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Old May 27th 20, 02:12 AM posted to rec.photo.digital
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My new Mavic Air 2 drone arrived just before noon today.

So most of my day has been taken up with battery charging, and firmware updates. I managed to get out for a maiden flight around 14:00 hrs with the temperature hovering at 104F (40C). Needless to say the heat drove me to shorten everything, and the one 4K 30fps 4 minute video I shot was OK until the midpoint when there was what looked like a ripple running through the playback. It looked like an imbedded heatwave.

Then I discovered that each of my 3 batteries had to have the battery firmware updated to match the drone system FW.

Now I am waiting for things to cool down so I can get out for a sunset flight a little longer than my first excursion in the heat.

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Savageduck

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Old May 27th 20, 02:17 AM posted to rec.photo.digital
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On May 26, 2020, Savageduck wrote
(in iganews.com):

My new Mavic Air 2 drone arrived just before noon today.

So most of my day has been taken up with battery charging, and firmware
updates. I managed to get out for a maiden flight around 14:00 hrs with the
temperature hovering at 104F (40C). Needless to say the heat drove me to
shorten everything, and the one 4K 30fps 4 minute video I shot was OK until
the midpoint when there was what looked like a ripple running through the
playback. It looked like an imbedded heatwave.

Then I discovered that each of my 3 batteries had to have the battery
firmware updated to match the drone system FW.

Now I am waiting for things to cool down so I can get out for a sunset flight
a little longer than my first excursion in the heat.


How long does each battery last?

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Old May 27th 20, 02:31 AM posted to rec.photo.digital
Savageduck[_3_]
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On May 26, 2020, Bill W wrote
(in ternal-september.org):

On May 26, 2020, Savageduck wrote
(in iganews.com):

My new Mavic Air 2 drone arrived just before noon today.

So most of my day has been taken up with battery charging, and firmware
updates. I managed to get out for a maiden flight around 14:00 hrs with the
temperature hovering at 104F (40C). Needless to say the heat drove me to
shorten everything, and the one 4K 30fps 4 minute video I shot was OK until
the midpoint when there was what looked like a ripple running through the
playback. It looked like an imbedded heatwave.

Then I discovered that each of my 3 batteries had to have the battery
firmware updated to match the drone system FW.

Now I am waiting for things to cool down so I can get out for a sunset flight
a little longer than my first excursion in the heat.


How long does each battery last?


Rated for 34 minutes, but realistically good for 28-30 minutes. I have 3.

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Regards,
Savageduck

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Old May 27th 20, 03:14 AM posted to rec.photo.digital
Bill Vanek
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Default New Toy and Heat wave.

On May 26, 2020, Savageduck wrote
(in iganews.com):

On May 26, 2020, Bill W wrote
(in ternal-september.org):

On May 26, 2020, Savageduck wrote
(in iganews.com):

My new Mavic Air 2 drone arrived just before noon today.

So most of my day has been taken up with battery charging, and firmware
updates. I managed to get out for a maiden flight around 14:00 hrs with the
temperature hovering at 104F (40C). Needless to say the heat drove me to
shorten everything, and the one 4K 30fps 4 minute video I shot was OK until
the midpoint when there was what looked like a ripple running through the
playback. It looked like an imbedded heatwave.

Then I discovered that each of my 3 batteries had to have the battery
firmware updated to match the drone system FW.

Now I am waiting for things to cool down so I can get out for a sunset
flight
a little longer than my first excursion in the heat.


How long does each battery last?


Rated for 34 minutes, but realistically good for 28-30 minutes. I have 3.


That’s better than I thought. How much do the batteries cost? How many come
with the drone?

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Old May 27th 20, 03:34 AM posted to rec.photo.digital
Savageduck[_3_]
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On May 26, 2020, Bill Vanek wrote
(in ternal-september.org):

On May 26, 2020, Savageduck wrote
(in iganews.com):

On May 26, 2020, Bill W wrote
(in ternal-september.org):

On May 26, 2020, Savageduck wrote
(in iganews.com):

My new Mavic Air 2 drone arrived just before noon today.

