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Will my interest in a drone last more than 5 minutes?

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  1. the_stig

    the_stig F1 Rookie
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    So I've casually been considering a drone in the last year or two - we have a couple of toy ones but this would be a bit more serious, probably a Mavic Pro Platinum or similar.
    My question is this: what can I do with it?
    I'm very much afraid that it will be a 5 minute wonder and I'm wondering if there is something I'm missing.
    I can't take it to most events - particularly not race tracks.
    I cant take it to national parks or wildlife preserves.
    Would never dream of flying over lots of people so no festivals or anything - probably banned anyway.
    Certain countries now ban drones entirely - they're probably not on my bucket list but still.
    What do you DO with the footage? Or is that not the point and the point is that it is just something to do? Or are still photographs a better bet?
     
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  3. BMW.SauberF1Team

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    It's helpful for professional video and photography such as real estate. I've seen some cool videos taken with it for outdoor activities, but honestly it seems like a gimmick for most people. Do you own a GoPro? If so, do you use it frequently? If you do, than a drone would probably be something you may like to have. If you have a GoPro, but it sits collecting dust than I think a drone will have the same fate.
     
  4. the_stig

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    I don't think the GoPro has been used in 2 years and even then it wasn't by me.
    One of the few uses for a drone that has really impressed me is some very scenic aerial photography as practiced by people like The Walking Drone on Instagram. Posts some great stuff shot around Cornwall, England - small harbors and coves, abandoned tin mine stacks, off-shore stuff looking back at picturesque cliffs, etc. Lovely - but I'm not sure that I want drone photography to take over my vacation trips. I usually don't take a camera on vacation and I'm a pretty avid photographer - just not of holiday snaps.
     
  5. Zack

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    Yeah, it's kind of pointless. I can see getting some cool shots, and mastering some cool photography techniques. If that's your thing, go ahead and invest the time and money. I like flying stuff...to me drones are remote controlled toys. I like the challenge of controlling one precisely, but they are getting more and more autonomous. I think one day we will be able to buy cool drones that fly themselves and you sit back and enjoy the footage that they beam to you.

    I like drones in movies...like that one in Africa where British Intelligence was eavesdropping on a terrorist meeting and trying to decide whether to take everyone out. In the future, I can see drones acting in teams where two set up and "paint" a target and a third one turns itself into a suicide drone and smashes into the target with enough kinetic energy to kill it. That would make for some cool assassination stories.

    Other than that, I think drones are like other machines...designed to do boring work (mapping, surveys, data gathering, monitoring, etc.) so humans don't get bored and make mistakes.

    I suppose large ones will carry us around as a means of shared point-to-point transport too, and delivery companies will use them instead of humans.
     
  6. rob lay

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    you need a purpose. it is cool the first few flights and making a video to share on Facebook. beyond that you need a purpose. I have 3 properties 470 acres total that I need to do aerial surveys check on roads, ponds, food plots, and help pick spots to hunt. I could also use it for security if I think someone was trespassing. I now view it as 1% fun and 99% tool.
     
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  8. tbakowsky

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    If ypu have a business use for it lije realesate, then it could be an asset. If its just a toy..then it will fade and sit on the shelf and collect dust.
     
  9. SoCal1

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    They are fun in the dessert chasing them with a long gun. Quite popular lately out here :)
     
  10. wax

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    Cheesecake Factory? ;)

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  11. SoCal1

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    I was eating cake when I wrote that LOL
     
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  13. TestShoot

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    You will lose interest in a drone as fast as people lost interest in replying to this thread lol
     
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