You are assuming I was at fault? LOL!What did (or didn’t) you do...?
A co-worked/friend of mine went in with another buddy of his on a nice drone. So they only paid half each and have shared custody. Might be an option for others looking to buy one, might not use it a lot, and find the nicer one's prices to be a bit high. Cost of ownership goes down and when you are not actively using it, it can still be getting use. You just have to make sure you have an agreement in place on how to handle things like damage and repairs (either share all costs or the person using it during the damage must pay full cost).I want a drone but I have zero need for one and I think I’d get bored with it. I keep eyeing them and just about bought a spark!
You if are into video, drones are definitely great tools for the task due to superb stability in both flight control and footage.I knew it was a bad idea, reading this tread.
Now I fancy getting one, and probably need it as much as I need a root canal. My teeth are fine...
Intriguing pieces of gear, have been privy to professional footage live streamed and the possibilities in the consumer market are wast and somewhat unexplored, the local discussions has more or less been focused on the possible negative sides.
If I end up with exploring film making possibilities with my existing gear, a drone may be a great supplement for that footage you simply can't get running traditional gear. If keeping it on the stills side, I am somewhat leery as to the need for one.
Good topic, anyhow.
Before I bought my first drone I was in the same position deciding how much I wanted to spend on this new hobby. But as I travel around a lot I finally decided the portability of the Mavic Pro was the key issue. It just folds up so small and is so easy to carry it means you will use it more. Got it last fall and used it mostly in my backyard which is open to a big natural area, mainly due to so many flying restrictions in the area I live, and got to know it a bit. But then 1 month later the wife and I went to Thailand for 9 weeks and spent 5 of those in Hua Hin, a beachside community about 3 hours south of Bangkok. I took 2 EM1's, 4 primes, 1 zoom and the Mavic Pro with controller, 3 Mavic batteries, my iPad 4 Mini for the view screen, and all fit fine into a messenger style shoulder bag. Try that with a Phantom 3I'd love to stretch to a Mavic Pro but the cost is almost double that of a Phantom 3. This would be my first proper drone so I think a cheaper one would be best.
From what I’ve read the Advanced P3 is the Pro P3 but without the 4K. It’s a balance between dipping your toes in and not going so low budget that it’s a terrible experience all round!Based on my observation, most new pilot whom bought an entry level Dji wifi drone either upgrade to a higher end transmission model like P4 or Mavic within 3 month, or crashed their aircraft and quite the hobby all together. I'm not saying their beginner drones are bad, in fact they are quite good. It's just they got a steeper learning curve compare to higher end models due to the lack of stable transmission, less stable flight control and less safety features like obstacle avoidance.
Again, unlike cameras, when it comes to drones, it is actually better go straight to higher end models rather than starting with "beginner" ones. They are much easier to fly and a lot more user friendly.
P3A is indeed a great compromise, assuming you are satisfied with 2.7K video quality. It also uses lightbridge, which is one of the higher end Dji transmission out there that should give you superb range and stable video downlink during flight.From what I’ve read the Advanced P3 is the Pro P3 but without the 4K. It’s a balance between dipping your toes in and not going so low budget that it’s a terrible experience all round!
I want to second this about going easy if you don't have a reduced mode option. I fly in the standard P-mode, it is plenty fast enough, and only once put the drone in the sports mode. But you lose collision avoidance in this faster mode plus the camera gets a bit wobbly, so I see no reason to fly in the faster mode, as I am not using this drone for racing. Actually I use the Cinematic mode for most of my filming, it moves the drone with more smoothness and avoids jerking movements in starting/stopping. Also have reduced the rotating turn settings way back to achieve smoother video when turning the drone around. The default setting turn way to fast and the video is jerky because of it.The only problem with the older P3 models is the control being extremely sensitive, therefore when you get your hands on it, make sure to go easy with the throttle, no matter the direction. New models reduced the acceleration and top speed in the normal mode, and added sport mode in order to let you operate the drone at its full capacity. It was designed to ease the new pilot into the controls. Old models don't have such options other than beginner mode, which limit your flight distance and altitude to nearly useless
One review I saw suggested it had slightly better IQ than the Mavic Pro. That would be important for me, if true.The shorter flight time and wifi transmission killed it for me... However this is the best bang for your buck ATM. The rear obstacle avoidance can also save lives!