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I'm sure this must have been covered before but who is doing drone on a regular basis? Is it worth the investment and what are your recommendations for entry level, intermediate and top of the range? Also, what are the legal restrictions in the U.K.? Many thanks in advance!

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I have couple of drone images on sales, dont sell well, started now with an agency specialized on aerial/drone. Financially its not worth the effort, but fun factor is high, finding new angels of common subjects.

In the EU we have common rules now that make it easier to fly - but restrictions e.g. in Germany continue, not in nature protected areas, 150 m from people,  100 from railway, highway. The new DJI mini 2 might be a good option to start, with a weight < 250 g you are less limited. I plan to buy one in addition to my Mavic 2 Pro.

 

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17 minutes ago, Andreas said:

finding new angels of common subjects.

 

Flying high, eh?

 

EDIT: sorry, couldn't resist. I now see that English is likely not your first language. Please rest assured that there was no insult intended - just my idea of Monday morning humour. 😃

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32 minutes ago, Andreas said:

I have couple of drone images on sales, dont sell well, started now with an agency specialized on aerial/drone. Financially its not worth the effort, but fun factor is high, finding new angels of common subjects.

In the EU we have common rules now that make it easier to fly - but restrictions e.g. in Germany continue, not in nature protected areas, 150 m from people,  100 from railway, highway. The new DJI mini 2 might be a good option to start, with a weight < 250 g you are less limited. I plan to buy one in addition to my Mavic 2 Pro.

 

I've looked into this quite a bit as I was at one point learning to fly a plane... alas no more... and it is almost the next best thing and combined with photography..!

 

It does seem the DJI Mini 2 is the way to go in terms of avoiding a lot of the restrictions due to it weighing less and thus not needing to meet the strict requirements.

 

I don't think though that DJI Mini 2 would take photos of a quality that would pass QC... although I suppose if you were taking news photos it might work.

 

The bigger and more expensive DJI Pro 2 has a 1 inch sensor which should pass QC.

 

It is worth checking the map here https://www.noflydrones.co.uk/ to see whether you live in an area of restricted air space and therefore whether you would have many opportunities for flying.

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On 01/03/2021 at 12:21, losdemas said:

 

Flying high, eh?

 

EDIT: sorry, couldn't resist. I now see that English is likely not your first language. Please rest assured that there was no insult intended - just my idea of Monday morning humour. 😃

Hi, you refer to my typo angles/angels, or anything else that sounds strange ? Btw, low flying angels might get covered

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On 01/03/2021 at 12:42, BradleyPhoto said:

I don't think though that DJI Mini 2 would take photos of a quality that would pass QC... although I suppose if you were taking news photos it might work.

 

The bigger and more expensive DJI Pro 2 has a 1 inch sensor which should pass QC.

 

 

 

I never had a QC issue with files of the M2Pro. With the Mini 2 I will used stitched images.

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10 minutes ago, Andreas said:

Hi, you refer to my typo angles/angels, or anything else that sounds strange ? Btw, low flying angels might get covered

 

Yup. 👼 We're all angles here! 😄

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On 01/03/2021 at 11:42, BradleyPhoto said:

I've looked into this quite a bit as I was at one point learning to fly a plane... alas no more... and it is almost the next best thing and combined with photography..!

 

It does seem the DJI Mini 2 is the way to go in terms of avoiding a lot of the restrictions due to it weighing less and thus not needing to meet the strict requirements.

 

I don't think though that DJI Mini 2 would take photos of a quality that would pass QC... although I suppose if you were taking news photos it might work.

 

The bigger and more expensive DJI Pro 2 has a 1 inch sensor which should pass QC.

 

It is worth checking the map here https://www.noflydrones.co.uk/ to see whether you live in an area of restricted air space and therefore whether you would have many opportunities for flying.

Very helpful - thanks! 👍

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On 15/02/2021 at 23:46, kay said:

You may already have read this, but in the UK anyone intending to sell drone images needs a licence

https://www.coptrz.com/drone-licence-explained/

 

 

I guess that makes a lot of sense but everything seems to require a licence these days. Even mudlarking on the banks of the Thames now requires a licence. 😞

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You definitely need a license for drone commercial photography. Not wanting to get one, I decided to go for the Mavic Air, for my pure undiluted enjoyment. I have lots of fun sharing the results on various FB drone pages and learning from them. Enjoyment is what matters to me. Ditto with my GoPro. Shame I can't upload the pictures on Alamy, I recently went snorkelling in Great Barrier Reef and have great shots, but it is what it is. Peace and fun is my motto these days.

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