I have both DJI and Autel, mate, as I am not so "in love" of any producer but I need good drones...Why does this feel like it's turning into a sh*tshow?
Autel rep in another thread I believe, answering a question just below a question about a proper raw colour profile. Autel rep ignores question about raw colour profile....
I hear M3P (Mini 3 Pro) is rock solid in wind, but has range disconnect problems. M3P I hear has a camera that isn't as good as the N+ (Nano+) but what's the point if light wind knocks it around and you can't get a decent RAW colour profile from the company, even though they must have one or they wouldn't be able to correct their JPGs!
At this point, I am so confused I'm not even sure where to start, so I'm just going to start listing questions that I have running through my head as I compare these 2 drones.
1) I still don't know if N+ has 10bit video yet, or if it will.
2) What is the difference in speed between the 2 drones when flying into wind at top power output setting?
3) Has DJI addressed the camera issues or the disconnect problems?
4) Autel seems to be flirting with geofencing with some drones, although I think it's a warning, not a lock out, for now.
5) What exactly does geofencing do to the M3P? Does it work the same as with the larger DJI drones? I heard that the M3P just gives a warning about air space, but I don't know if that's true or not.
6) I also hear that DJI has a locked elevation limit. Is this the same with the M3P? If I'm on the side of a mountain in BC (Canada) is the damn thing even going to take off???
7) How does the M3P do LOG and/or "10 bit D-cinelike videos" (what is D-cine"like" even mean??) if it uses limited RGB values? That seems like an oxymoron to me.
Uh.... yea. Very simple comparison. lol
Thanks to anyone who is willing to take the time to answer this huge list of questions.
I have both DJI and Autel, mate, as I am not so "in love" of any producer but I need good drones...
If you are just starting out... Mini 2 fly more bundles are very cheap these days as everyone is ditching for the latest release. Still a decent kit although I prefer the Nano. Just a thought.Wow GeoDrone SRL, thanks for all the info!
So, 10bit is currently not available, but Autel says they will add it later. We'll see.
Wind. This is a problem. I live on Lake Huron in Ontario. Right now we have 14km/h winds with 24km/h gusts. This is pretty average for here. We do get less wind here sometimes, but I'd say we get days with more wind, or higher gusts here then we do calm days. Has Autel said anything about their drones terrible wind resistance? I mean, it supposedly has a level 5 rating, if I'm remembering the info correctly. The M3P also has the same level, but the performance is totally different. Unless this is fixed, I would say this is a case of faults, or incorrect advertising on Autel's part. Especially if they refuse to fix it, change their advertising, and admit their error. From what I've seen, their rep that responds to things here sometimes does a good job of cherry picking what he responds to, and what he completely ignores as if that post wasn't right above the question that he did answer.
For DJI geofencing, how can I find out if most of my area is either unlocked, or can be unlocked just by entering my phone number? That's the kind of thing you sort of want to know before you buy a drone. Both for locked out, and for alt limit.
Has DJI said anything about the camera issues?
Has Autel said anything about the RAW colour profile issues? (Which makes no sense since they can process their own jpgs in the drone just fine, so they must know how to convert the sensor data to proper colours.
Honestly, this whole thing is a huge sh*tshow. I feel like I'm picking between crappy option #1, or crappy option #2. I wanted to go sub 250g as this is my first drone, and it makes travelling and use in other countries a bit easier, but here in Canada, our drone laws aren't nearly as draconian as they are in many other countries. I'm starting to wonder if there is no sub 250g that's right for me...
If that's the case, I'm sort of back and square one as for as my research into possible drone purchases. Over 250g doesn't bother me from the online test perspective, but I don't have $2000-2500 to drop on a first drone that I could quite easily crash. I still have to look into if drone damage insurance is even viable here in Canada. I'm not going to be flying this thing in between a lot of trees at low alt inside a forest or anything, so I would say that wind is probably going to be my biggest threat.
Thanks for all your info and if you have any insites that you can provide from what I've written here, that would be extra awesome.
I would not recommend any of the sub 250g drones for flying in windy conditions. I would look at the Autel Evo Lite+ or the DJI Air 2S, both of which have 20mp 1" sensor cameras. Not sure about the Lite+, but the Air2S handles wind very well, and is quite capable in the conditions you describe.
You can check the DJI Geo map to see if there are any restrictions in your area.