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As a bit of a drone pilot myself, for a long time I have wondered when 3D mapping would get here. And indeed it just has !

DJI have just released Terra, which will turn your UAV footage into 3D digital assets complete with textures !

 

As a company I don't like DJI, and don't fly their machines myself (2 non-pilot-error flyaways mean I can't trust them), but they remain the people with the most budget to throw at ideas like this, and are surely the frontrunners of making it a consumer-level thing.

 

Read more below...

 

https://www.dji.com/uk/dji-terra

 

CBR

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4 hours ago, Cerbera said:

2 non-pilot-error flyaways mean I can't trust them

That's interesting. Collegue of mine has the Spark and that thing just straight up flew full speed head first into the side of a giant warehouse. It wasn't even in freeflight, that thing should have stopped. It didn't. We thought we screwed something up. Guess we didn't.

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8 minutes ago, DasFrodo said:

Collegue of mine has the Spark and that thing just straight up flew full speed head first into the side of a giant warehouse.

Yeah, they're great like that aren't they ? :) And they're sending all our data back to China ! ;)

 

I went with a Yuneec Typhoon H in the end, which hasn't crashed at all in about 2 years of trying, and unlike almighty overlords DJI, they actually care if you have a problem after you've given them the cash !! Lols...

 

CBR

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Yeah I haven't had much exposre to DIJ Hardware and Software but what I saw made me question why they are as prominent on the market as they are. Software didn't work on some Phones (why do I even need a phone for the software with a ~1000€ product?), the drone didn't feel like doing certain things multiple times, it crashed into a wall in "safe" mode.


I have a feeling it's all marketing. Reminds me of a certain other company that builds phones, desktops and laptops  ... :306:

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1 hour ago, DasFrodo said:

(why do I even need a phone for the software with a ~1000€ product?

Well I can sort of see the thinking there - why would you spend money on a screen additional to the one you carry round with you anyway ? A lot of people are quite pleased to use their phones as the primary FPV display. Of course their DJI Go software doesn't work with all phones, but if you have an Apple one on the approved list, it does work most of the time, although few phone screens can throw out the sort of brightness you need to reliably see your aerial camera in daylight. Another reason is the portability factor - remotes with integral screens are often much bigger, meaning there is more to carry around. My TH is in a backpack roughly 3 times the size of the DJI mavic for example, which makes getting it on a plane quite difficult...

 

What is really terrible about DJI controllers is that they place the phone screen underneath the controls, which means your hands largely obscure it during use !

 

So the main reason I like my TH is the integrated 7" screen in the controller which means I don't need my phone, and have a very large, bright unobstructed display that works in all light conditions, comes with its own sun-shade, and has a custom Android tablet specifically designed to run the flight software. That works every time ! :)

 

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CBR

 

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