/r/drones

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Discussion of drones - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and the flying thereof.

/r/drones: for news, information, photography, and videography involving drones and UAVs. Includes quadcopters, rotorcraft, multicopters, copters, gliders, multirotor aircraft and any form of unpersoned remote-control or robotic drone that flies.

Rules

• Post photos and videos you took with your drone, share news about drones, and ask questions about drones.

• Don't blatantly break drone regulations.

• Be constructive in your comments.

• No spam or repeated promotion of your own business.

• Follow Reddit's site-wide rules.

• If the pilot is inside or on the aircraft, it isn't a drone.

Our full rules can be found here.

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/r/drones

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Please help me decide: FPV or regular drone?

Hi I'm looking to buy a drone for some side cash (and also for fun when hiking). I do safety audits for telecoms construction sites... I show up, do an audit and go on merry way. I'm thinking about buying a drone, film a couple of 30 second clips of maybe some interesting construction (cranes lifting antennae or steelwork say) and then offer these to the construction contractor I've just audited to buy for their PR/LinkedIn posts. Would this kind of footage (maybe a fly by, a helix orbit type shot etc) be done better with an FPV drone or just a DJI mini or something similar? Any help would be hugely appreciated! I'm in UK so not affected by the dji ban. Thanks if you read this far.

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2024/07/10
23:39 UTC

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One of my favorite shots I've filmed in 5 years of flying

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2024/07/10
23:29 UTC

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Since we've got the crash theme going - Here's a crash in a field

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2024/07/10
22:17 UTC

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Beach Cruising!

Ft. Golden, he's such a good boy :) Getting the hang of flying and orbiting! After nearly 400 battery packs that is 😅

Song: Coast (ft. Anderson .Paak) - Hailee Steinfeld Location: San Francisco, California

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2024/07/10
21:49 UTC

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Hi all, can anyone recommend a sub £300 drone compatible with samsung S21? Preowned would be fine.

DJI's aren't compatible from what i can gather...

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2024/07/10
21:49 UTC

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Rediscovering Childhood Dreams with the DJI Avata 2: An Unforgettable Experience

I've wanted to buy a drone for years, knowing I would enjoy it. However, I didn't anticipate just how much I would love the experience. I expected to create impressive videos and have fun flying it, but the Avata 2 drone offers something even more extraordinary. It provides a completely new experience, allowing me to navigate various places freely like a bird and appreciate the beauty of nature in an unprecedented way.

As a child, from my earliest memories up until I was 10, I frequently dreamt of flying. Those dreams left vivid impressions on me. Now, this drone taps into those past dreams, making an unrealistic fantasy feel attainable. While I may never fly on my own, putting on the goggles and powering up the drone makes me feel as though I am soaring.

Take a look at Merapi, one of Indonesia's most magnificent and dangerous volcanoes, as seen from the sky through the lens of the Avata 2.

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2024/07/10
21:08 UTC

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Passed the 107 this morning with an 85% :/

Took an hour. Kinda bummed I didn't break 90% but sharing for others getting ready.

I missed nine questions. I took the course from Drone Launch Academy and supplemented it with a couple of things I would constantly get confused about (the inverse relationship, at least in my own head, of high- and low-density altitude and "where is the plane in this stage of approach?").

Interestingly, I got a very easy question on altitude and zero questions about approach other than "Where and how does a plane typically enter a holding pattern?"

I was expecting A LOT more mapping questions than I got based on what others experienced. I may have had 8 at most.

There were several weather and a few questions with stuff I had never heard of before.

I consistently passed the course mock exam with about 95%. In the test, I thought there were five or maybe six questions I didn't know. I obviously missed more than that.

Given everything, I think I would have skimmed the test before I started taking it and marked more questions for review after. Obviously, for my test, it would have been better to brush up on the weather a lot more.

Bringing a magnifying glass was an excellent tip, too.

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2024/07/10
20:25 UTC

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I'm interested in buying a drone

I got some extra money right now and have been wanting to get a drone for a while, I'm currently looking at the DJI mini 3 with the screen controller. Are there better options for around that price, and is there any vr support for the DJI mini 3.

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2024/07/10
20:02 UTC

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DJI Avata Sale: Is this a good deal?

Picture says everything.

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2024/07/10
19:51 UTC

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I think I got a little too excited

I forgot that my micro drone doesn’t have the same power as the drones I fly in the simulator. My setup here is a Flywoo firefly hd micro drone with the tbs tango and Dji integra goggles.

