There are so many ways to create incredible footage these days that sometimes it’s overwhelming. The folks over at PC Magazine make it a little less overwhelming with their thumbs-up review of this incarnation of the DJI Phantom 2 drone.
Do you ever remind yourself of a five year old in a shopping mall pointing to one thing after another with that peculiar combination of urgency and entitlement unique to people who are not yet fully formed?
No? Good for you.
Personally, in this golden age of filmmaking gear accessible to the masses, I remind myself more of Andy from Little Britain: “I want that one,” even if I don’t know exactly what it is or how it works.
I am not alone.
It seems incontrovertible that the company which can build the most intelligence and robustness into these things – and therefore allow us to focus on the actual footage even as we have so many other devices to master — will win in the marketplace.
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Read the review and dream of sequences that Hollywood couldn’t touch even 20 years ago.
Via PC Mag:
Design and Features
Given its capabilities, the Phantom 2 Vision+ is pretty compact. It measures 13.8 inches from rotor to rotor, and stands about 8 inches tall. The copter itself is white, with LED lights under each rotor that glow red and green to give a visual indication of flight status and orientation. The integrated camera sits on a stabilized gimbal below the rotors and is flanked on two sides by user-replaceable landing struts.
I've got more than my fair share of camera and gear bags, and found that the Phantom was a bit cumbersome to transport—none of the inserts I normally use are meant to secure a drone during travel—but DJI sells the custom Phantom Backpack ($299) and ThinkTank Photo offers an insert ($34.75) for its Airport Accelerator backpack ($294.75) to hold the copter and all of its accessories.
And there are accessories. The remote control that you use to move the Phantom through the air is pretty big unto itself, and its bulk is added to via a range extender and smartphone clamp that are attached to its back. The remote itself is powered by four AA batteries, but you'll need to keep the Wi-Fi range extender charged separately (it receives its juice via a micro USB port), and the copter itself uses a big battery that is charged via an AC wall outlet. An additional set of rotors is included with purchase, and if you want to fly for more than 25 minutes at at time I recommend investing in at least one additional flight battery ($129).
Read this article at PC Mag “DJI Phantom 2 Vision+”
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