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01-12-2013 03:35 AM  7 years ago
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Nelson34

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Looking into possibly purchasing my first Multi Rotor-need advice
My fiancé bought me a Parrot Drone for Xmas and seems cool. Then was told about the more 'serious' models available. So thinking about selling the Drone and buying something bigger. If like to use it with my GoPro and be able to pack it up in the car and travel with it. Saw the Century models, which is what sparked the interest. Can I get some recommendations please? Anyone have any experience with the Century models? Thanks
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01-12-2013 04:11 AM  7 years ago
Dr.Tim

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Have a look at the DJI Phantom. Nice unit that comes pre-programmed and just about ready to fly. Comes WITH the GoPro Mount!From Simple minds come simple ideas! Approach Engineering
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01-12-2013 08:13 AM  7 years ago
TonyTypeS

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+1

I think the Phantom is the best bang for the buck right now. It's RTF and has the proven Naza controller with GPS. It's compact and performs great.
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01-12-2013 03:03 PM  7 years ago
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I think the Phantom is the best bang for the buck right now. It's RTF and has the proven Naza controller with GPS. It's compact and performs great.
Agreed Tony.I have to admit though,I like flying at night with mine more now due to it lights up nice with the onboard LED stuff.
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01-12-2013 03:53 PM  7 years ago
Nelson34

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Are the 'kits' like the Century hard to setup? I like the idea of a larger size and more motors for redundancy. Seems they fold down rather easily if need be.
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01-12-2013 11:06 PM  7 years ago
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Don't let the "more motors for redundancy" fool you. I see that term used quite often when talking about multirotors and it's almost always incorrect. It's usually tied to conversations or posts regarding how much more "redundant" a hexa or octo is compared to a quad. The truth is, a FLAT Hexa or Octo offers little to no redundancy. To start, there are only a few flight controllers that can fly a hexa/octo at all with a motor disconnected or failed. Mind you, that is disconnected, not failed mid-flight. Failed mid-flight is really rare. One motor shutting down due to a faulty connection is more common and can usually be avoided if the machine is assembled with care and pre-flight checks are done. The only "redundant" setup that I have ever seen successful is a Y6 or X8. Which are coaxial, meaning one motor on top and one on bottom of each arm with props spinning opposite of each other. I have seen video as well as an X8 in person drop a motor and still land. It was a wobbly landing, but the X8 was not damaged when it touched down. Also keep in mind that a broken prop mid-air will just about bring anything down. The sudden off-balance effect and subsequent violent vibrations will assuredly put any ship in. Most if not all of the folks that have been flying multirotors for any amount of time will tell you that a broken prop or pilot losing orientation are the two th most common reasons for a multirotor crash.

If this is your first multirotor, seek out something that covers the following:
1. Inexpensive without being cheaply or poorly made.
2. Parts that are inexpensive and readily available. A good example are the DJI 450 and 550 frames. Replacement arms are about 4$ to your doorstep, and that's OEM, not generic. Generic are even cheaper.
3. Props are inexpensive and readily available. If you are starting out, you may as well count props as a "consumable", because you are going to go through a few of them while you learn.

As the folks here have already stated, the DJI Phantom seems to be really popular and the price is right. I've yet to fly one, but I have plenty of NAZA flight controllers and have built 20 or so DJI ships for people and I can say that they have a solid product offering and a good price to quality ratio. So also have a look at the DJI 450 with a Naza for a robust and well rounded first setup.
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01-12-2013 11:15 PM  7 years ago
Nelson34

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Thanks for all the info! I will do a little research!
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01-14-2013 07:34 AM  7 years ago
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So if I went with the 450-how hard is setup and programming? I understand the Phantom comes ready to go which is nice. How do these compare to the Parrot? Is it a good idea to learn in Drone and then move to one of these? I'd definately would like to use my GoPro with this and fly at night.
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01-14-2013 02:59 PM  7 years ago
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Nelson, Save yourself some Headaches and just get the DJI unit. The Parrot is a Joke .. Styro flyaway wifi poop in your cereal quad. Simply no good! From Simple minds come simple ideas! Approach Engineering
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01-14-2013 03:08 PM  7 years ago
Nelson34

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Ok-so how hard is it to program a Naza unit wih a DJI unit like the 450? I'd like to use my transmitter and the size of the 450-just wondering what setup is like for it? Is it difficult to setup to fly? Is a PC interface needed?
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01-14-2013 03:13 PM  7 years ago
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PC interface is needed .. Very Simple and straight forward. I thought at first it was going to be headache but I found it was very simple and made sense ! The Phantom makes it even simplier because it comes with the radio and it's pre-programmed out of the box!! GPS, GoPro Mount .. it's all there! Best Bang for the buck!!From Simple minds come simple ideas! Approach Engineering
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01-14-2013 05:36 PM  7 years ago
Nelson34

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Still like the looks of the 450 and would be one less transmitter to bring with me if I went to the nearby field. But what's the durability of the Phantom if crashes? Looks like it's all one piece?
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01-14-2013 06:25 PM  7 years ago
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I just got the DJI 450 but made it info a TBS discovery. Pretty easy to build and setup. Plenty of videos out on youtube to help assist. You shouldn't be afraid to set it up with your radio. What radio do you have?
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01-14-2013 06:34 PM  7 years ago
Nelson34

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I have both spectrum and futaba-prefer to use the spectrum though
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01-15-2013 08:29 PM  7 years ago
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More info, please. Not just radio brands, but actual radio models.Signature
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01-15-2013 09:10 PM  7 years ago
Nelson34

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Sorry about that. I have a Futaba 8fG and a Spectrum DX7s. I saw a video on setup and seems very straight foward. The one I saw he used the power switch in his Futaba transmitter to set it to fail safe-in other words if the transmitter was turned off or signal was lost it would come home.
I mentioned the Century models because I actually live near by and have two Radicals. I'd like to use my Gopro to take pictures and or video with this, but mostly just to have fun and play around outside or at a field. Eventually maybe more, but I have my hands full with helicopters and planes.
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01-15-2013 09:26 PM  7 years ago
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Oh-DX7s isn't sufficient??
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01-15-2013 09:55 PM  7 years ago
Dr.Tim

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The DX7 is perfect!From Simple minds come simple ideas! Approach Engineering
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01-15-2013 10:22 PM  7 years ago
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Nelson34, nothing wrong with getting the NEO 600 or 660. A Naza-M will work fine with either. I have the DJI FW550 and it's OK, but the NEO is more flexible with motor and prop size which will allow expansion/upgrade if you ever want to use a larger camera. And as you said you live right down the road from Century.
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01-15-2013 10:38 PM  7 years ago
Nelson34

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Alright! Thanks everyone for the help. Watching videos of these things and they look so cool-but what RC model isn't? I'm thinking how I've always wanted to take pictures of some of the architecture in my parent's hometown in Mexico. Was nervous about my flying skills with a helicopter but this looks perfect! May just buy one this Friday.
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