So most of my day has been taken up with battery charging, and firmware
updates. I managed to get out for a maiden flight around 14:00 hrs with the
temperature hovering at 104F (40C). Needless to say the heat drove me to
shorten everything, and the one 4K 30fps 4 minute video I shot was OK until
the midpoint when there was what looked like a ripple running through the
playback. It looked like an imbedded heatwave.

Then I discovered that each of my 3 batteries had to have the battery
firmware updated to match the drone system FW.

Now I am waiting for things to cool down so I can get out for a sunset
flight
a little longer than my first excursion in the heat.

How long does each battery last?


Rated for 34 minutes, but realistically good for 28-30 minutes. I have 3.


That’s better than I thought. How much do the batteries cost? How many come
with the drone?


They are about $115 each.

The regular Mavic Air 2, which comes with one battery costs $799. However, if you buy their “Fly More” package for $988 you get 2 extra batteries, extra prop sets, a carry bag, a three battery charging bank, a set of 3 ND filters, and some other stuff. All for an extra $189 which is less than the $230 cost of two batteries.

--
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Savageduck

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Old May 27th 20, 06:56 AM posted to rec.photo.digital
Savageduck[_3_]
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Default New Toy and Heat wave.

On May 26, 2020, Savageduck wrote
(in iganews.com):

My new Mavic Air 2 drone arrived just before noon today.

So most of my day has been taken up with battery charging, and firmware updates. I managed to get out for a maiden flight around 14:00 hrs with the temperature hovering at 104F (40C). Needless to say the heat drove me to shorten everything, and the one 4K 30fps 4 minute video I shot was OK until the midpoint when there was what looked like a ripple running through the playback. It looked like an imbedded heatwave.

Then I discovered that each of my 3 batteries had to have the battery firmware updated to match the drone system FW.

Now I am waiting for things to cool down so I can get out for a sunset flight a little longer than my first excursion in the heat.


Well it finally cooled down a bit and I tried my hand at what amounted to my first drone flying, and more than a 2 minute iPhone video. I have never flown a drone of any type before, and I am not yet fully familiar with the capability, and features of the camera in the Mavic Air 2. Definately not an example of the smoothest cinematography, but a demonstration of the potential of this drone. So with those caveats here is 5+ minutes of a hot, dry part of California.

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-8XFHcrH/0/4bc77bdd/1920/i-8XFHcrH-1920.mp4

--
Regards,
Savageduck

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Old May 27th 20, 12:34 PM posted to rec.photo.digital
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On 27/05/2020 06:56, Savageduck wrote:
On May 26, 2020, Savageduck wrote
(in iganews.com):

My new Mavic Air 2 drone arrived just before noon today.

So most of my day has been taken up with battery charging, and firmware updates. I managed to get out for a maiden flight around 14:00 hrs with the temperature hovering at 104F (40C). Needless to say the heat drove me to shorten everything, and the one 4K 30fps 4 minute video I shot was OK until the midpoint when there was what looked like a ripple running through the playback. It looked like an imbedded heatwave.

Then I discovered that each of my 3 batteries had to have the battery firmware updated to match the drone system FW.

Now I am waiting for things to cool down so I can get out for a sunset flight a little longer than my first excursion in the heat.


Well it finally cooled down a bit and I tried my hand at what amounted to my first drone flying, and more than a 2 minute iPhone video. I have never flown a drone of any type before, and I am not yet fully familiar with the capability, and features of the camera in the Mavic Air 2. Definately not an example of the smoothest cinematography, but a demonstration of the potential of this drone. So with those caveats here is 5+ minutes of a hot, dry part of California.

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-8XFHcrH/0/4bc77bdd/1920/i-8XFHcrH-1920.mp4


Pretty stable, then! Was there any wind?
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Old May 27th 20, 01:22 PM posted to rec.photo.digital
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On 27/05/2020 12:34, newshound wrote:
On 27/05/2020 06:56, Savageduck wrote:
On May 26, 2020, Savageduck wrote
(in iganews.com):

My new Mavic Air 2 drone arrived just before noon today.

