Many individuals have discovered a new way of obtaining videos and photographs, through the air. Aerial footage is growing increasingly popular for various reasons, and as such so are the choices available. Whether it be to scout out land, check gutters on a house, draw attention in a crowd, or to discover interesting and unparalleled camera angles, two popular choices are the DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter Vs DJI Phantom FC40 Quadcopter.
The design and layout of both devices are similar and it is hard to distinguish the two just by glancing at them. Both are white and have 2 red stripes by each of their four blades (this the where both of the copters get their name “Quadcopter“) as well as similar looking cameras although the FC40 has two supports on the side of the camera whereas the Phantom 2 looks like one solid unit. Additionally, both devices offer essential options for properly capturing aerial footage such as live stream/camera functions and lithium batteries for long flight times (average of 25 minutes on a single charge). Thanks to the 5.8ghz transmitter and Wi-Fi extender the distance of control and live-stream capability is a whopping 980′ for both devices. Such streams are compatible with iOS/Android and can be viewed on a smartphone or other mobile device.
DJI Phantom 2 Vs FC40
|DJI Phantom 2||DJI Phantom FC40|
|Key features||- Fun flying by itself or even better with a GoPro to record the action. Tested with Hero2, Hero3 and Hero3+ models, sold separately.
- Built-in support for the Zen muse H3-2D gimbal for extreme camera stability and silky smooth video recording (gimbal is optional but can be purchased bundled with the Phantom 2).
- Fly up to 28 minutes on a single charge using the included 5,200-mAh lithium polymer (LiPo) battery that"s easily removable and contains intelligent circuitry and a charge-remaining indicator built-in.||- Integrated video camera with 720p HD video recording on a micro SD card and live first-person view (FPV) Wi-Fi streaming of video and telemetry to the free app for iOS or Android devices.
- The FC40 incorporates a 5.8 GHz control connection that won't interfere with the Wi-Fi streaming from the built-in FC40 camera or your own Wi-Fi equipped GoPro camera.
- Advanced GPS features such as return-to-home can be activated via software downloadable from DJI.|
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In fact, the only noticeable difference lies within a few features of the devices. Perhaps the biggest difference between the two are the camera options that the FC40 offers. Not only is the FC40 camera included, but it also includes the Go Pro 3+ Silver Edition and a detachable first person camera with each camera being ideal for a specific situation. The FC40 is also known to fly smoother and faster as well as being more agile. For these reasons the FC40 has a slight advantage over the Phantom 2 and thus is the preferred device for capturing aerial footage.