Dienstag, 7. Februar 2017

ImmersionRC Vortex 150 under the Bridge



Mini Review / Vortex Tips:
Batteries tested:
Like the Turnigy Nanotech 850mah 4cell the most,
Graphene 750mah 4cell is ok as well
Graphene 500mah is acro - but too short flighttime
Turnigy Bolt is not good!
1min you feel some extra punch - but then it's even worse then the Nanotech 850!

Foxeer Legend2 - is a nice option as HD cam here - but the quality should be better in 1080p. Weight of 45gr is ok for this little quad - but of cours it "feels" more sporty and lighter, more acrobatic without the payload. But where's the fun if I cant show it in HD here? :)

Donnerstag, 19. Januar 2017

DJI Mavic Pro Accessories: prop guards, hardcase, landing gear extensions and ND filters

See some nice accessories for your Mavic here: Hardcase, Propguards, Landing gear extensions and ND filters/CPL Filter

Mittwoch, 11. Januar 2017

Reptile S800 Sky Shadow FPV Wing review

Finally I have a working flyingwing for FPV in 2017! Multicopters kept me so busy and were so convenient last year that I didnt enjoy the pure joy of fixedwing aviation. Really looking forward to do so soon!
►view/buy it here: http://bit.ly/2i3mr8S

RCG Thread: http://bit.ly/2icozf0
Iforce2d build video: https://youtu.be/BdBlrEdJN-k
Banggood flying video: https://youtu.be/VkATBP4dy8Q

BUILD TIPS:
- gluing
use sandpaper to roughen the surfaces and then use UHU Por, or gorilla glue
- glue the servo hinges!
- cut own servowire channel to use orig servo wires
- use threadlock glue on motor screws

TECHSPECS:
Material: EPP
Wingspan: 820mm
Length: 405mm

Servos: Emax ES08A 9g*2
Motor: Sunnysky 2205 2300KV
ESC: Reptile 20A ESC
Battery: 1800mAh - max 2200mah 3S
Props: 6045
Flight Controller: 3-Axis gyro, 3 modes
Camera: 700TVL CMOS cheapo
VTX: 5.8ghz 200mw
CoG: 125mm behine the nose

Package Includes:
2 x Wings
1 x Fuselage
2 x Small Wing Tips
1 x Nose Block
1 x Main Hatch Cover
2 x Emax ES08A Servos
1 x 3-Axis Flight Control
1 x Flight Control Circuit Board Base
1 x Sunnysky2205 Motor 2300KV
4 x 6045 Propellers (2ccw, 2cw  :) )
1 x 700TVL Camera
1 x 200mW AV Transmitter
1 x 20A ESC
1 x Stickersheet
1 x User Manual (4 pages)

Mittwoch, 28. Dezember 2016

DJI Mavic Pro - more stunning 4k Demo Footage

More stunning demo footage from my new favourite "always in the backpack" drone. Yes, I did COLOR GRADE most scenes to get nicer color / saturation / temperature. Also did increase the speed on some shots (it's better to fly slow and smooth and speed it up in post later).

Thanks to a tip of a commenter I discovered "proxy editing" in Sony Vegas 13. It's just an option to be turned on. What it does: recode all 4k clips you use for preview - so you can edit and preview SMOOTH, for rendering the final video it takes the 4k raw files of course. This way you can cut 4k footage even on older PCs.

►Flight footage filmed with:
DJI Mavic Pro in 4k/25+30 edited and color graded in Sony Vegas 13.
Location: Gloggnitz, Neufeld / Austria (70/30km south of Vienna)

Freitag, 23. Dezember 2016

DJI Mavic Pro - Spectacular frozen morning in Austria - an RCSchim XMas Card

Merry Christmas to all - enjoy the holidays! Here's a moving pictures XMas card from Austria. This is the best winter scenery we have here at the moment. Hope to get more snow soon - thanks for your support, thanks to the longtime subscribers and for your feedback guys!

►Music: Invincible 1 - Johannes Bornlöf

Background:
Had to use this opportunity to fly before work when the many days of foggy, cold weather cleared up today. I didnt know how awesome the light / fog scenery would be when I started (actually I just wanted to test fly the Mavic more since it had some lost connections on my last flight). Turned out so nice that I had to post this instantly!

Flight footage filmed with:
DJI Mavic Pro in 4k/30  edited and color graded in Sony Vegas 13.
Location: Gloggnitz / Austria (70km south of Vienna)

Freitag, 9. Dezember 2016

DJI Mavic - best Aerial Video shots I've captured so far!

I ordered my DJI Mavic from http://Globe-Flight.de (buy it there to support this great shop!). Got it early Nov and wanted to take my time with it and do nice and smooth shots. I was surprised how easy this is with this tiny, foldable 4k drone.

Flight footage filmed with: DJI Mavic Pro most shots in 4k/25, later scenes at the end in 2.7k/25

I will do a full review also - but there are so many out there yet - I dont think many questions are left to answer :) Comments on what to include in my review are WELCOME!!!
In the meantime you can read my article on the Mavic on this Blog (scroll down).

▼Music▼
August Wilhelmsson - Epic Panorama 02
(what an awesome source of epic score!)

