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Posted on January 12, 2015
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ is awesome!!! If you haven't flown one of these things, I highly recommend it. We wanted to show you exactly what you get with this platform so you can be as excited as us when you start flying.
One of the things about it is the amount of technology that comes with it. When first starting with quadcopters we always recommend you start with something small like the Hubsan X4 to learn to fly these things. Reason for this is the fact that the controls are a bit hard to learn without crashing. You don't want to take out a $1k+ machine and crash it right away. The thing is when you fly a micro quadcopter, there is no GPS stabilization or any other technology to help you fly. With the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ it has all the bells and whistles to not only let you fly confidently and stably but to also take some awesome photos.
First things first. Make sure you charge up the battery and controller before you take it out. In the below example we had already done that before taking it out. Also, on your mobile device, make sure you download the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ app.
Go ahead and put in the batteries into your controller.
Below is everything that should be in your box - everything you need to fly!
Once you have everything on your Phantom 2 Vision+ all charged up and the batteries are in, go ahead and put on the propellers and follow the directions! Make sure when you are putting the propellers on that they are on the correct place. You will see a little picture on the propeller letting you know which way to spin in order to tighten them. Also, on each arm of the quadcopter you will see the little picture saying which way that the propeller should spin. Just note that the different propellers will have a different color (Black or Silver on the top) so you can easily identify the different blades. The same color propellers should be diagonally opposite of each other.
Also make sure to take off the little protective covers on the camera. Follow the instructions to make sure the compass is correctly calibrated. Once this happens you will want to make sure that the Phantom can see at least 3 satellites for GPS coordinates. (Just simply place it in an open area until the lights on the back arms flash green) *Note THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. Do not fly without a good GPS connection or else you risk needing to fly manually which makes it much more difficult. (GPS assist really really helps)
After you have thrown on the propellers go ahead and turn on your Phantom. You will need to push the button on the battery once and then press it again for 2 seconds until all the lights turn on green. Go ahead and turn on the controller as well as the range extender on the top of the controller. With your mobile device, go ahead and connect to the wifi signal that is being produced by your DJI Phantom. Once you do that you can open up the app and it will tell you everything you need to know about the quadcopter which is amazing. At this point you are ready to fly!
The great thing about this quadcopter is it truly is easy to fly! Go ahead and place it on a flat surface and stand a bit away from it. Spike your left joystick up to full power until your quadcopter gets into the air. (Don't be scarred, it does make a good amount of noise!) Once you are up in the air the GPS assist will hold your quadcopter wherever you leave it. So if you put it up 20 feet in the air it will just hover there.
You will have about 25 minutes of flying time, so make sure you get the most of it! The camera is great and you can get some great quality photos like the one below. There is a slight delay with what you are seeing on your smartphone vs. what the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ is doing so I recommend you don't just fly that way. (Also known as FPV) Once you have the shot framed you can go ahead and just snap photos straight from the app!
Overall this quadcopter is awesome! The next steps in any new toy are to get a carrying case and some more batteries, obviously. It is honestly remarkably easy to fly since it is so stable with the GPS assist. If you are really interested, we have a few options available here. For the most part the Vision+ will take care of everything you would want in a quadcopter, however, if the best possible video and pictures is your goal, we would recommend you get the Phantom 2 with the Zenmuse Gimbal for the best quality video with a GoPro attached.
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