the manual is confusing and worthless, there is no online support and don't even try to call them."
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"Cons:- The manual isn't the easiest thing in the world to understand."
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"com product phantom download, but the manuals on this site are confusing and incomplete."
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"The manual that comes in the box is woefully inadequate but does refer you to the website."
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"For those of you who have commented with problems and supposed device failure, all I can say is to read the manual twice and watch all the instructional videos."
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"and manual mode it is more challenging."
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"Don't let the confusing manual stop you, once you get it going and adjusted, it's awesome to fly and so much fun especially with a GoPro."
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"read the manual thoroughly."
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"There is a minimal amount of assembly involved, and you need to be able to read the manuals, watch the tutorial videos, and learn a basic understanding of how it works i. e., The three steps to calibrate the magnetometer."
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"Make the printed manual more user friendly OR alternatively make it clear that to access the manual - customers need to go to the DJI website and download the relevant manuals."
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Motor

Motor:
"Big stupid mistake that I want to share with you as the cost of the motor is around $20 to $25 and the ESC about the same price."
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"I would say that the design of the motor for the Phantom 1 is poor, it is a easy fix to weld the inside of the motor so a screw cant damage the motor."
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"If you use the wrong screws you will penetrate into the back of the motor and short the motor out and possible the ESC board as well."
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"These are high-powered motors that will seriously hurt you (or others) or damage property if you're not competent and careful."
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"It's not even good enough to set it up and start the motors without referring to online docs."
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"I would say that the design of the motor for the Phantom 1 is poor, it is a easy fix to weld the inside of the motor so a screw cant damage the motor."
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"If you use the wrong screws you will penetrate into the back of the motor and short the motor out and possible the ESC board as well."
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"You will need spare batteries, balance the props, motor and a vibration isolation system to get nice useable video footage."
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"If you plan to use a gopro camera you can make a simple suspension mount and then you do not need to balance the propellers or motors, and the stock propellers work great."
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Mount

Mount:
"I ordered a vibration reducer, because the jello effect is inevitable (and annoying) with the fixed camera mount."
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"The worst breaking a third party mount for the GoPro onboard."
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"While the isolated camera mount is added insurance, it can cause problems."
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"The aircraft comes with rotors that are not very well balanced (you can do this yourself) and a GoPro mount that effectively translates all vibrations to your sensor, producing what is commonly known as jelly or jello."
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"Did some modding with the gopro mount to get ride of a little blur problem i was having but never had the jello effect..Also havnt balanced my props yet but going to do that tonight."
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"I tied using 1 jell insert between the mount, but still no good."
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"I have been seriously addicted to this thing since I bought it, I mount my GoPro Hero3 and it works perfectly, I finally had a minor crash into a tree branch that bent one of the propellers, but I swapped it out with one of the replacements they sent and started flying again."
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"The standard go pro mount that comes with the copter is the perfect size for a Hero 2 but will require some foam for a Hero 3."
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"Since there aren't instructions on how to mount them, you will be pleased to know they will only go on one way."
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").Also worth mentioning is that the GoPro video filmed is super clear, even with the included GoPro mount."
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"I purchased a DJI anti-Jello mount from Amazon and it looks perfect to me!"
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Packaging

Packaging:
"The irony is that DJI has obviously tried very hard to emulate the apple aesthetic in its packaging and presentation (although falling short).I'm extremely disappointed in this product."
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"Well packaged and shipped fast."
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"Very pleased with this purchase, as always package arrived on time with no damage."
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"BTW my brother got a very high end DJI package and his wrecked today so Im feeling good that mine was $450 and still flying perfectly."
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"great quality and packaging."
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"I'm not the only one having this problem, Google it and you will see it's just luck to get a decent package."
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Pilot

