Originally Posted by Dockhead
Any of you folks using these things?
I call these things multirotor platforms as technically they may not conform to the historical definition of a drone, the term which first appeared in pre WWII Great Britain during work done by the military there.
In in any case I have an older Phantom. Also have an Inspire made by DJI. Also have a SplashDrone mentioned below as a waterproof quadcopter and two HexH2o hexcoptors.
There is a wealth of information about all these, and other, flying platforms at the rcgroups
site. There are also facebook groups for all the platforms I have mentioned as well as some general aerial photography
Standard advice is to get a simulator for your computer/tablet/cell phone
and don't fly the real thing till you can take off and land ten times in a row with crashing. If you have an android device I recommend this one.
I have flown my Inspire in 20knot winds with no problems. The Inspire is significantly heavier than the Phantom and not blown around by winds as much. Also costs significantly more. I had nothing but trouble with my Splashdrone, hard to control and the water
proof case for the camera
leaked out of the box when I tested it with tissue paper before putting a camera
The HexH20 is water proof and a big solid six motor
(hexcopter) as opposed to the others which are four motor
(quadcopter). It does not have the great firmware/software/ease of use the Inspire does, but still is nice. Here is a link
to the web site. Check out the videos and the facebook group for them. Compare how happy the HexH2O and QuadH2O users are compared to how happy the Mariner/Splashdrone users are. Also check out the number of videos from HexH20 users on facebook as opposed to the number of videos from Splashdrone users.
While I really like the Inspire I need to point out the US has recently created rules requiring UAV operators to register with the FAA. DJI which makes the Phantom has modified their firmware to create no fly zones and DJI products warn you when you get close to a no fly zone, and if you continue the platform simply lands. Other countries have, or will be, doing the same thing. The Bahamas
are currently creating rules. The rcgroups site has current
information about other countries rules.
Here is an example of what I did with my Inspire. Note the movement of the palm fronds at about the 1:10 mark