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Re: Best Drone for GoPro???

I was thinking that this looks pretty good for the price and designed for the Go Pro:

Walkera QR X350 FPV GPS Quadcopter w/DEVO F7 5.8Ghz Video TX and GoPro Adapter/Mount (Mode2) (RTF)
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I was thinking that this looks pretty good for the price and designed for the Go Pro:

Walkera QR X350 FPV GPS Quadcopter w/DEVO F7 5.8Ghz Video TX and GoPro Adapter/Mount (Mode2) (RTF)
I found it on eBay for $260 (no controller or battery).

Walkera QR X350 Quadcopter BNF w RX702 Receiver GPS Latest Version | eBay

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Re: Best Drone for GoPro???

I have a DJI Phantom. They are very robust, but there are known issues. It does great with a GoPro Hero 3.

If you purchase one: color code the props to match the arms so you don't put the props on wrong. Write your telephone number on the unit somewhere in case it flies away. They don't float, in case you have a water landing, but you can add home built pontoons. Don't use the camera wi-fi (if yours has it) while flying the craft, there can be issues.

I had one crash onto the prop guards from 150' and it flew again. I had another one survive a 450' fall and land on it legs (broken legs and camera case) but the unit flew again and the camera still works.
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these look cool, but are quite DIY, as in you choose all the parts, motors, controlers, radios and what not. But they are waterproof.

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With the dji phantom, you shoot "blind"?

I need wireless monitoring of the image
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With the dji phantom, you shoot "blind"?

I need wireless monitoring of the image
I have a friend with an older phantom (without any possibility of viewing live view of the camera), and he has no issues getting what he wants with the Go Pro as it has such a wide angle view. He actually has made some money off of it taking shots of car shows from above. He is also starting to do fly overs for realtors, get really nice shots of large properties with it. Makes a nice retirement business for him. Live camera view would increase your number of hits though. Without it is kind of like doing the kite camera thing fly and hope for the best. My biggest issue is that most sink if the go down in the water. There are issues with them loosing signal and going out of control occasionally. In the open water that would mean a ruined quadracoptor and possibly a lost camera. Some have a go home feature if they loose signal, but if you are shooting you boat in motion that home spot is not where the boat is anymore! Some also have a tracking feature where it will track a smart phone, so you can get in the air and it will follow the boat till you call it back, kind of cool.
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Re: Best Drone for GoPro???

The DJI Phantom 2 Vision has live video through a smart phone, but it was just released last October or November and I am leery of brand new technology. I prefer others to work the bugs out before I spend my dollars.
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Mine has an RF wireless video transmitter so I have a live feed coming from the camera. I don't know its range yet, but I'm thinking, line of sight, 500 feet or so. I mounted the monitor to the controller. It is quite the setup.
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Re: Best Drone for GoPro???

We did it! My son and I went to a nearby baseball field and, very nervously, achieved lift off. After hours of practice with the nano, it turned out that the x830 was far more stable (ECS, Duh..). Take off and landing are tough, but flight is fairly straightforward. Only a few puffs of 2-3kt winds at 2200 ft elevation.I'm going to spend a few battery cycles practicing here, then I'm going to take it to Vegas!
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We did it! My son and I went to a nearby baseball field and, very nervously, achieved lift off. After hours of practice with the nano, it turned out that the x830 was far more stable (ECS, Duh..). Take off and landing are tough, but flight is fairly straightforward. Only a few puffs of 2-3kt winds at 2200 ft elevation.I'm going to spend a few battery cycles practicing here, then I'm going to take it to Vegas!
Ron,

Excellent post. You really showed how you can pan without the picture tilting at all.

Is this the one you have?

Turbo Ace X830 s Quad Drone Quadcopter Quadrocopter Assembled ARF USA Located | eBay

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