I didn't get the drone til around Christmas and it got ugly cold here for a while. The online experts strongly recommend against flying in the cold as it can weird out the electronics. Weird electronics would be undesirable as every bit of the navigating software is electronic and software. Given the pricetag on the unit I heard the message loud and clear.
Another interesting thing learned - wind speed at the ground is often 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 times lower than it is at 100ft and again at 200 feet. I learned this lesson the hard way. During a demonstration for my sister at her front yard the wind was 18ish mph on the ground and didn't worry me. BUT I programmed the drone to auto-go to 200 feet up before returning home(to avoid the tallest trees near home) per it's supremely programmable programability.
BUT the wind at 200 feet was over 40 mph! and took the drone for a short but frightening uncontrollable ride before auto setting itself down in the backyard, thankfully in a large grassy area. Luck? probably because 50 feet in any other direction and shit would have hit its' fans.
I could have known about these winds aloft if I'd consulted any one of the dozen apps available for these drones on my phone but stupid is as stupid does. So I have the app now. So much useful info on these apps.
Another thing - the govt is all up in your ass with these drones. Man, you have to agree to give away every scrap of data about your flights to the FAA. Seriously, the drone has a unique I.D. just like your phone and desktop computer. The drone is loaded with data transfer software direct to the FAA and everything about every flight is uploaded to them every time you start up the machine. Big Bother IS watching. So much for my zombie apocalypse fantasy purpose for the drone.
But, it's springtime here now and pretty soon the springtime chores will be done and I can get out of town and find something interesting to shoot.
So far I'm happy with the capability of the camera with the single exception of it being a very small mm lens which cannot be changed. Much more expensive drones do have swappable lenses but the selection is limited somewhere between 18mm and a MAX of 50mm. WTF? This is a limitation. You have to fly the drone right up on top of things to get a decent image of many of the types of subjects I'd like to shoot. It's great for big landscapes, useless for most wildlife, ok for immobile subjects like waterfalls as long as the geography and physics of the location are right for the friggin' small lens.
So, I'll give a mixed review of the whole idea until swayed one way or another. And as the humble servant of Skye's thread, will get some pics up here as soon as something worthing showing develops