Flying Serious Compacts...

Discussion in 'Other Brands' started by NoSeconds, Dec 27, 2017.

  1. NoSeconds

    NoSeconds Top Veteran

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    Jan 1, 2017
    Troy
    I received a DJI Spark from my wife for Christmas, after lusting over one since they first hit the market...

    I had to wait for the shops to reopen before I could equip it with a suitable micro SD card and had a few hiccups trying to get all the "numerous" updates loaded before it would clear me for takeoff... (even the batteries have to have firmware updates!!!)

    Here are a few shots from it's first day of flying...


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  2. NoSeconds

    NoSeconds Top Veteran

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    Jan 1, 2017
    Troy
    and some more from last night...


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  3. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    The quality and composition of these are great.
     
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  4. NoSeconds

    NoSeconds Top Veteran

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    Jan 1, 2017
    Troy

    Thanks Bill, most were just run and gun but the Spark is incredibly easy to fly. If you take your hands off the controls it will hover in place, even in high winds and the gimbal makes it look like the camera is mounted on a rock solid tripod...
     
  5. Wow, count me really really envious. I've wanted a drone forever, and the DJI Spark was what I had in mind. More please. Love the shots, now some video please :)
     
  6. NoSeconds

    NoSeconds Top Veteran

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    Jan 1, 2017
    Troy
    Hi Sue, the video is unreal - I just have to get used to the panning motion while shooting it. The drone turns on a dime and if you give it too much stick the video looks a bit blurry. The ascent/descent motion is nice and smooth though.

    I’ve got a plan to take some footage of an iron ore train at a rail cutting next week, photos just don’t do justice to the epic length of those beasts...
     
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  7. bluzcity

    bluzcity Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Brent
    Way cool :thumbup:
     
  8. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    Drool . . .
     
  9. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Steve
    The Mythbusters marathon on the Science channel is giving away a Spark drone. I admit I had no idea what is was.
     
  10. Petach

    Petach Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    Damn..........just when I ran out of GAS!
     
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  11. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    I just started building a small DIY quad rotor from parts I've had laying around for at least a couple of years. I'm hoping it will be stable enough to carry a small camera, perhaps even the S95.
     
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  12. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    I decided to go the DIY route, rather than the DJI route. Out of the box is easier, but I've always enjoyed tinkering. My first attempt at a quad flew, but I used bargain-basement parts, and it is rather twitchy. No GPS, auto-pilot, or any such goodies. Just parts from a Wi Motion board and a Wi Nunchuck. Primitive, but it sort of works. (I stole the idea from someone else; I'm not techy enough to sort it out myself.) I'm hoping the new one I'm building will be more stable.
     
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  13. NoSeconds

    NoSeconds Top Veteran

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    Jan 1, 2017
    Troy
    as requested... @kyteflyer@kyteflyer



    Jurien Bay, Western Australia.

     
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  14. NoSeconds

    NoSeconds Top Veteran

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    Jan 1, 2017
    Troy
    Busselton Jetty WA





    Dunsborough Lakes WA

     
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  15. NoSeconds

    NoSeconds Top Veteran

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    Troy
    Today’s effort in extreme high winds...


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  16. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    My gas is kept in check knowing I would need a major computer upgrade to handle 4K. My iMac struggles with 1080 !
    I think your stills are very good.
     
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  17. Thanks fir the vids, Jurien Bay looks so clean and clear!
     
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  18. NoSeconds

    NoSeconds Top Veteran

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    Jan 1, 2017
    Troy

    That’s where I copped the stingers, could help but go for a swim in that water though...


    Strangely, when I first played the videos after uploading them, they were playing back in very low resolution and I had to select 720HD to get them at full res. There must be a setting I missed in the upload process to get them to display at high res but I’m pretty new to video and YouTube if you couldn’t already guess...

    I had to go back in and un-restrict the videos before they’d display on the website too...
     
  19. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Top Veteran

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    Feb 6, 2015
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    Welcome to your new addiction. I still have a Phantom 3 Standard. I'm looking to upgrade to a Mavic sometime in the future, but will still keep the Phantom for training and letting others try out droning. Can't get much for the Phantom 3's anymore since the Mavic hit the market...really not worth trying to sell.
     
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