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Post by egjeg » Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:11 am

Anyone have one?

I got a Phantom 3 Pro in October and crashed it in the ocean last month. Power, comms, and onboard computer seem fine. Gimbal and camera are toast. Not sure about compass and motors yet. I'll probably sell it for parts and get a Mavic in a couple months. Anyone flown one of those?
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Re: Drones

Post by Bill Barilko » Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:11 am

Don't see many around the city it's all an aerodrome so No Flying seen a few videos but people get busted PDQ for even putting them up.
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Post by egjeg » Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:57 am

Which city?
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Post by mothership » Sat Jan 21, 2017 1:44 am

I've been flying my phantom for three months but shut it down for the winter as cold does terrible things to the batteries. My friend got the mavic and continues to crash it in his house and breaking the blades. There was this underwater drone with equipped sonar at ces in las Vegas this year that looks intriguing. No regulations on underwater drones with the Nazis around here.
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Post by Agent009 » Sat Jan 21, 2017 5:11 pm

Ive got a 25 buck micro... From walmart, remember when sharper image seeemed exclusive?....

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Its gotta horrible youtube review, and its a pain to fly, no frills, no self leveling, but ive got a big garage to play in. The hardest part for me is making sure which end is the front, but most drones are programmed to take care of that. Ive flown remote airplanes, but its really not the same, cept the crashing.... lol. 4 minute flight on a 30 minute charge for this little guy. Makes a nice break from work.
Im hoping to upgrade sooon, a better micro and something bigger for outdoors, but still think learning to fly with this thing was goood training.
Interested to see what you stewbs have to say about different models.

My friend just got a parrot 3. Its pretty koool, cept he uses his phone to fly it, which is not only awkward, but limiting.
He got some great video of doing the plinko down a tree the other night. Tough little sucker, toook it like a champ.
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Post by Bill Barilko » Sat Jan 21, 2017 6:24 pm

egjeg wrote:Which city?

The one I live in.
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Post by mothership » Sat Jan 21, 2017 6:45 pm

If they are less than 350 grams there is no restriction. I expect that these microdrones will be the next big advancement from a consumer side. Also some real cool development happening with drone swarm intelligence.
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Post by Agent009 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:16 pm

The minis do seeem to be where its at, till you try to fly one outside in the wind....
Though im sure they will get better, and the more ya spend the better they are now.
The price of mine absolutely blows me away.
Sure its basic, and hard to fly, but it was only $25!!! Thats a lotta tech/materials for the price.

The swarm intelligence stuff kinda skynets the the crap outta me.....
The thought of 100 of these things chasing me is the stuff of new nightmares.
There was an article making its way around the web a few weeeks ago about a succe55ful military trial using swarm tech. They to55 1000 of them out an airplane with a mission (which of course can be changed at any time), and as some are lost, new ones are added. Since they are all controlled by one source the mission keeeps going.
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Post by mothership » Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:56 am

My first drone was a microdrine hexacopter. When I took it outside and crashed a starling took the thing apart out of curiosity. The thing kept losing those stupid blades. 3 weeks later I ordered my dji.
Since then I've been invited to go pheasent and pig hunting with the drone doing spotting or flushing duties. I've buzzed flocks of geese with it and its really no more disruptive than a lab off leash.
I want to get the mavic but I need new glass for my camera.
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Post by guruwil » Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:26 pm

Young fella has a Parrott AR drone. It's pretty fun but every now and then it just spazzes out and takes off straight up out of control and that pretty much shaken our confidence in flying it anywhere there are roads and houses etc.
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Post by GLimpet » Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:54 am

We couldn't even run a drone inside a warehouse near Perth (W.A.) airport as it was inside the drone exclusion zone.

Had to use person on a cherry-picker instead to get the overhead shots required by the company building the website.

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Post by egjeg » Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:09 am

Good news. DJI looked at the raw flight logs and determined that a hardware malfunction covered under warranty caused the crash, and not pilot error.
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Post by Electrolyte » Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:27 pm

What do you need a drone for? Pictures?

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Post by egjeg » Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:22 am

Pictures. Video. Enjoyment of flying it. It's been a good excuse to get out of the house.
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Re: Drones

Post by Electrolyte » Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:22 am

... to get out of the house and watch TV?

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Post by egjeg » Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:43 am

Mine doesn't allow you to watch TV on it, unless you fly it in front of a TV and point the camera at it.

Usually I point it at landscapes, cityscapes, or animals if I'm lucky.
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Post by egjeg » Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:58 pm

The good ones now practically fly themselves

I did have one drop into the Indian Ocean, but I stripped down, retrieved it, and sent the black box data to the manufacturer who determined it was not my fault and sent me a replacement.

Now I'm considering a spark instead of a magic as a secondary drone for long hikes.
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Post by Electrolyte » Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:45 am

egjeg wrote:Mine doesn't allow you to watch TV on it, unless you fly it in front of a TV and point the camera at it.

Usually I point it at landscapes, cityscapes, or animals if I'm lucky.

You're watching an image on a screen. Sounds like TV to me.

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Post by Bill Barilko » Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:05 am

Transport Canada has banned drones from skies anywhere over the city-All to the Good AFAIC.
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Post by egjeg » Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:42 am

Electrolyte wrote:
egjeg wrote:Mine doesn't allow you to watch TV on it, unless you fly it in front of a TV and point the camera at it.

Usually I point it at landscapes, cityscapes, or animals if I'm lucky.

You're watching an image on a screen. Sounds like TV to me.

In the same sense that driving a car while using a GPS is "watching TV" I suppose flying a drone with a video feed is also "watching TV".
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Post by Electrolyte » Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:21 pm

If your attention is fixated on the GPS then yes, but then I suppose you wouldn't be here in that case.

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Post by egjeg » Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:50 pm

Bill Barilko wrote:Transport Canada has banned drones from skies anywhere over the city-All to the Good AFAIC.
sounds good to me too. My drone crash cemented for me what a bad idea it is to fly them near anything that can be injured or damaged.

I prefer nature shots. Night shots of a big city would be pretty cool, but way too dangerous.
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Post by Bill Barilko » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:12 am

I prefer nature shots.

Yeah me too some places just seem made to be seen from the air.


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Post by shilgia » Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:50 pm

A friend has gotten into drone photography, and I think he does it sort of professionally now (alongside a few other types of freelance work). He posted a video last night where it struck me how incredibly steady the image can be. The clip starts with a shot of a long walkway over a lake, shot straight down, with someone walking on it. The drone moves along with the person, the person right in the center of the image throughout. The drone slowly moves up, so you see more and more of the lake around the walkway, but the walking person remains in the middle. Just incredibly steady throughout. Later in the clip there's a shot where the drone doesn't move at all; it's just entirely stationary, filming what's going on below. I asked my friend about it and he said that when there's no wind, it can stay stationary pretty easily all by itself. When there's wind, he says it's a little harder, but still doable, and images can be stabilized further in post-production. Just amazing.

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