DJI Phantom Vision release date delayed until November

The DJI Phantom Vision release date has finally been slated for this November, following multiple delays caused by unknown issues.

When DJI Innovations revealed the Phantom Vision, the whole world has been excited by the prospect of purchasing a quadcopter with a built-in camera.

The flying camcorder should have been released during the second quarter of 2013. However, it has been postponed until July due to several issues. July came and nothing happened and then the company went silent.

DJI Phantom Vision

DJI Phantom Vision was originally supposed to be launched in June 2013. However, it has been delayed and the UAV is still not available. According to the company, the quadcopter with a built-in camera is still on its way and it will hit store shelves in November.

DJI Phantom Vision release date scheduled for November 2013

Thankfully, DJI Innovations has updated its website with new information regarding the DJI Phantom Vision release date, stating that the quadcopter will become available this November.

The company claims that it is targeting a November launch, in order to take advantage of the holidays season, a period when consumers are actively looking for new “toys” to buy.

There are no pricing details, though CEO Colin Guinn has previously affirmed that it will be more expensive than the original Phantom, hinting at an amount higher than $700.

Original Phantom to be replaced by DJI Phantom II

DJI Innovations added that the Phantom II is set to be released around the same time. This means that the original Phantom is getting replaced by a newer and likely better version.

Although the Vision comes with a built-in camera, a lot of people still own a GoPro Hero and they would rather use this rugged shooter for aerial photography purposes.

The price of the upcoming DJI Phantom II is not mentioned, but more details should be revealed closer to the launch date.

Vision to feature built-in 14-megapixel camera and 5.8GHz WiFi

DJI Phantom Vision’s specs list includes an integrated 14-megapixel image sensor, which captures 1920 x 1080 full HD videos. Additionally, it can shoot 14MP photos at RAW quality, according to CEO Colin Guinn.

The Vision can also take a photo while recording. This is a really nice feature as it will not force users to stop capturing movies in order to take a photo.

Other features include 5.8GHz wireless transmitter and receiver, which represents an improvement over the original Phantom’s 2.4GHz version. This means that videographers will be able to control the Vision via an iPhone from a maximum distance of 300 meters.

DJI cuts Phantom price by $200, offers in-store credit for early buyers

The company has confirmed that a discount is available when buying the original DJI Phantom. As of September 9, the price of the quadcopter has been slashed by $200.

Furthermore, people who have purchased a unit before this date will receive a $150 in-store credit. Customers will be able to use this significant credit to buy a Phantom II or Vision before December 31, 2013.

This is a pretty good call from the company, as it can increase customer loyalty, while fans have already been upset by the UAV’s extended delay.

Either way, the DJI Phantom Vision release date is November.

Comments

  1. Donald Sensing says:

    Not altogether sure I would rather have a Phantom with a built-in camera. With a GoPro I can dismount the camera and use it for other activities. Plus if it gets damaged for some reason it would be easy to replace. The former is untrue for the Vision and the latter is probably untrue.

    I am sure there will be numerous other improvements to the airframe, but I am thinking I should go on and get the discounted Phantom now, add the GoPro and upgrade incrementally from there.

    Of course, if DJI came out with a ready-to-fly FPV Phantom, esp. with a gimbal-served camera, I’d probably go for that right away.

    Anyone know how the Phantom II and the Vision will differ?

  2. It’s a shame they haven’t done the same for their S800 / Wookong M customers. I purchased a Wookong only to find a month later they have released a new version called A1. Had I known they were about to release a new version i would have waited to purchase a new version! I won’t be recommending a DJI product ever again, and certainly will not by the phantom.

    • sorry to hear that,

      but the A1 system will set you back $3200 dollars while the old style wookong only about $1100 dollars…………. As well as now you can get the 50 way point function for free when you upgrade to the latest software.
      I thought of buying the 50 way points last year, but never got around to it. I guess I am lucky
      You can not blame DJI for this, this is common in the PC industry.

      Still the best small UAV equipment on the market hand down.

  3. Mike Smith says:

    I can only hope that with the Phantom version 2 it will include the built in camera as it sounds these are two separate items! The battery flight time would be nice if it hits 30 minutes.

    • Ecstacy says:

      The Phantom II will replace the current Phantom and the new Phantom Vision will come with the integrated HD cam! But dream on with the requested 30 minutes flight time… probably 15 minutes should be possible.

  4. Mike Smith says:

    The Vision can now fly with i hour and 30 minutes using the modified plug in adapter with 3 extra batteries and a 3300 MAH instead of the 2200 version. There is a few shown modified already with these hook ups averaging 25 minutes with only three batteries standard MAH. I checked and a few quad copter RC stores can make enhanced flight times to reach two hours with a 3300 or higher battery while loosing most stunt flying options. There are some detailed builds with the additional batteries now on you tube! Some mods look unnoticed , while others will clearly show the batteries unless painted or wrapped to match. As a FPV 1 hour 30 minutes will take you NEARLY anywhere with on demand reserve flight power. The test flight with the larger battery for the vision can reach 25 minutes with the standard battery and if you upgrade the MAH level you do the math. I will post my time lengths with the vision.

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