Videos of the DJI Phantom “GoPro” helicopter have been flooding the internet for the past several months. This small, inexpensive copter gave low-budget shooters and hobbyists the ability capture unique, sweeping arial shots. This month, a new DJI Phantom has been released with the some new features, including a built-in camera.
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision’s onboard camera shoots full HD 1080p30/i60 video and takes 14 megapixel photos. ElefunTV made a side by side comparison between the new camera and a GoPro Hero 3+:
As you can see in the comparison, the GoPro image is much flatter than the Phantom’s camera. To a consumer, the Phantom’s camera might look better because the color “pops”, but filmmakers generally want a flatter image so that they can put their own grade on it in post.
Other features include an app for iPhone that allows you to see your flight in real-time. You can also tilt the camera during flight via the app. Photos, including panorama’s, can be taken and shared on social networks with ease.
I think the new DJI Phantom Vision 2 will probably be better for consumer use. Getting the original Phantom to take smooth video with a GoPro takes some extra hardware and soldering. They Vision 2 is basically ready to go so I think it will be more popular for non-professionals.
The DJI Phantom Vision 2 is currently available for pre-order at B&H. It retails for $1,199 and is expected to ship this November.
What do you think? Would you rather shoot with the new DJI Phantom Vision 2 or the original Phantom and GoPro Hero 3?