Dronography

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I have a drone.

Technically, I have two drones. Both are the DJI Spark model, although the first was purchased from Maplin (a UK electronics store) which is now going bust - their courier "delivered" it to my front garden... while I was on holiday. Over a week later and surprise surprise, the drone magically has flown away and a company now in administration doesn't care at all.

I'd already bought tons of extras for it so I bit the bullet and ordered another from Amazon

So I own two, but only have one.

The Spark is the entry-level model from DJI and with a 12mp, fixed f/2.6 25mm camera capable of shooting 30fps 1080p video it isn't too bad - although their are numerous drawbacks. No RAW/DNG shooting (although technically this ought to be possible, DJI can't/won't enable it), and on the video front 24mbps bitrate is pretty poor and it lacks the d-log/d-cinelike output its bigger brothers have. The battery life sucks too, but I digress and this isn't a review of the drone. Still, the deal I found was exceptionally good and considering I haven't picked up a camera in 12 months I didn't want to throw money at something that would collect dust on the shelf, despite being fitted with four rather efficient fans.

No, I deliberately avoided the allure of the Mavic Air with all the features I want as a photography-nerd until I know for sure that a drone will be a tool I will get value for money out of. The Spark is still hugely appealing and if I do find I'm shooting a lot of images & videos then I can sell it on for only a marginal cost then reinvest in the Mavic Air.

 

 The OCD part of me is furious they couldn’t get all of the tennis courts aligned...

The OCD part of me is furious they couldn’t get all of the tennis courts aligned...

 This was shot after sunset and truth be told up close it’s a muddy mess. Looks fine for web usage though. Can’t wait to see full daylight performance, already I love the vertical perspective.

This was shot after sunset and truth be told up close it’s a muddy mess. Looks fine for web usage though. Can’t wait to see full daylight performance, already I love the vertical perspective.

 Junkyard

Junkyard

 Private racetrack

Private racetrack

Since writing the first draft of today’s post and actually finishing I’ve flown the drone 11 more times and I’m starting to really get a grip on what it’s capable of. Expect more dronography very soon!