DJI, makers of the increasingly popular Phantom line of commercial drones, released on Wednesday updates for the Phantom 2 firmware and VISION mobile app (for iOS and Android). The full list of new features is as follows:
a) Dynamic home point: when using a GPS-enabled mobile device and running the VISION app, the Home Point will automatically be reset to the location of the device every 2 seconds during flight. (The dynamic home point is only available when using GPS-enabled mobile devices. Your aircraft will not be able to record a dynamic home point if you are using a mobile device without a GPS module (e.g. iPhone).
b) Ability to change the Return to Home altitude added to the VISION app (ability to change this setting in the Assistant software remains).
c) Maximum operating area, based on remaining battery power and current settings, can now be displayed on the ground station map view. This area automatically expands or contracts when new flight plans are set.
d) The aircraft’s current longitude and latitude will be displayed on the VISION app’s radar. When using ground station, the longitude and latitude of each waypoint is also displayed as they are set.
e) New pre-flight checklist that reminds users of important considerations before flying added.
f) Battery cell warning added to the VISION app that alerts users if battery issues are detected. Browse battery cell warning history in the VISION app.
g) New auto-discharging feature to address the issue of fully charged battery swelled when it was stored for an extended period.
h) Battery cell damages detection feature added.
i) New battery cell balancing feature to extend battery life.
j) Maximum descent speed set to 0.6m/s when the aircraft’s altitude is less than 10m and descending automatically (for example in failsafe mode). The maximum speed of descent remains 2m/s in other flight conditions.
k) Propulsion system performance enhancements.
l) German, French and Japanese language support added to the VISION app.
In addition to supporting new software, the Phantom 2 series also supports DJI’s updated remote control (with a rechargeable LiPo battery, gimbal control dial and battery level LED indicators) and new motors and propellers designed to give your Phantom more thrust.
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