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2024/07/10
19:05 UTC

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EXO Drones Are Better Than Chinese DJI Crap

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2024/07/10
18:44 UTC

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Interesting commercial use-cases?

Recently got my Part 107 and have been doing research on what’s next. So my question to you all is what are some interesting commercial drone use cases you’ve seen?

Side note: would love to connect with any drone business owners out there!

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2024/07/10
18:35 UTC

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DJI Mini 4 Pro fighting trade winds on Canary Island to get some great footage!

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2024/07/10
18:22 UTC

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Drones- the future?

As a young, budding entrepreneur in the drones space, I am curious to learn and hear from those who have worked in this space for a while.
Do you believe the commercial/enterprise applications are worthwhile enough to even try to compete with a large company like DJI in a rapidly expanding market?

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2024/07/10
17:58 UTC

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ND filters or post editing with software just as good?

Hi All,

Well, I decided to start a new thread on ND filters because my last post was pretty "busy". One question. If I do NOT use any ND filters, can I correct all variables, and unwanted conditions, such as the amount of exposure, in post-editing software such as DeVinci, etc.? Or will I only be able to correct a certain percentage of what I want to get rid of? In other words, will I get a better degree/range of editing for better results by using an ND lens filter and then editing in DaVinci? Hope I stated that clearly enough. Thank you. (Oh, I decided, so far, that one mandatory lens filter I must have is a polarizer) Ideas from those in the know? Thank you!

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2024/07/10
17:40 UTC

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Help needed

Hello everyone, I am currently getting everything ready to start a side business as a drone operator for real estate etc.

I am looking to get the Mavic 3 Pro. My question is would this be the best option to start a business or would it be better off to start with the mini 4 and the avata 2? I know a lot of people are taking that route since the cost for two is about the same as just the Mavic 3 pro.

Thank you guys

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2024/07/10
17:24 UTC

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Hi everyone! Is there some sort of discord for this server? I'm looking to build my own drone and would love some tips🙏

Any help appreciated 💪

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2024/07/10
16:28 UTC

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Question on TFR

I’m a licensed drone pilot and want to get clarification on if I can fly commercially for my side gig with this flight restriction if I fly it before the starting date. For example, the TFR was issued on the 9th but starting date for the TFR says 7/15. Can I still fly any day up til then or have to submit a waiver? Thanks!!

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2024/07/10
15:57 UTC

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Can C1 drones fly in A1,A2 and A3?

Hello everyone, I need a clarification regarding rules to fly in Europe: Can I fly my C1 drone in all A1, A2 and A3 categories? I tried to search onlyne but it's not celar, some websites states that C1 drones only can fly in A1 and others that states that C1 drones can fly in A1,A2 and A3. Can someone please clarify this doubt? Big thanks to who will answer.

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2024/07/10
15:47 UTC

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3 peaks in 1 pack - fpv mountainsurfing

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2024/07/10
15:32 UTC

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Florida Bans Chinese Drones, Causing Frustration Among First Responders (2023 article)

I came across this article from while doing some research on the Countering CCP Drones Act. Good info here on how that Florida ban worked out, including data on DJI drones in service and associated costs of grounding them. 

Are there any Florida first responders in this group that can comment on the effects this ban has had? 

I’m planning on including a link to this in correspondence to our state representative, thought others might like to do the same. 

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2024/07/10
14:53 UTC

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Drone stability differences by quality?

Hi all! I purchased a Snaptain P30 GPS a few weeks ago to learn to fly. It's been exciting to say the least. I know I'll eventually want to upgrade but for now, this is working out nicely.

I've been watching all the typical instructional videos as well as some advanced videography footage (just for the excitement of future inspiration). One thing I've noticed among all of them is the stability it appears the drone has or camera has.

Is this stabilty a perk of the higher quality of more expensive drones? Are they better able to maintain stability in varying conditions? Or, is it just that the gimbal the camera is mounted on is better quality and able to accommodate a greater range of motion?

Very few videos I've happened upon seem to show what the drone is doing while in the air in relation to what the Drones camera is capturing.

Mine constantly drifts and "sways"? up/down/left/right (almost as though a boat does while in water) when hovering. Though after it drifts a certain distance off a mark, it manages to jerk back to that mark and then begins to drift off it again. (Looking at the info on the control screen it seems to be sideways in all directions no more than a 1-2 feet or so and vertically can fluxuate 3-5 feet usually down) I assume this is just a "con" of a cheaper less advanced drone. But also has me wondering if there's something more I should be doing to maintain the stability manually as the operator. Anyway, the video footage will make you nauseous if you stare too intently which isn't pleasant so, there will be no exciting videos coming out of this thing from me.

