This is it… the quadcopter of my dreams. I’ve flown remote-control (RC) copters before. Indoors. Isn’t that what Christmas is for? I am a dedicated fan. Like Toad in Wind in the Willows, I go off when I view the majesty of model flight. Maybe I’m a frustrated pilot; just cannot see my way to the heavy investment in training, not to mention rental/ownership of a plane.
Also, I love photography. There is definitely a synergy to flight and cameras. Aerial photography elevates (pun intended) the image. The birds-eye-view creates in me the illusion of flight. The leading edge copters that carry modern digital cameras in their undercarriage are a definite dream of mine. Until recently, they too have been out of financial reach. Until now. The image below, displays the DJI Phantom 2 Vision, a quadcopter that has affordability and potential.
DJI has produced a seemingly wonderful machine. Everything about the specs and demos appeals to me: High resolution camera, extended battery life, added range, and most important, integration with my iPhone. As pilot, it is possible to view real-time video while you pilot this copter; video that can be stored, edited and played back on the desktop computer, mobile device or the web. The uses and applications boggle the mind.
DJI has created an impressive website. DJI provides detailed specs, and display their impressive track record through the videos and feedback from satisfied customers. I recommend you examine their boat trip video — a realtime, 28 minute flight trailing their speedboat along Lake Austin, with Colin Guinn of DJI.
The Phantom looks like a winner. For me, a New Year’s resolution to check it out is already in motion.