Dji Phantom / August 10, 2018 / Sanni Pekkarinen
If you are looking to get into aerial photography using multirotors there are a number of options available. You can build your own or purchase a commercially manufactured quadcopter. Building your own can be very exciting and educational but it may be easier to get going by purchasing a commercially manufactured drone. Some of the more popular models are the Blade 350 QX the Hubsan X4 and the DJI Phantom series. In this article we are going to focus on the DJI Phantom and the DJI Phantom Vision. Both are great all inclusive ready to fly (RTF) packages that boast impressive technical specifications but they have marked differences as well.
The two main competitors are Parrot who have now released the 2.0 version of their AR Drone for amateurs and DJI Phantom which priced at over $1000 is for the more serious players in the drone arena. The AR Drone is priced at about $300 and up depending on whether you opt to go for any extra features such as GPS based auto-pilot an extra battery or extra memory in the form of a USB plug-in stick. This makes it more affordable and it would not surprise me if it becomes one of the top Christmas gifts this year!
And though the large 5200 mAh batteries provide long endurance flights of up to 25 minutes they are quite expensive. Also the props are more expensive than if you bought standard props. But overall for someone who is looking to get a full package helping them get into the hobby the DJI Phantom and DJI Phantom Vision are great quadcopters to go with. Remember to always fly responsibly and be conscious of the safety of those around you. Never fly over people or in populated areas and practice in open fields. Make sure all batteries are charged before beginning to fly the last thing you want is to lose signal and have a fly away.