Just saw the new phantom RTF quad from DJI, cool design and incredible price (around $700 pre order). I think this can change the quad market ...........
I totally agree with you Martin, the business is changing fast from a core DIY type of person to more and more people that "just want one now"... in a sense it's logical but also scary as these new customers will not fully educate themselves on how it all work. We will see a shift again when the $20 toys at walmart can do RTL and position hold.... LadyBirds and other small flying copters are just 1 step away to get their auto pilot upgrade... it's coming...
Back to the DJI Phantom, yes it looks nice! Can we see crash video to see how it holds?
Appears they are targeting the Gaui/GUINS line of quadcopters.
I recently almost ordered one - but ordered the 3DR hexa kit instead (waypoints). But I'm a retired engineer so APM doesn't scare me - but I imagine that if I was more human, I would have gone with DJI. It's supposed to work - and it's supposed to be easy to get working. What neat stuff though.
well I guess I will have my wish come true.... to see one crash!
as I will be getting some to distribute in Canada!
Price still subject to "negotiation" (if we can call it this way) and still this could in the end not happen but I think I will be able to carry them!
For sure will play with one and as most know me... I will crash it! :)
stay tuned !
I am excited!! :)
Features are meaningless to the average end user if there is not a super simple UI. DJI has stopped short of adding features that we have come to love on our drones, so as to offer as simple a setup and operation as possible. I have built a number of these things for individuals, and what Martint stated above about user requirements holds true for me as well. Almost every unit that I have sold has been setup and ready to fly. No one wants to bother with the fuss of setting them up, and I think this will be the case as long as setting one up requires more than plugging in a usb. The average Joe would rather just operate these things off their smart phones or tablets. It seems increasingly that those two devices are where all our gadgets are trending towards anyway.
I do like the aesthetics of the phantom, but it seems there is something left to be desired in its form. Almost as if those particular styling elements are a little played out. Price for a DIY'er is still too high for what you get though. I have built and sold some quality hexas with more features than this, and at a lower price point.
I agree it's expensive for what it gives you... but on the other hand you have the charger, LiPo, Radio... so all in one nice box just like a toy you pick up at any store.
This is great but also a limiting factor in the long run. I dont think it will be easy to hack it and use your own radio TX/RX... I also saw some pictures where there is antenna in the landing gear...
But you know what? they are hot sellers and people are interested to get them. I am confident that most people will then "graduate" to a "real" DIY copter after that one.
Can wait to try them!
Sorry, but for me being repairable is important and this thing looks like it would be toast after one crash.
But it almost looks weatherproof. That would be an interesting feature.
If you look back five years ago, small electric, twin (contra-rotating) blade helicopters were hitting the market as mems components kept dropping in price. These are now stocking stuffers and importantly, there's enough community experience with them to know that they're "throw away" (i.e., if you get 6 weeks play time that's great... 6 hours on Christmas day is even better!).
We're not quite there with over-the-counter quads yet (price point is still high), but as more suppliers get into the pipeline, more competition will drive prices down (as manufactures seek cheaper and simpler solutions). Heck, look at where home-brew UAVs were 5 years ago and compare to where we are today. Products like DJI's Phantom will certainly be Walmart/Kmart type fodder, found in the toy section, within 2-3 years at my estimation.
I don't know. Can you think of any other toy in the Wal-Mart toy section that could take your finger off? I'm having a hard time.
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