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Old 08-11-2019, 12:29 PM   #1
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I want to get a drone to take aerial pictures and video. From what I have read, the DJI Mavic Air seems to be the best bang for my buck. Do any of you have experience with them? I know there are other options out there. I'm on a college budget, but I want a drone that I can rely on for a quality picture. I'm open to any suggestions!
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Old 08-11-2019, 06:26 PM   #2
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DJI makes great products that are very user friendly. I have a Mavic Pro and a Phantom 4 Pro V2. I've heard good things about the Mavic Air.
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Old 08-14-2019, 02:36 PM   #3
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Just picked up a Mavic Pro and while flying it is pretty easy. Becoming good at it is going to take some time. I have no complaints and the video quality is great.
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Old 08-14-2019, 04:13 PM   #4
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I fly a Mavic Pro for work often, it's a great drone.
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Old 08-14-2019, 04:24 PM   #5
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Yup I use a Mavic Pro also... I've taken some awesome pics and videos with it. Really enjoyed using it on vacation in Isla Mujeres.
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Old 08-14-2019, 04:27 PM   #6
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I have a Mavic Pro that works good but not in the wind. It is almost always to windy to fly at my ranch in west Texas.
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Old 08-14-2019, 05:45 PM   #7
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Can't go wrong with DJI. I've had a phantom 4 for two or three years. Pretty easy to fly. I don't use it very often. Flight time might be down 10 percent due to age.
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Old 08-14-2019, 05:46 PM   #8
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I forgot to add that there are some pretty nice POV goggles out now too. I received an email about them, but can't find them on the web...
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:44 PM   #9
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The Mavic Pro 2 has a much better camera and some cool features that the Air does not. Both are great drones. I currently have the Mavic Pro, but I am thinking about upgrading to the 2.
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:41 PM   #10
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I have a Mavic Air and love it. Very portable. Super easy to fly and a great camera. You won’t be unhappy.
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Old 08-16-2019, 05:12 AM   #11
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Some of my friends are using Go Pro Karma for shooting their hunting. Read some reviews about this option.
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Old 08-16-2019, 05:16 AM   #12
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Mavic 2 zoom gives you the option of zoom to pull objects in closer definitely worth the money!
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Old 08-16-2019, 05:18 AM   #13
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Old 08-16-2019, 06:01 AM   #14
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I would love to have one, but I don't like the price tags.....lol I was hoping to see that there was a good one for less money....but looks like mavic is the most popular
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Old 08-17-2019, 02:30 PM   #15
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Thank you all for the input. Sounds like DJI is the way to go!
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Old 08-17-2019, 03:00 PM   #16
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i suggest checking out the Autel EVO. for the money you get a better camera than the mavic air, longer battery life, no geo fencing, OLED display remote, plus many other features that the mavic air does not. all for $1000. I spent a whole weekend watching youtube videos, and researching the 2 brands. Autel is much smaller than DJI but their customer service is far superior over DJI. if your on facebook, check out Carolina dronz, send them a message and get an honest review of all the drones your interested in.
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Old 08-18-2019, 06:48 PM   #17
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i suggest checking out the Autel EVO.
Thanks for the recommendation. I searched a bit but still have a couple questions:

Does the EVO have any type of ground control software where I can set it to follow a set flight plan and take pictures of the ground at a set interval?

Does it return to home automatically on low battery or lost connection?

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Old 08-18-2019, 07:13 PM   #18
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Thanks for the recommendation. I searched a bit but still have a couple questions:



Does the EVO have any type of ground control software where I can set it to follow a set flight plan and take pictures of the ground at a set interval?



Does it return to home automatically on low battery or lost connection?



t y v m
Yes it has a mission planner built into the app. Honestly haven't used it yet as I like to personally fly mine in manual. And yes it does have a return to home on low battery. In the settings it will automatically go to a preset height and then come home. There is an Autel EVO facebook page that has a lot of knowledge. Like I said Autel is a smaller company but are always improving the firmware to fix any issues that may arise. I've had mine for about 2 months now and it has been a joy to fly. 1st time drone owner and was crazy easy to learn the controls.

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Old 08-19-2019, 09:36 AM   #19
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Alien, Iím not sure what exactly it is you want to do and I donít know anything about the EVO. But, I do a fair amount of aerial photography and mapping using software similar to what youíve asked about.

My business drone is a DJI Phantom 4 Advanced while the drone I fly at work is the DJI Matrice 210. I use my iPhone with the pix4d capture app to fly the Phantom. The Matrice uses the DJI Crystal Sky tablet, which is Android based, which uses the DJI Pilot app for planned mission flights and I deeply dislike it. We have tried to load the pix4d app on the Crystal Sky but it will not run for us. Pix4d is far and away more user friendly, in my experience at least, and I will absolutely base any future drone purchases around compatibility with their application.

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Thanks for the recommendation. I searched a bit but still have a couple questions:

Does the EVO have any type of ground control software where I can set it to follow a set flight plan and take pictures of the ground at a set interval?

Does it return to home automatically on low battery or lost connection?

t y v m
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Old 08-19-2019, 01:56 PM   #20
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I'm not looking to get into any drone business.

I am looking for something I can fly over several hundred acres, take enough pictures to end up with a google-earth like image.

Nothing fancy, playing with OpenDroneMap.
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Old 08-19-2019, 02:02 PM   #21
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That’s an interesting program, thanks for mentioning it. I’ve used maps made easy with excellent results for both point clouds and 2d ortho’s. My recommendation was for the pix4d capture app (free) to simply set the flight path and automatically take the photos, not for the generation of the end product.
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Old 08-29-2019, 11:33 AM   #22
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I have the Mavic 2 Pro

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Enjoying it so far.
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Old 08-29-2019, 11:39 AM   #23
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I have the Mavic 2 Pro

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Enjoying it so far.
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Old 08-29-2019, 01:32 PM   #24
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Old 08-29-2019, 02:39 PM   #25
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Nice shots Legdog
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Old 09-08-2019, 04:39 PM   #26
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I use my Mavic Pro Platinum with my DJI Racing Edition Goggles. The goggles are a totally different experience.
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Old 04-29-2021, 11:30 AM   #27
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DJI mavic pro 2 got the best review for 2020 but they are pretty expensive.
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Old 07-08-2021, 06:21 PM   #28
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Those of you that use drones for mapping. What programs do you use to edit the maps. Examples would be marking fence lines, highlighting areas to be cleared of brush, and so on.
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Old 07-23-2021, 02:22 PM   #29
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I have the Mavic Air 2 and I like it. Easy to fly.
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