I got to fly ....

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by DuaneM, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. DuaneM

    DuaneM Drone? I don't see any drone ... crap!

    .... a Mavic Pro and an X380 over the weekend!

    My neighbor has both of them and he has the same one I do now as his learner drone! He did the smart thing, as had been told to me many times by very smart drone pilots, get a cheap toy to learn on! We both have the WLtoys V686G for our learners, but he kinda jumped the gun a bit faster than I did and (he has money to burn apparently) bought the X380 first. I REALLY like that one and it can hold all the goodies I would need it to for some light aerial photography. It holds it's position very well in 15-20 mph winds that blew my little toy into the parking lot the second it got up to head level. He had unfortunately ripped the three wires out of the camera when he was showing me the size of the battery (5400mAh) and we couldn't do any photography with it. I'm going to rubberband a "Point & Shoot" camera I have to his camera to see how it handles it. It's much heavier than his little Chinese knockoff of a GoPro camera he has on it now.

    After I bought it down and landed it manually, (I didn't know the X380 had auto take off and auto land) he handed me the controls of the Mavic Pro! Holy Crap what a killer little drone! That thing doesn't really care if there is a tornado near it, it just slices through the air like nothing I have ever seen! It's funny though, we can set it to hover and film us flying the other two drones! I saw a guy do it on YouTube too.

    The only problem with these two drones of his are, they really can't be modified in anyway. Your just stuck with what it has. That's why I glad I'm going for the "build my own" route like so many others here have been doing.

    Just had to tell you guys all this, since my wife really isn't impressed and I really don't want her explaining new recipes to me.
     
  2. DuaneM

    DuaneM Drone? I don't see any drone ... crap!

    Oh and this little tid bit .... he's going to be buying googles to fly the Mavic Pro soon. He figures it will be easier with the $1699.99 drone that the cheaper ones. I was amazed he didn't get those already when he bought the big kit for the Mavic.
     
  3. DuaneM

    DuaneM Drone? I don't see any drone ... crap!

    Oh and this too, I now know how high 400 feet is! He was flying the Mavic Pro all the way up there! I could still see it, that surprised me a little.
     
  4. Jackson

    Jackson USA member at large

    The Chinese make wonderful cameras at a fraction of the cost of a GoPro.
     
  5. DuaneM

    DuaneM Drone? I don't see any drone ... crap!

    Just a quick update to this story and my friend's Mavic Pro ..... He had to send it back to DJI. Apparently he was out flying it at our neighborhood soccer field (where I fly too) and it decided to make a side trip of it's own.

    He hunted in the woods next to the field for many many hours before and during a fairly good rain storm that rolled over our area that day/night. He finally found it, minus it's 4k camera. He won't tell me anymore since he's a bit disappointed about losing his brand new $1,499.99 big boy toy.

    He is SO lucky he bought that insurance that DJI will replace it twice before he has to buy another one in full.

    I'm going to look around in the woods and see if I can find that little 30mm little silver ball in the underbush. Would look good on my new quad.
     

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