Montag, 28. November 2016

DJI Mavic

DJI did a really good job on marketing this one! Never did I see so many of the big youtubers show you a drone with full excitement. What's left to say? I won't show you all the features again - you've probbably seen most of it yet. Instead I will give you my opinion to it:


I bought this drone, didnt get it from DJI but ordered it via Globe-Flight.de. This is my trusted shop (I ordered my firest FPV set back in 2008 at this shop). I have a lot of drones - the Mavic makes most of them obsolete now! I started with the Tricopter in 2011, got the TBS Discovery with DJI Naza in 2012 (which was my first GPS position hold, return home platform back then!). Later got into AP ships with brushless gimbals (DJI Phantom2, Black Snapper, Xugong). I still fly the Phantom 2 from time to time - but a 2axis gimbal just doesnt look good anymore :) Tried the Inspire1 and the Phantom4 when I had the chance to - but after the first playing around with it I didnt actually buy one (cause I had so many similar drones already).
Now since I skipped P3 and P4 I thought it was time to get this really tiny, backpack friendly, worry free drone. It's ready for flying in 2-3mins and has so many functions built in - a few years ago you would have needed a whole trunk full of expensive FPV gear to yield the same results (if possible at all).

What I love about this one:

  • very easy to handle
  • small, compact, backpack firendly is a joke here - this one get's lost in your backpack :)
  • super cam quality (best in this size cat) you can print stills to large format and even can take RAW pics!
  • great range / video transmission
    You just have a smooth 720p image, without intereference, without the permanent fear of flying blind suddenly. you can switch to 1080p live video - but then the recorded video is also 1080p.
    I even flew it from inside my car to a nice distance (more then enough) without even loosing signal or stuttering video!
  • flighttimes - 20mins for sure - which is really more than you need normally!
  • very well designed remote controller
  • bright display (ok this is rather depending on your phone - I have the Galaxy S7 which is very bright)
  • DJI Go app: great functions!

    highlight: it records downlink video in great quality directly on your phone as well (ok that's not new with the mavic). Also records all flight data in a log file! so you can even replay the GPS data and see how you flew, where, what happend, how you moved the sticks... really great log functions (cool for a statistics nerd like me).
  • easy to catch with the hand (carefully though!) - landing in grass or dust is not optimal. Having to use a landing pad would also kill some of the ultra portability...
  • silent, doesnt draw a lot of attention on you

some problems I found:

  • DISCONNECT problem
    this is maybe the biggest issue I had, but maybe they already fixed it (not happend again yet):
    what happend? on a flight, the app went into black/white and said it's disconnected. Restarting the app didnt help. While this happend my Mavic was far away, I was blind. But I could use the remote still. So I pressed the RTH button and luckily it came back reliable!
    things I do now to prevent this:
    - close all apps on the phone before using DJI Go app
    - have it in airplane mode
    - try to run it with as much phone battery as possible
    also got 2 DJI go app updates since then, and on 7.Nov. they published a new mavic firmware - INSTALL this asap!
  • sometimes cam/gimbal does shake (on sudden change of flight direction - so go smooth!)
    regarding smooth: there are some guidlines out yet, how to finetune the YAW endpoints, YAW expo and also smoothing out the gimbal movements - this all helps to get much smoother shots. Best yet I find it to just fly straight "like on rails or a cable cam" and let this impress your viewers - stunningly smooth and crips clear 4k footage!
  • gimbal looks very fragile! It hangs on weak rubber (for vibration dampening) and if not protected with the plastic part for locking the gimbal - the cam shakes a lot - so DONT transport it without this plastic protection!
  • obstacle avoidance can get irritated by sunlight or fog as well - if this happens - SWITCH to sport mode and be able to come home thru these invisible obstacles that your drone wants to avoid :)
  • in higher winds normal GPS mode is to slow - also switch to Sport mode to fight the headwinds!
    NEVER fly too far away with tailwind - you might underestimate the distance and power needed to come back against a strong wind. This might lead to an unplanned landing far away from you (in worst case you're flying home over the water against wind!)
  • GPS / compass error if you want to start from the roof of your car
  • DJI Go app: IOS has better language support (german available), Android version has NO german language...

Advice "fly more!":
I bought the "fly more" package - you should too!
When you buy the normal package - you will end up ordering a 2nd maybe 3rd battery soon after (because only one batt is never good).
If you buy 2 batteries seperatly - this is almost the same price than the "fly more" pack!
(and this pack includes also: the car charger, the 4x serial charging hub, the nice carrying case, powerbank adapter, props).

Of course you also should do enough training flights with the drone on safe grounds (large field) before you start taking it with you and fly anywhere (which isnt strictly legal in most countries btw).

Donnerstag, 27. Oktober 2016

Best DIVE ever #164 | Vortex250 in the mountains

Flying close proximity to awesome rock formations is one of the best things you can do with these quads! I flew here already - check back in time if you wanna see the progress in equipment.
Who knows which famous youtuber I stole the title from?
(this was really the 164 flight with the vortex, ok - not all of them were dives :)

Donnerstag, 29. September 2016

Guess the Gear (of this nice sunset flights)



Really nice, relaxing evening flight into the sunset. This time I let you guess which copter(s) I've used here, and which cams. Guess it in the comments but - SPOILER ALERT - the stuff is revealed at the end (shortly after I land).  ►SUBSCRIBE
This was all within one hour or so on my standard flightgrounds which is not too far to drive after work (sunlight is getting rare already here!).

Flight footage filmed with: guess it this time :)  (posted at the end of the video)

▼Music▼
Troubling - Daniel Kadawatha