A morning with new Phantom 4 Advanced

Got up at 3am yesterday to take the new drone for a spin. Went to a lake, canal, mountain drawing, windmill and a hill.

Had a really close call first thing in the morning when the drone went into the brunches of a tree. No way did I think it would be able to survive that and I thought it would plummet into the canal under the tree. To my surprise the drone came unscathed! No propeller damage, just dirt from the tree. Phew! Great job DJI!

Again the collision avoidance just made things worse! It is now permanently turned off.

The parabolic reflectors seem to decrease the range rather than increase it, so they are going to the bin.

Positives: managed to clock about 2 hours of flight. Phantom 4 Advanced seems to get along very well with Phantom 4 Ver 2 propellers and I’m averaging 29-30 minutes of flight time with 10% to spear!

Got a lot of great footage, which needs to be cut, edited, colour graded etc.

Some photos from yesterday:


Still can’t believe how great the camera on the drone is. 1 inch sensor is definitely worth it. The UHD footage looks unbelievable on 4K monitor!

DJI Phantom 3

I got a DJI Phantom 3 Standard as a present for my 36th and so far I’m more than impressed with the purchase. The drone flies like a rocket has a very good range and beyond excellent gimbal stabilisation. No matter how much I tried to thrash it, the video is perfectly stabilised.

The safety features are even more impressive –  if it happens that you lose the connection to the drone it will automatically land itself where it took off, so you really need to try hard to lose it.

You can install Litchi software on the phone and then use their website to create a flight mission, where you specify the altitude, speed, direction of the drone and the cameraLitchi

Here some sample footage I have taken using waypoint navigation described above.


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