DJI Phantom FC40 - Mini Review

Representing the latest incarnation of the Phantom, the new FC40 now brings to the table DJI's own self contained camera with WiFi.


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
Image sensor:HD720p/30fps
Lens:Aperture F2.2
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

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Dec 15, 2013, 01:57 PM
Registered User
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 15, 2013, 05:29 PM
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I like that the FC40 has WiFi capabilities,but the camera is rather lame.
Dec 15, 2013, 05:50 PM
Registered User
How's the latency? Would love to see a youtube vid.
Dec 17, 2013, 07:36 PM
It got away...
Originally Posted by Burntpixel
I like that the FC40 has WiFi capabilities,but the camera is rather lame.
What?? Digital zoom from the app? how is that lame?
Dec 19, 2013, 10:02 AM
ManiacsDane's Avatar
We just got these in stock and ready to ship at Maniacs Hobby

Orders before 4pm EST ship same day
Last edited by ManiacsDane; Dec 20, 2013 at 09:52 PM.
Dec 20, 2013, 09:48 PM
ManiacsDane's Avatar
Here's the video!

DJI Phantom FC40 Flight Demo (11 min 3 sec)
Dec 22, 2013, 06:32 PM
1Corinthians 13:1-8
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Looks like a good fun little package to me. And I like the zoom lens as well.

Dec 23, 2013, 11:32 PM
Disaster Waiting To Happen
Nice. Will be keeping an eye on this.
Dec 31, 2013, 03:57 PM
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what is diff between this and the vision?
Dec 31, 2013, 09:30 PM
Registered User
Will the camera be available as a seperate purchase? If yes, how much would it cost?
Jan 10, 2014, 10:40 PM
Registered User
Looks like the camera just more features...
Jan 10, 2014, 11:11 PM
1Corinthians 13:1-8
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Originally Posted by allheck
what is diff between this and the vision?
Here are the specs on the FC40

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
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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
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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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