If you’re looking to take your droning hobby to a whole new level, then we encourage you to check out our DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GOPRO review. As we all know, DJI has lately become the embodiment of excellence.
When someone utters the name of the company, he or she will automatically think two things: great and expensive. Indeed, we do not deny that DJI has some of the spiciest price tags right along with Parrot, but the DJI drones are the best of the lot.
So far, we’ve talked about DJI-inspired drones like the Qcopter QC1 quadcopter or the Walkera QR X350 Pro, but we haven’t got around to actually talking about a living, buzzing DJI drone. Of course, we are going to make amends, and for this, we invite you to join us in our all new DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GOPRO review.
DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GoPro Main Features & Specs
The DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GOPRO is powered by an engine assembly composed of four high-powered brushless rotors which sport out the coreless technology. Why is this piece of information significant?
Well, after flying the drone for an extended period of time, the engine will naturally become overheated. In time, the heat emanated by the engines can seriously cripple and even damage the motor assembly. The coreless technology actively protects your engines, ensuring that you can fly it for an extended period of time without any incidents.
|DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Specs|
|$449.95||15min||Outdoors||not included||AA||3 hours||2.2 pounds||22 cm||300m|
Now, the drone gets its power from a 3S Lithium-Polymer 2200 mAh battery, which can keep this monster of a drone up in the air for 15+ minutes.
Furthermore, these are not the only features that make the DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GOPRO anything short of perfection. The quadcopter’s maneuverability in ensured by the IOC system (Intelligent Orientation Control). This system will make the drone always fly relative to the home position, and, in the event that it loses signal, it will return to the same sport.
The IOS system is also doubled by the Naza-M autopilot, which can keep the drone up in the air with little to no intervention from the user. Moreover, if the Naza-M is switched on and you have a smartphone or a tablet attached to the remote control, you can also instruct the drone to perform some pretty nifty maneuvers just by pushing a few buttons on the screen.
Arguments: Pros and Cons
In-flight stabilization is ensured by the Zenmuse H3-2D system, which not only will keep the drone steady as a rock but will also help you shoot some amazing pictures or record video footage worthy of Hollywood.
Regarding aerial photography, the drone comes outfitted with a GOPRO camera socket, which is compatible with any cameras from the Hero2 and Hero3 series. Below, you can see the pros and cons of opting for this drone.
- Excellent Maneuverability;
- Good in-flight stabilization;
- Return Home Mode;
- Automatic orientation control;
- Sturdy construction;
- Good battery life;
- Can perform intricate aerial stunts;
- Excellent audio/video capabilities.
- Price tag can be discouraging;
- Hard to understand;
- Spare parts are expensive;
- Doesn’t come equipped with a camera.
DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight
As you would expect, after boring you half to dead with our interminable list of technical specifications, we are now going to tell you about our flight impressions. Our testing section will be comprised of two subsections: one in which we are going to tell you all about the drone’s remote control and the other one being dedicated exclusively to flying the drone.
DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Remote Control
Now, the DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GOPRO comes equipped with a remote control, which, in our opinion, looks a little bland, to say the least. When we opened the package, we saw a hospital-white remote control, with just a couple buttons.
It doesn’t say that much regarding functionality, but the DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GOPRO is not only about design, but it’s also about power. So, the quadcopter’s remote control contains three major parts.
There’s the upper part of the RC which contains a pointy wireless antenna, the smartphone/tablet support, and two switches, located on the left and the right side. The left switch triggers the Return Home function or to turn on and off the IOC function, while the right switch is used to turn the camera on and off or to switch between photo/video modes.
The middle part of the remote control contains two joystick-like controllers, which adjust altitude, pitch, and direction. More specifically, the left stick controls the drone’s altitude and starts it, while the one on the right changes direction.
On this note, be careful to switch on the headless mode when flying the drone. If you’re a beginner, the headless mode will help you keep the drone under the control, even in windy conditions.
So, the last thing you are going to find on the drone’s remote control is a power switch at the bottom, accompanied by a bright LED power indicator.
Outdoor flight is made possible by advanced GPS positioning that compensates for light wind. The Phantom has a fail-safe function and can be configured to automatically fly to and land at its take-off position if connection to the transmitter is lost.
Overall, we found the DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GOPRO remote control to be very responsive and quite comfortable. We had no major issues reaching the farthest controls. Additionally, an aluminum alloy covers all the buttons, which gives it a nice touch.
One thing we’ve failed to mention so far is that the DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GOPRO has a little camera-related glitch. So, when attaching a smartphone or a tablet to your drone, you will naturally try to switch on the live wireless feed feature.
According to the manufacturer, the transmission range for this function is approximately 300 meters, and it should work without a problem. Now, during our tests, we had the misfortune of discovering that when we switched on the Wi-Fi live feed feature, the video transmission coming from the GoPro camera kind of interferes with the remote control, and, on more than one occasion, we actually managed to lose control of the drone.
Luckily for us, the autopilot kicked in and managed to bring the drone to the take-off site, without any incidents.
Flying the Drone
In order to test out the quadcopter, we chose a day which had a little bit of wind. After setting the drone on the ground and switching it on, the DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GOPRO came to life, emitting a high-pitch sound.
The high level of sound did not surprise us one bit since the DJI for GOPRO belongs to the large drone class. So, upon hitting the throttle, the drone took off without any major deviation from its trajectory. The remote control was pretty responsive, and before switching on the GoPro Hero3 camera, we’ve tried to perform a couple of tricks.
From what we saw, DJI’s gimbals makes all the movements seem fluidic like the drone was planning on pulling that stunt before we hit the button. Another great feature of this quadcopter is the auto-hover mode, which is pretty useful, especially when you want to align the drone for a perfect close-up shot.
But the drone’s pièce de résistance is unequivocally the Naza-M autopilot software which allowed us to plot courses, and to supply the drone with more advanced info. For example, we were in an open field, and we wanted the drone to stop for a second, take a picture of a tree and then go about its business.
If we were to use a drone which was not equipped with this system, we would have to pilot the drone manually to that location, line it up for a shot, and then fly away . But using the Naza-M software, this operation become easier.
So, with the help of an Android tablet, and, of course, with the right software, we’ve plotted the course of the drone, providing it with precise instructions at each checkpoint. After hitting the start button in the application, the DJI sprung to life and began to fly according to the plan drafted on the tablet.
Invariably, it went to that exact tree, stopped, took a picture and then returned to the initial location, and all these things happened in front of our eyes, without us having to push a single button.
What’s in the box?
Below you can find the complete content of the box, accessories and documents included:
- DJI Phantom Aerial UAV drone,
- gimbal (compatible with GoPro camreas),
- remote control,
- instructions documents.
In order to conclude our DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GoPro review, we have to say that this little marvel of technology performed above and beyond the call of duty. The remote control is responsive; the drone feels good to the touch, and although we used a Hero3 camera instead of a newer version, we’ve managed to snap some amazing pictures.
All in all, we recommend this drone, especially for those who are really passionate about aerial photography.
With a maximum horizontal speed of 22 miles/hour (10 meters/second), the DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GOPRO lets you capture the action of almost any sport, event or scene.