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DJI Phantom FC40 Quadcopter with Wi-Fi FPV Video Camera (White) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Jul 29, 2015

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DJI Phantom FC40 Quadcopter with Wi-Fi FPV Video Camera (White) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 08/12/2015
Based on 142 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.7
Returned or considering to return: 7.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Flying4.4   average
Video4.1   average
Battery3.6   average
Camera2.6   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"camera not so great and battery life is about 9-12 minutes, good quad to make your own in adding mods to it but by time you finish the $ spent you could have bought a P2, if you just want to fly and and take video then this is your starter."
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"I bought 4 extra batteries and an extra charger.. problem solved."
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"I keep receiving bad batteries (3 so far ) And the app for it has glitches like turning off the ringer on your cell phone."
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"Hard to fly, camera is near worthless, battery life awful."
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"After reading the reviews I selected this particular Drone because everyone said it was ready to go and great for beginners...well I couldn't figure it all out after putting the easy pieces together, got the battery all charged and then couldn't get it to fly or do anything but light up."
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"Love my FC40.Upgraded to 3.0Ah batteries & DJI orig 9443s for 16+min flights, then widened the door for 4Ah's giving 21+min GPS hovers."
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"Some things that I purchased immediately were prop guards (around $15 thru Amazon), as well as an extra 2200 mAh battery ($23 thru Amazon)."
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"If you're going to need to keep a couple of kids happy, you might want more batteries."
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"Also invest in a very good battery charger you don't want to skimp here."
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Camera

Camera:
"camera not so great and battery life is about 9-12 minutes, good quad to make your own in adding mods to it but by time you finish the $ spent you could have bought a P2, if you just want to fly and and take video then this is your starter."
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"Camera sucks and the range is terrible."
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"Also, the camera seems to restart (or at least go unresponsive for quite some time) after stopping a recording."
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"The main drawback of this copter (FC40) is the camera isn't really too great."
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"The problem with the camera is that it shakes too much and you have to manually change the orientation of the camera."
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"The only complaint I have is that the distance on the wifi camera is not very good."
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"I was missing a mount for the camera but I contacted them and they replied to me quickly and had no problem sending me the part."
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"Camera:The lightweight camera that comes with the Phantom is pretty functional, it communicates with you via blinking lights so it's not super easy to know exactly what it's doing."
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"The camera works great with some amazing pictures."
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"I'm very happy with it and we've already made a few small video's with the camera."
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Flying

Flying:
"Either I got a defective one or it is way hard to fly."
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"Bought this as a gift for my bf, who almost wanted to send it back because he thought it would be too hard to fly."
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"If you don't, you're either a) very experienced or b) flying way too timidly and not having as much fun as you could be."
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"If in the future the stock FC 40 Phantom doesn't satisfy enough of your flying needs, don't worry, there is a big market out there that carries an abundant amount of upgrades and accessories."
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"Its not as easy to fly as they say."
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"Hard to fly, camera is near worthless, battery life awful."
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"Super fun to fly and easy even for this old guy."
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"A real joy to fly, handles great."
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"Now the drone works as it should and it's great, is a beauty fly one of these, but what you have to live to make it work is not of God! "
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"The best thing I bought in a while love the gps mode it'll find it's way back flys excellent even in the wind"
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"Very easy to fly.. best money I've spent on myself in a long long time!"
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Video

Video:
"I've only used it twice haven't had time but it is a little hard to use even though I saw the videos on YouTube."
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"Despite these disadvantages, the videos I get from this copter are still amazing."
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"The rolling shutter is distracting and the video clarity overall is just not too good..."
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"It's about the same kind of bad just in more pixels.2) The FC40 has terribly short range, and videos will have delay, stutter, and breaks up often."
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"The video is great."
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"I watched the videos everyone recommends before and during the set-up, but it took me a day to find the mini-USB port INSIDE the remote control to do the proper controller software update, and to learn the correct positioning of the controls to start the engines."
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"Also, there are plenty of videos on YouTube instructing you how to set it all up pretty quickly."
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"First Time Use:I would highly recommend watching a few YouTube videos which explain the basics of flying the DJI Phantom FC40."
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"Some of the unboxing videos out there go through a first time flight as well."
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