HELP BUY or BUILD

Joined
Dec 3, 2015
Messages
1
Reaction score
0
Age
29
Hey guys i am new to the drone world. I am pretty much sold on building a drone but found a phantom 2 for $300! so now I am at a loss.
Building Pros is that I can customize and as tech changes I can upgrade or replace broken parts inexpensively.

I do not know how much can be customized or upgraded on the phantom 2. Building means I can get cheap batteries etc. But the phantom 2 is clean and has so many features! help
 
Joined
Apr 4, 2015
Messages
259
Reaction score
88
Age
57
I've built a lot of rigs, and NOT ONE of them matches the stability, video quality and battery life of a Phantom (3 Pro in my case) without a ton of tuning and fiddling. If you're going to get a P2, then you need a gimbal ($300 for the Zenmuse), fpv setup (at least another $100, can be 3x more) and telemetry ($60 for the iosd mini). That equals or surpasses the price of a P3 Standard, with 2.7k camera fpv, and 3-axis gimbal included!
 
  • Like
Reactions: SilverStone641
Joined
Jun 25, 2014
Messages
1,018
Reaction score
504
Age
73
Location
Pomona, IL
If you want the satisfaction component, then build. For all the idiosyncrasies you read about, DJI has worked out all the complex integration better than its competitors.
 
Joined
Jul 20, 2015
Messages
1,318
Reaction score
266
Age
56
Location
East Providence, RI
i have a Phantom 2 Non-Vision, and added all of the FPV stuff, flies effortlessly... but I loved it so much I decided to build my own. Yea, I'm sure it won't fly as well as a Phantom, and at this point I invested a small fortune in parts for it, but as Jeff said, it's the satisfaction component... I picked all of the parts I wanted (went overboard a bit actually), and the bonus is that I'm learning how all of the parts go together and work together. Might sound funny, but it's giving me a better appreciation for my Phantom as I learn how the stuff works. And it helps that I have access to 3D Printers through my job, so I am able to print what I need, I just bought my own filament.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Rkkkkkk
Joined
Dec 1, 2015
Messages
8
Reaction score
0
Age
29
Thanks guys! So for best performance/value verdict seems to be phantom 3. Now I found one with no remote for 280. Can I use an aftermarket transmitter if I change the receiver as well or does dji have that stuff locked up?
 
Joined
Apr 10, 2015
Messages
2,248
Reaction score
460
Location
Virginia
If it's a P3 with Lightbridge the controller can be expensive. Check it out first.
 

New Threads

Members online

Forum statistics

Threads
141,474
Messages
1,455,957
Members
103,259
Latest member
matheus moura da silva