Update on DJI Phantom 2 Vision plus.
Its been almost a month now and I have been flying the Phantom 2 vision plus for just under 30 days. I have used it is 3 weddings now and I can only say it truly adds a new demotion to our productions here. We are all use to seeing great cinematic video clips from above in every tv show and movie and now we can truly offer that look and feel to our clients. Whats the problem then? its the camera. If you looking in to getting in to filming from the sky in any kind of professional way then this camera will not cut it. its has to be some of the worst HD quality bit rate and compression I have seen. The iPhone looks 150 times better then this camera and thats kind of sad. I will be returning this in 2 days to upgrade in to the new Gopro Hero 4 version of the Phantom. The new go pro hero 4 is looking like it packs a big punch in HD and 4k (UHD)
If you really want to get in to this professionally then simply go right in to the go pro version just under $3,000. Im sure it will be worth the investment. Soon as I get some new footage from that in a few weeks I’ll post up some clips for you to compare with these other clips below.
A big thank you to my past few clients for letting me play with this new gear and test everything out on the job. My clients are truly the best!
Jon Santos http://www.rocklifestudios.com
This is my first impression of the Phantom 2 vision plus. I spent a few days now flying it around town testing out the camera. Because lets face it, we need great video for our productions and that starts at the camera. Now giving the fact that something like this would only be used for a few shots on a few select weddings or projects it may just be the perfect camera at the right price point with ok video quality.
First I’m going to start with the point that this is not a toy. This is a real film making machine and if you’re not careful you can hurt your self, others and or break it.
For the price, the phantom 2 vision+ is amazing. It’s build is great, crashed once so far, about a 10 foot fall, and it was just fine. The GPS on it is amazing to help with your flight and keeping it steady in the air and even returning home when needed. Now, this is the version that comes with a camera and gimbal, not the GoPro version. The gimbal is so amazingly steady that I almost don’t want to use a glide cam any more. The wifi connects right to your iPhone to use as a monitor and controller for settings. I’m still messing around with the settings like ISO, filed of view and exposure stuff but so far, the camera quality is the only thing I would compare to a toy. NO real manual control, ISO 100, 200 & 400. F stop is fixed and you can set a shutter speed or really lock in a exposer. I have set the ISO to 100 and exposer to zero and the camera still adjusts the exposer and I’m thinking its maybe doing so by shutter speed. It would be much better if we could just truly lock in a setting.
I’m editing on a 30inch monitor and there is such a lack of clarity, massive amounts of aliasing & moire. On the internet its not really to bad but when you view it on a 60inch screen you can really see the problems with the camera. I have seen some side by side footage of the DJI camera and GoPro Hero 3 and the GoPro has some more detail in it image. I can only compare the quality to something like a GoPro but less detail quality in the footage. I feel the iPhone and Note phones have better quality footage then this camera. VERY VERY grainy footage in low light so make sure to get your best footage before the sun sets.
Over all if you only need a camera for 3-4 shots during your day for an event then this may be the camera for you at just under $1,200. Its ready to fly, no set up time out side of turning it on and opening the app. I need things to be as fast and easy to get a shot and get to my next location. You get about 25 mins of flight time so you may also want to pick up a couple extra batteries for $129 each.
After I see how this works in to my production I may upgrade to a copter that can at least hold a smaller camcorder like a Canon XA 10. I wish DJI would come out with a Phantom with a gimbal and iPhone monitor connection Just like the vision 2 Plus but that will hold a camcorder and a $2,000 price point.
-Jon Santos www.rocklifestudios.com