A revolutionary adventure filmmaking drone just got some serious upgrades. And we're impressed.
Only a few months after releasing the Phantom 2 and Phantom 2 Vision quadcopters, DJI unveiled a new model with some major changes aimed at aerial photographers and filmmakers.
The Phantom 2 Vision+ carries a three-axis gimbal, (the original just had a single axis), plus it's faster and it can film at a 90-degree tilt. While the Phantom 2 opened the door to aerial photography and video, the Vision+ looks to take these flying cameras to the next level.
The Vision+ update also includes an integrated GPS system that allows users to automate flight paths and hover in the same position even with wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour. The new drone has double the WiFi reach, expanding control range to 2,000 feet. The smaller-profile camera still shoots 1080p at 30 frames with 14 megapixel still images. The latest quadcopter even has a "no-fly-zone" feature that prevents the drone from flying into regulated areas like airports.
The Phantom 2 Vision+ is now available online for $1,300—just $100 more than the previous Phantom 2 Vision. The latest Vision+ is the best ready-to-fly drone for novice aerial photographers, but if you're worried about resolution and camera control, the Phantom 2 with a Zenmuse gimbal and the GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition is still hard to beat.
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