In the past few years, drones have become a popular choice for people who want to capture images from a new perspective. The Ehang Ghost Drone 2.0 VR is very similar to DJI Phantom 4, with one key difference: instead of controlling it via a two-stick remote control unit, the Ghostdrone 2.0 is controlled entirely from the screen of your iOS or Android smartphone.
The Ghost Drone’s features include an altitude hold mode which can be used to take amazing aerial photos or videos while you fly the drone around your subject matter, an intelligent flight system that can react to your desired location without any input from you, and a headless mode so no matter what direction you turn the aircraft around, it will still face forward.
This article explores some of these features in more detail along with other things like price and value for money
Ehang Ghost Drone 2.0 Reviews
- Controls that are simple and intuitive
- Multiple flight modes
- Included FPV glasses
- Excellent warranty
- The VR goggles actually control the camera angle
- Controls are mushy and imprecise
- The short-range
- Head tracking is limited
The Ehang Ghost 2.0 VR comes with a decent list of features and specs. The Ghost 2.0 drone provides approximately 25 minutes of flight time, a maximum operating range of 0.62 miles, a maximum speed of 43 miles per hour, as well as a 4K gimbaled camera that allows you to capture amazing aerial footage from your flights.
This is all pretty standard for drones today, but the Ghost comes with a pair of first-person vision (FPV) goggles that allow you to see through the camera of the drone. They also have tilt sensors that allow you to move the camera’s head in accordance with your movements. This is so cool!
The drone doesn’t have a traditional joystick controller. This is its most distinctive feature. iOS) — which allows you to fly in a variety of different modes, including Waypoint, Avatar, Follow Me, and even Manual mode.
Durability & Quality
We found the Ehang GhostDrone 2.0 VR to be mediocre. A drone costing $400 (without FPV glasses) is not unreasonable. However, the Ghost 2.0 feels mediocre compared to DJI’s most affordable offerings. Although the legs and arms are strong enough to withstand short drops and accidental hard landings, the drone doesn’t feel sturdy enough to withstand a 30-foot drop. This is particularly concerning when you consider the fact that the drone doesn’t have any automated obstacle avoidance system.
Ehang backs Ghost Drone with one of the strongest warranties we have ever seen. The company will repair your drone for free within the first year of your ownership as long as the drone was not disassembled or modified. Although the drone may not be the most robust or durable, it is still reassuring that it won’t end up in a tree or on asphalt.
Battery Life, and Charge Time
Ehang claims that the Ghost can fly for 25 minutes under ideal conditions. However, this is without accessories like the camera and gimbal. The demo unit was slightly heavier than the recommended weight, so it flew for 21 minutes in a stationary hover test before its autopilot panicked and brought it down to land.
The drone will not last as long if you push it harder. It stayed in the air for about 18 minutes, with a normal flight. Even with lots of throttle movement and dramatic pitching, it didn’t go below 17 minutes.
The battery comes with an LCD screen that can be used to calculate the time it will take for you to reach 100 percent. This feature is great as it eliminates the need to check on the progress of your charge. It’s easy to see how long it will take before you can fly again once you have it plugged in.
Ehang claims the Ghost Drone’s range is approximately one kilometer. However, it can lose communication if it travels more than one kilometer away from its pilot. Ehang recommends a working distance of 500m. In our tests, it was able to travel only 300-325m (roughly 1,000 feet) before losing radio communication. It is important to note that the drone does not fly back towards the pilot when it goes out of range. Instead, it automatically returns to the beginning point before it relinquishes command again.
Piloting, Control, & Autonomy
The Ehang GhostDrone 2.0 piloting experience is quite different from flying a traditional drone. Ehang decided to remove the dual-joystick controller in order to make it easier for beginners. The drone can be controlled by commands sent from your phone or tablet.
The accompanying phone app allows users to choose between Touch To Go or Avatar flight modes. Touch To Go is Ehang’s waypoint flying version. It displays a satellite map of the area. To set the desired destination, tap on the map and then tap again to send it there. Although it isn’t a very exciting way to fly, it’s extremely simple and Ehang does waypoint mode much better than other drone companies. This method is easy for even the most novice user to use.