Pilot:
"The dealer told me the compass module went bad, but DJI refuses to repair, stating its pilot error."
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"This is what DJI told me about the issue of random fly-aways:Fly-away Phantoms are usually caused by pilot error of one or more of the following...Lack of a Pre-Flight Check: Not calibrating the compass, not allowing the IMUs to initialize, and not accessing 6 or more GPS satellites for reception."
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"I also took it down to the beach and flew it in 20 knt winds without a problem....though I wouldn't recommend it unless you are an experienced heli pilot."
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"When I talked to Heli pilots they saw nothing wrong with spending 30% of your brain monitoring the hover height.. Me I like 100% of my brain focused on the FUN."
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"I do not recommend this for younger pilots and there are plenty of items on the market for them to get their feet wet."
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"One of the best things about this is it is so easy to fly it is a great learning base for inexperienced pilots but it also has enough power to let you still enjoy it as you grow as a pilot."
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"The Phantom is pretty damn tough, but I would recommend the prop guards even if you are an experienced pilot."
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"They are cheap and even the best flyer will be prone to the Phantom occasionally tipping over on landing or takeoff through no fault of the pilot."
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"In summary, the Phantom is a great little quadrotor for novice pilots, but make sure to fully understand the system before flying, try to fly away from areas with lots of 2.4ghz pollution, and whatever you do, put your name, address, and phone number somewhere on the unit so if (when) it wanders off, you have a chance of getting it back."
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Platform

Platform:
"But if you are looking for an aerial gopro platform, this thing is perfect."
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"I want to get into aerial photography, and quad copters are the perfect platform."
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"Great platform for aerial photography with the GO Pro Camera."
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"Great fun, and great platform."
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"The DJI Phantom is easy to use, serves as a fantastic aerial photo video platform and has some high-end features that significantly improve ease-of-use and safety."
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Price

Price:
"This company is in it just for the money, they have HORRIBLE customer service."
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"They're selling you a pretty and affordable toy but you will definitely regret every cent you spend on this product."
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"So in short...Great flying, great filming, great price, but really hard to figure out the set up."
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"Beware that you will crash it, it's just the price to pay for learning to fly."
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"Bottom line (the unspoken one) they got their money...and far too busy with problems with the Phantom out of the box."
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"The only complaint I have, is that they dropped the price by $200.00, two month after I bought mine."
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"GOOD PRICE !"
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"For the price this model is much more efficient for buying accessories and just having fun flying around with gopro."
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"They offered me a discount on their next over priced product, needless to say I'd rather invest my money in a company that actually cares about their customer satisfaction, not because they're so popular right now, they don't have to care about their customers."
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"Well worth the money"
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"Keep in mind that you will want to buy spare batteries and other accessories like a gimbal for longer flight time and more stable video, but I am a firm believer in this drone and think it is by far the best out there in this price range."
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Propeller

Propeller:
"That is A VERY EXPENSIVE MISTAKE TO MAKE, unfortunately I have a friend help me with putting on the Propeller Guards before flight and he ended up using screws that were just a little to long."
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"The (only) damage was a prop guard and 2 carbon fiber props and a lipo (low voltage)."
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"Broke a prop guard."
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"I think that might be to keep bits of broken prop guard from breaking a prop, but it might be simply to stabilize them."
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"I would not recommend this to anyone without the Propeller guards, they could have saved me almost a month of waiting for parts and doing repairs because of a crash I did in my first week owning it, but once you've got those on it's almost impossible to hurt this thing."
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"I recommend getting the prop guards."
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"Invest in the prop guards...its a good plan."
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"The Phantom is pretty damn tough, but I would recommend the prop guards even if you are an experienced pilot."
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"If your new to this I would recommend the prop guards."
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"Crashed alot my first day (on the landing mostly) and Drone was still in good shape, except the propellers."
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Quality

Quality:
"He found it to be of the lowliest quality and purely inferior junk."
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"Great quality & received in a timely manner."
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"i'm amazed at the quality and how well this drone flies."
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"Good quality product."
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"This UAV is unbelievably easy to fly and control and the video quality with a GoPro 3 is awesome! "
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"great quality and packaging."
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Size