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2024/07/10
13:43 UTC

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Another 107 vs Recreation question

I am very sorry in advance if this is brought up over and over. I searched and couldn't find an answer to this specific question, all I get in results are people asking if uses would fall in one or the other - My question is, if you have your 107 under what circumstances would you WANT to fly under recreation rules instead? Aside from not having remote ID on (ie you don't want people to know where you/the aircraft are for reasons) I can't see any benefit to it?

I'm debating getting my 107 and and just want to understand the possible downsides before I do.

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2024/07/10
13:40 UTC

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An Eagle almost had my drone for brunch.

Not long after my DJI mini 2 took off of my terrace this noon and barely reached an altitude of ~20m, an eagle started circling around it which I was unaware of since I was looking at the live camera feed of the drone. Soon, I observed brown feathers in the feed and looked up in the sky just to witness a failed assassination attempt of my drone. The eagle did hit it, after which I think it probably got hurt since it retreated and flew away somewhere else.

I landed the drone immediately and checked for damages, but there was surprisingly none‽

I've had this drone for over 3 years and mainly used it occasionally when I went on trips with great scenery, so I don't have much experience about this phenomenon.

Does this happen often? How can I avoid this? Thoughts?

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2024/07/10
12:38 UTC

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RC VIOT EC 120 WiFi signal help

Hello everyone,

My boss picked up this drone to be able to shoot some footage, nothing too taxing or crazy, just hover in place about 20-30 feet for 15-30 minutes, stop and start.

The problem I’m having is with the wifi connection to the phone. The handful of times I’ve gotten it to work the signal has been weak, even basically standing right underneath it. More often than not, however, I’m not even getting the wifi network to show up on my phone.

While I’ve never worked with drones before, I am pretty tech savvy, so here’s my thoughts as to what’s happening. I’d appreciate it if you could help steer me in the right direction

  1. It seems like the wifi only works if the battery is completely charged. I once got it working, recorded for about 10 minutes, and then pulled the drone down to save battery, but not 10 minutes later with the same battery I couldn’t get the wifi network to show up

  2. It seems like 1 of the two batteries they sent us doesn’t get the wifi to work at all. I’ve completely charged both, and one doesn’t seem to work no matter what.

  3. Even if the wifi doesn’t work, the batteries will fly the drone and the remote still works, I just can’t record footage

Thank you in advance!

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2024/07/10
12:13 UTC

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mini 2 se or mini 3?

As title says, i wanna buy either one. Obviously the 2SE is cheaper and the budget is a big factor because i might crash/loose it and it's just for hobby.

This would be my first real drone, i currently have one with a laggy qvga camera that cannot hover in place, no battery info(starts beeping for 15-20 seconds then dies mid air) and low range.

I will be using the drone in vacations to take aerial videos/photo of wherever i'm at, maybe post a few on social media.

Questions:

  1. Are they the same in speed/stability/range? On paper they look the same.

  2. Is the video quality that much better on the mini 3? It does have 4k, a larger sensor and HDR, but i am not sure if i need 4k or not. Is the mini 2 se that outdated?

  3. Does the mini 3 have any extra quickshot modes?

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2024/07/10
11:35 UTC

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Need Help with Real-Time 2D Mapping Project - Looking for Data

Hey everyone,

I'm working on a project to create 2D maps in real-time and need more data (images or videos) to improve accuracy. If you have any data or know where I can find some, I'd really appreciate your help. Please DM me if you can assist.

Thanks in advance!

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2024/07/10
10:36 UTC

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should I sell my dgi phantom 4?

So I want to start drone film taking, and my brother has a phantom 4 which he offered me. after talking to some experts, they told me that I should sell it and buy a newer/lighter drone because strating with a heavy one is harder and it is dangerous. (it is only phantom 4, not pro, regular phantom 4, and it lacks battery)

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2024/07/10
10:03 UTC

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EDF help plz....

I'm trying to build a drone with an edf, So I have an xfly x8 80mm edf but a stick got stuck and now the blades are all messed up. So I'm trying to replace the blade. I unscrewed the screw on the top of the edf, but the cone is not falling off, I tried pulling the thing, but still not coming off. Is there something I'm doing wrong?

plz help me....

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2024/07/10
08:01 UTC

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ELRS vs TBS: Know the Difference! 🧐 Ready to geek out? 🚁

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2024/07/10
06:31 UTC

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