13 November 2020 17:22
Hi guys I’m really interested in getting a dji mini 2 as my first drone. However what puts me off are the distance rules of 50 metres etc.
How can you get really great video when you can’t get close to your subjects (buildings etc).
I take it all the excellent videos I’ve seen on youtube are actually illegal?
Thanks for any feedback.
@milkmanchris said all my videos are “zoomed in”
13 November 2020 17:46
Just wait till the 1st January 2021. You’ll not need to worry about those distances with the mini then
Other than the nfz, 400ft agl bits
13 November 2020 21:37
Hi what’s changing then. I’ve not heard anything other than you have to register and take a test which costs £9?
13 November 2020 22:28
Not with the Mavic mini and others that don’t have zoom capability’s
14 November 2020 12:42
Thanks I’ve had a look at that and the CAA. So am I correct in thinking that with this drone there are no 50 mtr rules now (from Dec 31) only the 400 ft one?
See diagram here, based on what the CAA have said. Both the MM and the Mini 2 can fly in subcategory A1. No 50m rule, but your flight still must be safe and not violate any other laws (privacy etc).
15 November 2020 15:14
Thanks very much for that. Good news
15 November 2020 15:26
Sorry where’s the diagram
The DJI Mini 2 has a zoom which depends on which format you’re shooting in for strength.
15 November 2020 15:35
“C0 (toys) are toys that have a MTOM of no more than 250g.
are less than 250g maximum take-off mass
are unable to be flown more than 120m (400ft) from the controlling device”
THE UNABLE to be flown more than 400ft bit is a bit ambiguous. Yes you can limit it to that range and yes it is able to fly further than 400ft
Mini 2 has a zoom.
Digital zoom though, might as well crop in post
Probably find the C0 ‘toys’ will have the limits built in when they arrive
Sorry missing link to diagram above:
Ok, in response to
@milkmanchris’s request, these two diagrams are my attempt to clarify the difference between where you can legally fly today with your drone (assuming no PfCO), and where you will be able to fly from next year using the same drone i.e. ignoring new C-marked drones as none are available to buy yet anyway. The diagrams should be read along with my previous post.
Again, I’m not certain I’ve interpreted the various rules correctly, so comments are welcome. The second diagram is b…
15 November 2020 23:30
Am I correct in thinking now that if I buy a dji mini 2 I don’t have to register and take the test and pay £9 to the caa.