- Aug 19, 2017
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Great thread guys - but also quite concerning, we went from DJI Phantom 4, to Inspire 1 Pro (loved it) to Inspire 2 (great images but unreliable for mapping with flyaways), and was just going to move to the Phantom 4 Pro which is meant to be the best flying sensor for mapping (other than custom, etc) with the 1" mechanical shutter / sensor, when I saw the H520. While it is unfortunate that it is only a single battery from contingency, I did love the fact of the 6 rotors for safety. Changeable payloads was also a tick. I map a lot with Pix4d, MapsPilot (best package ever due to terrain management) and UGCS. I downloaded the DataPilot app and see its just a re-brand of QControl for the PX4/Mavlink, and while its ok for standard 2d grid surveys, it was no use at all for antenna surveys, etc by allowing multiple orbits and varying flight levels, such as DJI GS Pro for iPad which again is excellent (apart from no offline usage which is crazy for non cellular areas). Im now hearing these battery problems, which for the UK market make the unit unsafe for commercial use. No flight manual would be approved by the CAA with this level of battery management and ability to land when it wants to, its too unsafe. I do a lot work in the industry with various mapping systems, and Im wondering do I have to go back to Phantom 4 Pro again, or is the H520 fit for purpose, like others here - this will be my hard earned cash - with all three lenses - some investment. I welcome comments from people above who have done all this - best wishes
The system is lacking in polish and a few aspects need to be improved. It has been released 2 months ago, the market situation has dictated its departure date, although flying shows an excellent fluency which is probably the most difficult to achieve. Now it is only possible to improve by adding functions that are fundamental for a platform oriented to photogrammetry (if we are talking about the E90).
Your appraisals are correct for the moment we're in right now. In X time, unfortunately we do not know how much, the situation can give a turn of 180 degrees that leaves us amazed. I think of this mainly because the hardware on which it is based is more than proven and the possibilities are very great. Of course these are wishes and nothing is confirmed but we are already a few of us who have bought it in spite of having seen some problems, that I sincerely believe that all that have come up to now are fixable.
The functions that you mentioned, planning the flights, are basic for a photogrammetric drone, no doubt all of them will be present, it makes no sense to think otherwise. It seems that I work for Yuneec jejejeje Nothing further from reality, is my opinion based on the hope of what this platform has to be. Saying what we need to work, on a day-to-day basis, let's hope they implement all the necessary functions and that's why this and other threads are so interesting