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Have a Phantom 2 Vision, planning to change to Non Vision

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Discussion' started by artbrana, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. artbrana

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    Hello everyone ill try and make this short,

    I own a phantom 2 vision and im not happy with the image quality therefore i wanna change to a non vision and sell my vision 2 phantom.

    What do i require to buy (besides the phantom and gopro) in order to get telemetry and camera on the iphone? and how much does it cost?
     
  2. CJ31

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    Re: Have a Phantom 2 Vision, planning to change to Non Visio

    You cannot use the iphone with the P2. You will need a 5.8ghz transmitter mounted on the phantom, a monitor with built in 5.8 receiver (or an external rx) and an iOSD mini mounted on the phantom for telemetry. Fpv setups typically cost between $225-$375 and the iosd mini is another $70. There are a lot of different products for fpv, and a ton of threads about fpv on the forums. Best thing to do is to sift through them. Hope that helps.
     
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    Re: Have a Phantom 2 Vision, planning to change to Non Visio

    also you will need either a gimbal or fixed holder for the gopro lots of research on the type of fpv you want eg goggles or screen.
    when you look at the vision its not a bad package for value or for hobby flying with some video and stills .. but if you want to start making some good video the p2 with gopro is the way to go... but go with hero 3 + black for good vid
     
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    Re: Have a Phantom 2 Vision, planning to change to Non Visio

    First, I think you're making the right choice. I watched a side-by-side comparison of the 2 Vision and a standard 2 with GoPro. The GoPro footage seemed considerably sharper and clearer to me.

    Second, just to put this all in one place for you...

    - The Phantom 2 does not have any kind of built-in video streaming to a monitor or smartphone.

    To get you to the functionality of the 2 Vision but with the added benefit of a gimbal, here's what you need...

    - Phantom 2 (obviously). It's prewired for the H3-2D gimbal (see below) and a video transmitter (see further below).

    - Zenmuse H3-2D gimbal (Get it as a kit with the P2. The version meant for the P2 is different than the original H3-2D, which was meant for the original Phantom.)

    - Your GoPro Hero3 of choice.

    - DJI Mini iOSD (this is what sends telemetry)

    - Video transmitter. There are several makers and models but the popular ones seem to be the ImmersionRC 250mW and 600mW versions. There are others from Fat Shark and Boscam. Most of these will connect to the P2 fairly easily with just some minor wire splicing and soldering. You don't even need to open up the P2. DJI's AVL58 is another option, which is a transmitter and receiver combination with antennae, but you need to come up with a screen and a way to power the receiver and screen... see more below.

    - Video receiver or video screen (or video goggles) with receiver built in. The latter is a nice, quick way to go since you don't need to strap separate devices together and come up with awkward battery arrangements. Many are using ones from Lilliput or FlySight (the Black Pearl). Try to get a "diversity" model, which allows you to attach two different types of antennae simultaneously. The unit will switch between the antennae to give you the best picture quality.

    - Upgraded antennae. Do some research into the various skew planar/omnidirectional antennae for the transmitter and receiver as well as the helical/directional antennae for the receiver. Never power up the video transmitter without an antenna installed.

    These places have most of what you will need:
    http://www.rangevideo.com/
    https://www.hobbyking.com/
    http://www.empirerc.com/
    http://www.readymaderc.com/store/

    Best,
     
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    Re: Have a Phantom 2 Vision, planning to change to Non Visio

    This is the first I've heard this - good info!

    Makes me kind of wish I had gone with the kit, although it wasn't in stock at the time I ordered.

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  6. CJ31

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    Re: Have a Phantom 2 Vision, planning to change to Non Visio

    Not to mention it saves close to $200. Zenmuse sells for only $190 as part of the P2 kit or about $370 by itself.
     
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    Re: Have a Phantom 2 Vision, planning to change to Non Visio

    switching to a P2 isn't the cheapest thing. The P2/zenmuse is cheaper but when you add in everything for fpv, the money adds up really fast.

    FPV tx: http://www.getfpv.com/5-8ghz-600mw-video-tx.html
    FPV antenna for the tx: http://www.getfpv.com/5-8-ghz-spironet- ... t-sma.html
    FPV monitor: http://www.rangevideo.com/index.php/lcd ... ttery.html
    FPV antenna for the monitor: http://truerc.com/index.php?main_page=p ... cts_id=603
    FPV antenna for the monitor 2: http://www.getfpv.com/5-8-ghz-spironet- ... tenna.html
    Mounting bracket for the FPV monitor: http://www.rangevideo.com/index.php/acc ... 19-01.html
    charger for the FPV monitor: http://www.rangevideo.com/index.php/lcd ... apter.html
    mini iosd (for telemetry): http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1 ... ni_on.html
     
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    Re: Have a Phantom 2 Vision, planning to change to Non Visio

    the original zenmuse will work for the P2 and it has a better mounting bracket. Its a thicker plastic unlike the P2 zenmuse that has a cheesy thin plastic that snaps when you breath on it. its cheaper to buy with the P2, yes, but if you can find someone selling the original zenmuse for cheap, buy it. it also sit a little more forward on the P2 which helps to prevent the legs and props from getting in the shots.