DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

“I Want That One:” DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Earns PC Mag Editor’s Choice

by Hugh Brownstone6 Comments

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.

Like drones.

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.

DJI’s got a pretty compelling head start. [bctt tweet=”I want one! The DJI's got a pretty compelling head start”]

Read the review and dream of sequences that Hollywood couldn’t touch even 20 years ago.

DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

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.


DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

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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(cover photo credit: snap from PC Mag)

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

And always with the ambition of authenticity, humanity and wit.
Hugh Brownstone


  1. You know what I’d like to see someone post about drones? Because I would want to use a drone to enhance my cinematography skills, Id like to see someone demoing various types of camera movements possibilities using a drone. Tracking cars, people, bikes to really spectacular movements all in one reel

  2. Thanks Hugh, I have a small hubs an x4 drone to practice on and fantasize on a dji but to justify it I want to feel it’s not just for 1 or 2 types of shots. I’d love to see the range of shot possibilities to help get me excited and to justify the expenditure.

  3. On the other hand, you don’t need to wait for us! There’s fantastic footage out there. Here’s a short to which I contributed the ground-level time lapse, while a bud did the drone footage with a DJI:

  4. Hi Eojsant, This might help… This video doesn’t show the different subject matter you refer to (cars, bikes, people) but It does show off aerial parallax/wrapping, horizontal tracking shots, vertical lifts, follow cam and mid air static shots, etc… I hope it helps to show off what you can do 🙂

  5. Although it might be hard to transport as you mentioned, I have wanted one for adventure photography since they came out!  The DJI Phantoms are awesome and people are doing incredible stuff with them.  One of my friends has one and he has gotten very good at flying it.  The stuff he captures from it is spectacular.  If only I had a job that paid more than $9/hour haha.

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