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Postby LG » Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:51 pm

RonK wrote:The Phantom 4 is by all accounts a great drone but I couldn't think one more impractical for touring when you can have a Mavic Pro.

The phanton 4 is certainly quite large and heavy, my partner found one submerged in the the breakers on our local beach a few weeks ago, not an ideal environment. Even though it was full of water and sand the memory card in the camera still proved to be ok.
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Postby RonK » Tue May 30, 2017 3:41 pm

Considering the uncertainties and lengthy delays in delivery, I ended up cancelling my Massdrop order for the DJI Mavic Pro. And by the time stocks became available there where whispers going around that DJI were soon to release an even smaller drone, so I never did re-order. But oh how much I regretted not having it on my recent tour in New Zealand.

And the whispers were right. This week saw the announcement of the DJI Spark, a mini drone with most of the advanced features of the Mavic Pro. Looks fantastic and will be even more portable for cycle touring photography. Pity it wasn't released before I went on tour.

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Postby rifraf » Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:35 pm

Do you mean this one RonK :?:

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Postby RonK » Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:59 pm

Not exactly, I'd be looking at the Fly More Combo.
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Postby RonK » Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:55 am

Meh - it's no big deal if hand gesture control is not yet perfect.
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Postby RonK » Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:07 am

Yep, that's why...
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Postby rifraf » Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:36 pm

New Foldable Selfie Drone DHD D5 Wi-Fi FPV 480P Camera Controlled by Phone US $19.99 Delivered (~AU $27) (AT) Rcmoment

Might interest somebody: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/319280
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Postby RonK » Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:19 am

When the Mavic Pro hit the market, it looked the one to have - foldable and portable.

But I had lingering doubts about how portable it would be on a bike tour, and whether I'd be discouraged from carrying one and using it.

Then the Spark was released. It looked promising - much smaller, but not foldable. Not overly tempted.

And now - small and foldable, the Mavic Air is getting very close to the mark.
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Postby CKinnard » Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:27 pm

Drones would have to be the fastest evolving consumer tech currently. If you can wait 6,12,18 mths, you are bound to get more bang for buck, in a tighter longer lasting package.

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Postby Aushiker » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:38 am



BTW this is filmed south of Fremantle in Western Australia :)

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Postby Arbuckle23 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:12 pm

CKinnard wrote:Drones would have to be the fastest evolving consumer tech currently. If you can wait 6,12,18 mths, you are bound to get more bang for buck, in a tighter longer lasting package.


The same with any technology really. It changes so fast, anything you buy is likely to be superseded by something better/cheaper the next day.

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Postby rifraf » Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:49 pm

RonK wrote:When the Mavic Pro hit the market, it looked the one to have - foldable and portable.

But I had lingering doubts about how portable it would be on a bike tour, and whether I'd be discouraged from carrying one and using it.

Then the Spark was released. It looked promising - much smaller, but not foldable. Not overly tempted.

And now - small and foldable, the Mavic Air is getting very close to the mark.


I'm going to hold out until they come out with a palm sized one with gossamer thin harness and tow rope in order to tow me up steep hills :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby RonK » Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:50 pm

rifraf wrote:I'm going to hold out until they come out with a palm sized one with gossamer thin harness and tow rope in order to tow me up steep hills :lol: :lol: :lol:

hehe - with all that gear you haul around you'd need a tugboat sized drone. :) :) :)
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Postby Warin » Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:23 am

RonK wrote:
rifraf wrote:I'm going to hold out until they come out with a palm sized one with gossamer thin harness and tow rope in order to tow me up steep hills :lol: :lol: :lol:

hehe - with all that gear you haul around you'd need a tugboat sized drone. :) :) :)



Could also provide a cooling breeze. But I'm afraid that the amount of pull required might generate a significant head wind :?

Of course, to justify perpetual motion, it can be recharged on the down hill.

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Postby rifraf » Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:30 pm

Warin wrote:Could also provide a cooling breeze. But I'm afraid that the amount of pull required might generate a significant head wind :?

Of course, to justify perpetual motion, it can be recharged on the down hill.


RonK wrote:
rifraf wrote:I'm going to hold out until they come out with a palm sized one with gossamer thin harness and tow rope in order to tow me up steep hills :lol: :lol: :lol:

hehe - with all that gear you haul around you'd need a tugboat sized drone. :) :) :)


Ah well, I guess I'll just have to spend my money on wine and dancing girls :D
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Postby V2rocketeer » Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:16 am

Thinking of pulling the trigger on a Mavic Air.. Searching around for the best deal at the moment..
The P4 is available at several retail outlets refurbished for about $600 less so it is a hard choice between the 2.
P4 is a bit bigger (and I'm going to be living off my bike for 6 weeks in Norway) so that is a factor for sure..

Anyone find any really hot deals lately?

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