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best inexpensive camera drone for some real estate exploration: amazon 1 day

skyking

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I need to see what I can see if I clear away trees on a perspective piece of property. I would like a camera I can do some zooming on. It does not need to be GPS I can keep it line of sight.
I see all sorts of examples under 100, anybody have some experience with the low end of drones?
EDIT: I'd go 200 on a good recommendation.
 
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Red Squirrel

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You're probably not going to get zoom for under $100.

$100 gets you a really basic drone that is more or less a kid's toy. Here's sample footage of one I was playing around with before I decided to get a Phantom 3.


If I recall, once I got to a certain height I would just lose signal which is why it was stopping and falling back down. This was more meant to be used indoors.
 
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skyking

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they will put 1080P on an internal card, so I really don't need zoom I guess.
 

zinfamous

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1080p and no optical zoom? ...so you just want bird's eye/decent satellite views of the entire property?

This is a landscape thing and not a dwelling thing?


...why not just get a used phone from EBay for $50 with a solid ~2018 camera, 3D print a decent steady cam attachment for phone, then spend the rest on the drone! :p
 

skyking

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3d print? wtf lol budget blown.

I am not looking down as much as out. Trying to figure out if I can clear off and get a view of possibly the water or mountains across the straits.
 

skyking

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no. you can look at one all day long and the height of the trees are not represented.
This is the scenario:
1)Property is on a slope and completely overgrown. There is a potential view I want to explore.
2)Fly drone up to proposed building height, in the clear space next to property and "see what I can see"
3) masturbate furiously
4) ?
5) Profit!
 
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nakedfrog

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I get where you're coming from, I've got a view of the lake/forest, so I have to take that into consideration when planning where to plant trees :)
Sure, it'll take 20-30 years to be a problem, but I'm planning to still be around then.
 

skyking

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I * might* get a view of Vancouver island and the straits, maybe a look at the North Cascades and Mt. Baker.
being an equipment operator, clearing out whatever is not a big deal.
Friday I cleared the view from a common area to the pond for an HOA. It took me 3 hours or so.
There was an 8' high blackberry thicket in front of 25' trees.


The view plus the pile of trees for volunteers to haul off.


Good luck loading the blackberries

 

ultimatebob

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no. you can look at one all day long and the height of the trees are not represented.
This is the scenario:
1)Property is on a slope and completely overgrown. There is a potential view I want to explore.
2)Fly drone up to proposed building height, in the clear space next to property and "see what I can see"
3) masturbate furiously
4) ?
5) Profit!
I think that you missed step 2.5.... "Find open bathroom window with a cute girl taking a shower inside". Then step 3 makes more sense :)
 

Captante

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I * might* get a view of Vancouver island and the straits, maybe a look at the North Cascades and Mt. Baker.
being an equipment operator, clearing out whatever is not a big deal.
Friday I cleared the view from a common area to the pond for an HOA. It took me 3 hours or so.
There was an 8' high blackberry thicket in front of 25' trees.


The view plus the pile of trees for volunteers to haul off.


Good luck loading the blackberries


How deep did they go removing them?

I ask because if they left any significant roots they'll be back.
 

skyking

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How deep did they go removing them?

I ask because if they left any significant roots they'll be back.
you don't have to leave significant roots you have to leave anything and they'll come back. I told him you're on the hook for weeding that area forever. you can nuke it from orbit and two things will survive; cockroaches and blackberries.
 

purbeast0

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You're probably not going to get zoom for under $100.

$100 gets you a really basic drone that is more or less a kid's toy. Here's sample footage of one I was playing around with before I decided to get a Phantom 3.


If I recall, once I got to a certain height I would just lose signal which is why it was stopping and falling back down. This was more meant to be used indoors.
That is really bad quality all around. I'd save the $100 instead of getting something like this.
 

skyking

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I think I did better in 2021, that was a 2016 video there from red.
I'll post up some screenies
 

purbeast0

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Yeah was just showing what you get at that price point.

If you want to step up to the $800+ price point for say a Phantom 3 then you're getting better quality.

Yeah I have a mini 2 and the video is pretty awesome on it. Even the shakiness of your first video was pretty much unacceptable lol.
 

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