DJI has taken over the consumer drone market. While there are tons of competitors out there, DJI ranks well above them, and holds to its standard of excellence with just about everything they engineer. However, what we’ve seen most from them is optimized aerial photography machines ranging anywhere from $1k-15k. Cue the new DJI Spark, […]
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With the cutting edge technology that DJI has developed in the past couple of years comes the DIJ Matrice 200, the first drone engineered by DJI not meant solely for aerial photography. Instead, this massive and highly optimized industrial quadcopter is designed to assist commercial applications that involve collecting aerial data and performing aerial inspections. […]
It was April of 2015when the Phantom 3 first caused a whirlwind in the market. Truthfully, no one had seen quite so much intelligence and flight capacity in a drone of its price. Then DJI wowed us again not a year later with the release of its successor, the Phantom 4. Then again with the […]
It’s estimated that in a year drone sales are going to go from just under one million to over three. Why? Because they’ve disrupted the market. Drones are not just toys. They have become widely used recreational and commercial products. Now most of us can afford a drone (in smaller sizes) and it’s within our […]
Nowadays, you no longer have to spend a fortune for a drone that offers FPV. Let’s not even talk about what the expense would have been a decade ago. For a while, only the upper-end professional drones (like DJI machines) offered FPV. And you’d have to pay a price for that. With the evolution of […]
After being wowed with the Phantom 4, few of us expected to be impressed again so soon by DJI. Yet we were; the DJI Phantom 4 Pro was dropped into our hands. Incorporating the same flight chassis as the Phantom 4, the 4 Pro implements some crucial upgrades that really set it apart from its […]
It’s kind of crazy to think that as DJI announced, they’re going to stop manufacturing the Phantom 4 (and probably already have by the time you read this). The unit only hit the market a year ago. But sadly and excitingly, it’s time to move on. The Phantom 4 models which will remain on the […]
Parrot has finally released the new and improved version of the famous Bebop model. The Bebop 2 is out and Parrot is claiming this model has really upped the ante! At first look, the Bebop 2 can easily be confused with the original, although it is slightly larger. The design is the same and it […]
The DJI Inspire 1 was a huge advance for drone engineering. The integrated FPV transmission system could livestream in HD, the gimbal rotated 360 degrees and the 4k camera was a feature the drone industry had never seen implemented before. As new drone-specific cameras began to emerge (the Zenmuse lies here) the Inspire 1 became […]
SummaryReviewer Wesley FlippoReview Date 2016-03-15Reviewed Item DJI Phantom 4 Author Rating 5
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We’re going to consider four different pillars when we think about drones: stability, price, flight, and video.
Stability: What makes a drone stable? I think when we think of stability we think of our ability to control motor movements, similar to the way the brain controls motor movement. When it comes to drones, we’re thinking of calibration. Each drone must be precisely calibrated to allow for optimal control. Some drones have no calibration abilities, and if they do, they’re pretty terrible. Each drone should be able to calibrate on its own in a perfect world, but, low and behold, we’re not in a perfect world.
Price: Price point is a huge concern for these drones. You can buy something for thirty bucks that will last you a couple of weeks and will inevitably cause you more frustration than joy, or you can buy something a little more sturdy and durable – but you have to know how to fly it! This is a serious issue when it comes to pilots these days. They think they can just hop behind the controls and expect to know how to fly a complicated machine. Well, let’s be honest, it’s not really possible.
Flight: This ties into the last point. The usability of each individual drone is important to its overall score in our drone reviews. Is it easy to fly? Is it hard to fly? Is it something that’s going to take you awhile to learn? Even the simplest devices take time to learn, but there’s a major learning curve between a quadcopter with camera like the DJI s900 and the Syma X1.
Video: Are you buying a drone to be a pilot or are you buying a drone to make awesome videos? Ask yourself this beforehand. Do you want to record your neighbor’s party, or fly over the ocean and catch the surfers as the sun is setting? If the answer is yes to either question, then you’re like us and we’re here to help you no matter what. We love sharing our wealth of knowledge regardless of who you are or what you do. Flying for video capability is lot easier said than done, so let us talk you through what you’ll really need; not just what you think you’ll need.
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