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Beneficial features of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter


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Video: Beneficial features of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter

Robbie Carmen: Now Frances, for the past couple months people have been talking about the new DGI Phantom Two Vision, and it recently just came out. We've got our hands on one here. Now, there's a lot of really good advantages of the Vision Two. Especially when you compare it to the original DGI Phantom. Now, the most noticeable thing for me, is probably this camera here. Tell us a little bit about that. Francis: Is a built in camera. Robbie Carmen: Yep. Francis: That comes with the DGI. Robbie Carmen: Yep. Francis: It actually feeds through Wi-Fi, a video feed that you can view through your cell phone. Robbie Carmen: And it's actually a really cool camera.
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Beneficial features of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter

Robbie Carmen: Now Frances, for the past couple months people have been talking about the new DGI Phantom Two Vision, and it recently just came out. We've got our hands on one here. Now, there's a lot of really good advantages of the Vision Two. Especially when you compare it to the original DGI Phantom. Now, the most noticeable thing for me, is probably this camera here. Tell us a little bit about that. Francis: Is a built in camera. Robbie Carmen: Yep. Francis: That comes with the DGI. Robbie Carmen: Yep. Francis: It actually feeds through Wi-Fi, a video feed that you can view through your cell phone. Robbie Carmen: And it's actually a really cool camera.

If you look at it down here through this way, it's into a nice sort of well built housing. It's still plastic, it's not metal, which saves on a little weight. But it's really well built. The nice cool thing about it, is that there is a little bit of stabilization built in. Now it's not a true Gimble system of course, but it does have a little dampening there, so the little vibrations that you might get from normal flight, are going to be, sort of reduced a little bit. And then on the back here, what do I got? I got a little micro SD slot. What does this do for me? Francis: The micro SD slot is what you put your micro SD cards into, and store your video or photos.

Robbie Carmen: Okay. And then I also have a little power switch here where I can turn the, the camera off completely, as well as turn it on or I can turn my Wi-Fi on and off. Now, this plug is interesting, how does this camera get power? Francis: The camera gets power through the same battery as the DGI Phantom 2. Robbie Carmen: Mm-hm. Francis: So everything goes right through the battery. Robbie Carmen: Okay, so it's nice and self contained. Not a lot of wires going on here. Now, another advantage of the Phantom 2 Vision that I've found, is the actual battery pack itself. Now, in previous version of the Phantom, the batteries were kind of a little flimsy there, you know not flimsy per se, but they weren't kind of housed in this nice self contained unit.

Tell us a little bit more about the batteries itself. Francis: This one compared to the Phantom 1 is that it just slips in and it's easy to plug in. Robbie Carmen: I found that to be such a hassle with previous versions of the Phantom. You had to kind of get that wire right in the right position, they you had to tuck it back into the. Sort of the, the cavern here inside the body just right. This is really nice. You simply position it and line it up with the body, and it slides right in. You can see the contacts here, right on the side of the battery, they line up with contacts right inside of the unit itself. So, you charge this guy up, snap it in, and you're good to go.

Now, in previous versions, when you plugged in the batteries, what happened? Francis: It just turns on right away. Robbie Carmen: Yeah, right. What's nice about this on the new battery pack here, there's actually a power button right on the battery pack. So, instead of having to disconnect and connect your batteries all the time so it's on and off, you can have your battery in the unit but, simply power the unit on when you want to. Now a couple of other questions, has anything else improved on the actual quad copter itself? We still have plastic rotors, right? Francis: Yeah. Robbie Carmen: And these are still interchangeable? Francis: Yes correct.

Robbie Carmen: So, I could put carbon fiber rotors, that kind of stuff. Now it seems to me, this just might be sort of in my head, but it seems to me that over all there's less sort of portion and creek, in the the new version of this quad copter, than in the previous version. So, there are some advantages of the new Phantom 2 Vision. When we come back we're going to talk about some disadvantages, or some problems, with this new set-up.

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