Peter Galbavy

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Joined on Jun 1, 2001

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Erm, DJI Osmo Mobile? Surly "kickstarter" and the like is there to fund innovation, not provide cash flow for product development?

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 11:37 UTC as 12th comment | 5 replies
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Peter Galbavy: I've had my Mavic for about the same amount of time having ordered it a few days after launch and got it a few days before a holiday in Australia. I took both my Pahntom 4 and the new-to-me Mavic and once I had done some test flights I almost exclusively flew the Mavic.

The Australians have far simpler, more reasonable and useable rules on RPAs (drones) both for recreational fliers and also commercial fliers under 2kg. If only others like the UK would adopt this kind of regulation it would be great for everyone (https://www.casa.gov.au/modelaircraft)

While I am more of a still photographer from experience I am trying to learn how to plan, shoot and edit video and flying a drone with a reasonable 4k camera is a really fun way of doing it. If you want professional result you will need both more experience and probably better kit - but that's the same for anything.

It's fun. Expensive fun, but fun. Just be safe and be careful and it works.

I flew the Mavic more simply because of convenience. There is a slight change in the field-of-view versus the P4 and the need to remember to now focus but apart from that the feature set is almost identical. The P4 still feels more stable, but I think that's more psychology than fact.

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2016 at 09:39 UTC
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jaydubbs15: Once battery life has been extended and noise reduced, I would think that drones could become very useful photographic tools, such as photographing outdoor social or sporting events. I would like my son's baseball games videoed from the outfield or homeplate. He made a catch last year in left field that might have been captured if I had a drone to do it with. Each year my high school gang get together for a football game and tailgating party. My friend's son used a drone to capture some footage of the party, and because of the large number of participants, that footage was quite nice and useful.

Note that with the DJI products like none of the automated modes (Auto Track or Terrain Follow) will they follow or track downhill. This is intentional but DJI will not explain why.

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2016 at 08:54 UTC
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jaydubbs15: Once battery life has been extended and noise reduced, I would think that drones could become very useful photographic tools, such as photographing outdoor social or sporting events. I would like my son's baseball games videoed from the outfield or homeplate. He made a catch last year in left field that might have been captured if I had a drone to do it with. Each year my high school gang get together for a football game and tailgating party. My friend's son used a drone to capture some footage of the party, and because of the large number of participants, that footage was quite nice and useful.

The Mavic is 10dB quieter than the Phantom 4 - still loud, but above about 15m / 50ft it's not very noisy at all, wind depending.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 14:21 UTC
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Reactive: "Suddenly I can shoots stills and videos of friends skateboarding, or snowboarding or an outdoor concert". Can you really? In the UK, flying a drone anywhere near other people in a public place is illegal. Flying over your backyard is not allowed as you are snooping on your neighbour. And so many idiots use them that even tighter rules are in preparation (e.g. licensing). And all that expense for what? More and more same-old aerial shots that are already becoming boring. Yes, drones are great tools for the occasional shot on a TV documentary, otherwise impossible movie action shots, or architectural surveying, but in amateur hands they're just an expensive one-hit wonder.

You're right. The UK has particularly dumb rules based on many years of "old guys in sheds" building and flying petrol powered behemoth model RCs and the dangers associated with their speed, weight and stability. Sadly the new consultancy that's just been launched appear to have pre-decided some even less useful rules and regardless of what we may respond with they will, as ever, ignore everyone to do exactly what they want.

One the subject of boring videos - again I agree, but the same thing goes for normal photography which is the normal staple of this site. Sometimes talent emerges and produces new art that stands out from the morass of boredom. How many cat pictures can we have? (Not enough, but hey...) We have to have the tools to allow those innovators to achieve their creations.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 14:13 UTC

I've had my Mavic for about the same amount of time having ordered it a few days after launch and got it a few days before a holiday in Australia. I took both my Pahntom 4 and the new-to-me Mavic and once I had done some test flights I almost exclusively flew the Mavic.

The Australians have far simpler, more reasonable and useable rules on RPAs (drones) both for recreational fliers and also commercial fliers under 2kg. If only others like the UK would adopt this kind of regulation it would be great for everyone (https://www.casa.gov.au/modelaircraft)

While I am more of a still photographer from experience I am trying to learn how to plan, shoot and edit video and flying a drone with a reasonable 4k camera is a really fun way of doing it. If you want professional result you will need both more experience and probably better kit - but that's the same for anything.

It's fun. Expensive fun, but fun. Just be safe and be careful and it works.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 14:09 UTC as 29th comment | 3 replies
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EvilTed: Can you use the USB port to copy files off the drive too?

I'm thinking a LaCie Rugged 4TB drive as a backup to a 2TB version of the WD?

Ah! Well the WiFi is going to be a limit for non-wired transfers and the USB Host port is only USB2- so limited to about 20-30MB/sec transfers.

The SD card slot though, when doing the automated copies, seems pretty fast to me. 11GB in a few minutes last time I tried. I have never timed it.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 16:45 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Best Camera Drones Under $1500 (97 comments in total)
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Aroart: This coming from a multicopter copter hobbies that has been flying for over 10yrs..
Nowhere on DJI'S website are calling there copters drones .. Even the military stopped calling them drones they are now called UAV'S.... I find it rather amusing ....

