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Robbie Carmen: Now Francis, there's a lot of really good things to say about the Phantom 2 Vision, but there's no such thing as a perfect product. I think that this is a really, you know, good performer, but it does have some limitations or some problems with it. Why don't you give us what your, you know, top one is. Francis: The top one is the camera. Robbie Carmen: Okay. Francis: You only have this camera, you can't upgrade this camera at all. Robbie Carmen: Yeah, I, I see that as an advantage and sort of a limitation as well. I mean, it's nice that the unit has the built-in camera. So if you want to get up and running quickly, just buy the Vision 2 and you're flying and you're recording and everything's great.
But for those who are obsessed about video quality and options and all that kind of stuff, you might find this built-in camera a little limiting, yeah? Francis: Correct. Robbie Carmen: Especially compared to like a GoPro. Francis: Correct. Yeah. Robbie Carmen: Right. So like a GoPro set up, but you're going to have a lot more options on the actual GoPro versus the built-in camera itself. Now my other thing about this, is that I think that the guys at DGI tried valiantly if you will, to kind of give us a little bit of stabilization here. Right, so, sort of absorbs a little bit of that vibration. But this is not a true gimbal system, right? Francis: No it's not.
Robbie Carmen: Right, so you just have to be aware of that, that even though we have a little bit of sort of damping for vibrations, this is not going to be a true gimbal. So if you're expecting to get perfectly solid you know, rock solid shots with this system, yeah you might need to look elsewhere. Especially to sort of the zemuse gimbals system that we talked about in other episodes. Now another disadvantage that I know you brought up, or a sort of limitation that you brought up, is, we talked about the batteries being cool, because now they're self contained, you don't have to deal with all those wires. But what's the drawback with the batteries? Francis: These batteries, the drawback is that they're very expensive.
Robbie Carmen: Yeah. Francis: These are about I think between 130 to 150 bucks a pop. Robbie Carmen: Yep. Francis: With the fins and ones. You can get third party batteries that actually might last longer than these batteries do. Robbie Carmen: That's true but, you know, sort of in defense of the battery, I have actually found that because they are you know, sort of the original equipment you know, from the manufacturer that they tend to you know, work pretty well. And I know that they've been tested by the manufacturer. So you know, sometimes with third party batteries I worry, are they going to work right? Are they going to have, you know, charging problems? Things of that nature. Now, one word about the batteries because this is kind of a deal, right? Francis: Yeah.
Robbie Carmen: What kind of batteries are these. Francis: These are LiPo batteries. Robbie Carmen: Yeah. So, the problem with LiPo batteries is that they're very good and you can find them in most hobby shops and that kind of stuff. But, you need to make sure that while you're charging them, you're actually in the room while they're charging. because what can happen? Francis: They can catch on fire. Robbie Carmen: Yeah. Francis: If they're not charged properly. Robbie Carmen: Yeah, it's really important that you use an approved charger. Use approved charging methods. And again, that you sort of supervise this charging because bad things have happened. Just do a Google search on, you know, the battery fires and you'll find a lot of kind of very scary footage.
So not a lot of limitations with the new DGI Phantom 2 Vision, but some things to be aware of. I think, you know, having the built-in camera that you can't upgrade, can't change, doesn't have that many options is a big one. I think that sort of a lack of a true gimbal system can be problematic for some users but you do get a little bit of vibration. And then Francis as you said, the batteries themselves can be sort of a little frustrating simply because they are pretty expensive. So you have to kind like keep that all in mind when you're evaluating the purchase of one of these units. Okay next up, we're going to come back and talk about some essential accessories for this quadcopter.
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