DJI Phantom - It's Not Vapourware, After All.

So, it's an actual real product and not just pretty pictures.  Nice plastic wrapping around what I suspect is just a standard quad.  I like the props.  They look like normal airplane props.

Here's a couple of videos:

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Comment by Dany Thivierge on January 13, 2013 at 11:58am

yeah they are here too! full in stock (while it last!)

Comment by Dany Thivierge on January 13, 2013 at 12:02pm

and here you go if you want to see the inside: 

Comment by LanMark on January 13, 2013 at 12:15pm

yikes, does not look very diy-er.. looks like any sort of crash would mean doom for this thing.. since the ESCs and such don't look like you could replace easily.. plus you would likely break a arm and your SOL anyway.

Comment by Gary McCray on January 13, 2013 at 12:36pm

Shell type multicopters are probably the future.

Vacuum formed Kydex and Composite layup for small suppliers and Injection molded for bigger ones.

Strength and durability are a matter of the materials used and judging by the Flamewheels I am currently using, DJI has shown a pretty good understanding of this aspect.

Assuming DJI makes all the parts available at reasonable prices like they do for their other copters, this looks like it should be easy to keep flying.

Actually looks like everything just snaps in and out and since the ESCs are inside the frame the open design provides for better heat dissipation.

This thing is a bit pricey, but if DJI has included its normal quality construction in this design, it should be a solid product.

Comment by Ellison Chan on January 13, 2013 at 12:53pm

Definitely not DIY.  I would not buy one like this myself, given I can print my own plastic frame with a 3D printer.

Comment by Tom in NOVA on January 13, 2013 at 1:11pm

Would be nice to be able to buy the frame itself. Looks good and seems easy enough to replace parts.

Comment by Joshua Ott on January 13, 2013 at 4:02pm

Every boat and airplane on the planet uses the standard position light convention of green lights on the right and red on the left. Why is it so hard for the the aerial robot industry to figure this out? It would be like Google's self driving car using red headlights and yellow tail lights, of course they aren't going to do this! I know this is just a toy, but why not just follow the convention already established and give everyone else in the airspace some respect!

Don't get me started on the bizarre insistence of the RC hobby world to invent their own nonsensical acronym for a common voltage regulator. 

I like this airframe though : )

Comment by Bill Bonney on January 13, 2013 at 4:15pm
@joshua: With having the two red lights on the camera side i am assuming that they will interfere less with the video you are probably shooting?
Comment by LanMark on January 13, 2013 at 9:07pm

I really don't think a couple of LEDs on any side would interfere with shooting video unless it is dark out which pretty much writes off the GoPro this is designed to carry...  I have a tendancy to agree with Joshua.. the international standard for navigation lights seem to be something these companies just don't get, which is just sad..  obviously from my profile picture I do get the navigational lights :)

Comment by Joshua Ott on January 13, 2013 at 10:07pm
The reason I think it's important, is that the operator is being programmed by the machine with every minute spent behind the controls. Why teach people something that conflicts with the common practice for no reason or benefit? If they found that the green LEDs caused more lens flare for some reason, then shield them or move to the side of the arms.


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