Drone flying has become one of the most popular hobbies as well as an essential tool for professional commercial filmmakers to get some of the best aerial footage and photographs. Worldwide, there is an intense increase in use of drones by amateur drone fliers and professional filmmakers alike. As much as it is important to know the benefits of the drone and camera’s aerial point-of-view, it is also vital for drone fliers to understand some technical details regarding the basic flight functions of their drones.

What is First-Person-View (FPV)?

A First-Person-View or FPV is also known as an RPV (Remote-Person-View) or simply, Video Piloting. This is one of the essential modes of flying your drone today.

The drone, with its camera ‘ON’, transmits images or video feed to the remote control on the ground in the flier’s hands. This allows the drone flier to get a perspective of the surroundings from the point-of-view of the drone in the sky.

Today, with advances in drone technology, the Goggles allow drone users to completely benefit from the pan or tilt in the camera. Dual monitors and video cameras allow the flier to see the view in a 3D setting.

What are the frequencies for drones?

An FPV quadcopter drone normally operates within the frequencies of 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz.

The 2.4 GHz frequency is most useful in connecting the drone to the ground transmitter (remote control). Co-incidentally, 2.4 GHz frequency is also used by conventional wireless networks. This often results in disruptions in drone flight in densely populated areas where there are numerous electronic networks spread out.

There are two separate transmitters used in drones with cameras. There is a distinct transmitter for relaying and receiving pilot control signals and another separate transmitter for sending the video feed from the camera to the monitor. This also results in interference between the two signals and cause disruption in flight of the drone.

DJI drones frequencies

The DJI Phantom series of drones (except for the DJI Phantom 1 models) from the Chinese world leader in drone technology uses the 5.8 GHz frequency to operate. This secures the drone’s signals from being disrupted by random wireless transmissions in the surrounding and allows perfect drone control and flight.

DJI Phantom 1

Normally you have to add the FPV system in the drone and change the frequency to 5.8 GHz. Also, if you are using action cameras that use their unique transmission frequency then remember to turn off the wireless option ‘OFF’ before flight to avoid disruptions with control frequency. The Phantom FC40 already uses 5.8 GHz frequency for flying as it has a separate 3.4 GHz system for transmitting videos and images.

DJI Phantom 2

The DJI Phantom 2 series drones require adding a kit for enhancing operating frequency to 5.8 GHz from the conventional 2.4 GHz and get perfect FPV transmission.

DJI Phantom 2 Vision/Phantom 2 Vision +

The DJI Phantom 2 Vision and DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ drones already use the 5.8 GHz frequency for control and the 2.4 GHz frequency is used for FPV, smartphone connectivity and telemetry.

Conclusion

So, if you wish to buy a DJI Phantom series drone be prepared to add the right accessories for using the FPV device effectively at the 5.8 GHz frequency. It is important to note that both the frequency signals are Line-Of-Sight (LOS) signals and get disrupted if the direct connection between transmitter and receiver (drone and remote) is severed.

Hence, it is best advised to fly drones in a clear and vast area where you will not lose sight of it and prevent unwanted crash from signal disruption.

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  1. Daniel Scyphers

    I think all I have is 3 Phantom 3 standards, and one Mavic, I have been trying to learn to fly these birds and use footage on my website. I am always looking for material to use on my site.

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