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Phantom 2 Vision+ ... will the phoenix rise from the flames?

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Vision + Discussion' started by nicklucey, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. nicklucey

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    Hello all,

    I recently purchased a Phantom 2 Vision+. Had it for two days before I crashed it and broke the camera and gimbal. I'm trying to figure out what to do -- I need to get airborne again but I don't have another 1,400 to spend on another system. I figure it's not a total loss, as the quadcopter itself still flies fine. Do I add a gimbal and a GoPro to it? What should I use for the FPV that of course no longer works? Any insights would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. nicklucey

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    Re: Phantom 2 Vision+ ... will the phoenix rise from the fla

    anybody?
     
  3. 4wd

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    Re: Phantom 2 Vision+ ... will the phoenix rise from the fla

    I would buy a cheaper camera to attach directly - such as the SJ4000 and remove the original camera/gimbal assembly for now.
    You can get a replacement cam/gimbal but they are expensive.
    FPV and telemetry is nice but you can manage without.

    I'd like to think that the price of the replacement V+ cameras will come down over time

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD6DJ6f9KNo[/youtube]
     
  4. cahutch

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    Re: Phantom 2 Vision+ ... will the phoenix rise from the fla

    Maybe someday soon, dronexpert.nl will have a way to replace with Zenmuse and GoPro. Which will cost about the same as replacing with DJI FC200
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIY7M8lD6CM
     
  5. joefuller757

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    Re: Phantom 2 Vision+ ... will the phoenix rise from the fla

    I wasn't as lucky as you. I had to replace the shell and the gimbal/camera assembly. The shell was $75 including shipping and that job took me about 4 hours when you include the videos I watched and the pictures I took to make sure I put it back right. I had to wait about a month for the gimbal/camera assembly at $679. Replacing it was plug and play (no calibration or binding required). The result is I'm back in flight.

    I investigated buying a gopro setup, but the V2+ integration is reliable and I didn't want to try to do the integration and have the FPV not work. Also, I already had a sun shield for my Nexus tablet and a custom mounting addition for attaching it to the clip. I'm happy with the decision I made. It cost me $744 on top of the $1369 I spent originally but other than waiting for the gimbal/camera to be in stock, I was in control of my own destiny.

    I've learned that trees are not your friends, especially if it is windy. Water doesn't scare me any more- but trees still do. Good luck with whatever you decide. Having the bird back in the air was worth it for me.
     
  6. nicklucey

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    Re: Phantom 2 Vision+ ... will the phoenix rise from the fla

    Thanks for the feedback. What's the best source for the replacement gimbal/camera setup OR a gimbal/GoPro setup, on DJI's website?