OK, so I don't really need another quad, but they had them in stock at Best Buy and having a long history with 3DR products, I couldn't resist.
Summary: lots of potential. I am well aware I'm an early adopter, but for the average consumer this is going to be a frustrating launch if these little kinks don't get worked out pretty quickly.
I never buy a drone when it first comes out..too buggy.
So, figured I'd update this:
Left it outside for a bit today, and finally got a GPS lock. Put it in the air, and I was very impressed with how stable it is. Well tuned and very intuitive when everything works.
I was just about to land, then.... boom, full speed into my office building. Also happened to find the only window in a long cinderblock wall, luckily it didn't shatter. So, right into the wall at full speed, then fell about 8 ft right onto a concrete walkway. A million pieces. Great, I'm thinking.
Know what's crazy? Save for the props, it all snapped RIGHT back together. Barely a scratch. I'm really impressed.
Having said that, I'd love to know why it crashed. Maybe a GPS issue? I'm used to being able to examine the APM logs myself, but can't find a method to do that on this thing. I think I'm more frustrated about that than the crash itself.
Should not take that long to hook up to hdop gps lock! Somethings wrong. On both my new x8 and Iris they flew horrible out of the box. Had to recalibrate radio, compass, accelerometer,and escs as per 3d robitics recommendations !!! Is hard crashes bad for a pixhawk? Is there anyway to check on the health of the controller after a bad crash?
Wow I cringed when I read your post on your fly away!!! Damn lucky you didn't injure a sue happy individual!!!!!!
Glad I save my money for an inspire!!!
And you think owning a DJI product will prevent crashes and flyaways? The Inspire still can't even do waypoints!
I think if there is a problem, 3DR will fix it. Recall the issue with Pixhawks a few months back.
Does this give you a warm fuzzy feeling about DJI?
All I know is that the inspire is so steady shooting 4k video in a hover It looks like the viewing tablet has locked up. I have a x8 and a iris both with 3 axis gimbles and cant get close to that kind of stability with pixhawk!!! Just logged my 80 th flight with inspire..no crashes no flyaways. Im a film maker and do not need waypoints and hope the inspire never has the capability to do so. Your interesting information on a failure of a PHANTOM 2 not an inspire which has a totally different FC. I owned 2 Phantom 2s and sold both of them due to unstable FCs. Im not saying that the inspire will never have a catastrophic failure and is better than the rest, but I have never in my 8 yrs of flying film ships never pulled of 80 flights without incident.I hope 3dr figures the whole solo thing out, and I feel that the solo will never be as stable as a inspire. Although the selfie mode on th solo is kinda cute!
I did get the logs, I've emailed them three times over the last three days and haven't heard back. Very much unlike them. Trust they will respond soon.