We’ve been researching, and evaluating “drones” or UAV’s for quite some time which can offer a suitable platform for scenic aerial photography and a possible step to getting a Remote Pilot Certificate for commercial work.
We dismissed helicopters as a serious platform years ago as they’re expensive and fragile. It wasn’t until the development of quad-copters that we started to seriously consider our options.
The DJI Phantom V2+ was the first UAV that came close to suiting our needs and budget. The Walkera Tali H500 was released in mid 2014 and we’ve been watching it’s development with much interest. Now the Walkera Scout X4 has just become available on the market (October 2014).
Tone had no intention to purchase a big drone until early 2015 when there would be more user reviews and settling in on the very new Scout, … but despite my better judgement, his finger slipped on the BUY NOW button and it’s on it’s way … woops
He was impressed by the previews posted by Matt & Bo – and is hoping it can only get better!
The fact it’s smaller (for carrying while bushwalking) and seems to have better build quality than the Tali while having more features than the Phantom (Michael just bought one – so we can make a fair comparison) as well as it’s suggested upgradability was Tone’s main reason for the purchase.
Here’s some footage from a much cheaper little “practice” drone – the Hubsan X4 H107D with FPV we each bought recently (a great way to learn). Tone’s getting in lots of practice – crashing!
Tone – It’s been a wee bit windy but no damage done. I’m learning lots about it’s behaviour under different conditions and what NOT to do which will make me a better pilot and more restrained when things get serious – and expensive.
After a much bigger learning curve, the Scout should be easier to fly with GPS stabilisation – I expect I’ll be reading the manual for WEEKS!! I intend to be much more sensible – with much more to lose – I’ll let you know how I get on here
I’ll try to be honest and not justify my purchase by just heaping undue praise on it – unless it’s deserved – or bag it out when things are my fault. It’s sometimes difficult to sort through the bullshyte, wingers and trolls while researching
As well as using YouTube for much of our research, Tone has found http://www.rcgroups.com/forums very helpful and signed up on a few Facebook groups too for actual user reviews.
The Scout or the Phantom might not suit you, so don’t take our word for it, do your own research and judge for yourself, it’s half the fun – but he can’t deny we’re excited. 😀