So first impressions; holy shit they’ve made it so easy to capture good video. I picked up some filters to drop the f stop a bit and make the video more cinematic. I’m still playing around with the manual camera settings. It’s really annoying when the shutter suddenly adjusts in the middle of a video but that’s on me.
It flew in 20 mph trade winds with ease and kept the camera steady the whole time. I picked up the extended landing legs and sunshade to help protect the camera and gimbal which has certainly paid off. In extreme banking you can see the sunshade get into frame but it’s worth having it there.
Now to the crash I experienced. I was on the south point of Oahu where there are rocky cliffs dropping into the ocean. Flew it around a bit getting some video and brought it back to land. No problems yet. As it’s hovering 2 feet above ground and starts its landing procedure it suddenly becomes sentient and rams itself into the cliff face, spinning itself into sand. Fuck me.
I pick it up to assess damage and two of the motors are jammed. Sand got into them and is stuck between the magnets and stator. I hold myself back from booting it into the ocean and pack it up to hike back out. Stopped on the way back to the house to get IPA, Q-Tips, and canned air. Take it apart as much as I can with proper tools and start cleaning out the sand being careful to only blow air to have it push sand back out instead of further in. I managed to get it mostly cleared and the motors are at least spinning by hand, albeit not as smoothly as I’d like. Whatever, I need this thing to work for this trip. Take it outside for a test flight and it works perfectly fine. Flew it a ton more throughout the trip without issue. :tup:
I’m still nervous it has more severe damage so I’m contacting DJI to see if the can take a look at the flight log to find out why the fuck it did that. I wasn’t pushing anything at all on the remote when it rammed itself into the wall.
I’ve got a lot of video to put together. I’ll try to post some clips later. Anyone have suggestions on decent video editing software?