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Ordering My X8

Discussion in 'X8+ Discussion' started by Drone-Survey-Photography, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. Drone-Survey-Photography

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    After alot of research and sole searching I am ordering an X8. My plan is to work out alot of the technical details or aerial surveying while waiting for the new FAA regulation to get in place. I have filed for the Section 333 Exemption but I dont have a pilots license, so for now I have some job sites that I can fly as a hobby and work out bugs in the X8 and probably more difficult in the photography and software to produce the views I need.

    If someone can help with a quick question, I want to add FPV but I dont want the gopro or gimble, maybe add later, but right now I am afraid it will be the weak link in the system and I dont need to quality that gopro will provide. So a fixed camera with a monitor set up is what I am thinking of. I thought 3DR has a full set up but I cannot find one w/o the gopro on their website. Any suggestions?

    Thanks
     
  2. Drone-Survey-Photography

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    Got the X8 first flight today very nice very impressed. did not work out of box I went through the adr video and set up fine. Couple of small issues to settle. Hope to fly first mission this week using mission Planner

    x8+ is a great value if you need to carry anything but the on on-board camera like a GoPro. Payload up to1.7 pounds. Had flight time of 20 min without payload
     
  3. sgjgb

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    While you wait for 333, get your pilot license going. I have 333 and X8+ setup for mapping too w/ Canon 260. Works great, and I plan to add fpv using the 3DR kit. I'm looking at gimbals now to mount a Panasonic G7 and work on automating camera functions. Work in progress.
     
  4. Drone-Survey-Photography

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    I am not going for a pilot lic, I have a guy (couple) who can fly for me when I start doing survey commercially, if needed. The lic requirement is clearly going away, question is when. Did you get a sport lic?

    Very Nice, did my first test survey using Canon S100 this weekend, Loaded CHDK, complicated but works nicely, I used the time lapse set to 5 seconds, did not have all the camera setting dialed in for the first run so the focus was not great, second run much better. But now it looks like a ESC is burned out,
    Have you figured out the cable to have pixhawk trigger the camera, little confusing, I know 5v is needed but question of which set-up to use. This is the next goal for me.
    I am planning to order the 3DR fpv this week. I may just update my laptop to windows 10, that way I can get FPV and Mission Planner on the same screen.
     
  5. sgjgb

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    Good start. Cable to camera goes to port 5 at back of controller.
    Yes on lic. Ppl. 6-8 months legal headstand is worth it.
     
  6. Steve Phillips

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    Unless your a licensed surveyor don't call it surveying. Might get yourself in serious trouble with the engineering board
     
  7. jayinsc

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    Unless he's a pre 82' civil........just sayin