I am a grad student who is starting some basic research on UAV/Drone technology. I am looking for some insight on the best setup to buy. My budget is around $2500 for the whole setup.
I would like to produce quality aerial images/maps. This is my primary need. I would also (later) like to use this drone for Precision Agriculture, and so it needs to be something that I can fit an IR camera too (or be a camera that I can modify/set). IR images can be used to determine crop health.
I have looked at the 3DR Iris+, and the DJI Phantom 2 Vision +.
The Iris+ looks to be something that I could repair myself, without needing to send the whole thing away. However, the gimbal does not seem to be as good as the DJI gimbal, and so the aerial images are not as good. Because of the gimbal, the Phantom seems to produce better images. Is this true?
I have been looking at mapsmadeeasy. com, and their dronesmadeeasy.com site. I am currently also considering their Base Mapping Bundle. Link below.
As for software, I have been considering mapsmadeeasy.com, and I have seen a little but about Agisoft. I prefer the idea of running the processing myself, but this is certainly not required.
My funding is very limited so I would HIGHLY appreciate any addition tips on saving some cash. I am willing to do some assembly/mods myself, but I do not have the confidence (or tools) to create one from scratch.