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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:39 am 
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I’ve noticed from various posts that many of you own drones. Thought maybe I could get some advice.

I'm thinking about joining in on the fun of aerial videography and I’m looking for advise on a good drone for a first timer.

This will be a hobby - no commercial work. I want something that takes great photos and video, compact in size, reliable & easy to control.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciate.

CappyLee

P.S. I know this isn’t an editing topic but my LumaFusion family seemed like a great source of advice.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:51 am 
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Hi Lee

I've had a DJI Phantom P3Standard for almost 2 years which has served me well

However

They no longer make it although from what I see on other forums there are still some kicking around

I would now look at a DJI Mavic Air or DJI Mavic Pro as my next drone

Why

Slightly longer battery life (about 18-20 mins realistically)
Better transmission range
Better quality camera and will do 4k (the P3S did a kind of hybrid 2.7k)
Obstacle avoidance sensors

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:03 pm 
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Thanks Dave. That’s very helpful.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:06 am 
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The Mavic Pro will be a great starter drone. It has a decent starter price (800-1200). There are other drones that are cheaper and smaller but the Mavic Pro is in the sweet spot for flight time, range and performance.

I've had the MP for a year and 3 months and no issues and is a very reliable aircraft/camera system


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:50 am 
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Agreed Stride8

I think the Mavic Pro would be my choice for the reasons you have given

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:09 pm 
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I’ve noticed from various posts that many of you own drones. Thought maybe I could get some advice.

I'm thinking about joining in on the fun of aerial videography and I’m looking for advise on a good drone for a first timer.

This will be a hobby - no commercial work. I want something that takes great photos and video, compact in size, reliable & easy to control.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciate.

CappyLee

P.S. I know this isn’t an editing topic but my LumaFusion family seemed like a great source of advice.
I hang out on the Casey Neistat subReddit. If you know about Casey, you know almost every vlog he uploads has a drone compilation...

But:

Many people on his sub claim it is becoming all but impossible to legally fly a drone these days. This might be helpful in NOT getting a drone.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:33 pm 
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Thanks everyone. Very helpful advice. I'm now trying to decide between the Mavic Pro and the Marvic Air.

Thanks again,
CappyLee

P.S. If it is becoming more difficult to legally fly drones, Casey is certainly contributing the problem. He has poked the bear (FAA) many times with his questionable drone flights posted on YouTube.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:45 pm 
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I personally own the Mavic air and have access to the phantom pro 4 for work.

The mavic air is great for me because my video and photography work usually involves me mountain biking and having to do everything my self. It's small and light weight so I don't notice it in my bag.
the only down side is due to its size it's not great in high wind and the props are very noisy

The phantom drones are big and cumbersome and take up a whole large backpack by them selves but they are darn near indestructible and can be flown in some ridiculous conditions.
The shots around the 2:20 mark in the video linked below were taken with a phantom 4 and the wind blowing through the valley had the drone at a near 45 degree angle as it was working to stay steady but it did the job marvelously.

It's all about size vs function.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:30 am 
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I am really happy with my Mavic Air. I have owned 3 drones and the Air is perfect for my needs. My advice would be go small as it’s more likely to be with you just like a phone over a DSLR.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:14 am 
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Don't get me started!

Yeah less than 0.5% of drone users spoil it for the 99.5% of us happy legal fliers

That gets the hobby a bad name - drones are bad - they will video you in the bath and bring down other aircraft!

I would love to video a nearby WW2 base a few miles from me. It's next to a prison. The prison is well known for having some of that 0.5% dropping drugs, phones and monkey dust from drones. It even has a no fly zone set up so us legal flyers can't do anything there. So I couldn't even start the motors (I've tried it)

If I was one of those 0.5% I'd download the relevant 'modified' software from the inter web and wouldn't care how much legislation there was. I'd fly up to 2000 feet and take a video of almost nothing due to the wide angle of the lens and then post it on Youtube

Rant over :)

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