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Old 01-01-2015, 08:23 AM   #1
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I just got a new Phantom Vision 2 remote controlled quad copter. I am stunned how easy it is to fly. It has a camera and everything needed to put it in the air and get some really cool video or pictures. It took me about 3 or 4 days before I was brave enough to take it out and fly it, I read a lot and there are so many features including GPS waypoints where it pretty much takes care of itself, it can be set to fly to different points recording video or photos and return to land where it took off from. If runs into trouble or the battery is losing power, it is also supposed to return to home.

The thing is so smart, I am surprised that it only cost $759.00.

I can see where people could get into trouble flying where they shouldn't or not understanding the settings on it. There are a ton of options that you can select once you get used to the controls and lingo, I am not there yet, but have filmed our little farm from front to back. My wife and daughters have also flown it.

This seems like a great way to get out and see the surrounding area, scout that trail? I am sure there are better ($$) units that would put this to shame, but my Phantom Vision 2 works great out of the box and does everything I expected.

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I know there are pending rules and regulations, cause whenever people have fun, we need to make rules to prevent or limit it. It could easily be misused, like a car, bike, or gun, but I wanted to get one before the fun was outlawed. I will be looking for things to film around my area (central Mn.)

I am looking into how to hack it, although for now I do not see the need. It's like when you get a new bike and think it has plenty of power for the first couple days, then take the thing apart to mod it.
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Old 01-01-2015, 09:45 AM   #2
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I'm always amazed that people will spend $800 on a first-time toy. I noticed my tennants got a DJI Phantom for Christmas, I have little doubt it will not fly more than 2-3 times. Until I make them an offer for it.
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Old 01-01-2015, 11:13 AM   #3
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I plan to get one eventually.

I want to take aerial photos of my property (20 forest acres) and surrounding area.

My neighbor took photos of his property from an airplane and it was a little better than the satellite photos. I think a drone just 100 feet above tree top would be a lot better.

When I go to sell my property, I think aerial photos and even vids would be helpful. A vid going down the trails, through the woods, below tree top, would probably be good too.

But right now, not a priority.
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Old 01-01-2015, 12:15 PM   #4
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You got a good price on that one checker. I'm thinking of pulling the trigger on one of these soon. I think they would be a blast!

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Old 01-01-2015, 12:19 PM   #5
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another waste of cash...

I think it is a waste of cash, kind of like so many other bad decisions I have made, HA HA, it could be worse.

I have never done meth, but I think it will last longer than $800.00 worth of meth.... I hope longer than $800.00 in a casino too. I know a guy that rented a Harley for 200.00 per day, although chicks dig guys on rented Harleys and I don't know how they feel about drones, probably kind of creeped out? I did not buy it for anyone other than myself..

I was moved towards getting one sooner than later because of my perception that if it seems too fun, it will be outlawed.

This could be me just being paranoid, but I remember lawn darts and full auto machine guns, now look what happened to them. Of course you can still get them but they cost much more now.
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Old 01-01-2015, 01:30 PM   #6
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Those Vision 2 vids are cool. I've never owned one of these things, but may have to give it a shot.
Few questions...

The video showed parts of a motorcycle race and looks to keep up, how fast will the drone fly?

How long is flying time?

The video showing the whales looks scary thinking I'd thunder it in, would it float and fly again after being in water?

Be fun to fly around Niagara Falls.
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Old 01-01-2015, 02:02 PM   #7
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I plan to get one eventually.

I want to take aerial photos of my property (20 forest acres) and surrounding area.

My neighbor took photos of his property from an airplane and it was a little better than the satellite photos. I think a drone just 100 feet above tree top would be a lot better.

When I go to sell my property, I think aerial photos and even vids would be helpful. A vid going down the trails, through the woods, below tree top, would probably be good too.

But right now, not a priority.
Just for the record, Google Earth "satellite" imagery is actually aerial photography from aircraft. Which is why it looks like aerial photography from aircraft.

We have been fooling around with a drone at my company for small scale aerial photography of property. The problem is they have very small format cameras.

But it is still very doable especially for oblique images and video. We have had good results and have had some clients interested after seeing what can be done.

Unfortunately the FAA is making things problematic for commercial use. So we can't actually do any work with them.
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Old 01-01-2015, 02:49 PM   #8
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You know there's a bad-ass huge thread for these already, right?

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=861738

And that's a nice toy, but if you're fine with being thin on the instructions, there are models for a LOT cheaper that are just as robust. I just picked up a Quanum Nova and a 2D gimball from Hobby King with *everything* ready to fly except I did have to install the gimbal (which I admit did require googling and watching a 5m YouTube video because the instructions sucked so bad) and it was $550.

Yes, it's got full waypoint autonomous flying, etc. There are parts available, it's fully supported by the open source community for updates, etc.

And I had no idea what to buy but wanted something for aerial video and just asked in that thread above. Took the first recommendation, researched it a little only to find it was spot on, and bought it. Flown it a couple times now and it's all that and a bag of chips. Well done stuff. Yours is well built and will be great, just a little more spendy. I'm guessing you can get some decent instructions and support, but I was fine with letting Google help me.


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Old 01-01-2015, 02:57 PM   #10
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Just for the record, Google Earth "satellite" imagery is actually aerial photography from aircraft. Which is why it looks like aerial photography from aircraft.
From what I understand the images they use are a mix, depending on the region and scale.
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Old 01-01-2015, 07:41 PM   #11
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True, but most of this country is state, county and USDA ortho imagery they buy. I am one of the guys who makes it accurate for you by locating ground targets to rectify the photography. I recognize a lot of the stuff I worked on in this area.


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Old 01-02-2015, 06:29 AM   #12
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Be fun to fly around Niagara Falls.
I don't know about Canada but RC aircraft are illegal in US state and national parks.

I have the first version Blade 350QX. Similar to the first Phantom. I bought it because I didn't have to buy a new fransmitter and I've had other Blade/Horizon Hobby products. They're customer and parts support is the best out there.

That being said I do like the new DJI Inspire and the Parrot Bebop.
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Old 01-02-2015, 06:43 AM   #13
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Just for the record, Google Earth "satellite" imagery is actually aerial photography from aircraft. Which is why it looks like aerial photography from aircraft.
For the US. If you remember a few years back It used to be mostly Landsat in the rural areas. The rest of the world is mostly digital globe/geoeye sat imagery.

And I want a phantom. I just keep finding other things I want more

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Old 01-02-2015, 07:20 AM   #14
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I can just imagine the peeping toms/celeb stalking/jilted lovers crowd using this to stalk outside someone's window at midnight every night

Cool it can fly autonomously to a gps waypoint though
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Old 01-02-2015, 07:37 AM   #15
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Some municipalities have passed ordinances that allow you to shoot them down of they fly over your property.
I suspect poor target practice, but..............
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