Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


xpd



SysOp
10252 posts

Uber Geek

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

# 261397 25-Nov-2019 15:22
Send private message quote this post

So my sub-$200 drone has been fun to learn with....  thought I had lost it yesterday though :D

 

Was in my backyard with it out of the wind, all good, until I thought Id be smart and fly it up onto the deck..... bad move. Wind caught it so I corrected, wind caught it again and was pushing it straight to the pool. Gave it power and got moving upwards to keep out of the water but doing so meant the wind caught it even more, and pushed it straight to some trees at the neighbors - which it missed and thats when I lost sight of it.

 

Thought "Oh ****" and hit the auto-land button and then ran for the neighbors, but suspected it had not taken the auto-land request and was flying somewhere off into the distance.

 

Went onto my neighbors deck and said what I was there for, and noticed their cat and dog staring in the backyard - look over the deck, and theres my drone, right way up :D

 

Don't know if it accepted the auto land and thats where it stopped, or if it had actually hit their roof and gone down.

 

But either way, so glad I found it :) 

 

What have been your near misses, or losses ? :) Or an awesome hit ? (ie great footage of something by accident) ? :)

 

 





XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

Server : i5-3470s @ 3.50GHz  16GB RAM  Workstation : Ryzen 5 3600 / 16GB DDR4 / RX580 4GB    Console : Xbox One

 

Now on BigPipe 100/100 and 2Talk  Add me on Steam   My Lego

 

Current Projects : Arcade Machine          BBS (WIP)


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2

neb

1408 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 2361213 26-Nov-2019 23:54
Send private message quote this post

This one was a pretty impressive hit. Not by me, just forwarding the footage.

826 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 2361280 27-Nov-2019 07:13
Send private message quote this post

I'm torn over getting a drone, or a new camera. I'm not sure if I want to spend the money on either!!


 
 
 
 


xpd



SysOp
10252 posts

Uber Geek

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 2361285 27-Nov-2019 07:50
Send private message quote this post

mudguard:

 

I'm torn over getting a drone, or a new camera. I'm not sure if I want to spend the money on either!!

 

 

LOL, both could end up being expensive if lost :)

 

For fun, I'd say drone, but for hobby, camera.

 

 





XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

Server : i5-3470s @ 3.50GHz  16GB RAM  Workstation : Ryzen 5 3600 / 16GB DDR4 / RX580 4GB    Console : Xbox One

 

Now on BigPipe 100/100 and 2Talk  Add me on Steam   My Lego

 

Current Projects : Arcade Machine          BBS (WIP)


xpd



SysOp
10252 posts

Uber Geek

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 2361286 27-Nov-2019 07:51
Send private message quote this post

neb: This one was a pretty impressive hit. Not by me, just forwarding the footage.

 

LOL, ok, "consumer drone" :D

 

 





XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

Server : i5-3470s @ 3.50GHz  16GB RAM  Workstation : Ryzen 5 3600 / 16GB DDR4 / RX580 4GB    Console : Xbox One

 

Now on BigPipe 100/100 and 2Talk  Add me on Steam   My Lego

 

Current Projects : Arcade Machine          BBS (WIP)


620 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 2361302 27-Nov-2019 08:11
Send private message quote this post

Haha, I've had that before. Flew out from my deck, NW grabbed it and chucked it against a neighbours roof! 

I've crashed more times that had hot dinners with my plastic WLToys drone.

 

I've completely and utterly smashed my 3D printed Hubsan drone, PLA shatters spectacularly at speed! Haha.

 

No footage sadly.

I did have a EF EF EF EF EF moment, was flying my GPS drone with auto-return to home on low battery. I'd flown it roughly 500m away from start point, over trees etc. 

 


I got the low battery alarm, so pulled down on throttle to land it, it didn't respond and the ultra-low batt alarm immediately sounded next (usually 1 min fly time~) and it went straight up and flew away!
I was like EF EF EF sprinting trying to chase it, but lost sight. 

 


Called the wife, said I'd lost it.. And then right where I took off, it was sitting there on the ground..... My relief was palpable. 


xpd



SysOp
10252 posts

Uber Geek

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 2361375 27-Nov-2019 09:55
Send private message quote this post

tehgerbil:

 

My relief was palpable. 

 

 

So was mine when I saw it in the neighbors yard :D

 

And mines only a cheapie....  hate to lose anything bigger :D

 

My boss said he lost an expensive one... similar issue with the wind, was showing off how high it could go, hit the home button but wind was too strong and it became a dot in the distance.

 

 





XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

Server : i5-3470s @ 3.50GHz  16GB RAM  Workstation : Ryzen 5 3600 / 16GB DDR4 / RX580 4GB    Console : Xbox One

 

Now on BigPipe 100/100 and 2Talk  Add me on Steam   My Lego

 

Current Projects : Arcade Machine          BBS (WIP)


74 posts

Master Geek


  # 2361450 27-Nov-2019 11:44
Send private message quote this post

Curious, do you all put identification information on your drones in case you lose it?


 
 
 
 


xpd



SysOp
10252 posts

Uber Geek

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 2361455 27-Nov-2019 11:53
Send private message quote this post

duckDecoy:

 

Curious, do you all put identification information on your drones in case you lose it?

