Charles Sappington

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  1. Autel X‑Star Premium

    I have an X-Star Premium and have had for a couple of months now. I also have had a DJI P3P, a P4 and now have a P4P. The software for the Autel is pretty good and is is very quick, but it is NOT a P4P. The Phantom is rock solid in hovers and very solid in flight, where the Autel is harder to control and not nearly as stable. The camera is quite good, comparable to the Phantom 4, and I like the removable gimbal. I might be interested in the FLIR Duo when it is available. I have had a few problems with dropped and corrupted photos, ruining several DroneBase missions which had to be redone, and I would be very nervous with this platform outside line of sight. All that being said, the Autel is a good bird for the money but, in my opinion, not up to the P4Pro for stability and reliability.
  2. Autel X-Star experience

    I have an X-Star Premium and have had for a couple of months now. I also have had a DJI P3P, a P4 and now have a P4P. The software for the Autel is pretty good and is is very quick, but it is NOT a P4P. The Phantom is rock solid in hovers and very solid in flight, where the Autel is harder to control and not nearly as stable. The camera is quite good, comparable to the Phantom 4, and I like the removable gimbal. I might be interested in the FLIR Duo when it is available. I have had a few problems with dropped and corrupted photos, ruining several DroneBase missions which had to be redone, and I would be very nervous with this platform outside line of sight. All that being said, the Autel is a good bird for the money but, in my opinion, not up to the P4Pro for stability and reliability.
  3. DroneBase, too early I think?

    I have flown about 50 pano missions for DroneBase, and have had, for the most part, a positive experience. All of my missions have been accepted, and about half have actually paid, usually within a few days. While it is not serious money, it gives me some flight time and a bit of income. If you are having trouble getting missions accepted, try using manual exposure for all the pano images. Auto exposure will change settings as the drone rotates and make it difficult for the software to stitch the images together. For the panos, I shoot 8 images, rotating the drone manually at 0 degrees, 8 at 45 degrees at 2 at 90 degrees. I use PTGUI software to check to make sure a pano can be made, and then upload the images. I have had about three times when their software was unable to create the pano, and on each occasion, I just deleted the images from their server and uploaded the same ones again. Each time that worked. I have used a Phantom 4 professional, and an Autel X-Star Premium and have had good results with each system. Hope this helps.