Jiyi P2 Pro – The Pro version

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31 May 2015, updated 16, 30 June 2015.

It’s a welcoming email from JIYI Robotic (Shanghai) Co.,Ltd, who contacted us after the first review of the P2 Flight Controller (FC) for them. They are once again and generous enough to send a unit to us after they launch the P2 Pro.

Miss Demi Sheng, the Sales Manager sent out the unit really quickly after some communication via email. So what can this USD$209 unit (Goodluckbuy is selling way higher at USD $250) do compared to the P2 retailing at USD$119?

Packaging.

The Packaging is important. Yes, Apple has some guy that works only on the packaging but we’re not expecting that but at least have a groove that fit the P2 Pro please.

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The groove seems meant for P2 version 1 with the P2 Pro forced into the packaging.

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Installation (Mandarin)

The following video is in Mandarin but we believe, it’s easy enough to follow. A pity the video seems to be using non production unit, however, you should be able to figure out what is the LED/ USB module and the Power Module.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgnUt8WiD-s

Update: Installation Video 29 June 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c0P1jWjP2Y

Note: There’s mention that the COM Port is for a Ground Station! We are excited to hear that. He added that for the time being, he is not showing that demo.

Specs

For specs, see here.

Features:
8th generation U-Blox GPS
9 types multi-rotor support
New advanced algorithm
Low Voltage Protection
Failsafe mode
Intelligent orientation Control Mode
One Key take off
Click and fly
Smart circle flying
Skyway flight remote
OSD and groud station support
Cell phone adjustment

GPS is huge!

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USB Port is relocated to the LED module. Jiyi do hear feedbacks! Thank you!

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Documentation

Note: Dump the Quick Guide that came with your P2 Pro and download the latest documentation here. It shows the right diagram.

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Quick Start Guide do not match the actual unit that we received but from the looks of it, all production unit looks the same.

The P2 Pro changes are in bold as compared to the P2.

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Left – Channel 1 – 6 then there’s an addition of the USB port that relocates the USB Port to the LED module. Then LED, GPS1 and GPS2.

Right – Addition of POW (Power) module like the VU in DJI lingo, COM port that’s mentioned, for ground station not available as of writing then motor M8 to M1. (P2 has motor ports on right side but top down, M1-6). Meaning now the P2 can support an Octocopter.

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Hardware Setup

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Do the calibration first. Right out the box. It’s quite a hassle to do it after installing it onto a craft and a USB cable attached.

We took out our trusty Whitesheep/ Blacksheep clone quadcopter. Removed the P2 and got to work on the P2 Pro.

Compass Calibration

This had us baffled once again.

Compass

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This video shared by a fellow tester helped!

Thoughts

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The Jiyi UAV’s P2 Pro is promising and it’ll be a lot more nifty if it has been launched together with the ground station. At time of writing, it’s USD $209, up from the P2 non pro’s $119 with only the added function of “circling”. It can be kinda hard to shell out an extra $90 for that.

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Likes

Default Settings and it flew great. Not much tweaking to the PIDs needed. Out of the box, it flies great!

Dislikes

The LED on the P2 Pro still pretty much does nothing much. It shows, it’s in compass calibration, there isn’t enough GPS signal(s) if you try arming and it blinks, and it blinks on normal operation. There’s much improvement that can be done to the LED module. Say, green for all system go, enough GPS when in GPS mode. a different color for each mode that we are in, GPS, Stablised, etc etc and one more color or behavior (red fast flashing?) for failsafe activated or Return to Home.

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Overall, The Jiyi P2 Pro is a nice little Flight Controller great for beginners and hobbyist alike. The upcoming OSD will add a punch to the whole package and hopefully the price will stay at the current one even with the OSD added.

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Flight Video coming soon.

Links:

P2 Pro Downloads
Our P2 (non pro) review
Jiyi P2 Pro at Banggood
Jiyi P2 at Banggood

We flew the DJI Inspire 1 for 3 days – what we think

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We took the Inspire 1 out and had a great time for 3 days and posted briefly on what we felt in the middle of May 2015.

