In November long before it was my birthday my super awesome wife surprised me with a DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone as a early birthday present.
It was something that I had been talking about for a year or to and to be honest I had talked and dreamed about the Parrot Beebop, just because of the sheer price tag on the Phantom 3 Pro. And the funny thing is she was so afraid that I would be disappointed when she gave it to me.
I cried a little of pure happiness when i opend that present.
Now it's been almost 3 month since it became a part of my gear, and even though the Danish winter only has given me 4 days with decent flying weather. Although I have managed to flip it on landing a couple of times, I am starting to feel confident flying the drone. A little hint for new users and something I should have done was just to use the automated landing feature.
One major thing I realized taking my drone out flying the first couple of times was that, carrying it around in the box isn't the most comfortable way to transport it to remote locations. So as soon as my budget could handle it I ordered a Lowepro drone guard cs 400 for it.
I decided to go for the Lowepro, after reading endless reviews on both the DJI hard shell bag and the Lowepro drone guard CS400, and after years of carrying my camera gear in a Lowepro bag, my heart told me that I should go with that.
Next step was to figure out the laws about flying with a drone. To my surprise a drone is considered a aircraft and is under many restrictions.
Here are the main rules for flying in Denmark
- Minimum distance to military airports: 8km
- Minimum distance to public airports: 5km
- Minimum distance to cities: 150m
- Minimum distance to accident sites: 200m
- Minimum distance to royal property: 150m
Nature reserves and public parks are off limits as well even if distances are kept.
My first flight ever was just a dream. I was amazed at how easy it was to control and I love the fact that if you let go of the sticks on the controller it stops flying and hovers in place. I snapped a few shots and realized that even when you are flying up high in the air, it still requires a lot of thought on composition and camera settings.
Thank god the Phantom has manual camera settings so I remotely can set ISO, Shutter speed, Aspect Ratio and choose whether I want to shoot single shot, HDR or burst.
The one big challenge I have right now is flight time. Having only one battery that gives me about 20 minutes of flight. That might sound like a lot, but giving the fact you spend a couple of minutes on warming up the drone and calibrating the compass, then when you do get airborne you have to find a interesting subject and find the right altitude. All that taken into consideration, I only get to capture 4-5 shots on a flight, before the battery reaches 48% (My limit so that I have enough juice to get home safely).
But it is a easy fix I can just order an extra battery or two when my budget allows for it :-)
All in all I just love this drone and I can only recommend it for any photographer dreaming of the sky. But if you are going to order one sometime in the future, do your self a favor find a bag and a extra battery as well, you wont regret it.
I hope you like the photos I have taken so far, They can all be licensed on 500px , and if you do decide to get a drone from the DJI store please use this link for a Phantom 3 Professional, it will give me credit in the store for accessories and hopefully not any spare parts: http://click.dji.com/b5911DJgZciqOZnS or this link if you want to get something else from the store: http://click.dji.com/b5911DJg4ltxL7oC right now they have 10 years anniversary so they have some pretty great offers on their drones :-)
A few more from the first 3 months.
One last thing, if you have a minute or two I would love to hear what you think of the photos I have taken so far, I am sold to the straight down perspective right now but perhaps in the future I will start taking other angels. Let me know in the comment field below.
See you up there.
All the Best Michael.