Ok, not exactly true…i had a cheeky 5 minutes in the back field last night but didnt get to fly too much as it was getting dark.
So i went out this morning. It didnt go brilliantly
I spent the first battery flying the drone close to the ground, just to familiarise myself with the controls. I had a blast, i really enjoyed it. It was a bit windy, so i kept it low - i absolutely $hit myself when it decided to “return home” though! It slowly gained height (10 times more than id flown it) then started flying towards my direction. I was impressed that it managed to touch down about a foot away from where i was stood.
So, feeling charged by this i decided to venture a bit further. I changed the battery first then went about reconnecting the drone. This is where i first encountered some problems. The drone turned on, the remote turned on, but the phone wouldnt connect. I have it plugged in via the small usb port on the left hand side. I restarted the Go4 app, restarted the controller, restarted the drone. Still no joy. I turned the drone off, the controller off, the phone off and went through the start up procedure again - still no joy connecting (blank screen, no vid feed & not connected displayed on the top left corner of phone screen). After about 10 mins of repeating this procedure, changing the order of reset & connect for each item each time, i finally got a message on the phone saying “incompatible firmware” or something along those lines? I’d only flown it 15 minutes before hand without a problem though? So i went through the update process, which worked. I got about 10 minutes of flight, but the wind warning started to kick in, so i flew the drone back towards me. When it was close enough i thought id try out the active follow feature. I had it focus on me (the big bloke with the red puffer jacket on), it followed me walking for about 10 seconds, then the video feed froze, it flashed up that it was now disconnected & the drone started to fly on its own for a few seconds. I frantically pressed the pause button, tried quickly resetting the app & pulling down on the left stick. In hindsight, Im pretty sure it was going through the return home procedure, but i must say was panicking a bit at this point. So i packed up and returned home.
On my return i found that it hadnt taken any photos? Id pressed the photo button a fair few times during the flight too! It took some footage, on viewing it, the quality isnt fantastic. I have it set to 4k @ 30fps. It looks a tad washed out and not very crisp. I understand its an overcast day, but on the whole, not what id expected.
Im sat charging the batteries (on the powerextra) and waiting to go fly it again. Im hoping that the 2nd flight will be better.
So my 2 key points here are, flakey connection between the phone app and the drone. I tried using my old Google Nexus 6P for this. Anyone any ideas how to rectify this? Is it a common occurrence? Or am i doing something wrong?.
Secondly, the photos not “taking” and the footage looking quite bland for 4K.
Any help here would be greatly appreciated.