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Old 08-09-2017, 03:50 PM
 
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Bought of of these tiny mini-drones for $35 and when you cut the power it drops like a stone. OTOH, my wife was given a $400 one and when the power is cut the drone gently lands. So what is this feature called? I don't want to make the same mistake when I buy another one. Thank you.
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Old 08-10-2017, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Bought of of these tiny mini-drones for $35 and when you cut the power it drops like a stone. OTOH, my wife was given a $400 one and when the power is cut the drone gently lands. So what is this feature called? I don't want to make the same mistake when I buy another one. Thank you.
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:04 AM
 
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No surprise that a cheapo model doesn't have advanced features. At $35 that falls into the toy category.
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Old 08-14-2017, 02:50 AM
 
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I got one of those el cheapo $35 drones for Xmas,the thing is impossible to fly it just crashes everytime it takes off,its now relegated to my junk drawer.
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Old 08-15-2017, 05:21 PM
 
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I got one of those el cheapo $35 drones for Xmas,the thing is impossible to fly it just crashes everytime it takes off,its now relegated to my junk drawer.
I think it's because those 35 dollar drones don't have all the control algorithms for assisted flight, so one has to learn to control those motions manually. I think they are good for learning drone control, so that when you do move up to a costlier drone, you will perform much better, and avoid crashing something expensive.
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Old 08-15-2017, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Hmmm. So if you were recommending a decent quality drone for a beginner, what would be your recommendation?
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:39 AM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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Hmmm. So if you were recommending a decent quality drone for a beginner, what would be your recommendation?
DJI Phantom 4. Very easy to fly. Very hard to crash.
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Old 08-16-2017, 01:30 AM
 
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DJI Phantom 4. Very easy to fly. Very hard to crash.
I like the 'very hard to crash' part! Although if anyone could, I could.

Thanks for the tip.
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Old 08-18-2017, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I got one of those el cheapo $35 drones for Xmas,the thing is impossible to fly it just crashes everytime it takes off,its now relegated to my junk drawer.
Me too. Flew it around the house a bit. Thought I had it down. Took it outside. Got it stuck in a 200 ft tall tree. Maiden voyage. Stuck.
Sigh. Spent the winter there. Did come crashing down in the spring. LOL
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Old 08-18-2017, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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I fly a $2K R/C pod and boom helicopter, and it took me a full year to learn how to fly. The multi-rotor "drones" allow people to fly straight out of the box.
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