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  1. This all comes down to everyone wanting services/products for little to nothing. It's a race to the bottom and we are being conditioned for it via the gig economy. ?
  2. We have both the P4 Pro and the new Mavic 2 Pro. We have logged a few hours on the Mavic but haven't tested all "features". I would say the Mavic's camera meets or exceeds the P4P camera as far as quality and features. I wouldn't consider the Mavic just a hobby drone at all. It's very quick and nimble in flight. And it's the one that travels with us as the drone, remote, extra batteries and whatnot can be carried in a bag that is less than a quarter of the size the P4P requires.
  3. I hate to be Negative Nelly here but my optimism has turned to pessimism lately. I attended Drone Focus in Fargo last week (mainly because I could drive there and my kids live there). My thoughts, for what they are worth and in no particular order: It seems like many in the industry are mainly trying to come up with an idea that they can then leverage into a "start-up" rather than solve real world problems with the technology (not all, but many). In the ag arena, it looks like companies that provide or use the large military style drones are going to move into the ag sector. Those
  4. With farm commodity prices tanking the past 1-2 years, it's hard to make a case to farmers for increasing the cost per acre calculation. To make it pay for itself you're going to need quantity which makes things even harder. With different crops planted at different times and the window for actionable data gathering sometimes quite small, farm data gathering is going to be a tough haul. I live in the midwest and I don't see farmers jumping on the drone bandwagon around here. Maybe if you live in an ag area with more specialized crops/orchards you might see better reception from the produc
  5. In my area of the country (northern ND) drones for ag has not taken off yet. Input costs already too high and farmers question the usefulness of all the data. Most of them kind of want to put their heads in the sand at a certain point and hope that they get a decent crop. But we also haven't really been presented with good use case scenarios either.
  6. Bought the Mavic 6/16/17. We have been using it with no issues. I went to fly it on Sunday and started getting the gimbal overload message and the camera was flopping around like a fish out of water. Have to say I am a bit disappointed. It seems to be an issue with the fragile cable that snakes thru and around the gimbal. Anyone else have to send in their Mavic for this repair and were you satisfied with the result?
  7. Regarding your first question, is it possible your card is bad? Is your computer pretty new (new enough to handle 4k, assuming that is what you are shooting in)?
  8. And because everyone has a camera in their pocket, everyone is a photographer The last house we sold, our realtor took the photos with his phone. They looked so terrible, colors were off, so much so that oak colored trim looked pink in some pictures. The house sold, but I don't think his photos really helped that much. Everyone wants something for little or nothing it seems. I have been mulling what exactly I can do with my 107 as far as a business. There is so much potential in the field but also so many roadblocks. I know it goes back to the question of quality but I can literally ha
  9. Jumping into this thread a little late but this is one area I am looking at also for a drone business. I do have the luxury of being married to an agronomy supplies salesman so have a little insight. Like Juggernaught said, farmers are pinching pennies and it's hard to get them to see value in something that is "just another expense". Also like Alan said, there are not alot of use cases that you can point to right now to justify the extra cost. I asked my husband why he thought drones weren't really taking off in farming (at least in our area) and he said they mostly all rely on satellite
  10. Passed the Part 107 test on Monday thanks to UAV Coach and some YouTube vids. Hadn't taken a formal test in many years so was very nervous but the testing staff was very friendly and helpful. Got my FAA paperwork submitted last night so hopefully I will have a temp license shortly.
  11. It may be a UAV testing site. I'm in ND and we have manufacture and testing of military UAVs here. We have a large DROTAM in the Grand Forks area.