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Spitfire76

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Depends on what you want a drone to do?  

It’s pretty hard to beat DJI consumer drones, and in the commercial UAV industry the fact that they’re Chinese is going to make it that much harder to compete in the US.  Outside the US I don’t know.  

Their products seem to be on par with many of the DJI’s, but like DJI they’re have a closed vertically oriented product line.  The Hexadopter might be better than the Inspire if you could use a Panasonic GH5S for video or the Sony A7Rlll for surveys. 

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16 hours ago, Av8Chuck said:

Depends on what you want a drone to do?

Commercial video/photograhy. 

Yuneec's commercial UAV is the H520 which is almost $4000 when you add the camera whereas the Typhoon H plus will be $1700. According to reports the main differences between the H and H Plus is the camera which boasts a 1 inch sensor providing 20MP photos and 4k video at 60 fps. I believe its the E90 camera from the H520 but not sure.

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Have you ever heard the expression "Its not the size of the boat, but the motion of the ocean...?"  Its always people who have a dingy who say that.

A 20MP camera with a plastic lens is not enough for professional accuracy, but its all the manufacturers who offer that level of quality who say that it is.  What amazes me is people who buy a "prosumer" drone only to learn that it doesn't meet their requirements then turn around to the same manufacturer and ask them of they have a different model that does.  

What's amazing is the number of people who believe them.   If you can't trust the data there's no point in collecting it. 

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3 hours ago, Av8Chuck said:

A 20MP camera with a plastic lens is not enough for professional accuracy,

Apparently the E50 and E90 cameras for the H520 have glass lenses and they certainly seem to think its good enough for a variety of commercial use cases including tower inspection. At least the camera/gimbal is swappable for any improved cameras that they come out with in the future. I am a bit surprised though that the radio range is only 1 mile at its best.

 

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21 hours ago, Spitfire76 said:

they certainly seem to think its good enough for a variety of commercial use cases including tower inspection.

That was the point of quoting that saying, all the drone manufacturers claim "their" camera's are good enough.  Depending on the level of accuracy required, they're probably not.  Also keep in mind that inspecting a cell tower and surveying a cell tower to create a digital representation are two different applications.   

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