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If you want to see a smile on any photographer, videographer or technology junky's face, buy them a drone. This year, drones are on the top of any hobbyist Christmas wish list.
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ drone is the best. It’s the world's first flying camera that captures stabilized HD video out of the box. The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ features a built-in camera that shoots 1080p video at 30 frame-per-second (fps) and takes 14-megapixel pictures.
The camera is mounted to a gimbal, an electronic stabilizer, ensuring the steadiness of the camera on 3 axes -- pitch, roll and yaw -- regardless of wind conditions or flight speed.
With its built-in GPS system, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ will automatically stay in the same spot in the air even in winds of up to 40 kilometers-per-hour (25 miles-per-hour), allowing creators to focus on getting the right shot.
Using the DJI VISION App for iOS and Android devices, pilots can view what the camera is seeing in real time and control the camera from up to 700 meters (2,296 feet) away using the camera's own Wi-Fi network. The DJI VISION App also displays key flight information including altitude, distance from pilot, and battery strength.
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ is also fully compatible with DJI's Ground Station capabilities, which allows pilots to set a GPS path for the Phantom to navigate autonomously.
"We have been truly inspired by all the creative applications of our Phantom series so far -- filmmaking, fire fighting, conservation and many others," said Frank Wang, Chief Executive Officer of DJI. "By stabilizing the camera and making it easy to fly with minimal set up, we hope to inspire a new generation of aerial creators to take to the sky and capture their vision."
The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ ships with a first-of-its-kind firmware upgrade for the entire Phantom series. The upgrade makes it easy for pilots to follow international best flying practices by helping them avoid flying near airports and giving them the ability to set their own height and distance limitations in line with local regulations.