 

 

Havent thought of it, but being its only a cheapie..... but might slap a label on it with my number anyway. :)

 

 





XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

Server : i5-3470s @ 3.50GHz  16GB RAM  Workstation : Ryzen 5 3600 / 16GB DDR4 / RX580 4GB    Console : Xbox One

 

Now on BigPipe 100/100 and 2Talk  Add me on Steam   My Lego

 

Current Projects : Arcade Machine          BBS (WIP)


neb

1408 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 2361492 27-Nov-2019 13:12
Send private message quote this post

mudguard:

I'm torn over getting a drone, or a new camera. I'm not sure if I want to spend the money on either!!

 

 

Most drones end up as shelfware, once the novelty wears off people don't know what to do with them any more. If you're not clear what well-defined role you have for one then this (or similar) is probably your best bet.

neb

1408 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 2361494 27-Nov-2019 13:15
Send private message quote this post

duckDecoy:

Curious, do you all put identification information on your drones in case you lose it?

 

 

You mean like this? Would need a larger drone to fit all that.

neb

1408 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 2361495 27-Nov-2019 13:17
Send private message quote this post

xpd:

Havent thought of it, but being its only a cheapie..... but might slap a label on it with my number anyway. :)

 

 

If you want it returned quickly, label it:

 

 

If found in unexploded form please return to ISIS NZ, $your_address_here, Allāhu akbar!

 

 

It'll be returned quick smart, with an impressive police escort.

Mad Scientist
21341 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 2361497 27-Nov-2019 13:24
Send private message quote this post

i have trouble with flying remote controlled UFOs - exactly the wind issue. the number of windless days a year I can count with one hand. so pretty much useless.

 

was the OP's drone a cheap one or expensive one? do expensive drones have wind auto correction?





Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.


xpd



SysOp
10252 posts

Uber Geek

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 2361525 27-Nov-2019 13:59
Send private message quote this post

Was a present from my folks, was $160ish all up inc spare mem card, battery and shipping.

 

Theyre now down to about $80 with spare battery.....  curses :D

 

https://www.kogan.com/nz/buy/foldable-zenith-drone-fpv-wi-fi-camera-bndl/

 

Sold out tho.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G82xJlQ5V4k    Image quality isn't fantastic but good enough for a bit of fun. The software FPV mode is a bit trippy - I prefer to retain control by my own sight, and let someone else use the goggles for FPV (not supplied).

 

I've had some hard crashes with mine and its still working so far - has gained a few scratches and the battery pops out when it hits most of the time. A bit of tape would prevent that.

 





XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

Server : i5-3470s @ 3.50GHz  16GB RAM  Workstation : Ryzen 5 3600 / 16GB DDR4 / RX580 4GB    Console : Xbox One

 

Now on BigPipe 100/100 and 2Talk  Add me on Steam   My Lego

 

Current Projects : Arcade Machine          BBS (WIP)


826 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 2361738 27-Nov-2019 16:54
Send private message quote this post

neb:
mudguard:

 

I'm torn over getting a drone, or a new camera. I'm not sure if I want to spend the money on either!!

 

Most drones end up as shelfware, once the novelty wears off people don't know what to do with them any more. If you're not clear what well-defined role you have for one then this (or similar) is probably your best bet.

 

 

 

Yeah there's always that risk. I get pretty good use out my GoPros and Sony RX100. I'm after either an A6600 or a Mavic 2 Pro. I've got some quite specific shots in mind. But just waiting for probably after Christmas (and to hit my house deposit goal!!)


15348 posts

Uber Geek


  # 2361749 27-Nov-2019 17:19
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

Batman:

 

i have trouble with flying remote controlled UFOs - exactly the wind issue. the number of windless days a year I can count with one hand. so pretty much useless.

 

was the OP's drone a cheap one or expensive one? do expensive drones have wind auto correction?

 

 

 

 

I have a DJI spark, and stays relatively stable in wind. It uses much of the GPS technologies of the more expensive quads. But it will give you are warning if there is too much wind, and to return to base.  Personally I mainly use it for aerial landscape photos. The problem I have found with any flying device, is fear that the media has stirred up with them. Hasn't been much in the media lately, about them, but they are probably due for another round of stories. 


 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Ring launches indoor-only security camera
Posted 23-Jan-2020 17:26


New report findings will help schools implement the digital technologies curriculum content
Posted 23-Jan-2020 17:25


N4L to upgrade & support wireless internet inside schools
Posted 23-Jan-2020 17:22


Netflix releases 21 Studio Ghibli works
Posted 22-Jan-2020 11:42


Vodafone integrates eSIM into device and wearable roadmap
Posted 17-Jan-2020 09:45


Do you need this camera app? Group investigates privacy implications
Posted 16-Jan-2020 03:30


JBL launches headphones range designed for gaming
Posted 13-Jan-2020 09:59


Withings introduces ScanWatch wearable combining ECG and sleep apnea detection
Posted 9-Jan-2020 18:34


NZ Police releases public app
Posted 8-Jan-2020 11:43


Suunto 7 combine sports and smart features on new smartwatch generation
Posted 7-Jan-2020 16:06


Intel brings innovation with technology spanning the cloud, network, edge and PC
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:54


AMD announces high performance desktop and ultrathin laptop processors
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:42


AMD unveils four new desktop and mobile GPUs including AMD Radeon RX 5600
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:32


Consolidation in video streaming market with Spark selling Lightbox to Sky
Posted 19-Dec-2019 09:09


Intel introduces cryogenic control chip to enable quantum computers
Posted 10-Dec-2019 21:32



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.