DJI Phantom Drone – Best GoPro Accessory Yet?

Although I haven’t been able to use one yet, from the reviews on Amazon, the DJI Phantom quadcopter drone should be on any GoPro fanatic’s Christmas list.

Detroit skyline taken with a GoPro and DJI Phantom

Detroit skyline taken with a GoPro and DJI Phantom

I’ve heard of quadcopters, and even featured one here before. For whatever reason though, the video below got me really thinking about actually getting my hands on one:

After thinking about how well-built they looked, with GoPro-functionality integrated off-the-shelf, I then realized why I haven’t purchased one.  At $479 on Amazon, these things aren’t exactly an impulse buy.  On the other hand, This little 4 channel quadcopter is available on Amazon is less than $35.  I’m tempted to buy one, and possibly strap a keychain camera to it.

Sometimes, you get what you pay for, so I’m sure the DJI Phantom would work better.  On the other hand, the cheap one would at least be good for practice (and crashing).  I’m not sure why the video inspired me so much – it’s a neat video of Detroit (home of Robocop, Eminem, and the US auto industry).  Although it really shows off what you can do with a drone, it does “feature” an undesirable effect called “jello-ing.”

You’ll see what this is if you watch the video, a weird shakiness, similar to the way Jello moves.  This “jello effect” can reportedly be improved by using a vibration isolator like this one, and by balancing the propellers.

Although balancing the propellers could be considered an “act of DIYness,” this article will have to fall under the “and interesting camera uses” part of this blog.  There will certainly be more home made “tripod mounts” featured here, but sometimes something off the shelf is the way to go. 

If you’ve built your own camera-enabled drone, I’d love to feature it here!  Just drop a line in the comments, or write me at [email protected]

2 thoughts on “DJI Phantom Drone – Best GoPro Accessory Yet?

  1. Phantom ex-owner says:

    The Phantoms are great until you have one fly off on you and lose it and your camera. Lots of stories losing their Phantom, some from user error and some from issues with the quad.

    Wait for the next generation (out before end of the year) since it will supposed to solve some of the fly away problems.

    • Jeremy Cook says:

      Thanks for commenting, and thanks for the input! I actually ordered a smaller one off of Amazon, so hopefully that will let me make my mistakes more cheaply.

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