Size:
"In the meantime, I'm really enjoying my Phantom and I'm getting better at flying it (small moves, Ellie) and I'm less worried that it's going to come crashing down in some neighbors yard a few miles away."
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"Such a small change to fix a huge problem."
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"I can only thing of a few small negatives."
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"I had flown RC planes for years and graduated up to flying real airplanes but I was still yearning for something I could tha does not cost $120 a hour so a year ago I bought a small RC heli but I was never able to commit the time to learn to fly it well."
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"I would not even recommend taking the first flight in a small backyard."
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"The standard go pro mount that comes with the copter is the perfect size for a Hero 2 but will require some foam for a Hero 3."
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"Very great toy with a small camera attached."
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"The print is exceptionally small."
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"Maybe a carrier (The Phantom is small but with the propellers it's kind of big to travel with...but you can easily take off and put on the propellers."
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"In the meantime, I'm really enjoying my Phantom and I'm getting better at flying it (small moves, Ellie) and I'm less worried that it's going to come crashing down in some neighbors yard a few miles away."
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Software

Software:
"The software is already dated upon shipping and requires an update before the drone can even be used."
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"However, they keep updating the software and the Quad has become unpredictable and costly."
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"I have been put on hold for 40 minutes, hung up on, transferred and transferred and transferred, told I did not know what I was talking about and any problems with software was something I was doing wrong."
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"I did get everything assembled in a few minutes and then went on the Internet to download the Assistant software; which was not very user friendly either."
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"However I have not been able to download and install the the assistant software and drivernecessary to operate in the coarse lock and home lock mode ."
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"Frustration that I hadn't done something right led me to my next frustration which was that the operating system on my old computer (Windows Vista) wasn't going to be able to properly open the NAZA software and my new Mac wasn't going to work either."
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"(I recommend downloading the software from DJI's site and upgrading firmware, if needed, and enabling IOC modes first).- Takes awesome footage with a GoPro."
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"The naza Updating software could be improved a bit to make it more user friendly."
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"The assistant software (PC) set up and calibrating went smooth as well as my first compass calibration."
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"The software upgrades to this and the Zenmuse are supper easy."
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"The best thing to do when u purchase on is go to the DJI website and read everything you can about it, it will make setup and downloading software so much easier and quicker."
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Speed

Speed:
"It will go higher then the eye can see and fast enough to hurt someone.. We did experience some nasty wrecks, even with the nervous walk to recover the unit we found it unharmed but dirty.. unit comes with everything needed to have fun in the box and spare rotors."
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"Flown it up to 100 feet, done some high speed passes, tested the fail safe mode, and taken some great videos with the GoPro camera attached."
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"I worried a bit so I tried to start flying slow."
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"And while there is some vibration, it is really only a problem when accelerating quickly - mainly when descending fast."
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"Don't expect miracles from it and the big point that I didn't really consider with my purchase is anything above a 3 to 5 mph breeze will upset its stability like for photography and video."
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"I have crashed mine 3 times due to becoming too comfortable and then not being able to make fast decisions."
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"Well packaged and shipped fast."
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"I love this drone fast shipping++++"
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"Love DJI, shipping on the other hand was much on the slow side from me, must get upgraded shipping."
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"it is fun but get the bumpers until you get up to speed on flying it"
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"Super fast shipping, excellent product."
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Support

Support:
"Buyer beware of DJI support you will spend hours waiting for Tech support."
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"Seems like this could be a cool product, but the manual is confusing and worthless, there is no online support and don't even try to call them."
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"So-called support videos found online are inadequate to get our drone in the air."
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"This drone was a gift bought through a company known as DroneNerds who have failed to respond to request for technical support."
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"terrible support from dji"
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"First of all, the instructions and support downloads are pretty terrible."
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"Beware if you buy one of these, you better darn well not crash it, because customer support is non existent."
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"First of all, the instructions and support downloads are pretty terrible."
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"Lots of great support forums and groups out there for it."
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"Also the company is from Hong Kong China and there is no way to get in touch with a human voice for tech support, you will be on your own, Thankful Amazon is so good about returns."
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"Great company with great service and support."
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Take-off

