The new incarnation of the original Phantom platform is the Phantom FC40. Building on the success of the Phantom, DJI have made a few changes to the aircraft, and added their own video camera. You can read my original review of the Phantom here, and in this article I will just touch on the changes to this new version.
The new Phantom features the NAZA M V2 inside, using the same NAZA M V2 software assistant and firmware updates (see my NAZA M V2 review here). The USB port that used to be on the inside, is now mounted flush to the bottom of the Phantom. Self tightening props are provided, making it very easy to remove props when working on the Phantom or transporting it. The transmitter and receiver now operate on 5.8gHz, freeing up the 2.4gHz band for the WiFi transmission from the camera. The camera contains a rechargeable battery, that can be recharged via a USB port.
An app is available both for Android and iOS that lets you connect remotely to the camera. You then get a low latency preview, and the ability to start/stop video or take photos while in flight. You can also sync your media to your phone via WiFi. The camera can take up to 720p at 30fps, and has a built in 10x digital zoom that you can control straight from the app.
|FC40 Camera Specifications|
|FOV:||100 degree wide angle Focal range: minimum 25cm Wireless: IEEE802.11 b/g compliance|
|Wireless mode:||Direct mode|
|Mobile Wi-Fi video size:||WQVGA|
|Storage:||Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC up to 64GB Battery: Built-in 700 mAh Li-ion battery Weight:38g|
Last edited by CSpaced; Dec 13, 2013 at 11:29 PM..
|Dec 15, 2013, 01:57 PM|
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Joined Jul 2012
When is the expected release date and how many pixels will be the camer for still photos? Expected price? Camer can face directly down?
|Dec 17, 2013, 07:36 PM|
United States, CO, Boulder
Joined Feb 2013
|Dec 19, 2013, 10:02 AM|
We just got these in stock and ready to ship at Maniacs Hobby
Orders before 4pm EST ship same day
|Jan 10, 2014, 11:11 PM|
Here are the specs on the Vision
The FC40 cost about $569 and the batteries are $23 each
The Vision cost about $1199 and the batteries are $159 each
|Feb 03, 2014, 08:15 AM|
i'm not seeing any provision for the tilt function like on the others ,while the zoom is cool ,without tilt function its (zoom) useless to me .also the battery power is less than the vision ...more like the original phantom -1.
|Feb 03, 2014, 08:32 AM|
Las Vegas/Lake Tahoe
Joined Feb 2010
It is. You have to set the tilt manually before you take off. It is a zero axis gimbal just like the GoPro mount on the original Phantom but here you can see what is going on in the camera from the ground.
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