So you have made up for your mind. You are buying a DJI Phantom 2 Vision. The problem is that you can’t decide between the Phantom 2 Vision and the latest, greatest Phantom 2 Vision +. You are undoubtedly wrestling with the price issue, a whopping $300 plus difference. Let’s see if we can help you answer this question.
First, the two models have a great deal in common. They share the same footprint, each with a diagonal length of 350mm. The Plus is a bit heavier even though they use the same 5200mAh LiPo battery. Even with the additional weight (100g), DJI tells consumers that they should expect an average flying time of 25 minutes from both models. They both have a maximum speed of 15 meters per second, ascent speed of 6 meters per second, and descent speed of 2 meters per second (assuming nothing goes wrong).
Both drones come with a 14 Megapixel/1080p camera. Camera settings including Picture Quality, ISO, Exposure Compensation, White Balance, and capture Format can be adjusted through the easy to use VISION app which is compatible with both models.
So where do they differ? There are two significant differences beyond price: Wi-Fi Connection Distance and Stability.
The Phantom 2 Vision + has a video downlink double that of the Vision 2. The Plus has a maximum of a 700 meter Wi-Fi connection, while the Vision 2 is limited to 300 meters.
The 3-axis Camera Stabilization Gimbal is only found on the Plus. This allows for better video stability and a controllable pitch range of 90 degrees (only 60 degrees on the Vision 2).
To see how downlink ranges and the gimbal affect the quality of the video, check out this YouTube video from The Buzz Above.
So is the additional wi-fi range and enhanced video stability worth the additional dollars? That’s a decision for you!
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com