Bryanne

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Hi everyone from the Sunshine Coast Australia!

My goal is to share my knowledge and bring you all up to speed - I know NOTHING - you are now up to speed!!!

And that is my status - I know nothing - well, pretty much as I don't think having owned a Spark for a week and taken it for a spin around the garden about five times (albeit without mishap admittedly) counts for very much......But we have a farm and so when this patch of rain ends am going to put it through its paces.

Thought I would start with a Spark as not a massive investment if I bury it in the side of a hill or put it into a dam.

Keen to soak it all up. My reading of forum posts to date indicate a lot of people out there with a lot of knowledge which kind of makes me feel like it's my first year at pre-school.

Anyhow, I'm currently researching tablets and I have boiled it down to the Samsung Galaxy TAB S3 (no no, not the S2) - I hope there will be no howls of disagreement with this choice but be honest if you feel I should be warned.

My goal is to start droning as a hobby (and some practical applications as part of that) and see where it takes me. I have always loved videography - maybe just maybe doing drone filming might add the "spark" needed to take things a bit further with that.  

Looking forward to the adventure and getting my wings. 

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Welcome to the forum @Bryanne. The approach to start with with a relatively inexpensive UAV is good as you will likely crash but once you feel more confident with flying then you can invest in some more expensive rigs. I can't comment on the tablet as I don't own a DJI (like to build my own) but obviously you want one that has a bright display to use outdoors - cheers Richard 

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Thank you @Spitfire. Yes that crashing thought occupies my mind constantly - both from a cost point of view - and a liability point of view.  Re the display, yes that is a hugely important point (especially for MY eyes) which is why I am HOPING that the "Super Amoled" display which the S3 has will be good for this. Guess there's no real way of knowing until I've bought it.  I know some of the iPads ( I know the IPad mini does) have a "anti-reflective" screen but have not read any reviews of that thus far.  

Wow , super impressed by you building your own drones. Sounds like it has become an all-consuming hobby for you - albeit a great one!  Cheers, Bryan

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Welcome @Bryanne and best wishes for your new hobby (and perhaps commercial use).  Glad to see someone very new to this as I am.  Curious as to why not the Galaxy Tab S2?  Have you heard bad reviews of it in this application?  Keep us informed of how you like the Spark as a beginner's drone as you learn to fly.  I recently purchased (and returned) a Syma X5C for that purpose but determined soon enough that it's control functions were not very good, nor was battery life -- thus the return.  I have a Mavic Pro but looking for something to learn with that has that quality controller.  Again, welcome to the community!

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Thank you 

On 3/10/2018 at 7:12 AM, Ray Kaforey said:

Welcome @Bryanne and best wishes for your new hobby (and perhaps commercial use).  Glad to see someone very new to this as I am.  Curious as to why not the Galaxy Tab S2?  Have you heard bad reviews of it in this application?  Keep us informed of how you like the Spark as a beginner's drone as you learn to fly.  I recently purchased (and returned) a Syma X5C for that purpose but determined soon enough that it's control functions were not very good, nor was battery life -- thus the return.  I have a Mavic Pro but looking for something to learn with that has that quality controller.  Again, welcome to the community!

Thank you @Ray Kaforey for the welcome. Sure feels like a friendly place to be. And man, is this a slick Forum application!!

As regards the Samsung S2 in fact I did hours and hours of research on tablets and what kept coming up consistently was "don't touch the S2!!!".  .... and that the S3 has no issues. Now of course I am no expert but the whole S2 story could be impacted by versions of GO4 too - ie maybe all is now fine with the current GO4.  I really did not want to go for Apple which I understand is probably the most reliable tab as I want to  use it for non-drone activity as well. 

From what I have read the Spark is a great beginner's drone. It is small which I think is an advantage as it will really force me to learn to control properly - ie learn to use maps and radar properly (as it will probably get out of view pretty quick!!).

Just waiting for the much talked-about Mavic Pro 2 to come which I would love to get if I am still loving the drone thing!!!

 

 

 

 

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On 3/10/2018 at 3:05 PM, Alan Perlman said:

Welcome, @Bryanne! Let us know where we can help. We all start somewhere.

Thank you for the greeting @Alan Perlman!! Hope to be touch with you guys. Am looking forward to really getting things cracking with the Spark if it would just stop raining!!!!

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11 hours ago, Steve Bennett said:

Great to see an Aussie in here. Welcome mate. I have many fond memories from my trip there. 

Thanks for the greeting @Steve BennettWhile I am waiting for the interminable rain to stop I am studying Youtube videos trying to get my head around the map and the radar. Maybe I am over-thinking things. But I really need to acquire the confidence that if I panic under pressure (which I am sure will happen the first time Sparky goes out of sight), I will be able to cooly and calmely know where the drone is in relation to my position and get the heading right to bring it back (without RTH ideally :))    

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