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  1. Why is it so hard to find information on the suitable smart devices that will fit the various quadcopters that use them in order to use their apps etc.? Why don't they mention the max size of tablets e.g 7", 8" or whatever?
  2. The quality of the manual leaves also much to be desired. Skimpy and I would have expected a bit more than Chinglish.
  3. Hi Bill, Our cross-country skiing area is supposed to open on Nov.10th and there is quite a bit of snow up on the mountain — where it belongs. But I hear you, that side of Lake Erie gets usually hammered. Keep warm HJ PS The F180C and the H107C will be busy all Winter, I'm hoping the SYMA replacement arrives so I get to still try it outside.
  4. Hi Bill, Whenever I buy something in the price bracket of the photo/video drones first thing I do ...... download the manufacturer's manuals. I bought my first "El Cheapo" drone (less than 100$ Can!) late last years, it was an eye opener. Being of a "certain age" I never got involved with video games — it would have come in handy! Anyway, that first Hubsan H107C had a few "problems" and two motors bit the dust in short order. While waiting for spare parts, I bought a second "less than $100" Holy Stone F180C. "C" stands for camera, in both case built in 720p. I prefer the Holy Stone, it is more stable e.g. hovering it almost on the spot is easier. Since, amongst a lot of other projects, I want to shoot our garden railway I was keeping my eyes open for another of the "less than" variety. Next size up with a detachable camera i.e. something that can be customized, is my SYMA X5HC. "H" stands for hover, unfortunately mine doesn't ans the vendor is sending out a new one. The point of the long story; before going for the real McCoy, get a "learning rig". The small six inch models are more forgiving than the 12+ inch SYMA. They are also handier to fly indoors — perfect for learning how to hover and to fly slowly. The batteries charge quicker and the prop guards do a better job. 10 months later I now started "shopping" for a real photo/video quad, that is I'm back to reading manuals, reviews and fora to get as much info as possible. Good luck! HJ
  5. Hi Jay, Funny you mention that, I was flying my new SYMA X5HC yesterday, relatively calm but the SYMA wouldn't hover as I would like it — glitches and snags galore with this one. Yes, I get the benefit of Chinglish correspondence from SYMA. Anyway the little Holy Stone F180C (150mm Class) hovered a lot better than the 300mm SYMA. Which meant I had some fun flying to make up for the SYMA frustration! The problem with the 150 Class is the camera angle is not easy to modify and slow flying at steady, low altitude is the other challenge. My handle on YouTube and Vimeo is TheOldRailfan; apart from chasing the 1:1 stuff I also want to do a walk-through/follow the train on our garden railway (1:22.5) and to get the right camera angle the cam needs to be mounted as a separate unit i.e. I can fiddle with what the cheap SYMA offers, before going to a real video cam.
  6. Thank you! It's the Thankgiving long weekend in the Great White North, raining big time, snowing up on our skiing mountain and .... well, drone flying is more or less restricted to the TV room. But there's always next week.
  7. Hello from the sunny Okanagan Valley I'm still on "THE learning curve", that is fiddling around with the inexpensive micro size with cameras. The goal — combining two hobbies; trains and UAVs. Starting out with the small size, so far three types each less than Can$100 and each from a different manufacturer. The learning curve continues since what one reads and sees in videos isn't necessarily what one experiences when flying. Cheers HJ