How Does DJI Phantom 2 Vision's Onboard Camera Stack Up Against GoPro's Hero3?
When talking about drones, it's impossible not to talk about DJI's Phantom quadcopter. And the combination of the Phantom and GoPro's action cameras seemed like a match made in heaven -- and maybe it was, but DJI has announced the release of the Phantom 2 Vision, which comes with its own onboard HD camera, as well as some other upgrades. Continue on to see just how well the Phantom 2 Vision performs in flight, as well as a side by side comparison between its onboard camera versus a GoPro Hero3.
The Phantom 2 Vision brings back some of what was good about the Phantom, like the "Return-to-Home" feature, but there are plenty of new tricks up DJI's sleeve. According to Cinescopophilia, the Phantom 2 Vision offers the first integrated mobile phone FPV system with the use of the DJI Vision Mobile App, which monitors your flight status, keeps real-time flight perimeters, and also lets you share your photos and videos on social/hosting networks. It can sustain Wi-Fi wireless connection up to a distance of 300m, and the battery offers up to 25 minutes of flight time.
Here are some general Phantom 2 Vision specs:
- 14 megapixel still images and 1080p HD video
- 5.8G Remote Controller (with mobile phone holder)
- Wi-Fi Range Extender
- Intelligent Flight Battery and Charger
- Highly Efficient Self-Tightening Propellers
- Enhanced Flight Times (up to 25 mins)
- Low Latency Live Preview (0.1s)
- Remote Controlled Capture via iOS app
- Phone Tilt Controlled Camera Angle
- Album Synchronization to Phones & Social Network Sharing
- Ready-to-fly right out of the box -- no programming needed
- Weight: 9lbs
Now, if you're looking for 4K video from the Phantom 2 Vision, you're not going to find it. Though it does shoot full HD video, it looks as though there are only two shooting options: 1080p30 and 1080i60. So, if 4K is the most important factor for your aerial filmmaking, then maybe sticking with the Phantom/GoPro Hero3 (or Hero3+) combo is the best route to take.
Here are the Phantom 2 Vision's onboard camera specs:
- Resolution: 14MP
- FOV: 140°/120°/90 °
- Sensor size: 1/2.3’
- Functions: Support of multi-capture, continuous capture and timed capture
- Support of HD Recording (1080p30/1080i60)
- Supports of both RAW and JPEG picture format
Here's a side by side comparison of the Phantom 3 Vision's onboard camera and GoPro Hero3:
The Phantom 2 Vision is available now for preorder, but it's going to cost you a pretty penny: $1,199.00. The expected arrival date is sometime between now and early November.
What do you think? Have you preordered the Phantom 2 Vision? How do you think the Phantom's onboard camera fares against the Hero3? Let us know in the comments.