 

Thanks to @camerarental for the #dji #inspire1. It’s been a great 3 days. Our thoughts, it’s stable but has hidden costs, you can’t fly with just any Android device. It must be an iPhone or iPad of certain version eg ios 8, iPad mini2. If you started out with nothing or if you were DIYing your tri or quad or hex or octo…. It may not be for you but if all you care is getting footage, 4k footage that is, this totally rocks. Repairs is something we’re concern, it’s a whole lot proprietary. . There is of course mention on #flitetest that it may not be a bad thing. Dji has engineered their inspire and phantoms to work efficiently, with their props, motors, Lipo etc etc at an engineered weight, matching apps etc etc. So there’s always 2 sides to a coin. You gotta know what you want and how much you are willing to spend. . – Battery life gotta be longer – Hidden cost, you need almost the latest ipad or iphone to run their app – Android is buggy, does not run on all Android devices/ android tablets or android phones. – For a few thousand dollars, we expected a camera record button god-damn-it! Anyway, you can start recording using the remote button if you are not using the DJI pilot app and fly the a inspire line of sight. – the arms that moves out of the way is simply engineering marvels. The inspire 1 is available for rental at Camera Rental center. Check them out. They have the Phantom range too. Of course, don’t forget they have Canon, Nixon and a whole range of video cameras for all your needs in Singapore. #dji #camerarental #inspire1 #phantom #dji pilot #4k #🚀 #✈ *opinions are our own.

 

A video posted by =In The Course Of Work= (@itcow) on

 

Here’s a more detailed write up of the experience.

We were excited in trying out the Inspire 1. It has been about a year since we’ve flown our DJI Phantom FC40, totally trashed it and migrated it’s parts to a few frames and now on a Xugong Pro V2. We thought, it’ll be nice for a change to not worry about motors KV, lipo mAh, prop size and all the other mambo jumbo, FPV, fiddling with the gimbal setup, tweaking our FPV.

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Apart from the launch video of the Inspire 1, we have never flown or seen one before. Before receiving it, we downloaded the manuals, went through it on paper first. The documentations are awesome. They are clear with diagrams and clear warning when they want your attention on certain aspect in that section (eg a 2.4Ghz warning telling you not to use similiar equipment near the Inspire 1).


 After collecting the Inspire 1 from the kind folks at Camera Rental Center (CRC), we went cracking.

CRC always provide their equipment checked and fully charged. We were immediately ready to fly.

We tried out 3 x Android handphones, all of them do not work then an iPad 2 that told us to upgrade to iOS8, ok, we did then installing it again, app store told us that the app is not compatible. It should have told us straight it’s not compatible from the start. Does app store only check the OS version and can’t tell the hardware version? Maybe.

We noted:

– An iPhone 6 or iPad Mini 2 is required. From what we think, it could be fair to say, DJI want you to have a good experience flying the Inspire 1 with new-er hardware, faster processor and faster video displaying with a iPhone 6. Thus no support for older iPhones or iPads even if they are upgradable to current iOS version. The built in lightbridge transmission of course, will require some kind of image/ video processing to be displayed either via the DJI Pilot app or using the HDMI out. We however, never managed to got it working in time and flew line of sight for all 3 days.

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– Battery life need to be extended somehow. The slot for the Inspire 1 is fixed. Lipo size grows as the capacity goes up. Fitting other lipos in future may be not possible without affecting the looks of the whole craft. Technologies improved, maybe someone will be able to shrink lipo size.

– Repairs is something we’re concern, it’s a whole lot proprietary. There is of course mention on Flitetest that it may not be a bad thing. DJI has engineered their inspire and phantoms to work efficiently, with their props, motors, Lipo etc etc at an engineered weight, matching apps etc

– No camera record button and no indicator led on the camera. You won’t know if the camera is recording, turned on or doing nothing if you are flying line of sight. DJI has made it compulsory to fly with their app installed and running. You will know the camera was running after landing and touching it. It feels hot, not warm, it is hot when we recorded for a whole time it took off for one single lipo. You can however, use the record button on the transmitter (top left) to start recording.

– The arms that moves out of the way is simply engineering marvels. Seeing it “transform” when in the air is awesome!

– The included bag that holds the Inspire 1, spare propellers, transmitter, 4 batteries etc etc seriously need to come with WHEELS options.


 

There are of course some great things about the Inspire 1.

