New to this but have been doing a lot of reading. I want to buy the 3DR quad or Hexa. Main purpose is aerial photos.
I live in Santa Fe. My house is at just below 7000 MSL, and there is a lot or terrain around this part of New Mexico that goes higher.
I want to take pictures using a "good" camera...not necc a DSLR, but it would be nice to know I had that option in the future.
I have looked up the lifting capabilities of the quad and hexa...the quad seems OK, being able to lift, oh, a 24oz camera and mount (small DSLR's are 28oz...but that OK, I don't HAVE to be able to lift one)...that 24oz is with the standard motors and 10-inch props.
But...that 24oz figure is probably at sea level? So...I am wondering how the lifting ability drops off at higher altitudes, and how much lifting capability I would gain by going with the upgraded motors and 11-inch props.
I know the hexa seems to be the obvious choice, but what cons does the hexa bring to the table re: aerial photography? Does the landing gear present more of a problem? How about vibrations from 6 motors instead of four for video?
Thanks so much in advance for your advice.
Do you mean to say feet above sea level instead of meters? The hexacopter in the store should be able to handle it just fine. Even at sea level I wouldn't try to carry a DSLR with the factory configured quadcopter since you trade maneuverability for payload so even basic maneuvers become very difficult.
7000 MSL is 7000 feet above mean sea level?
OK...so you are saying definitely go hex...thanks...got it...
I checked, 7000 "MSL" does mean height above "Mean Sea Level".
I've seen it as meters (above) sea level too. Either works, just wanted to clarify you were talking feet. We're on the same page. :)
Ah...OK...darn Europeans :)