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Drones
« on: September 28, 2016, 09:30:55 pm »
DJI - Introducing the DJI Mavic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1d_ptE6yrc

Well, since my interests in drones is now getting serious to the point of dropping some hard cash on one, it's high time we have a thread for Drones. Starting with the DJI, based on Casey's review of it here. HUGE BONUS for the Mavic is its tracking mode. No need to wear a bracelet or anything to get the Mavic to follow your every move. They show a brief clip of how it works and it reminds me of how the Tracking worked in After Effects. Same kind of tech. As for the price, it really depends on who or where you buy it from. I've seen a couple of sites offering pre-orders at $1k and other's at $1,300.
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Re: Drones
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2016, 10:12:42 am »
I'll be following what you do on this project.

Love this stuff, but not ready to get one myself at this point in my life.

Concentrating on health, bikes and music still.
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Re: Drones
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2016, 03:10:03 pm »
Didn't see if this is a duplicate post...

Would have been better to compare a less cloudy day with better color definition.

https://youtu.be/sw4jDjYnR0U
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2016, 04:49:36 pm »
DJI MAVIC: 4K Test Footage and My Thoughts On The Drone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Tthf4guYCo


The video you just posted Mac, that's actually Casey's followup Vlog where he addresses one big issue with the quality of the film. I watched it last night and was really disappointed in the end result. It's just way to soft to my liking. Casey even says that the Phantom IV is the superior to the Mavic in regards to 4k footage. And then I saw the review by Michael Shainblum this morning and apparently everyone, including Casey, doing their own review for the product is unaware that there is a Manual Focus option that you have to enable which corrects the 'Soft' look. Check out the video and marvel at just how much of an improvement it is. Highly detailed and has reaffirmed my desire to get this drone. But the one thing I find puzzling is that you would even have to enable it. Seriously, why isn't this a default setting or option? Anyone paying over $1k for this is getting it for the highest quality possible. It's like buying a brand new car, but driving it off the lot using the spare tire from the trunk instead. Go figure.
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Re: Drones
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2016, 05:50:22 pm »
Man, I'm thinking about cameras.... my current "nice" camera is almost ten years old, no HD features... and I'm going to Sicily next year with the fam, going to see my childhood home again, and I feel like that warrants a nice camera.  Tempted to look after the new year.

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Re: Drones
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2016, 03:58:45 am »
The hard part might be deciding which one. I imagine most are all really good. Just need to find the one that fits your needs. Are you already leaning towards a brand?
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Re: Drones
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2016, 02:18:16 pm »
No, I got a couple months to decide.  Part of me has always wanted a GoPro on these things, just attach it to my bag and keep it running, but I know i'll never look through all that footage.  Plus I'm big on stills.  I think I'd want something small that takes HD video and that I could put proper lenses on, even if it'll be a while before I buy any (I actually have the lenses from my dad's old Canon AE-1 somewhere that I've always wanted to try out).

My current camera is a Canon, and I like it, as I said, it's just old and not really full of features.  I used my pocket cam and my phone on my last trip.

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Re: Drones
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2016, 05:40:32 am »
DJI MAVIC PRO FIRST IMPRESSIONS | VLOG0015


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbr9zgVIVjI

This is a good video to check out. Where most "impression" videos are edited down for time constraints and feel rushed, this one makes you feel like you're really getting a feel for what the Mavic Pro can do.
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Re: Drones
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2016, 09:09:42 am »
So what are the current laws now regarding drones? You can fly them anywhere?
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2016, 09:22:59 am »
I know you have to register your drones and I think you have to stay clear or air traffic space by whatever distance it says per state. Beyond that, I don't have any more info...just what I've heard.
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Re: Drones
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2016, 09:42:21 am »
I've only heard of those things too.

I am reading stories of people taking down drones because of invasion of privacy. I've witnessed 2 close sightings recently. One was too close to my yard. No way in hell, would I want to see a drone within site of my property.
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« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2016, 09:48:31 am »
I'm sure you are going to find a certain section of the population that use their Drones for nefarious reasons.
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Re: Drones
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2016, 09:56:10 am »
Ya, but it's just not the privacy thing. It's the noise thing too.

Yes, they do make noise. Like giant mosiquitos. I know I sound old, but the drone action around me sounds akin to the 4 wheel ATV action my neighbor tries to pull. There is no where to ride around us, but he runs them on occasion for quick street run or load on the trailer. Many at the wrong time, like early in the morning or late at night.
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« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2016, 09:57:53 am »
Good point.
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Re: Drones
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2016, 09:58:02 am »
This will jump start some laws. Maybe jump start is wrong. The tech is growing so fast, the laws have to catch up.

http://www.copblock.org/146434/judge-dismisses-charges-on-man-who-shot-down-drone/

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