Avatar, the second mode, is more enjoyable. It allows you to control roll, pitch, and azimuth according to your smartphone’s orientation. The drone will fly in the direction you tilt it. You can control your yaw by turning your body. Ghost 2.0 will adjust the orientation of your drone so it faces the same direction as your phone.
This control scheme allows for intuitive piloting. Ehang’s mission is to make a drone that anyone can fly. However, simplicity can come at a price: What you gain by simplicity is lost in precision.
Tilt-to-fly is a fun setup, especially when used with FPV goggles. However, it can also be quite squirrelly. Tilting your phone to initiate and stop maneuvers feels awkward and impractical. You won’t be able to fly as confidently and accurately with joysticks. The slider on your touchscreen controls altitude, but it feels inconsistent and can be difficult to locate if you wear goggles. It’s difficult to locate the slider once you have taken your thumb off it.
The camera is not what makes the drone worth its weight, but the FPV goggles that transmit video. These goggles let you view the drone’s views from up to 900 feet away. These suckers are not great. They have a small field of view and transmit video that isn’t high quality. These goggles are not as good as the Fat Shark Dominator goggles. But, they have motion tracking which makes them a lot more fun.
It’s much more enjoyable to fly the drone in manual mode, as you might imagine. The Ghost 2.0 VR is capable of flying at up to 42 mph in manual modes. However, it can only go as fast as 25 mph in waypoint mode. The drone is not designed for racing or OTT tricks, and it costs over PS800.
What is the VR headset’s experience? We expected something quite impressive considering the increased price of the Ghost 2.0. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Although the headset was lightweight and small, it was not comfortable. There were also gaps around the edges that allowed light to enter the headset. It has a built-in sensor that detects movement. This allows your head movements to be replicated by the drone camera. However, it will not move left or right.
We weren’t happy with the display. While many VR headsets use wide-angle lenses to give the illusion of immersion, our experience was more like looking through a late-90s camcorder’s viewfinder. The drone performed well up to 40m from us, but it lost all visual connection at 50m. The drone was still usable, but the VR headset was no longer available.
The headset has built-in accelerometers that can tell when your head moves up and down. It can also send this information to the drone to use as a movement command to the camera. The camera pans towards the sky when you look up. The camera angles towards the earth if you look down. This is a great feature that makes FPV flying more immersive. However, the camera can only track up and down. The headset cannot track tilting or left/right movements. Ehang, what the heck?
But there may be some hope. The accelerometers on the headset can detect motion along three axes, but the camera isn’t designed to pan left and right. Ehang could release an upgrade to the camera that would enable horizontal head tracking. Although the Ghost’s camera is easy to take out, it can be easily replaced with a new one. We are not aware if Ehang has any plans for hardware upgrades.
What distance and how high can the drone fly
- Max flight distance 1km (0.62 miles)
- The maximum flight height default is 120m
We were impressed by the drone’s ability to fly high and far. The default Ghostdrone ceiling height is 120m. However, this can be adjusted in the settings to increase it to 500m.
Practically, the Ghostdrone’s flight range was more than sufficient. You can’t hear the drone above 500m. It is also impossible to see it from further away.
It’s unnerving to fly a drone you cannot see.
Other drones can fly many kilometers, such as the DJI Mavic Pro. However, we aren’t sure if this is important. You will need to decide based on your intended use.
If you fly too far, the drone will struggle to return to its original takeoff point. This is unless you account for 10 minutes here and 10 minutes back. We have found that it is best to limit your flying speed if you are in wide-open spaces with lots of flat fields.
Drone in flight recordings with FPV camera
- 12mp camera stills
- 4k video @ 30fps
- 2.7k video @ 60fps
- 1080p video @ 120fps
This drone’s camera can shoot in 4K. While it isn’t as impressive as those on DJI Phantom series drones or Yuneec Typhoon drones it’s still quite good for a drone this cheap. Ghost Drone’s camera has a 120-degree field of view and can capture images in 4K at 24 frames per second (or 2.5K at 30 FPS or 1080p @ 60 FPS) and 16-megapixel stills. Although we didn’t have super-exact control of the drone’s flight, we were able to get decent shots using the onboard camera.
The Ghostdrone 2.0 offers a first-person view (FPV), via VR goggles. It also has the ability to record footage using the included camera, while in various flight modes. Other versions of the Ghostdrone are compatible with GoPro and come without a camera.
