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Old 29.04.2013, 23:45
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Buy your own drone [discussion about drones for personal use/hobby]

Gadget freaks - you gotta have one of these. A miniature four bladed helicopter with an onboard camera. I just saw one in my local supermarket for 300euros. I have resisted the temptation up to now...

http://ardrone2.parrot.com/

You can control it using your mobile phone and take HD films from the air.

As it is such a cool piece of kit, de boyz have got going pulling it apart and making it better. http://dronehacks.com/ has all the recipes. How about adding a small missile (harmless, of course ), so that you can shoot at the neighbour's pesky dog from the comfort of your deckchair?

The scariest idea is converting it from wifi to 3G control and then using it to go and hack wifi networks. Impossible to identify the source of the breakin, apparently. OK, slightly incoherent explanation there. The idea was presented at DEFCON and I don't have the original article to hand.

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Old 09.11.2014, 18:19
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Re: Buy your own drone

Bumping this thread again - Any recommendations for a specific brand and/or model? Any to avoid? What are some good "specs" for a drone (i.e. how would I know what's a good deal and what's not)?

My hubby seems to be interested in receiving a drone as a Christmas gift, so I need to start searching! Thanks for any tips.
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Re: Buy your own drone

Drones are developing into a pretty big field. What do you think your hubby's goals and expectations are?

Does he want something light and cheap to watch fly around like an rc airplane? Or does he want to haul a backpack into the mountains and get high quality bird's eye footage of rock climbers?
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Old 09.11.2014, 19:40
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Re: Buy your own drone

I bought a Parrot for my son.
http://www.parrot.com/uk/

I used to survey my property once, my son zipped around for a few days, but have since found little use and interest in it. Now in a box for about a year.

What are some useful applications for it?
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Old 09.11.2014, 19:50
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...Does he want something light and cheap to watch fly around like an rc airplane? Or does he want to haul a backpack into the mountains and get high quality bird's eye footage of rock climbers?
A little of both. He's a photography buff, so I think he'd like something that he can use to take pics and movies for fun. I'm thinking small and lightweight if possible, as we like to travel and I can't see something huge fitting in our luggage too well with all our other stuff.
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Old 09.11.2014, 20:10
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Old 09.11.2014, 20:10
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Re: Buy your own drone

Arguably the best price to performance drone out there is the DJI Phantom 2.
Its a very popular model with easy access to spares and plenty of enthusiast forums for swapping tips. The most important thing when getting into this hobby is choosing a model that will take you from novice to expert. A lot of those Interdiscount/Media Markt type kits may satisfy his curiosity but he will quickly outgrow them.

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Old 09.11.2014, 20:24
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Re: Buy your own drone

Castro that looks fun, but ouch - $1200! I was thinking of something more in line with mod salaries. you know, in case hubs crashes it/gets bored/etc...Is a decent kit under $300 a pipe dream?
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Re: Buy your own drone

I got a cheap (100chf) camera drone "from the kids" for my birthday.
It's pretty good fun although I haven't had it outside yet. It only came with one battery which is only good for about 7 minutes. I ordered more batteries from China and they just arrived Saturday.

It's an Attop YD-719C .. Available from Manor and good fun to get started. I've flown it around the house and you can take pics/video from the controller although without live view.

Hopefully I'll get outside with it soon and try it properly.

Edit -- I bought five more batteries and two sets of propellers from aliexpress for about 30chf inc shipping.

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Buy one? ....... I married one - she drones on and on and on and on .......
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RC Drone

Has anyone had any experience with the DJ Phantom 2?


Been looking to buy one for a little while, although never owning a drone before not sure if these things are easy to fly & operate. Was looking at getting one with the Go Pro4 attachment as a starter.
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Has anyone had any experience with the DJ Phantom 2?


Been looking to buy one for a little while, although never owning a drone before not sure if these things are easy to fly & operate. Was looking at getting one with the Go Pro4 attachment as a starter.
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I have been flying the Phantom 1 for a while. This is one of the best drones I have ever flown. The Phantom 2 has the same flying characteristics as the one so flying this should be a breeze.