 – Footage are rock stable even when we try “crazy” flying. Straight flight at full speed then sudden and aggressive yaw or 360 spins, continuously. No problems for the Inspire 1.

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– Some do not like the included bag, we love it. It’s sturdy and packs the Inspire 1 in nicely. When at home, it’s good for storage of the Inspire 1 as well.

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The Sonar sensors/ Optical Flow baby!

– Sonar is magic. We flew it indoors and the sonar works really well. The Inspire 1 hovers and the footage is as if the camera was on a tripod. yes, it was THAT stable indoors.

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The Inspire 1 – before transforming/ arms are in down position.

 – Looks. We buy and fly a lot of quads based on looks, no matter what function it has, if it can make coffee in the air or shoot fireworks…if it looks ugly, no one will buy one. The Inspire 1 looks great.

Repairs is something we’re concern, it’s a whole lot proprietary. . There is of course mention on #flitetest that it may not be a bad thing. Dji has engineered their inspire and phantoms to work efficiently, with their props, motors, Lipo etc etc at an engineered weight, matching apps etc etc. So there’s always 2 sides to a coin. You gotta know what you want and how much you are willing to spend. . – Battery life gotta be longer – Hidden cost, you need almost the latest ipad or iphone to run their app – Android is buggy, does not run on all Android devices/ android tablets or android phones. – For a few thousand dollars, we expected a camera record button god-damn-it! Anyway, you can start recording using the remote button if you are not using the DJI pilot app and fly the a inspire line of sight.    Remember…The inspire 1 is available for rental at Camera Rental Center. Check them out. They have the Phantom range too. Of course, don’t forget they have Canon, Nixon and a whole range of video cameras for all your needs in Singapore. Follow us, on Instagram.  

 

Footage

Last Words:

The Inspire 1 is not cheap. It’s about the price of a Canon 5DMK3. It takes 4k video, it’s rock stable in the air. Made us not worry about all the tech stuffs and just enjoy flying it after installing the propellors and waiting for the GPS signal(s).

Cost:

Minus the cost of say a Hero 4 that does 4k video now at around SGD $750.00, the Inspire is “only”, “actually”, SGD $3700.00 with dual remotes or $3080.00 for a single remote system.

ATTI:

The flight of it feels “locked in”. It’s not that manoeuvrable even in ATTI mode but in ATTI mode, it does gain quite a bit more speed. It depends on the kind of footage required anyway. We won’t be speeding up and down a strip of road to get good footage. Usually slow (or slower) pan or even yaw-ing the whole craft produce most production/ good shots.

Links:

Available for rental at Camera Rental Center Singapore
Flitetest’s review of the Inspire 1
DJI

No Fly Aerodome Singapore

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No flying of our multicopters within 5km of aerodomes. Here, plotted are airports in Singapore and surrounding island (yes, there’s one)

If you stay in the East part of Singapore and you follow the law to the word, you actually can’t fly from within Amk Ave 3 to tampines road to eunos link, bedok reservoir to loyang Ave and the whole of Pasir Ris town.

This does not include the restricted areas yet like army camps, army training areas which is pretty much the whole of North-West Singapore, bridges, over people and danger zone as stipulated in the Bill introduced in #Parliament.

Let’s go Malaysia….

Larger view – http://bit.ly/1SzWmYU

Or wanna plot your own? Go here. We can’t believe such a simple function (draw 5 km around a point) is not available on the official Google Maps.

What a joke! When you don’t know what you are selling and not even your supplier know either!

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Genuine question on the new FPV camera from FPV Factory that’s about SGD$80 at Banggood.

“Do we have to go into the menu and choose TV/ AV Out > On every single time we turn off and turn on the camera or the camera will detect via the cable that there’s a cable for FPV out present and immediately sent the video to the transmitter? The SJ4000 has this irritating problem of having to select every single time and at times, the camera is mounted nicely already and the LCD screen is blocked.”

Final answer? We don’t know and supplier don’t know either.

And you dare to keep selling it? We’ve been buying from Banggood without much problem less the SJ4000 camera they sell that cannot be upgraded on firmware, the camera will stop working and now this. So buyers beware. If you run into problem, the reply could be, “we don’t know”.

http://forum.banggood.com/forum-topic-61232.html?utm_source=forum&utm_medium=forum_reply&utm_campaign=newsletter

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