We flew the DJI Mavic Pro

We flew it, here’s our thoughts. Out of the box, the yaw is too sensitive to us. Great for pictures, tracking with videos will be hard

Distance is great! Built up area and we flew 2.1km easily getting shots we never tried before with confidence.

Drifts quite a bit in little wind. Gesture modes works but we don’t think we’ll be using it often.

Wifi is a great alternative to control the Mavic but as the transmitter is already so small, dont think why you wouldn’t want to bring it out. It’s also useful for that 1 quick photo you need but do not need to go a far distance or need much control. Something like take off, go up to 100 to 200 meters, snap and land and be on your way.

The Mavic is available for rental at http://sg.camerarental.biz/

State of the hobby

It is end June 2016. A round up of what is the current status of multicoptors to us.

We’ve always love folding quads. Just look at our fleet. 30 builts later, we’ve partnered up and now flying Phantoms and Inspires do make us ponder and wonder.

The neatness of these ready to flys. Less hassle of packing things. We primarily fly for aerial videos and photos. Seldom fpv racing/ mini quads. We have a few (See our fleet) but its just for speed and fun mostly. It also means less things to be messing around with. Gains, programming knobs, it’s great knowledge but the hassle with so many China based made with crude documentations, don’t get us wrong, even leaders like DJI has manuals that seems written by school students but they’re getting there…slowly but surely.  

 

 

Being able to push out products in a lot shorter time frame and putting in technologies that they heard feedback from is critical. We all don’t need that new iPad or iPhone, that new Android tablet or new graphic card or cpu,it however makes your competitors play catch up.

Gimbal
Even powering up our good old Phantom 2 with a Hero 4, on a H43D seems a hassle now. You power up the Phantom 2, the Hero 4, connect your antennas to the Black pearl monitor, turn it on….

With the Inspire 1 or Phantom 4. Power up, connect iPad/ your phone, wait for GPS, fly, enjoy the scenery.

Auto Modes/ follow me, circle/ polar
It’s ridiculously easy with the DJI Go app for the POI or follow me.

We love to DIY. The smell of solder get us going and the ability to mix and match motors and ESC and learning the different Flight Controllers can be both fun and frustrating at the same time. If you’re the casual flyer, do not hope to purchase one but hope to have an aerial shot of your holiday or a one off shot of your loved ones having fun flying a kite or spending a day skating, consider renting as even buying one has some maintenance to be done. The least is the firmware updates for your drone and at times, all the bits that come with it, the batteries, gimbal, camera etc etc may all require update(s).

Another important point is, on tiny Singapore and with strict DJI No Fly zone implementation, we weren’t able to take on some past assignment with the church sitting on the edge but inside the no fly zone. On Google Map, go to 1.373587, 103.898441. From the church, you have to fly past 5 blocks of more than 12 storeys high buildings, cross a river and then a forested area of about 500 meters even then, you’re only at the edge of the airport. We needed the church tower video-ed and it’s no more than 20 meters tall…the solution? A DIY hexacopter.

There’s even guys who are certified circumventing this by disconnecting their GPS from their Inspire 1 and fly it in ATTI mode. Go google…

We hope one day, DJI will release what is in the DJI Go app to any Naza DIY-ers that they can build and making the geo-fencing a little more flexible.

Till the day comes and for all commerical jobs we received, seems like mostly, Inspire 1 and Phantoms prevail…for now.

How a crash looks like in Flytrex

 

Flytrex is a great, cheap and lightweight tool to help, to a certain extend see what may have gone wrong. It doesn’t however include input from your transmitter.

An example below from a crash, speed and altitude has a sudden drop within 2 secs. It’s regardless there is no other logging as the crash was caused by a broken propeller mid flight after reviewing the onboard video footage.

crash

Comparing, a normal flight does not have erratic lines or a sudden fall in speed and altitude.

normal

Simple analyzing of these cannot really help in determining if it was pilot input error but does help somewhat.

Build: ATG 12mm Alien

The ATG TT X4 12, this was a love and hate relationship. Built it with 10 inch carbon fiber propellors, didn’t fly well and we moved on after a couple of weeks to the Hobbyking Aliencopter 430mm. We eventually came back to it.