I am looking at buying the DJI Inspire 1.

It is also best if you look at the new restrictions for flying drones. I fly mine over a farm field so no complaints. I might go flying it this weekend (In Obfelden AG). If you like to see it in action give me a shout.
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Old 29.06.2015, 15:45
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Re: Buy your own drone [discussion about drones for personal use/hobby]

Last month I got myself a Phantom 3 and have already gotten myself into a little trouble



I was flying in some fields that back onto a residential area in BL. I did a bit of a wide arc over some houses before flying back over the fields towards me. Within about 5 minutes this very angry looking man drives up to where I'm standing and starts taking photos of my number plate, the copter etc.. and starts shouting at me for flying over his house which he claims is completely illegal, and if it happens again he's calling the police. Since I thought I knew the law, I apologised for my mistake.

However upon double-checking later it seems I was right. A model quadcopter, under 30kg and flown by line of sight has no special restrictions apart from the stipulation that it mustn't be flown over crowds. Does anyone know any different? I didn't have the camera on at the time so wasn't spying or violating anyone's privacy, it was just a brief overflight.
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Old 29.06.2015, 16:10
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Re: Buy your own drone [discussion about drones for personal use/hobby]

How about this Lily drone?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMfTHHLbj5g


You can pre-order them now for 599 USD for delivery in May 2016 when they will cost about twice as much.
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I might go flying it this weekend (In Obfelden AG). If you like to see it in action give me a shout.

I went flying this weekend, but i was quite pissed at the time.......
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Old 29.06.2015, 16:34
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How about this Lily drone?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMfTHHLbj5g


You can pre-order them now for 599 USD for delivery in May 2016 when they will cost about twice as much.
I saw that video some months back and my first thoughts were 'Kickstarter vaporware' i.e. slick video, but a product that will never be made. Firstly this is not a mature company, its basically two blokes with a vision but not the vast R&D resources needed to write the code, troubleshoot the myriad of issues etc.. Even DJI has major issues with their drones several generations on e.g. flyaways. Finally who is going to lob a $1000 drone off a mountain in the hope that the blades will spin up and it will start flying?

Anyway what is more worrying is that they are charging pre-order customer's credit cards in full, but when you read the T&Cs its clear that if the product fails to materialize you have almost no comeback.

No thanks
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Old 29.06.2015, 16:42
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Anyway what is more worrying is that they are charging pre-order customer's credit cards in full, but when you read the T&Cs its clear that if the product fails to materialize you have almost no comeback.

No thanks
Thanks for taking the time to read the T&Cs. My colleagues and I were about to order a handful of these Lily's.

FYI, last month they were priced at 499 USD so they have already upped their rate by 100 USD probably because they start to realize the production process is more expensive than initially calculated
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.....already upped their rate by 100 USD probably because they start to realize the production process is more expensive than initially calculated
Or found enough wannabe 'customers' !
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However upon double-checking later it seems I was right. A model quadcopter, under 30kg and flown by line of sight has no special restrictions apart from the stipulation that it mustn't be flown over crowds. Does anyone know any different? I didn't have the camera on at the time so wasn't spying or violating anyone's privacy, it was just a brief overflight.
You also have to consider kantonal and commune regulations. For instance Zürich city had banned drones over public ground, for practical purposes banning them from within city limits. The ban has been lifted after a few months, but it shows you need to consider all three government levels.
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Re: Buy your own drone [discussion about drones for personal use/hobby]

Wanting to re-awaken this thread.

I've just got a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced. Lovely machine and excellent flying time.

I think I ought to enlighten myself to the Swiss laws for use of drones. Can anyone point me at (preferably French for Valais and Vaud) links for Swiss laws on this subject.

Mainly interested in shooting in the mountains and around lakes (Esp. Interlaken and Leman)
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