So I had the task today to convert a Phantom 2 Vision today. I looked for Videos, documentation, anything really that would help and found there wasn’t much out there at all about this conversion. So, I decided to write a quick blog post about it to help others if they decide to go the same route.
Lets start off by explaining the situation. Buddy of mine in another city had a Phantom 2 Vision, he decided he wanted some higher quality video’s than the camera was capturing for him. He gave me a call and asked for some advice. He has a GoPro3 and wanted stable footage from a Gimbal. I gave him a part list to order and told him to mail me the Phantom. Here is what we did.
Quick Facts about the Vision. The Vision series goal was to use your cell phone with your phantom, to make that possible, they had to switch from their traditional 2.4Ghz Radio’s to 5.8Ghz radios. Why? Well, for the cell phones to communicate with the Phantom they must use their built in wifi capability which is on a 2.4Ghz band. So, to avoid interference, they had the transmitters re-configured to 5.8Ghz band and the Video feed would use 2.4Ghz that the cell phones use, throwing in a repeater as well to get that signal all the way to the Copter. Problem is with 5.8Ghz is the range, so you see a lot of Phantom Vision users having a much shorter range than the traditional phantom 2 users have.
So is that the only difference in the Phantom, the receiver on a 5.8Ghz band… Looks to be so… If youre looking to Convert and go with a H3-3D gimbal like he did, here are the things to grab
First. A Transmitter… Luckily I had a spare that I no longer used that was the older model I was able to give him, it looks DJI has released a NEW version of the 2.4Ghz controller that you may want to jump over to dji.com and pick up for 99 bucks.
Second. A Receiver… Now that you have a 2.4Ghz transmitter, you’ll need a 2.4Ghz receiver for it to talk to in the Phantom, the 5.8Ghz receiver will NOT work with a 2.4Ghz Transmitter. Part number for this (SKU: DJIPH2RC MFR: CP.PT.000097)
Third. CanBus Hub… I found this out a little later, the Vision does not have any canbus hub ports that fit the iOSD mini. You would need to purchase this and install inside the copter to run an iOSD mini (SKU: DJIPH2CM MFR: CP.PT.000094)
Once I had all the parts installation was pretty easy, remove cover, Click the picture to expand, as you can see the main board is the same, so just remove all four screws holding down the main board, this is only to have a tiny bit of wiggle room, you arent going to remove the main board, just the screws out. Next, remove the old receiver there is a little glue on the leads, I just used an exacto knife and removed enough to take it off. There is 2 screws holding on the 5.8Ghz receiver, just remove those and pull the reciever antenna cables inside the phantom and remove the chip. Install the new one in the same position. That’s about it, you now have a converted phantom. to Bind it, just power ON the phantom with the transmitter turned OFF, and under the phantom there is a RED light flashing, use a pen and click that light, then power on your transmitter and it will go green, click the light again and you should be all set. Video Explanation here
Rest was installing the zenmuse H3-3D gimbal and iOSD mini inside the Phantom, plenty of Youtube videos explaining that process.
Hopefully that helps out some of you. Feel free to comment with any questions.