DJI Mini 4 Pro Drone questions

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EddieWalker

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I've never had a drone. I've never seen a drone in person. I don't know anybody that has a drone. I think it's time that I bought a drone.

From watching YouTube, I think the DJI Mini 4 Pro is what I'm going to buy. Does anybody know anything about this drone? Or do you know of a better drone to look at?

My goal for the drone is to be able to look over my land real fast after a storm, or if we hear something that we can't identify. We seem to live in a pocket that carries sound that doesn't have any explanation, so being able to send a drone out to look around would be nice. We've also started filming stuff around the farm, and posting it on YouTube, TikTok and FB Reels. Being able to get drone footages would improve our videos.

Here is the basic package that I'm looking at for $1,169.


And here is a bigger package, with more stuff for $1,269.


So for $100 more, there is a lot more stuff in that package. Do I need any of that stuff? How often do you have to replace the blades? I'm guessing that I'll probably crash it a few times, so having extra blades might be a good idea.

You thoughts?
 
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Im not sure about the 4 series, i have the air2s system. First thing you need to check out is if you live in an area where drone flight is allowed. Do you live close to an airport? Military base? Things like that.

The air2s takes amazing pics. But at certain times of the year, the eagle, osprey and hawks/ravens try to take out my drone. Fir instance, last fall, While checking my gutters, i had a race on my hands as a raven was chasing the drone all over the place.
 
   / DJI Mini 4 Pro Drone questions #3  
Eddie I have the DJI Mini 2 Series About half the price if you can do without the 4K video still takes great videos for viewing on the Web or PC. And due to size no license required and pretty much fail safe for beginners!
 
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I have a mini 3 pro. They are truly amazing machines. The mini 4 will be great to do everything you need. There is nothing the mini 3 doesn’t do that I need.

Be aware of all the rules and regs for your area. Be aware that legislation just passed outlawing Chinese drones for government use. As just posted there is more legislation coming.
 
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I've never had a drone. I've never seen a drone in person. I don't know anybody that has a drone. I think it's time that I bought a drone.

From watching YouTube, I think the DJI Mini 4 Pro is what I'm going to buy. Does anybody know anything about this drone? Or do you know of a better drone to look at?

My goal for the drone is to be able to look over my land real fast after a storm, or if we hear something that we can't identify. We seem to live in a pocket that carries sound that doesn't have any explanation, so being able to send a drone out to look around would be nice. We've also started filming stuff around the farm, and posting it on YouTube, TikTok and FB Reels. Being able to get drone footages would improve our videos.

Here is the basic package that I'm looking at for $1,169.


And here is a bigger package, with more stuff for $1,269.


So for $100 more, there is a lot more stuff in that package. Do I need any of that stuff? How often do you have to replace the blades? I'm guessing that I'll probably crash it a few times, so having extra blades might be a good idea.

You thoughts?
It is a good drone, by one of the better manufacturers.

However, it is Chinese, and given the Chinese webcam security failings, I wouldn't use it for anything that you don't want out on the internet. To the extent that you can use it, and it's memory cards, on computers that aren't connected to the internet or to personal or financial information would be prudent.

I would read up on the national and potentially local laws around the use of drones, and on recording other people and their property. If your drone will be audible to your neighbors, I would have a chat with them beforehand to let them know about it, and what you intend to do with it, just to reassure folks. There have been more than a few reports of malicious drone use.

I would get the larger kit.

All the best,

Peter
 
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I find it interesting that the tacit assumption is that if there is spyware in the cameras it cannot be detected. Or defeated. I mean, if the cameras truly have software that can be used for spying, which is a bad thing and should be stopped, why cannot it not be detected? And then defeated? I don't know enough about software to have any idea if any type of spyware cannot be defeated. Hopefully someone on this site does know and can educate those of us who are ignorant about these kind of things. Like me.
Eric
 
   / DJI Mini 4 Pro Drone questions #9  
I have the DJI Mini Pro 3. After having it, I found what I really want is an autonomous drone. One that I don't have to fly-- but can instead turn it on, and it will fly a pre-programmed route I have chosen. Like to patrol the perimeter of my property.

So when I hear odd activity at the back of my property, I can flick one switch and it does the rest, at least sort of. Right now it's more of an ordeal, with manual intervention, but not difficult. But it is enough to do that I usually say "nah, don't bother" while in the middle of working on something else. I would probably launch an autonomous one quite frequently if it was literally turn it on a push a button.

But the autonomous drones are $2k or better ....
 
 
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