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Why The H Plus is STILL Relevant

I guess an update on the drone world - the dark side - is in order. ;)

Disclaimer: I am not a fan boy of any drone manufacture so my views and opinions are based on observations and conversations I have and not on any favoring opinion.

As some may know, the DJI Mavic 3 has been out and we are seeing what users think on the 'other' forum. I must say I am shocked, the M3 rollout was poorly done, the drone is buggy, missing a LOT of features, has flight issues and apparently the standard controller is a disappointment to those who fly or have switched from the Mavic 2 Pro. I have already counted four instances where pilots have returned their M3.

To be fair, it is rumored that a January update will address much of these issues but it does just go to show that the grass is not always greener on the other side. :cool:
 
I can assure you that the grass is greener when your state goes recreational... :cool:

I will say that I have been very happy with the camera on my Evo II Pro. :)
 
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Not sure how you've calculated your prices...although I fly both DJI and Yuneec I much prefer DJI. As someone pointed out about a year or more ago on this forum the Plus Batteries are pillowing garbage. Three have died on me. While all the ones from earlier
It sounds like your H Plus is stable enough to take on all your shoots and you plan to continue in the future, so why the "hard knocks"? People love their Typhoons. People keep them a long time, Ive had my simple Typhoon H several years nd love the video quality of the old Cgo3. I got mine after my DJI Air went to where ever it went too, may it rest in peace or pieces (I dont think its coming back). There are few if any Typhoon H flyaways but next door at the Mavic Pilot forums, thats all there is, every model from DJI, so much that its about every 3rd Post.
I loved my Mavic Air even with its glitchy lil camera but was smooth as silk. I love and still fly my Typhoon because, no.1 I still have it but most of all its the coolest thing in the air.
 
It sounds like your H Plus is stable enough to take on all your shoots and you plan to continue in the future, so why the "hard knocks"? People love their Typhoons. People keep them a long time, Ive had my simple Typhoon H several years nd love the video quality of the old Cgo3. I got mine after my DJI Air went to where ever it went too, may it rest in peace or pieces (I dont think its coming back). There are few if any Typhoon H flyaways but next door at the Mavic Pilot forums, thats all there is, every model from DJI, so much that its about every 3rd Post.
I loved my Mavic Air even with its glitchy lil camera but was smooth as silk. I love and still fly my Typhoon because, no.1 I still have it but most of all its the coolest thing in the air.
Yep. And the controller looks and feels like it means business and isn't a preschool toy.
 
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I was just thinking . . . . . .


So as some of you know, I have been a big fan of the Typhoon and have always considered the H Plus on a mountain peak (in terms of class) with very few contenders. I have had my Plus for almost three and a half years now, and still love what it (and in particular the C23), can do. I have long thought that this 'peak' will stand for a long time and here is why.

Consumer drones for the most part, have always been under the 2,000 dollar mark. The cameras (and in particular - the sensor) has been a driving force since final image quality has been and still is - a major selling point. For years, most drones carried a 1/2.5" sensor producing a 12 mega pixel image, such as a standard Typhoon H. Drones like the the Phantom 4 and H Plus brought to bear a 1" sensor producing a 20 megapixel image. But the sensor is only one part of the equation. If we think of the sensor as an engine (producing the image) then we have to keep in mind that the engine needs a transmission. All the data produced must be 'written' to the card - or processed. This is the flip side of the bigger sensor race.

As sensors get bigger they require massive processing power and all of this equates to - price. I have long thought that the 1" sensor will remain at the top of the consumer market not only because the initial drone price is high but the further process (editing) requires ever larger and more powerful computers. Working with 8 bit - 4K video from a 1/2.5" sensor is one thing, working with 10 bit - 4K ProRes is another animal.

Okay, to my point. About a year and a half ago I got a Mavic 2 Pro with a 1" sensor and specs very close to that of an H Plus because I needed a compact carry drone at times. At the time of that Purchase, the M2P was about 1,450 bucks for the standard kit with one battery, while the H Plus came with two (2) batteries and the controller WITH a screen for just under 1,900 bucks. Mavic's require YOU supply the screen so in terms of price they WERE pretty similar.

That was then but look at NOW. As of today, you can pick up an H Plus or an H3 for right around 2,100 dollars. However, the price for a Mavic 2 Pro have nearly DOUBLED to almost 2,800 Bucks! On the flip side, it looks like all the rumors of the Mavic3's release date and PRICE are coalescing, and by that I mean it looks for certain that in a few days the Mavic 3 will be released and many perspective customers are going to have their head's explode. It will be well over 2 -3 grand for the basic kit and upwards of 4 - 5 grand for their 'cinema' version!

CONCLUSION

The Peak of the 2,000 dollar consumer drone market will not change. You can buy cheaper drones that are pretty good, but as far as image quality for that price, there is nothing beyond except the next mountain; (call it Pros Peak or Mortgage the House Mountain) but the climb up that mountain is a steep and expensive one. For me, the imagery that comes from My Plus is incredible, but to take the next step to get to image quality that is noticeably or considerably higher, is not worth the cost it would take to get there, but that is just me. I can shoot aerial video that is on par with even my 4/3rds Panasonic GH5 and that says a lot.
Wow, you were right. I wonder if they are being discontinued now. I just bought 1 of 3 at Vertigo.
 
I have an H Plus and it is a beast compared to the mini drone fascination many people have, from the HEX design to the robust controller. I picked up an EVO 2 Pro V3 at the first of the year. I don't mind the short battery life on the H Plus because I'm usually shooting pre determined scenes for video projects. 5 batteries is plenty... so is 18-20 minutes of flight time. Here is a comparison video of the cameras. I use the EVO for construction documentation but the H Plus is by far better for cinematic looking video. Watch in 4K if you can.

 
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