DJI Phantom 1 vs Phantom 2: What Is the Difference?


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DJI’s line of quadcopters have a reputation of being some of the best in the industry.

Although there are four different Phantoms available, the Phantom 1 and the original Phantom 2 both have impressive flight precision and are two of the most well-known quadcopters offered by DJI.

While the price difference between the two is insignificant, there’s quite a difference between the features that both aircrafts offer.

DJI Phantom 1


The DJI Phantom 1 was the first of its kind offered by DJI. It does not come with a stabilization gimbal or the option to add one. While this quadcopter may not be as advanced as the mark 2, it’s still an impressive aircraft and comes at a more affordable price.


This one comes with two flight control modes, including a mode that allows for position hold. The Phantom 1 also features Intelligent Orientation Control just like the Phantom 2.

The aircraft comes mostly assembled. All you need to do is attach the propellers, charge up the battery, install batteries into the transmitter and start flying.

The Phantom 1 is surprisingly easy to control and the position holding feature is great for users who are looking to use the quadcopter for aerial photography or videography.

The aircraft also comes with high intensity LED lights for night-time or low light flying. A mount is also included that allows you to attach a camera, like the GoPro, and record your flight. Flight time is approximately 10-15 minutes.

Product Specs:

  • Max flight speed: 10m/s
  • Max tilt angle: 45 degrees
  • Max ascent: 6m/s
  • Max descent: 6m/s
  • Operating frequency: 2.4GHz ISM
  • Communication distance: up to 800m

DJI Phantom 2

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The DJI Phantom 2 is the upgraded version of the 1st model, which was DJI’s first ready-to-fly aerial filming system. It’s more sophisticated than its predecessor and comes with a host of features that hobbyists and enthusiasts will love.


This 2nd model takes aerial cinematography and videography to new heights – literally. The 1km remote control allows you to control the tilt of the camera remotely. When the controls are released, they automatically center for automatic hovering.

Using the integrated GPS and the aircraft’s autopilot system, altitude lock, position holding and hovering are possible.

For videography and photography purposes, this kind of reliable stability allows you to shoot clear, high quality aerial video or photos using the Phantom 2.

You can even use your iPad to program your flight with 16-waypoint Ground Station System for precise shooting. To use this feature, you’ll need the DJI 2.4G Bluetooth Datalink.

For improved safety, the firmware includes a No Fly Zone feature which prevents your aircraft from accidently flying into restricted areas.

The number 2 also boasts a 25 minute flight time, Intelligent Orientation Control, an auto return-to-home feature and self-tightening propellers for a smooth and stable flight.

Product Specs

The Phantom 2’s specs are surprisingly impressive:

  • Max flight speed: 15m/s
  • Max tilt angle: 35 degrees
  • Max ascent: 6m/s
  • Max descent: 2m/s
  • Operating frequency: 2.4GHz ISM
  • Communication distance: up to 1,000m

You can also purchase the Phantom 2 Vision or Vision +, both of which come with a 14MP/1080p camera. The original 2nd version does not come with a built-in camera, but is compatible with GoPro cameras.

What’s the Difference?

There are quite a few differences between the Phantom 1 and 2, but most of these differences are really seen with the video recording and flight programming features.

  • The Phantom 2 allows for Video Downlink as an add-on, but this feature is not available with 1st version.
  • Phantom 2 does not have an app, whereas the Phantom 1 offers the DJI FC40 App.
  • The Phantom 2’s remote control does not feature a smartphone holder and boasts a communication distance of 1,000m. The 1st model only has a communication distance of 800m with the smartphone holder in pack.
  • The Phantom 2’s flight time is 25 minutes, whereas the 1’s flight time is just 15 minutes max.

If you’re more concerned with a longer flight time, extra flight programmable features and a longer communication distance, the Phantom 2 is your best choice.

If you’re on a budget, the 1st model may be the better choice.

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  • I think I’d still stick with the Phantom 1 since it has the app. I really like that feature.