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Old    Bill Smeltzer (runin90lx)      Join Date: Sep 2009       03-27-2014, 11:28 AM Reply   
im really interested in picking up a quadcopter to do some messing around with. i will be using my go pro with it. was just curious if the phantom 2 is really worth the extra money over the phantom 1? noone around my area deals with them so i have noone to really ask personally. youtube is hit and miss on reviews. seems 50/50 on which one everyone recommends over the other.
Old    Russ Constable (Midnightv10)      Join Date: Feb 2012       03-27-2014, 11:39 AM Reply   
I am curious about this as well.
I have the Phantom 1 and really love it. To me it looks like the extra cost for the 2 is in the FPV set up and different battery set up (more efficient?)
Old    Bill Smeltzer (runin90lx)      Join Date: Sep 2009       03-27-2014, 11:43 AM Reply   
That's kinda what I'm seeing. But I heard (haven't looked to confirm yet) that a replacement battery is around 200 bucks for the phantom 2.if u want a 2nd battery for longer filming on the boat etc

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Old    MICAH HARPER (MICAH_HARPER)      Join Date: Apr 2010       03-27-2014, 11:45 AM Reply   
just buy both Bill.

I will help you test one, and you can test the other
Old    Bill Smeltzer (runin90lx)      Join Date: Sep 2009       03-27-2014, 11:48 AM Reply   
micah...i love your way of thinking. just dont think my wife would agree with it LMAO
Old    Russ Constable (Midnightv10)      Join Date: Feb 2012       03-27-2014, 11:52 AM Reply   
From what I can see, the 2 uses a 5200 mAh battery which is more than twice as big as the Phantom 1's 2200 mHa battery.
The 2 advertises 25 minute or so flight times and from experience I can tell you I get about 10 - 12 minutes with my Phantom 1.

your right those batts are really spendy.. $150 - $200 each Vs $20 - $25 each for the 2200's
Old    Bill Smeltzer (runin90lx)      Join Date: Sep 2009       03-27-2014, 12:01 PM Reply   
That's what has me leaning towards the phantom 1. But the gamble on the 2 is really sweet for taking straight down video and no choppy looks when flying

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Old    Russ Constable (Midnightv10)      Join Date: Feb 2012       03-27-2014, 12:20 PM Reply   
http://droneflyers.com/2014/01/dji-p...bbyists-guide/

This might help a bit..
Old    Shawndoggy (shawndoggy)      Join Date: Nov 2009       03-27-2014, 12:27 PM Reply   
there are lots of aftermarket gimbals for the dji 1 on ebay for $60+/-
Old    Bill Smeltzer (runin90lx)      Join Date: Sep 2009       03-27-2014, 12:31 PM Reply   
Shawn doggy. Thanks. I just started looking into them today so i haven't gotten that far into searching.

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Old    Tracktor (tracktor)      Join Date: Sep 2005       03-27-2014, 1:27 PM Reply   
I just bought a phantom 2. A lot of the reason I went with the two is it is already set up with the gimbal and most of the external wiring to run a FPV setup if you want to add it down the road. It is basically charge & go. I am still working on being able to fly it well. They are very easy to fly except when you have trees around! We have only used for MX at this point but want to try some WB footage this summer-

Quick edit of footage from the weekend. You tube killed the quality -

http://youtu.be/lOgX_L6txMI

Old    Bill Smeltzer (runin90lx)      Join Date: Sep 2009       03-27-2014, 1:30 PM Reply   
Tracktor..my main intention will be filming from boat for boarding and surfing. Just makes me nervous flying 1200 quad and go pro over water lol

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Old    Tracktor (tracktor)      Join Date: Sep 2005       03-27-2014, 2:22 PM Reply   
I am not sure how well that will work. With the operator moving & the subject moving. I am figuring it will work better if you can operate from shore and have the subject near or possibly be in a stationary boating operating the quad. You only have about 15 minutes running time fully loaded and after that you are going down. if over water kiss the whole thing goodbye. The gopro runs without the cas so it would be ruined even if you could recover. There is some talk at www.phantompilots.com about landing gear floats. But they add weight & mass so the handling/wind resistance is affected.........
Old    Bill Smeltzer (runin90lx)      Join Date: Sep 2009       03-27-2014, 2:24 PM Reply   
I saw somewhere you can run the waterproof case on the phantom still

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Old    Bill Smeltzer (runin90lx)      Join Date: Sep 2009       03-27-2014, 2:44 PM Reply   
http://www.dslrpros.com/Products/tab...%2cProductName

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Old    Russ Constable (Midnightv10)      Join Date: Feb 2012       03-27-2014, 3:21 PM Reply   
Tracktor - cool footage!!

Runin - yes the phantom can carry the gopro with the waterproof case but if you run a gimble you will most likely have to take it out of the case to fit it on the gimble.

I tried out some filming last summer from the moving boat.. it was a bit nerve racking flying $1200 worth of stuff over a lake but really wasn't too bad from inside the boat..

The biggest issue I had was trying to frame the shot. That's why this year Im going to upgrade to FPV so I can see what I am filming.

Here is a little edit I put together from that session.. In this video I did not have a gimble so it gets a little jerky.. I have since added a gimble and it makes a WORLD of difference...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiF1wA57icg

Last edited by Midnightv10; 03-27-2014 at 3:26 PM.
Old    Tracktor (tracktor)      Join Date: Sep 2005       03-28-2014, 11:31 AM Reply   
Russ, very cool! Talk about nerve wracking. How was landing it in the boat? I am still trying to get my home-lock GPS setting to work on mine. I also plan on getting an FPV setup here soon....................
Old    Russ Constable (Midnightv10)      Join Date: Feb 2012       03-28-2014, 11:41 AM Reply   
Not to bad landing.. I just clear everyone out of the bow and bring her in...
honestly I have never turned on or used the home lock.. since the boat would be in a different place after the copter takes of, I didn't want to risk the thing deciding to go home and land in the middle of the lake with no boat around LOL... yeah FPV seems like it would be the ticket!
Old    Shawndoggy (shawndoggy)      Join Date: Nov 2009       03-28-2014, 11:58 AM Reply   
this gimbal looks like it would accomodate a waterproof case? http://www.ebay.com/itm/DJI-Phantom-...item3a8a5598d9

I mean at that point it's all relative though right.... once you've dunked the phantom, the camera is secondary...
Old    Russ Constable (Midnightv10)      Join Date: Feb 2012       03-28-2014, 12:08 PM Reply   
Yes that might work if you either shave off the plastic mounting tabs on the bottom of the case or notch out the floor of the gimble
Old    Charlie Zulu (Pad1Tai)      Join Date: Jan 2013       03-28-2014, 1:22 PM Reply   
Tracktor... Upload to Vimeo.. I get a better quality there...
Old    Charlie Zulu (Pad1Tai)      Join Date: Jan 2013       03-28-2014, 1:33 PM Reply   
Watch the last half of this HD Phantom vid

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30HDdocMyAk#t=589

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