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Old 30-01-2015, 12:42   #16
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Re: Waterproof Video Drone

I'm very encouraged by the Mariner video footage that is out there already. Looking forward to seeing your footage after you get yours, Kenomac!

If you'd like to install a cheaper waterproof camera, just in case things go sideways, I've got 2 of the SJCam SJ4000s and I'm very impressed with the features and video quality. It's basically a $75 clone of the GoPro.
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Old 30-01-2015, 12:47   #17
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I'm very encouraged by the Mariner video footage that is out there already. Looking forward to seeing your footage after you get yours, Kenomac!

If you'd like to install a cheaper waterproof camera, just in case things go sideways, I've got 2 of the SJCam SJ4000s and I'm very impressed with the features and video quality. It's basically a $75 clone of the GoPro.
I dun got me sum of the SJCAM 4000 too.
I use ProDAD defishr to remove the barreling from the fish eye afterwards.

Did not invest in a DJI drone simply because its a $3K mistake when it lands in the water......... and it will. I did however just order Z-one 3 axis stabiliser for smooth video.
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Old 08-02-2015, 16:36   #18
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Re: Waterproof Video Drone

I was all hot to cruise with a drone until I noticed how annoying it is to have drones flying around your boat. Not sure if I want to be that guy.

I tried a DJI Phantom vision but was concerned that sooner or later I'd put it in the water... but this mariner looks very interesting! Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Waterproof Video Drone

It seems I saw an article in a local paper about a drone they're developing that can land in water and re-launch out of it. I expect they'll work on saltwater sensitivity with that one. Maybe I'll see one or two out in Narragansett Bay this summer.
While a buzzing overhead might be somewhat annoying, it's got to be far less obnoxious than the jetskis and Sea Rays that plague many otherwise pleasant waterways. At least a drone has no chance of causing a coffee-spilling wake.
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They're pretty obnoxious... and the admiral prefers not to end up on youtube topless when they're buzzing around.
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I've given up on RC, will give the stuff to the kid when we go, you can put a stupid amount of money into that stuff, just like all hobbies

If you miss it later on you could try my solution which was to build a RC sailing boat (my son and I built a model of our last trailer sailor) and now I keep the RC sailing boat on board. A lovely way to pass the time sitting on the after deck when anchored, silent, and of course the RC boat is totally salt water proof, just need to keep the controller in an airtight zip bag after removing the batteries. The best bit is that if something goes wrong you have a boat handy to retrieve with.

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Re: Waterproof Video Drone

At $1650, this one comes with all the bells and whistles including a G3 Gopro type camera (probably identical to my Gopro 3+), but it has a load of external wires... probably because of the waterproof internals and the need to have easier access to the battery. Going to wait another 2 months and see if anything better comes on the market.

Anyone have any experience with this model?

My wife just said, "if we had one today, we could send it up to look at our roof." We've had over 7ft of snow fall on us here in New England over the past two weeks.


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Re: Waterproof Video Drone

My youngest son came across a youtube video about the DJI Mavic Pro with Active Tracking. It really look like an ideal way to do dynamic videos of a boat while underway and maneuvering.

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Re: Waterproof Video Drone

Interesting thread. Not that I'm a big fan of drones, though they obviously have their uses.
One question to ask about any particular model being "waterproof", is what impact speeds will it retain it's waterproofness through. Since hitting the water at speed could cause water to penetrate seas that work quite well in fairly static environments.


And I can't help but to think of the "flare incident" in Captain Ron, when mention's made about these batteries catching fire. Funny scene!
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https://youtu.be/NQcZROtA5UI

Has anyone looked at these.
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