This feature is most useful in Avatar mode because you can not only adjust the camera’s view (up or down) but also turn the drone and its camera left and right using your phone.
We imagine that this drone could record 4K resolution footage at 30 frames per second (30fps). However, you will need to go slow to get the best results. The added bonus here is that you’ve got far more control over what you’re recording than you might on another drone with a static camera or without the ability to live-stream what you’re recording.
The drone’s footage was of acceptable quality during the review period. The contrast was the only problem. A scene that was bright and vibrant one minute suddenly became dull with the sun hitting the lens.
Photo and video
Ehang Ghost 2.0 VR can capture a full 4K video at 24fps. This is in keeping with the cinematic style. If 24fps seems a little slow, or you are concerned about large files for 4K video footage, there are several other shooting modes, including [email protected] ([email protected]), and [email protected] You can also take 12Mp photos.
In terms of video quality, We were impressed with the color reproduction and detail in the video. However, due to the f2.8 aperture, quality decreases as light levels change. The lens performed well at night, but it is best when the sun is shining. The 93-degree wide-angle lens gives users a larger image than a standard lens. However, panning is difficult due to the lens’ curvature.
Videos and photos can be stored on the drone on a MicroSD card(64GB card included) which is accessible via alternate Wi-Fi networks when the drone is not in use. This allows you to view your videos and photos easily, but you can’t preview them during flight. You must stay connected to the main Wi-Fi connection at all times. For full-resolution videos, you will need to access your SD card via an app on a Mac or PC. You can only access the 240p versions of the SD card via the app.
Flying Modes And Landings
It is easy to take off and land. We tested the Ghostdrone on a variety of flights, at different times and with different winds speeds. Over several test flights, we found that it was capable of landing consistently in its “home location”. It took off from the same place.
One occasion was a little too strong for the drone to land smoothly. The reviewer had to divert it from other people, resulting in a minor pinkie injury. The drone strongly recommends that you keep at least five meters from it when taking off and landing, and at least 50m from obstacles like trees, buildings, and power lines.
Waypoint mode is used to initiate tutorial flights. Scroll around the satellite map and click on the waypoint to create one. Click again to move. After the drone has flown to the area, it will stop and wait for its next command. Click “return” and the drone will return to its original position. This model worked well even on windy days.
Waypoint mode can also be a great way of making the most out of your VR goggles. We discovered that it was easy to set a flight height, which isn’t likely to cause the drone crashing into trees. Once you have set the waypoint, the headset will allow you to watch the drone navigate to the destination. The headset controls the camera on the gimbal so you can see the entire world from the headset.
The vertical axis is the only control for this gimbal. If you want to see the entire world, you will need to full control the drone. This is where Avatar mode is.
Pricing and availability
How much does the EHANG Ghost 2? Does VR cost? And where can I get it in the UK? It will cost users in the UK PS829, which is not the most expensive drone on the market. However, we believe you get a lot for your money, especially with the 4K video recording and FPV headset. You might want to start out with something simpler (and less expensive) if you are new to drones. However, the drone’s design and associated app make it easy for anyone to operate the drone.
The Ghost Drone 2.0 VR is not yet available in the UK. However, it can be ordered in the US. Although there’s no official release date yet, interested customers can visit Amazon to place an order. It’s worth noting that there are two different versions, one for iOS and one for Android, so be sure that you pick the right variant when placing the pre-order.
This is a shame because Ghostdrone 2.0 VR holds great potential. The camera captures smooth, high-quality 4K footage, crisp 12-megapixel stills, and tilting the camera with your head makes it easy to lift the drone in the air. It’s a lot for the money at PS829, particularly when you consider that the DJI Phantom 4 costs PS1,000 more.
It’s not able to fulfill your needs once you have exhausted touch-to-fly mode. It’s simply not agile enough or reliable enough to guarantee a safe and enjoyable flight. This is why I have ruled it out as a recommendation.
The Ehang Ghost Drone 2.0 is a seriously cool piece of technology that has the potential to change the way we do everything from drone racing, photography, and videography to search and rescue missions-but it does have some drawbacks as well.
Lucidcam hopes you find this article helpful in deciding whether or not you want to buy one for yourself!
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