DJI Phantom 2 Vision

(Tricks and Tips)

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Take your time, do not be in a hurry to get flying.  Mistakes cause accidents

Refer to the DJI Phantom 2 Vision User Manual for complete instructions

Check out the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Website

Be aware of the area you will be flying, "Fly Safe"


Watch All the djiinnovations Phantom 2 Vision Videos on YouTube, before your First Flight

Make sure the your Phantom has the latest firmware installed, USB to computer

Check to be sure you have the latest APP version in your phone from DJI, Android or IOS

Pre Flight:

Always check all your batteries

     Cell Phone Battery, Fully Charged

     Remote Controller, Fresh or Good AA Batteries,  Have spares with you

     Range Extender, Fully Charged

     Phantom's Battery, Fully charged, have spares

Have a External Battery pack to charge phone & extender if needed

Have an Inverter to power Phantom's Battery Charger from vehicle

Phantom's Camera Lens Cap is Removed

Micro SD Card Installed on rear of Camera, 32 Gig max

Wi-Fi is turned ON, Back of the Camera, Switch fully to the Right

Verify the cable on the back of the Camera is plugged in completely

Props Installed correctly, Have extra Propellers with you

The Phantom is sitting on level ground, Camera pointed away from you

The Battery is installed securely, You should hear a "click" when its in all the way

Verify a Clear sky above the Phantom for take off, no obstacles

Secure your phone in the mobile device holder

Before Start Up:

First turn on your Remote Control, Light should be Green

Turn on your Wi-Fi Range Extender, Power light should be Green

System Light will go Green when connected to Phone & Phantom

Verify both S1 & S2 Switches are in the upper position on the Remote Controller

Switch the Phantom on when you have it sitting in it's take off location

After about 30 seconds, connect your phone's Wi-Fi to the wi-fi Range Extender

The Camera Status indicator should be Green, on the back of the Camera

Then start the DJI Vision APP. Once connected, go to "Camera"

On the App:

Once viewing the "Camera", check the Gimbal Movement, up and down smoothly,

Check Battery Life in Phantom, upper right hand of display

Check that the Micro SD card is detected, upper right hand of display

Check the Wi-Fi Signal Strength, should be full bars this close, upper right hand of display

Check the Satellites Tracked, 6 or more before takeoff, upper right hand of display

There should be a Clear FPV Live View on your screen from the Camera

Calibrate Compass (if Needed):

Calibrate the Compass if needed, Only if the Phantom is in a new location

     Flip the S1 switch up and down about 10 times on the Remote Controller

     LED Flight indicators should change to yellow (now in calibration mode)

     Holding the Phantom Horizontal, Rotate it 360 degrees, LEDs turn Solid Green

     Hold the Phantom Vertical, Camera Lens down, Rotate 360 degrees

     If the LEDs Flash Yellow & Red, Repeat Calibration

Getting Ready:

The Phantom's Two Bottom Red LEDs indicate the front of the Phantom

The Phantom's Two Bottom Green LEDs indicate the rear of the Phantom

Two Rear LEDs, Slow Blinking Green, indicates "Ready to Fly, GPS Mode"

Two Rear LEDs, Slow Blinking Yellow, indicates "Ready to Fly, Non-GPS Mode"

Start Up / Take Off:

CSC, Combination Stick Command, to start the motors

The same CSC, Combination Stick Command, will stop the motors

Push the Throttle Stick Up Slowly, to lift the Phantom off the Ground (Left Stick Up)

Never execute CSC while in flight, as your Phantom will descend Rapidly (Crash)

Hover the Phantom several feet above the ground

Now check the Left Stick: Up, Down, Rotate Left, Rotate Right

Now check the Right Stick: Forward, backwards, Fly Left, Fly Right

The Phantom is Ready to Fly, The Home position is set where it took off from

Enjoy Flying the Phantom, always being aware of any obstacles in the area


Refer to the User Manual for complete description of the camera settings

From the Camera App, Press the settings button, settings will come in from the left

Top Setting: Take 1, 3, 5 or timed capture of still photos

Next down: Photo Size, Large, Medium or Small. (Small is the widest screen image)

Next down: Video Resolution choices:

     Settings: 480P-30, 720P-30, 720P-60, 960P-25, 960P-30, 1080P-25, 1080P-30, 1080i-60

     FOV settings for 1080P or 1080i: 90, 120 or 140 degrees, (90 degrees has Less Fisheye)

Next down: Photo Format, JPEG or RAW (RAW shoots simultaneously in RAW and JPEG)

Next down: ISO, Auto, 100, 200 or 400. (Auto works well)

Next down: White Balance, AWB, Sunny, Cloudy or Indoor. AWB (Auto) works well.

Next down: Metering, Center, Average or Spot.

Next down: Compensation, "0" for most situations

Next down: Sharpness, STD, Hard or Soft. STD for most applications

Next down: Anti-flicker, Auto, 50hz or 60hz. Auto works well

Next down: Reset to factory default settings

Last down: Format Micro SD Card (ALL data Lost) (Format New Cards in Camera, not computer)


Navigate Phantom back to the landing area or suitable landing zone

Pull the Throttle Stick down Slowly, to lower the Phantom to the Ground (Left Stick down)

As you near the ground, the Phantom will try to "Float" from Ground Effect (GE)

Continue to lower the throttle until you land the Phantom

Hold the throttle down for 2 - 3 seconds, motors will stop, CSC will also stop the motors
Ground Effect (GE) is a condition where the downwash of air from the Propellers is able to react

with a hard surface (the ground), and give a useful reaction to the quadcopter in the form of

more lift with less throttle, landing on grass has less GE, Wind also reduces GE

Shutting Down:

Turn off the Phantom's Battery

Turn off the Wi-Fi Range Extender

Turn off the Remote Controller

Exit from the DJI App

Phone Wi-Fi will disconnect from the Range Extender when it is turned off

Turn the Wi-Fi off on your phone if you normally have it off, or leave it on

Check your phone's Battery Level, it may need recharging after flying the Phantom

Packing Up:

Remove Phone from Phone Holder

Remove Propellers, Transporting the Phantom without Props reduces the chance of breaking them

Remove Battery, Have the Battery out for recharge, Get it ready to use again (never charge a hot battery)

Replace Lens Cover on the Camera

Pack your Phantom in a Case, Hard shell case is recommended such as a DJI Case or Pelican

Pack the Remote Controller in the case

Pack up all remaining items: propellers, batteries, etc.


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These Tricks and Tips have been useful to me

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David Kennamer