Although superseded by the Phantom 3 range, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus is still in use due to its popularity after its launch in 2014. The DJI website confirms that it is no longer being produced but there is still stock available. DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus has a flight time of about 25 minutes on a full battery which means it can fly a total of approximately 15 kms in that time and with the additional battery that time is of course doubled. The app includes radar positioning so at any time you can confirm the location of the Phantom relative to where you are standing. While in flight the quadcopter transmits flight information details back to your app so you have a constant update on altitude and other flight parameters.
The Phantom 2 Vision+ ships with a built-in high quality camera that can capture full HD video at 1080p/30 and at 720p/60 for stable and clear slow motion which makes it ideal for filming action sports, wildlife, and all kinds of other activities. The still images are 14 megapixels, and both video and still images are stored on a 4GB micro SD card. However, both can be downloaded onto the mobile phone via the Vision app while the Phantom is still in flight and this allows the pilot to share them immediately on social media or send them on for processing.
The Phantom 2 Vision+ includes a innovative feature that enable the pilot to configure the limits of the flight area and thereby create a no-fly zone beyond that area. This safety feature is created using GPS and is included in a firmware update. The update contains a list of all airports around the world divided into two categories; A and B. Category A is large international airports which will inevitably have Controlled Airspace around and above them. Such airspace is out of bounds to all but commercial aircraft and pilots with the requisite qualifications.
The GPS database in the firmware update lists these by coordinates and creates a 1.5 mile exclusion zone around them. Beyond that limit the no-fly zone continues for up to 5 km in total but with a gradually increasing height limit. Category B airports are those that are smaller and the limit for these is 0.6 miles measured from the centre of the airport. If the pilot of the quadcopter flies close to either categories an alert would be generated on the app. It is also be impossible to set waypoints close to these no-fly zones.
The firmware update also allows the UAV pilot to set flight limits in terms of distance and height, both relative to the take-off point. This allows the pilot to comply with local rules and regulations. For example, in the UK the pilot can set a height limit of 400ft to comply with CAA and BMFA rules regarding the operation of sUAV.
The Phantom 2 Vision and Vision Plus app now included the Ground Station function with allows the pilot to set waypoints for automatic flight.