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DJI Phantom Features, Release Info, Pricing

Discussion in 'News' started by Adam, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. Adam

    Dec 8, 2012
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    Due to be released in late December, 2012, the DJI Phantom is a ready-to-fly, GPS enabled radio controlled multi-rotor aircraft. The expected retail price in the USA is expected to be $679.00. Several retailers are already offering the Phantom for this price including free shipping to the USA.


    A compact and highly integrated design means that it is easier for you to pack it into your backpack. The streamlined design brilliantly reflects the aesthetics of its industrial design and the fantastic visual effects allows you to become the focus of the crowd. Moreover, you can mount a GoPro or other light and handy cameras on your Phantom to shoot some footage from the air which will bring you a brand new travel experience.

    The hardware mounting and software tuning are all done before delivery, it is ready to fly the moment you unpack the package, just charge the LiPo and install transmitter batteries and some accessories like propellers.

    Phantom contains a remote controller and receiver, which help the user to completely avoid the inconvenience of purchasing such things. The only thing you need to do is to add TX batteries (4x AA dry cell). The 2.4 G ISM frequency makes the effective control distance up to 300 meters (can be impacted by the specific flight environment). The frequency hopping anti-interference design allows multiple remote controllers to work at the same time, and provides a reliable remote communications link.

    Phantom has an integrated flight dynamics system, the Naza-M + GPS multi-rotor autopilot system, as well as the dedicated remote controller and receiver. Flight parameters and functions have been setup before delivery, so you can fly your Phantom the moment you receive it. The proven stability of the Naza-M autopilot system allows you to easily achieve great flight performance.

    With the built-in Naza-M autopilot system plus a GPS module, the Phantom has GPS Attitude and Attitude Control Mode. Pilots can switch between the two modes to achieve a particular flight experience.

    Phantom also has the Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC) function of the Naza-M autopilot system. Usually, the forward direction of a flying multi-rotor is the same as the nose direction. By using Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC), wherever the nose points, the forward direction has nothing to do with nose direction: In course lock flying, the forward direction is the same as a recorded nose direction. In home lock flying, the forward direction is the same as the direction as the direction from home point to the multi-rotor.

    Phantom also has the failsafe function of the Naza-M autopilot system. This means when the communication between the Main Controller and the transmitter is disconnected, the outputs of all command sticks from controller will go to the center position. If the GPS signal is good enough, the system will automatically trigger Return To Home and landing safely.

    Phantom also has two levels of low voltage protection, a function of the Naza-M autopilot system. It prevents your multi-rotor from crashing or other harmful consequences caused by low battery voltage. In the first level of protection, the LED indicator blinks red to warn you. In the second level protection the system will trigger the Phantom to land automatically.

    The maximum horizontal flight speed of the Phantom can reach 10m/s and the maximum vertical speed is 6 m/s. The perfect combination of speed and stability allows you to experience the glamour of Phantom.

    Under each arm of the Phantom there are some high intensity LED indicators which are used to help you to see the orientation during flight.

    Phantom has an external removable camera mount for you to mount light and handy cameras (GoPro for example) or other video shooting electronic equipment. It is very convenient for you to record your flight.

    Phantom includes a 3S LiPo battery (with the capacity of 2200mAh, weight only 170g) and a balance charger. With the all-in-one design and light airframe, the flying time could last 10 to 15 minutes which will give you a more extensive flight experience.

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  2. GeraldK

    Mar 7, 2014
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    looks like the dji that I have
  3. radioguy

    May 18, 2013
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    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Amazing how the sport (and DJI's coffers) has grown in only two years!
  4. Woods

    Jan 4, 2015
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    Seems DJI comes out with a new model about every year. I think the last one was in the November time frame(I think). Does anyone have any thoughts on when the next version might be coming out. ?
  5. Tobrouk

    Jan 10, 2014
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    Difficult to say actually... I think they were completely focused on the Inspire 1 lately...

    It would be nice to see a "new" copter in the Phantom category... Wait and see!

    In the mean time I'm extending my P1.1.1 life by converting it to a P1.5...