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Multirotor, multicopter and quadcopter discussion thread (drones).

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RomanNose, 13 Jan 2012.

  1. Beer_MonsterUK

    Hitman

    Joined: 22 Mar 2004

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    I got the mini 2 Fly More combo for my lad as an xmas present. Oh my lord, is it fun to fly. Due to the lockdown, we haven't used it a hell of a lot, but living on the edge of the Peak District, we have a list of stuff we plan to do, once weather/travel restrictions lift.

     
  2. Gerard

    Caporegime

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Ireland

    They're a quirky thing to own for sure, if you have good weather and places to go that you can fly them then they're worth a shot. If the weathers crap then they just gather dust in the box, can be for weeks at a time with how the weather is in this part of the world. It's definitely interesting to fly something with a camera on it, but it can in some instances get a bit stale after a while. The first few times flying it is the honeymoon period then it can get a bit "meh".

    Then you have the increasingly tight rules and regulations to adhere to which imo is going to make owning a drone almost pointless if they keep clamping down on them.

    Giants causeway over here for example would be a great place to get some footage of but it's restricted as a national trust site. Even if you show and there's no one there they cite birds nesting etc as reasons not to fly it. Have to get specific permission and have all types of insurance etc.
     
  3. CHokKA

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 May 2004

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    I ended up buying myself the Mini 2 Fly More Combo from Amazon a few weeks ago. I've had a few flights with it and it's an amazing little bit of kit. I'm glad I went for the Mini 2 with the better camera. Even 2.7k at 60fps is gorgeous! I'll use 4k some times, but I reckon the 60fps is a better experience vs the better image quality. I can't wait for us to start having better weather and the longer evenings!
     
  4. CHokKA

    Mobster

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    Except you don't need specific permission especially with a sub 250g drone. They don't own the airspace and unless they have bylaws in place that have been specifically listed onsite for you to see, it's not illegal for you to fly over it. Just make sure you take off from public land and you're golden.

    Some of the rules I've read about that places are making up about not flying drones above their sites are utterly ridiculous and half of these places are totally misinformed.
     
  5. Feek

    Commissario

    Joined: 16 Oct 2002

    Posts: 231,625

    Location: In the radio shack

    Yeah, the change in the law from the end of last year actually removed a lot of the restrictions around the <250g drones and hugely opened up the areas they can be flown.
     
  6. CHokKA

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    Yep. And so many places seem to make up their own rules and act like it's the law and it absolutely isn't. But they bank on the fact that not everyone is aware of the rules and regulations. Even though to be perfectly honest, those flying drones ought to know because of the process involved in getting ready to fly in the first place.
     
  7. Gerard

    Caporegime

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    Location: Ireland

    OK for the 250g and under drones but anything heavier still has a lot of restrictions. Always wondered why a parachute system on a drone isn't taken into consideration as to where it can fly. There's a few systems out there for parachutes (pricey) but imo the canopy of the chute is still too small and it still falls on the fast side. Though this one seems reasonable price wise.

     
  8. AndyCr15

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 Apr 2011

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    Location: Barnet, London

    My interest in drones was peaked yesterday when I saw this -



    I'm enjoying making videos while out cycling at the moment, so a drone I could trust to follow me and not to crash into trees would be amazing. Unfortunately you can only buy it in the US and Canada at the moment :(
     
  9. CHokKA

    Mobster

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    A2 CofC reduces the restrictions on heavier drones rather dramatically as well though. The rules have actually become less restrictive from when I last looked into drones, and for an extra £50 to £90 for a day online course the A2 CofC is a good investment because it essentially makes heavier drones the same as sub-250g drones.
     
  10. Gerard

    Caporegime

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    Not that it looks really any different to the current air 2 (besides what appears to be 2 upwards sensors). Apparently it's meant to have 10 pre programmed cinematic flight modes as well, which is something that they could also put on the original air 2 with a firmware update, but knowing dji they'll keep that exclusive to the 2s so they can have it be a selling point.
     
  11. Rilot

    Don

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Wargrave, UK

    And a 1" sensor. That's quite a big deal. I will be getting one.
     
  12. Gerard

    Caporegime

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    Better for low light for sure, the air 2 is pretty "noisy" with dark scenes.
     
  13. Rilot

    Don

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    It's more for dynamic range. The Air 2 is OK but struggles a bit when there are big contrasts between light and dark. It's tough to pull the shadows without blowing out the highlights.
     
  14. Gerard

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    Never noticed there's no trace of the Mavic branding on this, it's just called "Air 2S". Wonder what the reason is behind that?



    Their commercial for it.
     
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  15. Rilot

    Don

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    Same reason as they removed it from the Mini I guess. I expect it's about the branding of DJI. With multiple Mavic models they are in danger of losing the DJI brand when people discuss them.

    DJI Mini 2
    DJI Air 2S
    DJI Mavic 3?
     
  16. Gerard

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    Reviews out, this guy reckons the air 2s has a better camera than the mavic 2 pro.
     
  17. Yas786

    Caporegime

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: All over the world...

    Now out for purchase for £899. Not a bad price in all honesty.
    I’ll probably wait for the Mavic 3 or may wait till the second better version of the DJI fpv drone is released.
     
  18. Rilot

    Don

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    I ordered one, and like a total ******** I didn't check the delivery address that was saved in my DJI account. Yup, they're shipping it to my old house. Tried to cancel it but can't as it's now preparing to ship.
    I guess I just bought some people I don't know a nice new drone.
     
  19. GIBURROWS

    Mobster

    Joined: 13 Jan 2010

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    Location: The 'Shire'

    If they keep it's stealing but if you send it to me I'll just borrow it till my mavic pro is fixed.
     
  20. Rilot

    Don

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    I'll go round there if I fail to cancel the shipment by other means. I'm sure they'll hand it over.