DJI Innovations has announced the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter with a built-in camera at NAB Show 2014 in order to replace the original Vision released in late 2013.
Around the same time of the year in 2013, DJI Innovations has revealed that it is working on a drone with an integrated camera. Many months and delays later, the so-called DJI Phantom 2 Vision has been released on the market, while several firmware updates have been released after that, too.
Although everything seemed to be perfect, the company has just introduced a replacement for its ready-to-shoot quadcopter at the National Association of Broadcasters Show 2014. It is called DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, signalling the fact that it consists only of a minor improvement over its predecessor.
DJI Innovations introduces DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter with built-in camera
Present at the NAB Show 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, DJI Innovations has not come empty-handed. The brand new Vision+ features the same built-in 14-megapixel camera which is capable of recording videos at full HD resolution.
Nevertheless, there are a few changes when compared to the original model and the first consists of increasing its WiFi range. If the Vision offered a communication range of up to 300 meters , the new unit will offer a range of up to 700 meters.
The Phantom 2 Vision+ also features a 90-degree tilting camera, meaning that it can look directly below. Additionally, its maximum flight speed now reaches 15m/s, which is 50% faster than the old model, DJI said.
It is worth noting that on the company’s website the specs list of both Vision and Vision+ are listed as 15m/s, so we might have to wait for a clarification on this specification.
Nevertheless, probably one of the most important addition is the tri-axis image stabilization system. The old Vision provides a single-axis gimbal, therefore the Vision+ should offer improved footage in terms of stabilization.
Vision+ will be released soon for $100 more than the price of original Vision
The new quadcopter with a built-in camera also comes packed with an improved GPS system. It allows the Vision+ to fly automatically on pre-determined paths. Furthermore, it can maintain the drone in the same position even if the wind is blowing with speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.
Another feature of the GPS technology consists of preventing the quadcopter from entering a restricted air space. The same GPS system will be added into the original Vision, courtesy of firmware update 3.0, which has been released for download today.
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ offers a battery life between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on flying conditions. It will become available soon for a price of $1,299 – $100 more than its predecessor’s price.