Update Firmware On The Phantom 2 Drone For Better Flying

Article and video on how to update the firmware on a Phantom 2 quadcopter

Updating the firmware and DJI App on the Phantom 2 drone to the latest version will solve multiple issues and add new features.

You can expect better flying, longer battery life on your drone and added improvements to the Phantom Vision app on your laptop.

This article and video will show you how to update the firmware on your Phantom drone.  You can print off this article or watch the below videos a couple of times.  At the time of writing, the latest Phantom 2 firmware version is 3.08.

The process of upgrading the firmware will be the same for later versions.

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Tips To Fix Phantom 3 Horizon Tilt Problems Permanently

Phantom 3 Horizon Tilt Fix

The Phantom 3 tilt horizon problem is a real nuisance in your aerial film.  In may cases, it can be fixed with some simple steps. While these tips for fixing horizon tilt are for the Phantom 3, other drones have similar technology, so you can use this information as a guide to fixed horizon problems on other drones.

Now, if you already have scenic aerial photos with horizon tilt, you can use software such as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and even Windows Live Photo Gallery to help straighten the horizon.

Using software, fixing horizon tilt would be similar to removing barrel fisheye effect in your aerial photos.

Having no angled horizon is what we really want.  Below, you will find some great tips to fix the Phantom 3 horizon angle problem with some videos at the bottom of this article.

As well all the below information on fixing horizon tilt issues, you can read another terrific article with top drone aerial filming tips and also aerial photography camera settings tips.

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How To Update Phantom 3 Firmware To Greatly Improve Your Quadcopter

Phantom 3 firmware update including best practice and tips.

Keeping your DJI Phantom 3 firmware updated is extremely important. Firmware updates contain fixes for bugs, add new features and make improvements.  With the Phantom 3, you update both the quadcopter and remote controller with the same firmware file.

Since the release of the new Phantom 3 Professional and Advanced models in April, there are been 4 firmware releases.  Each of these firmware releases fixed bugs, issues and added new features.

In this post, all the instructions, best practices and tips on how to successfully update the firmware on your Phantoms 3 along with the Remote Controller.

Please note that the Phantom 4 firmware update uses an easier process using either the DJI Go or DJI Assistant 2 app.

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Phantom 3 IMU Calibration Reset Fixes Flight Errors And Bugs

Phantom 3 IMU Calibration to fix flight problems

The Phantom 3 IMU calibration procedure is simple and takes between 5 and 10 minutes. The IMU calibration will fix most of the Phantom 3 issues including erratic flying, no signal and compass errors.

The IMU calibration will fix excessive warm up times, off horizon viewing issues and the usual yellow and red flashing lights after completing the normal Phantom 3 compass calibration. This post shows you how to calibrate the IMU on the Phantom 3 along with some tips.

While the Phantom 3 is great value and a beautiful quadcopter, a crashed quadcopter is of no value.  Take a few minutes to examine your quadcopter components before flying.  Make sure the motors and props are running freely and that there is no sign of any physical damage.

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Increase FPV Range Big Time on DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

Increase FPV Range With FPV Booster App And Circularly Polarized Antennas

Increasing the FPV range on the Phantom 2 Vision+ really adds to the enjoyment of flying. You can fly higher and further giving you opportunities to photograph and film unique aerial footage.  This post with videos give you 2 terrific solutions to extending the FPV range on your Phantom 2 Vision+.

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DJI Ground Station App And Setting Up Phantom 2 Waypoints

DJI Phanton 2 Ground Station App For Setting Up Waypoint Navigation

The Phantom 2 Ground Station app allows for the setting up of autonomous waypoints. What this means is that your Phantom 2 quadcopter  will fly autonomously from takeoff, then through its programmed points to its destination and also land safely.

It is exciting technology and shows us the potential of drones in everyday life.

The Ground Station app makes complex waypoint flying as simple as a few taps on a screen.  Before trying out waypoint navigation, watch the below DJI Ground Station tutorials a couple of times. Become familiar with the app and go through the below checks before flying using waypoints.

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Prevent Phantom GPS Signal Loss And Failsafe Mode Tips

How to prevent GPS Signal loss on Phantom Quadcopters

When your Phantom loses GPS signal and enters failsafe mode, their are always some anxious moments as you are unsure whether your quadcopter will return to its home point.

If the Phantom is out of sight, the anxiety is even greater until you see your Phantom coming back to you.  It’s not a good feeling at all.

If your Phantom is losing the GPS signal regularly, you lose the enjoyment of flying and with each GPS signal loss, there is always a chance of your Phantom crashing.

This article with videos will give you some tips, checks and pointers to prevent GPS signal loss on your Phantom. A lot of the tips here are very practical and you can use this information to guide you in troubleshooting any drone not just a Phantom.

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Improve Phantom 2 Vision+ GPS Signal With This Drone Tip

Drone DIY to improve the GPS Signal On The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ drone

Problems with the GPS signal or loss of GPS on your Phantom 2 Vision is a worry and can lead to fly away issues or in the worse case, your drone crashing. This article and drone diy video below will show you how to improve the GPS signal on your Phantom 2 Vision+. You can look to use this solution on all Phantoms.

Loss of GPS signal appears to be a problem not just on Phantom drones but on all consumer drones. The problem can vary slightly and may not be entirely the manufacturers fault.

The Phantom really is a top quality quadcopter.  Some of the best videos of beautiful scenery and adventure on YouTube are filmed using the Phantom And GoPro combination. Being outdoors and flying your Phantom should be an enjoyable past time. If your Phantom is having GPS problems regularly, it takes the fun out of flying and limits you to flying your Phantom close to where you can keep your eyes on it.

I hope this Drone DIY procedure is easy enough for you to implement and fixes the GPS issues. Then you can fly your Phantom and enjoy the experience which is what it is all about.  Having fun flying your Phantom.

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Reset And Re-calibrate The IMU Compass On Your Phantom

How to reset the IMU GPS compass on the DJI Phantom Drone

A reset or re-calibration of your Phantom’s IMU Compass will need to be completed if you are still receiving yellow and red flashing lights after using the normal compass calibration process.

The problem occurs because the drone’s compass has come close to a strong magnetic field. This problem only happens in GPS mode and not in altitude mode.

Follow the instructions in this article and or scroll straight down and watch the video which shows you how to re-calibrate the compass on your Phantom 2.

If you own an new Phantom, read and follow these instructions for the Phantom 3 IMU calibration and Phantom 4 calibration procedures.

Another great article with video is on how to improve the gps signal on your Phantom 2.

The Phantom 2 is a terrific quadcopter.  The best and most beautiful drone videos on YouTube have been filmed using the Phantom and GoPro Hero combination.  I hope this article and video instruction gets your compass calibrated again so you can get back out doing what you love best. Flying your Phantom.

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How To Calibrate The Compass On Phantom And Prevent Fly-Away

Article on how to fix fly-away issues on Phantom 2 drone and calibrate compass

Calibrating your Phantom Compass is one of the most  important steps to prevent Fly-Away issues. This article with videos explain the issue of fly-away along with how to prevent this from happening in the first place.  The first video also discusses what to do when fly-away occurs.  The Phantom has very fluid movement.

You move the sticks and the Phantom makes that movement straight away.  If it is slow or unresponsive, then you have a problem.  If something is weird going on, bring your Phantom in straight away and troubleshoot.

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