Drone with 720p video. Is it worth it?

Dwayne Miller

New member
Finally a post I can help contribute to. Although I could bore you to death with the tech details, long story short is usually the best.
1080i has 1080 lines of resolution, 720p has only 720 lines. Therefore, more lines means higher resolution which means better picture quality. But even with my many years in the TV industry, it is practically impossible for an average customer to tell the difference between the picture quality of 720p and 1080i. Just remmeber to broadcast in wide screen.
Another thought, if you happen to have a GO PRO, you can spend a little more for a drone that you can attache your own camera to.
Good Luck!
Dwayne Miller
Floridawash

 

Luis Orts

New member
1080p for the untrained eye is no different than 720p.

On larger resolution screens you will see a difference... but you should be fine with 720, specifically for the purposes you're looking to use it for.

On a personal note though, I myself would spend the money on a 1080p. My eyes have been trained for it, simply because I worked at best buy, and I would pay attention to things like that.
 

CapeFearProWash

New member
Got a little drone for christmas to practice on before i spent the big bucks. took me an hour and i broke it, time to try again.
 

Kleankings

New member
Buying cheap tools and or equipment usually means you will have to buy it twice...
Not sure if it applies to the Drone though...Guy B had a great video shot using his drone, maybe he can offer insight as well
 

Ralph Q

New member
Got a little drone for christmas to practice on before i spent the big bucks. took me an hour and i broke it, time to try again.

That's exactly why I will get the cheap one first. The $450 one has a camera. The more expensive one doesn't. I don't want to trash a $1300 drone, so I will go for the beginners one, practice, see if it is acceptable in terms of video quality. Then go for a better one.
 

Guy Blackmon

Roundtable Host 2009
Ralph, I say go for it. Like you said, learn & practice with this one. And yes it hurts a lot more crashing the more expensive one......a lot more.....lol!
 

CapeFearProWash

New member
Did you decide on one? Ive had a blast learning on the Husban and have been watching a lot of youtube videos of the phantom plus, ill hopefully be picking one up by the end of the month for some jobs we have lined up.
 

Guy Blackmon

Roundtable Host 2009
Really there's nothing out there (Affordable) other than the Phantom line that gives you so many options of use. For the money, DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus is the best Photo/Video drone out there.....IMO.
 

Ralph Q

New member
I'll be doing the cheaper phantom at first. Then go for the bigger one. My problem is, I could be in an open field playing around with it, without an obstacle in sight, and a bald eagle or something will probably attack it, knowing my luck.
 

Guy Blackmon

Roundtable Host 2009
Learn to fly slow & steady. Learn to maneuver slow & steady. There is no benefit to flying these things fast.....that's where you get into trouble......Stay away from Trees!!!!
 

Tony Shelton

BS Detector, Esquire
Well, I am getting into this drone thing. I'm not too concerned with video at this time, I just want a cheap one that the guys can break, (step on it, smash it in the truck, etc) that I won't be breaking the bank on. It will have two purposes, 1) to pull lightweight 1/4 inch polypropylene rope up to roofs up to 10 stories high so one guy doesn't have to go up, then throw down a rope, then go back to hook it up to the PW hose to pull it up. And 2) to do HVAC bids from the ground without having to use the lift or get hatch access.

From you guys who have used them do you think a Parrot 2.0 would work ok for those needs? The rope I plan to pull up weighs less than a gopro cam. (about 4 oz) so it should pulll the rope up ok.
 

Tony Shelton

BS Detector, Esquire
OK, I went ahead and got the Phantom. Will be giving it a try tomorrow. Played around a little with it tonight. It should be able to lift a lightweight rope up 6 stories with no problem. I guess we will find out.
 
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