Take-off:
"It was slightly bending forward during takeoff, but with the right lever I was able to correct it and up it was."
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"All light sequenses good, everything was fine and then it decided to take off, would not respond nor return, followed all procedures and nothing worked."
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"They are cheap and even the best flyer will be prone to the Phantom occasionally tipping over on landing or takeoff through no fault of the pilot."
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"Make sure your takeoff spot is in the open and has a clear shot straight up to the sky."
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"Maybe a carrier (The Phantom is small but with the propellers it's kind of big to travel with...but you can easily take off and put on the propellers."
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Transmitter

Transmitter:
"Even if you do exceed this and lose signal with the transmitter, GPS will attempt to kick in and land itself in the same point where it took off."
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"With proper setup, It will aslo return to the exact point where it was launched should you have a transmitter failure during flight."
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"Unfortunately my unit had lost the binding to the transmitter which required a receiver reset - something requiring complete disassembly of the quadcopter (andseveral hours of searching).Once this was completed, I was able to fly for the first time."
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"You must change PPM to D-Bus and then your transmitter will work and will be able to communicate with the Phantom."
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"The transmitter is easy to use."
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"great entry level quad copter, uses GPS so its easy to fly and even if the transmitter signal cuts out, its supposed to return to its original starting position and land."
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"The landing gear needs a non-magnetic screwdriver (so as to not mess up the compass).Flying is easy since whenever you let go of the controller (the tx transmitter)."
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"It's still a bit scary sending it up until it's just a dot in the sky, but it's very nice to bring it back with just a few moves of the transmitter sticks."
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Tree

Tree:
"I have been seriously addicted to this thing since I bought it, I mount my GoPro Hero3 and it works perfectly, I finally had a minor crash into a tree branch that bent one of the propellers, but I swapped it out with one of the replacements they sent and started flying again."
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"Clear day, no buildings or trees, and it takes 2-3 minutes before I get 6 or more satellites."
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"It took off straight for the trees at a great rate."
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"With just a few minutes practice I was able to take it through trees, around buildings, and under pedestrian bridges."
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"I do have the prop guards, as well, which probably saved a couple of props while the tree was trying to munch on them."
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Video

Video:
"It took some time to get this going...no instructions, even following video instructions weren't clear."
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"So-called support videos found online are inadequate to get our drone in the air."
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"And, theoretically there are videos on the manufacturers web site, but they are very hard to find."
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"Flown it up to 100 feet, done some high speed passes, tested the fail safe mode, and taken some great videos with the GoPro camera attached."
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"The entire thing shakes, creating a terrible jello effect on your footage (your video will look like there is clear jello wobbling in front of it)."
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"The paper manual is full of broken English and hard to follow but the videos make it easier to understand."
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"I recomend watching some youtube videos before flight...This is not a toy for your 10 yo son... this is a toy for you..."
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"But there are some great third party videos online that will guide you through your initial startup and first flight in no time."
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"Plenty good to make decent videos and get started."
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"Video is pretty stable."
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"I would recommend this quad...its a great starter and even intermediate quad that allows you to get amazing photos and video."
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Wind

Wind:
"I also took it down to the beach and flew it in 20 knt winds without a problem....though I wouldn't recommend it unless you are an experienced heli pilot."
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"I sent this thing so high I could hardly see it and was still able to bring home ( mind you there was a substantial cross wind at the time and I am not the best of flyers)."
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"The closest I have flown to the Phantom is the AR DRone which I thought was incredible until it became unpredictable, was horrible in wind, and struggled to fly properly carrying a Go Pro."
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"It can handle light wind (under 10MPH) very well."
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"Take it easy at first, and (while it handles even 15mph winds INCREDIBLY well) try to pick calm days for your first few flights."
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"The copter did a decent job of stabilizing itself despite the heavy winds."
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"I flew the phantom in a particularly perfect condition (hardly any wind, open ground, 80 degrees weather, successful calibration and green lights all around, more than 6 satellites acknowledged and a new FULLY and recently charged battery).I was flying it over the ocean in Hawaii no more than 40 feet away from me on rocky beautiful scenery when the drone decided to become unresponsive and land in the middle of the ocean with my GOPRO camera attached to it."
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"It is amazingly intuitive, flies great even in a moderate wind and was nearly perfect until one day when I was installing a battery and an electrical short with lots of white smoke ruined the copter."
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