Thanks @17INDSTL. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro w/ Haselblad camera is exactly what I am seriously considering, for the reasons you mentioned, plus a few more.Quinn, I researched these things to death (as I do every large purchase). In the end, even though quite pricey, I ask for the new model DJI Mavic 2 Pro. I decided on the Pro over the Zoom for the upgraded Hasselblad Camera.
That Camera has some awesome specs in a very small package.
DJI, has basically taken over the market with their innovation.
Whatever route you go, be sure to get extra batteries. Even with Mavics best in class fly time of 30 min, you'll want to fly longer than that without recharging.
Also, you'll see tons of "bundles" on sites like Amazon. Most are the price of the drone and fly more kit with a bunch more useless crap to get you to buy from them.
Price is controlled by DJI really well.
Highly recommend you buy from an Authorized Reseller as well for warranty reasons.
DJI also sells a crash service in the event you have a hard crash, you ship it to them and they restore it to like new condition.
Pertty stable product and company. I dont care for extended warranties. Bought one for my Tundra and never had a need to use it. I apply my own extended warranties to stuff. If it breaks before I feel it should, I never buy that Companies product again.Thanks @17INDSTL. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro w/ Haselbrad camera is exactly what I am seriously considering, for the reasons you mentioned, plus a few more.
Yeah, expensive, but as a serious-amateur photographer, I like the idea of Hasselblad quality and its color technology. I am going to include the extras package, but don't yet see the advantage for the VR goggles. Maybe get those later, if I desire. So, we're talking a $2K investment. As a noob to flying, I'd hate to trash the investment, but I like the "learning" mode it offers. I looked at others, including the GoPro Karma, for the new GoPro Hero 7. But I fear that product will soon be pulled from the marke place. Other products just seemed to be toys that won't last long. Nor am I ready for the Pro models for engineering, surveying and cinematography.
Living in Maryland, I figure I'd have until April to learn the quadcopter until I attempt the tracking of my bike. During that time I can try to be creative in the imaging. Videos of Christmas lighting will be a good test.
One tangent negative - National Park systems have banned the use of drones, so I'll need to figure out a "work around" (or hide-around) when traveling those areas.
Question - any info on defects, issues, etc.? A $500 2-year warranty contract (From Best Buy) is also pricey. But maybe worth it. I got a brand new (and expensive) item by using that option in the past. Maybe the Mavic 2 is too new for such information?
I held off on the VR Goggles until later IF then.I think the VR Goggles are not a good idea. You need to keep your presence visually around you. Learning to fly is easy. Anytime you let go of the joy sticks the Mavic stops and holds its position. So it only moves when you tell it to. There is no drifting. In fact if a 15 mph wind is blowing it will tilt itself and automatically hold its position and of course the camera compensates for the tilt giving you a steady level image all the time. The learning part is all the options available.
Must register. No license required unless for hire.Okay . . . . now about licensing and registration.
I discovered that I will be required to register a new drone with the FAA. Fine with that.
But are there FAA regulations for getting a sUAS license? I don't think so, if only for recreational use. But I think I it would be required if I were to commercialize the use of, say, a MAVIC 2 for video services, selling images, etc.
Anyone know any different?
Anyone have a sUAS FAA license?
Definitely need to know where you are flying, I think Federal Prisons can shoot you down now. Then call the FBI to get the owner identified and arrested.My buddy has the 1st Mavic Pro. He keeps telling me how important it is to practice flying the thing & to know where you're flying. The FAA and some private and government places don't take kindly to those things buzzing around. His shots come out good though.
The B4UFLY App (from FAA) shows all no fly zones and restrictions, based on your GPS position. Been playing with it a bit.Definitely need to know where you are flying, I think Federal Prisons can shoot you down now. Then call the FBI to get the owner identified and arrested.