MalVeauX wrote in post #19215859
Really thinking of getting a photo-drone. Considering possibly a DJI Mini 2 to dip my toes in the water. I don't know enough about all the options, other than I liked the size/weight/fly-time and real-world-images I've seen from it's camera and system; interested in stills & video. Suggestions? Avoid? Something better?
I was asking myself the same questions in December. I have been a motorsports shooter for many years and thought about getting a drone as the pandemic more or less killed motorsports events. Being of a certain age, I see the world in stills, verses video. I decided, up front, that I didn't want to invest a lot of money into a drone that I may not end up liking. After researching all the options (I'm a recovering engineer ), I opted for the DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo. I've found that this is the perfect option for me. My reasons are below.
- Reasonably inexpensive
- Very small to carry (10"x5"x7" DJI Fly More case with everything I need) meaning I can take it everywhere without a big hassle.
- Great 4K video that allows me to learn video production, processing methods and create cool, quality videos.
- Easy to fly, but as others have said, take it slow! Mine has ended up in a tree once, so far. No damage which is impressive considering
how fragile it seems when you first get it.
- Fun to use and much less intimidating to other folks around you.
- Only 12 MP still shots which seems anemic after my 20+ MP DSLRs.
- As others have stated, it's really hard to see. Make sure you understand the map features and the Return To Home options. You WILL
lose sight of it often.
- Drone video takes much more concentration to shoot than a still image. And more planning as you need to think about B-roll footage if
you want a good finished video.
I think the Mini2 is an excellent way to get some experience with drones in general, and making videos. If you decide you like it, then sell the Mini 2 and upgrade to a bigger and more capable drone. If it turns out to not be something you're going to stick with, you are not out a lot of money. Here is an link to one of my first efforts after about 2 hours of flying experience. Good luck.