Thursday, April 24, 2014

My first flights of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision +

Last Friday I got my hands on the new DJI Phantom 2 Vision + quadcopter, and I could not wait to get home, charge it up and take it for a spin.


For those of you who have not seen or heard about these, you need to check this out. These drones have the ability to take our photography to new heights (yes - the pun is intended). This particular model has a 14MP camera attached to a gimble under the copter, allowing me to capture stills and video from places that previously were impossible.

Now, let me say this right up front, I am still learning how to fly this thing, and have made a couple of mistakes, but overall, this is very easy to control. I love that I can see what the camera sees in realtime, using the wireless connection to my iPhone. This not only lets me fly easier, but also gives me the ability to start and stop the camera and video from the ground.

Below is a one minute sample of video captured from my first couple of flights. I was shooting portraits in Half Moon Bay and, afterwards, took the risk of sending the Phantom 2 out over the marina. This was really nerve wracking, since it was a pretty good distance of travel away from me, and over water. I could not afford to make any mistakes and lose this $1400 piece of equipment in the ocean. By the time I landed it safely, I was literally shaking. I don't think I will try this again for a while. The second part of the video shows my neighborhood, with me sending the Phantom up to a 300 foot altitude and looking down and across Saratoga, CA.

BTW - You can see this larger if you view this directly on YouTube.

As I get better at using this, I hope to post more polished video for you all to see. My son, Connor, was nice enough to edit this for me in Final Cut Pro. Enjoy!

14 comments:

Ginger said...

Awesome!!! Can't wait to see your further endeavors with it. BTW... who was on the tight rope?

Unknown said...

I got my A.R. Drone caught up in a redwood last summer. It was so high up there I thought it was a goner. But luckily there is a "rescue" shake that runs the propellors at random, awkward intervals. My 8-year old son did that when I let him mess around with the controls and it fell. Camera was on the whole time so I was lucky. I found another rescue that was a bit more dramatic on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQQsG-xauAg

bonphoto@earthlink.net said...

How do you get it down without crashing? Looks like fun! Great start.

Unknown said...

Hi Jeff, i bought one in Januar, but I have not tryed yet. In Germany is so windy or rainy all the time. :/

Unknown said...

i cant get the firmware installed on my phantom! the controller was easy enough, but not the vision plus itself, please help!

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Bac718 said...

Been having a HORRIBLE time with Dji
My camera went berserk,banged itself around and now NO PICTURE...

Unknown said...

Perhaps it's me but does anyone else think that the video is 'grainy' at 100asa even in bright daylight?

Are there any tips you can recommend to reduce?

Thank You.

Unknown said...

The video appears 'grainy' with my
Phantom 2 Vision+!!
Even at 100asa / 720 or 1080P and in bright daylight.
Any tips or suggestions?

Thank You.

Jeff Cable Photography Blog said...

Andrew - I have not seen that problem. You should call DJI support in Southern California.

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