The plan was to converted it to carbon fiber booms, add some red LEDs on the rear booms, replace those holders with tarots ones if needed and continue using the QBrain 4-in-1 ESC.

 

F330 Build

The DJI F330 is one of the longest serving multicopter we have. It has been built, strip down, rebuild and stripped down again trying out different ESC and flight controllers. It is versatile and small but not too small to try things out, mount things on it, take it for just some crashing and rebuild.

CRC Flyday Pre-Workshop

Hi Pilots!

Thank you for signing up for the CRC Fly Day at Marina South Pier. Here’s a short list of what to expect and prep.

What to bring

  • iPhone/ iPad with “DJI Go 4, for drone since P4” app (not the Dji Go app) for Android | iOS if you wish to use your own phone or tablet. We strongly encourage you to use iOS equipment. We do provide iPhone and iPad but with your own device, you can chose to post the scaled down footage immediately to your favourite social media platform like Instagram and Facebook.
    • Please download the DJI Go App 4 before Fly Day as it’s over 100Mb. It will not download via 4G.
    • After downloading and installing the DJI Go 4 app, you must register and login to the app. Please do so before the day you’ll be meeting us.
  • Your own microSD card (the same size you use for your phones) if you want to save the footage for your own use later on Facebook, Instagram etc. Yes, we encourage sharing!

Duration

  • About 1.5 hour

Location

  • Marina South Pier

Attire

  • Be in comfortable clothes. Wear what you would wear to fly a kite. Bermudas and covered shoes.

Directions

  • Take the MRT to Marina South Pier MRT station
  • Take exit A towards Marina Bay Cruise Centre, go up the escalator and turn right. We’ll be at the field next to the exit.
  • Driving, park at Marina South Pier carpark.

Meet here https://goo.gl/maps/q6cMwsiaj272

Rain Plan

  • For safety reasons, we will postpone the workshop if it rains.
  • We will contact you at least 2 hours before the event if we are cancelling the workshop due to rain.
  • You can contact Wee @ +6594238623 or Camera Rental Centre @ +6596504158 anytime on queries or email crcdrones@camerarental.biz

Useful Information

  • There are 2 shops in Marina South Pier that sells drinks and food/ snacks should you need them
  • Halal food is available.
  • Restrooms are conveniently location at Marina South Pier, near departure gate or in MRT Station near exit A.

We look forward to seeing you and having a great and safe day having fun with the drones!

 

CRC Fly Day – Thank you

Dear all,

thank you for the wonderful drone workshop and we look forward to seeing you renting out our drones for your adventures locally and abroad! We hope you’ve learned something new and useful or made new friends along the way.

It’ll be swell if you post your footage on Instagram and tag us @crcdrones and hashtag #crcdrones, #crcflyday and @camerarentalsingapore or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CRC.SG. There could be small surprises to selected videos!

50% off your next rental

You are eligible for a one-time 50% discount 1 month from the date of this Fly Day, for any drone with us.

To enjoy this 50%, simply drop an email to crcdrones@camerarental.biz

  • The one time 50 percent discount is non transferable. You must have attended the CRC Fly Day.
  • It’s only valid for 1 month from the date of the workshop.
  • This offer is non-transferable and only valid to participants who has gone through the workshop with us.

When renting, note:

  • Do NOT update any firmware on the rented drones. If there is any prompt, simply close it to ignore it.
  • DO not calibrate the drone. All drones with CRC are carefully calibrated. Calibrating it incorrectly will may cause it to flip during takeoff or go in a single direction continuously after it has taken off. Contact us if you are unsure and keep receiving the error to Calibrate the Drone.

Below is a short recap on flying safely:

Commercial Permits

Camera Rental Centre holds all relevant CAAS permits with qualified pilots. Wee is one of our certified pilots with CAAS.

*Those who operate without the required permits can be fined up to $20,000. Repeat offenders can be fined up to $40,000 and jailed for up to 15 months.

For details, please visit

https://www.caas.gov.sg/public-passengers/unmanned-aircraft-systems

 

For batteries limit as carry-on, please refer to http://up.itcow.com/2016/03/02/lithium-based-batteries-on-planes/, do note it is accurate at time of writing/ update. You may want to double check with the airlines you are taking to your destination(s).

 

Thank you and we hope to see you soon at Camera Rental Centre!