Just to add more confusion some authorities/countries like to call them RPAs (Remotely Piloted Aircraft). But at least the Aussies have more sensible rules than many other English speaking countries. Sigh.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 11:10 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Best Camera Drones Under $1500 (97 comments in total)
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Peter Galbavy: Hasn't 3DR gone bust? Or is that another drone maker?

Update: Not quite, but they are leaving the consumer market: http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Berkeley-s-3D-Robotics-launches-construction-10607141.php

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 11:03 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Best Camera Drones Under $1500 (97 comments in total)

Hasn't 3DR gone bust? Or is that another drone maker?

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 10:48 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On article 2016 Roundup: Best Camera Drones Under $1500 (97 comments in total)
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Trek of Joy: No Mavic's to be found anywhere except for people on Ebay selling them for $3000. Come on DJI, ramp up production.

Still waiting... 30th Sept order (Combo) and it might ship in the next few days. Shame I'm travelling at the end of the week as I don't know if it will arrive in time.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 10:47 UTC
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EvilTed: Can you use the USB port to copy files off the drive too?

I'm thinking a LaCie Rugged 4TB drive as a backup to a 2TB version of the WD?

Not sure how it's 4x-6x slower for you. When plugged into a USB3 port and running as a normal drive I get exactly the same performance as any of my other 2.5" external drives, e.g. 100MB/sec read and write, or thereabouts.

On WiFi I can understand, but that is a special case for convenience. I did test Plex streaming a BluRay rip (at about 25Mb/sec) and it was fine.

SD card copying is about 20-40MB/sec but I have not measured it with any scientific test.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 14:57 UTC
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meanwhile: Could you put it in one of those ziplock, waterproof cases without causing any network issues? This product seems to be one crying out to be 'ruggedized'.

Yes but it gets quite warm while the drive is spinning so as long as it's not over insulated...

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 13:53 UTC
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EvilTed: Can you use the USB port to copy files off the drive too?

I'm thinking a LaCie Rugged 4TB drive as a backup to a 2TB version of the WD?

Dale, yes it can but ONLY at USB2.0 speeds. You just have to go onto the Linux OS via SSH to do so, so that easy, huh?

Seriously though, I have not tried but the Samba server should be able to do direct copy (not sending the data off the device via WiFi and back) if you move/copy a file from the main "Storage" share to the mounted USB device via CIFS - I would test but at the moment my drives are plugged into different things at work.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 13:52 UTC
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jonathanj: Just checking something that's not 100% clear to me, if I access the device from a Windows PC when the device is not on another WiFi network (I.e if I'm out and about and the two devices are connected directly) does the device show up as a normal drive, or do I need to use some kind of dedicated app?

The reason I ask is that I have a small windows 2 in 1 that does not have a full size USB port or SD card slot. It would be great if I could use this device to backup cards, but then separately connect to it with the computer to do basic tagging etc. using lightroom or another program.

Note that if the drive is "on" as a WiFi device and sharing media with devices that way then as soon as you plug it in to a USB port on a PC/Mac/etc. it turns off the internal OS and just looks like a drive, fast shutdown style. If you plug it into charge or just use external power it will detect a non-host connection and continue working - but it cannot charge (it will maintain battery level) while doing other things as there is not enough power over the USB it seems.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 13:48 UTC

I've had my 3TB one for a couple of weeks now. I also have the original 2TB one. Performance is better and the optional Plex server is a nice touch.

That said, the WiFi is not as stable as it should be and looking at this further I have found that a combination of user-level WPA (it's Linux underneath) and priority given to other tasks means that my work laptop will often get "Can't connect to this network" as a typical example of slow connection set-up. It eventually recovers and I found that if I ensure that the outbound 'net WiFi is forced to the other band from the one used to connect the client things are better.

Overall, good but need more competition to drive improvements for the next gen.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 13:02 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply

Gold (or any conductive) plating and antennas. Let me know how that goes.

This is obviously a marketing ploy, click bait for the company and never intended to either exist or fly.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 10:25 UTC as 34th comment
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Peter Galbavy: Very big "meh?"

I have had my Panasonic DMC-CM1 for almost a year, it's a two year old model and the only negative versus this is the version of Android. It's got a better sensor, it's cheaper, it's proven tech. I was hoping for so much more.

Why can't any of this hoofwomble companies at least add a real mini flash? AFAICR only one old Samsung phone/camera has a xenon flash. These LEDs are awful.

Thanks son, I know how to use a camera. I was actually more concerned with the colour and variability of the LEDs. On the CM1 there is almost NO condition in which the LED "flash" will balance with any indoor lighting (that isn't daylight balanced). So I simply don't use it.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 15:20 UTC

Very big "meh?"

I have had my Panasonic DMC-CM1 for almost a year, it's a two year old model and the only negative versus this is the version of Android. It's got a better sensor, it's cheaper, it's proven tech. I was hoping for so much more.

Why can't any of this hoofwomble companies at least add a real mini flash? AFAICR only one old Samsung phone/camera has a xenon flash. These LEDs are awful.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 13:18 UTC as 12th comment | 4 replies
On article DJI goes portable with the Mavic Pro (162 comments in total)

Have folks looked at the side-by-side size comparison of the Karma vs the Mavic? Ignoring the features, the Mavic wins on portability by a factor of 2 in length and width at least. It can sit in your camera bag next to your DSLR ...

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 14:43 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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