Tips, settings, pre-flight checklists, and more!
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles we have used.
DJI Mavic Air
A small, light 430g, versatile craft that can film in 4K and capture stunning still photographs.
DJI Phantom 3 Standard
A reliable classic. Modified with pre-flight checklist.
An affordable small and robust trainer with FPV that can be used indoors and out.
DJI Flame Wheel F550
A versatile build it yourself fully customisable DIY kit hexacopter with good lift capacity and flight stability.
F500 Y6 Tricopter
– with Sony RX100 M3 and G40 gimbal. This is a complete rebuild and upgrade of the Flame Wheel kit above – not recommended.
Walkera Scout X4
Unreliable, poor quality, high maintenance, no customer support – not recommended!
With a long time passion for still photography, design and technology, Tone began piloting UAV or “drones” in 2014. In 2017 I gained CASA approval to fly sub 2kg RPA commercially, I now fly a DJI Mavic Air – a small, light 430g, versatile craft that can film in 4K and capture stunning still photographs.
When checklists, routines and flight plans are followed and a finely tuned craft is flown slowly for smooth video and photography purposes, it is relatively safe, especially in the hands of an experienced operator. The tech of these flying camera platforms has developed dramatically over just a few years with improved navigation, communication, collision avoidance sensors, ground tracking and the like in ever decreasing form factors, however the most important part of operating this technology is time spent on the sticks and sometimes, very hard lessons! From early days with the troublesome Walkera Scout, knowledge was quickly gained to custom build a F550 from the ground up.
If your interested in aerial photography and UAV’s, on this site I share my work and what friends and I have learnt to hopefully make your experience better. Much of the information here is based on our own personal experiences or gathered from scattered sources around the internet that we’ve found and compiled in one place for easier reference. A big thank you to all who have provided tips and advice.
I am in no way affiliated with DJI or Walkera, the opinions expressed here are my own based on REAL and independent user experience. While I may unintentionally hold some bias towards my own craft, I’ll try to be as honest as I can so that YOU can make informed decisions based on FACT and not justification for my choices. Unfortunately though, sometimes I can be wrong or you may disagree with me or have a better method – please share and provide feedback so that I can improve this site for everyone.
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