So most of my day has been taken up with battery charging, and
firmware updates. I managed to get out for a maiden flight around
14:00 hrs with the temperature hovering at 104F (40C). Needless to
say the heat drove me to shorten everything, and the one 4K 30fps 4
minute video I shot was OK until the midpoint when there was what
looked like a ripple running through the playback. It looked like an
imbedded heatwave.

Then I discovered that each of my 3 batteries had to have the battery
firmware updated to match the drone system FW.

Now I am waiting for things to cool down so I can get out for a
sunset flight a little longer than my first excursion in the heat.


Well it finally cooled down a bit and I tried my hand at what amounted
to my first drone flying, and more than a 2 minute iPhone video. I
have never flown a drone of any type before, and I am not yet fully
familiar with the capability, and features of the camera in the Mavic
Air 2. Definately not an example of the smoothest cinematography, but
a demonstration of the potential of this drone. So with those caveats
here is 5+ minutes of a hot, dry part of California.

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-8XFHcrH/0/4bc77bdd/1920/i-8XFHcrH-1920.mp4


Pretty stable, then! Was there any wind?


I thought, for an almost first attempt, that the result is excellent. :-)

I'm sorely tempted to get a drone myself. My main concern is complying
with the laws concerning the operating of such an aircraft.
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Old May 27th 20, 02:46 PM posted to rec.photo.digital
Savageduck[_3_]
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Default New Toy and Heat wave.

On May 27, 2020, newshound wrote
(in ):

On 27/05/2020 06:56, Savageduck wrote:
On May 26, 2020, Savageduck wrote
(in iganews.com):

My new Mavic Air 2 drone arrived just before noon today.

So most of my day has been taken up with battery charging, and firmware updates. I managed to get out for a maiden flight around 14:00 hrs with the temperature hovering at 104F (40C). Needless to say the heat drove me to shorten everything, and the one 4K 30fps 4 minute video I shot was OK until the midpoint when there was what looked like a ripple running through the playback. It looked like an imbedded heatwave.

Then I discovered that each of my 3 batteries had to have the battery firmware updated to match the drone system FW.

Now I am waiting for things to cool down so I can get out for a sunset flight a little longer than my first excursion in the heat.


Well it finally cooled down a bit and I tried my hand at what amounted to my first drone flying, and more than a 2 minute iPhone video. I have never flown a drone of any type before, and I am not yet fully familiar with the capability, and features of the camera in the Mavic Air 2. Definately not an example of the smoothest cinematography, but a demonstration of the potential of this drone. So with those caveats here is 5+ minutes of a hot, dry part of California.

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-8XFHcrH/0/4bc77bdd/1920/i-8XFHcrH-1920.mp4


Pretty stable, then! Was there any wind?


The wind was stronger for my earlier attempt in the heat. For the footage in the above link it was about 5 MPH with 12 MPH gusts.

The stability of the MA2 is remarkable even with a ham-handed klutz such as yours truly at the controls. There is a fair amount of automation which helps along with good GPS, and positional software. All I need now is some more practice.

I have my FAA registration ($5), and at this point I am flying under the recreational UAS exclusion, which is fine with me as I can’t see myself doing any commercial work. This is just for fun.

--
Regards,
Savageduck

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Old May 27th 20, 04:22 PM posted to rec.photo.digital
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On Tue, 26 May 2020 18:12:08 -0700, Savageduck wrote:

My new Mavic Air 2 drone arrived just before noon today.

So most of my day has been taken up with battery charging, and firmware
updates. I managed to get out for a maiden flight around 14:00 hrs with
the temperature hovering at 104F (40C). Needless to say the heat drove
me to shorten everything, and the one 4K 30fps 4 minute video I shot was
OK until the midpoint when there was what looked like a ripple running
through the playback. It looked like an imbedded heatwave.

Then I discovered that each of my 3 batteries had to have the battery
firmware updated to match the drone system FW.

Now I am waiting for things to cool down so I can get out for a sunset
flight a little longer than my first excursion in the heat.


Only 104? What's the problem.
 




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