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Which Phantom would work best for application

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by lx255, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. lx255

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    We are firm that provides site planning. We are looking at the Phantom as being an easy method for providing high res aerial imagery which we can import into cad and provide preliminary planning before we send survey crews to the site. We often begin a project using google maps or similar but often find the resolution insufficient. We have been watching the information on the Phantom Vision as it comes out and now that the price has been established at $1200, we are wondering if the $479 vision with gopro would suffice and whether the Vision will even be able to turn the camera to a full vertical position (which is what we want).

    We are not needing to shoot a lot of video, mostly stills.

    Can we get by with a $479 Phantom and a gopro and does the gopro mount on a standard Phantom allow for a full vertical position of the camera? What else would we need? We will stitch photos together using photoshop so FPV is not essential.

    Not having owned anything like this before, the cheaper the better at this point.
     
  2. rilot

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    You can mount the GoPro on the normal phantom using the stock mount so that the camera points straight down.
    The Phantom is ready to fly out of the box. Just charge it up and go.
     
  3. miskatonic

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    The second you strap a camera onto a Phantom and use it for commercial use the FAA will come down on you.
     
  4. lx255

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    Just read the regulations. Thanks for the heads up. Google maps it is. Although may still purchase because it looks like fun.
     
  5. Gizmo3000

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    I'm slightly doubtful that the Vision camera can be titled to be full vertical, but guess we'll find out once it's released.

    But for about the same amount, you could get into a Phantom+TarotGimbal+Fastshark Predator+GoPro Black (older version), which will allow you to do the full tilt-down , as well as make better looking video if you desired. - tho would involve learning how to put everything together and such (adding the tilt lever to the Phantom Tx as well, unless the new ones come with that?)
     
  6. martcerv

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    For still shots the vision may be the better option, the FPV link will give enough range and having control over the shutter will make taking photo's easier. The phantom camera apparently shoots high res raw images so also less compression then the gopro jpeg's. Probably hold off until the vision gets released and see some actual image comparisons between it and a gopro plus user reviews. The vision would be a quite simple setup to get up and start using a camera straight out of the box. Video wise the vision camera will not be close to a hero black but the gopro photos are its weak point.

    You can also try other cameras on a standard phantom but he $479 price will need quite a few mods to match the performance of a vision. FPV, OSD, camera, camera mount with pitch control etc and if the images out of the vision are good enough it may be the better choice I think.

    On a legal issue commercial aerial video is not legal in most parts of the world but neither is using the standard google earth images without a commercial license. So your being a bad boy either way. ;)

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