I bought a drone.
After toying with the idea of getting a drone for the last couple of years, going back to the days of the DJI Phantom 2, I finally pulled the trigger a few weeks ago.
Say hello to my DJI Mavic Pro.
When I was first thinking about embarking on a drone journey, I got a lot of advice to get a couple low-end toy drones to practice flying. Better to destroy a $40 toy drone than wreck an at-the-time $1500 investment with a Phantom. I’m glad I followed that advice but to be honest, the state of drone/quadcopter technology is growing at an incredible pace. The Mavic all but flies itself.
The Mavic has a small controller that also includes a smart phone holder. While a smart phone isn’t required, it does open up advanced options for flying and photo/video settings.
As for specs, this little drone flies up the mandated 400 foot altitude ceiling and has a range of up to four miles although responsible flying means keeping your drone always in line of sight. DJI is also taking the stance of self policing the industry through their flight software. Geofencing to prevent flights in to unauthorized areas, the ability to automatically notify air traffic control towers when flying with the 5 mile radius, and requiring air craft registrations even while the US court system has [temporarily] halted the FAA registration process.
It is a blast to fly and gives a new perspective to photos and videos.
My next step, besides more flying obviously, is studying to pass the FAA Part 107 test for becoming a licensed unmanned aircraft pilot. Which opens up commercial applications from using footage in our advertising/design work, being paid to fly and more. But in the meantime, keep an eye out for some new footage in my photos & travels.
If you are interested in this hobby, here’s a couple of links (affiliate links). I’d definitely recommend spending the extra money and getting the combo which includes 2 additional batteries and a bunch of accessories.