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Posted by Mad_angler1 | Nov 19, 2017 @ 11:09 AM | 566 Views

DJI have anounced some some Black Friday Discounts on a number of their products from the Phantom 4 to the Osmo.

The highlight for me being being £/$100 off the DJI Spark and £/$150 off the Magic Pro Fly More Combo with both getting some additional free accessories like a landing pad

These discounts are available from 22nd to 27th November from the DJI Store Direct, More info on the below af link


Magic Pro Fly More Combo + Free Gifts

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Posted by Mad_angler1 | Nov 12, 2017 @ 06:39 PM | 1,136 Views
I have put a video together on 3 ways to install 3rd party apps on the DJI Crystalsky device since the removal of the restriction in firmware V02.04.02.00

Its worth noting that DJI have only just lifted the restriction and as it stands today you can not install paid app as the device does not support the Play store and has certain key Google frameworks missing, Litchi, DroneDepoy and others that use google maps will not work, DJI have hinted that a better solution is coming in the future and that this is early days.

Anyway enjoy or not

DJI Crystalsky - How to Install 3rd Party Applications - Latest FW Needed (19 min 0 sec)

For more info or to order a Crystalsky device see the DJI Store

Please note the above is an affiliate link.

Posted by Mad_angler1 | Nov 11, 2017 @ 09:46 AM | 1,334 Views
The guys over at MARS Parachutes have released an new system for DJI Inspire 2 users designed to work along side their new Nova radio system, this is a small standalone deployment controller specifically designed for RTF or other users rather than caring a whole second large radio.

They are running a Kickstarter campaign to get these two products and for a limited time only you can get the Inspire 2 system and Nova for $426, there are very limited placed left so get onboard now, more info further down .

The Inspire 2 System

We are putting more and more money into the air than ever before as both professionals and hobby users, while failure is rare having a backup plan to prevent a total loss of craft as well as protect people and property is a very wise move, crap can go wrong and this will massively increase the chances of retrieving the craft in with little damage.

This system is designed for the inspire 2, it features

– High Strength, Light Weight Design
– Designed Specifically for the DJI Inspire 2
– Elegant, Practical & Purposeful
– Developed & Designed with the MARS 58 Parachute System (Sold Separately)
– Easy to Install w/ All hardware Included
– Quick Release Design
– Compact, Minimalistic Design
– Located Aft for Maximum Aerodynamics
– (1) Year Manufacturer Warranty

(1) MARS 58 Inspire 2 Mounting System
(1) MARS 58
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Posted by Mad_angler1 | Nov 03, 2017 @ 07:10 PM | 1,804 Views

Since the Cendeicne is now landing in peoples hands I did a video on the currently included directional patch antenna and its fitment

More info on the Cendence can be found in my review here

And Video review here

The Cendence Patch Antenna

DJI Cendence Patch Antenna Review For Inspire 2 & Free QR Bracket Design (11 min 27 sec)

The antenna is directional and I actually prefer it to the sticks with the Cencende fitted, while its obviously going to be more directional than the omni its not crazy at short range and you can be off, as for its performance it works well but I have no intention of sending out a 4K craft to test this my self, although lets just say I have pushed is as far as I am comfortable and then some and I was happy with performance.

As the antenna is screw fit I have created a quick release bracket that allows you to quickly swap it to the omni sticks.

The Bracket on Thingivers

Some more pics are at the bottom of this post.

The DJI Cendence Controller for the Inspire 2 and M200 is available to order from DJI now and is finally shipping too,
More info here

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Posted by Mad_angler1 | Oct 12, 2017 @ 07:41 AM | 1,855 Views
Dji Cendence now a available to order

For those who have not noticed Cendence is now available to order in limited quantity’s.

For a limited time only it will include the the panel antenna as well

The original review I did is below and if you would like to support me you can order Cendence here

My Review

The DJI Cendence RC For Inspire 2/M200 - First Look and Features Review (30 min 7 sec)

Please note all links are affiate links

Posted by Mad_angler1 | Oct 12, 2017 @ 02:58 AM | 1,858 Views
This week DJI have announced the X7 Camera for the Inspire 2

The Zenmuse X7 is a compact Super 35 camera with an integrated gimbal made for high-end filmmaking that delivers stunning

resolution and image quality. Its compatibility with the Inspire 2 offers the best in next-level professional aerial cinematography.

A 24 MP CMOS sensor rated at 14 stops of dynamic range preserves astonishing detail and offers both 6K CinemaDNG and

5.2K Apple ProRes with support for continuous RAW burst shooting at 20 fps and 24 MP stills.
The X7 also introduces the DL-Mount, the world's first integrated aerial lens mount that allows switching between four available

prime lenses quickly. For seamless editing, a new DJI Cinema Colour System preserves accurate colours for easier post-processing.

These latest innovations allow filmmakers to reach new heights and capture scenes as they imagine them with the DJI Zenmuse X7.

Engineered for Excellence

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Posted by Mad_angler1 | Oct 07, 2017 @ 04:09 PM | 2,055 Views
I have created a adapter bracket for the DJI CrystalSky Adapter that allows you to fit a standard DJI device holder.

I designed 2 brackets that allow you to fit the original device holder onto the CS bracket so you can Easley swap between using Crystalsky and a normal device with out working about damaging the port ect.

I made 2 sizes, a long and a short one, the long one I like tbh as it gets the tablet closer to your face but the short is ideal too.

You can download the STLs from Thingiverse

Some Pics Attached

For more info on Crystalsky or to order a device holder see here

Please note that the above link may be an affiliate link.

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Posted by Mad_angler1 | Sep 28, 2017 @ 04:16 PM | 2,009 Views
A closer look at the DJI Inspire 2 Charge Hub.

I decided I wanted to make some ‘improvements’ to the stock DJI “Coke” can hub and thought I would share some info on it as while this may seem a very standard part of the Inspire 2 package there is a lot of interesting engineering going on here.

To get starting you need to remove the top of the hub, this is held on with 4 clips, a good hard pull will release it

Once removed you can see the light guide and clips for the plate, looking inside the hun its self removing the lid reveals some of its secrets

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Posted by Mad_angler1 | Aug 31, 2017 @ 12:35 PM | 3,280 Views
Today DJI have release some updates for both the Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro series drones.

The Mavic Pro Platinum

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Posted by Mad_angler1 | Aug 25, 2017 @ 10:56 AM | 2,756 Views
The DJI Cendence RC For Inspire 2/M200 - First Look and Features Review (30 min 7 sec)

The DJI Cendence Controller for the Inspire 2 and M200 is available to order from DJI now and is finally shipping too,
More info here

Please note the above is an affiliate link

Posted by Mad_angler1 | Aug 19, 2017 @ 06:31 PM | 4,021 Views
DJI Cendence

Over the last few days I have been very lucky to able to spend some time with DJI Cendence controller coupled with CrystalSky on the Inspire 2, I must state first of all that this is pre release hardware and software so some things may change a little on the final product but this is late in the day and I would not expect to see anything major though

After setting up and testing its features for a few days I can say I am honestly very impressed so far, the Inspire 2 standard RC design dates back to the original Inspire remote and it's clear that was built with ease of use with an touch based app driven product in mind, simple straight forward controls that allows you to get the basics done, as time has gone on more feature have been added and with camera such as the X5 Series there is now a need for a more dedicated feature rich controller and the Cendence is just that, it brings all the app based features and option back to your finger tips at a touch of a button with out the need to move off the controls.

The Controller

The Cendence controller has been specifically designed to be used with the Inspire 2 and M200 Series, the layout is user friendly and comfortable to hold, it feels solid and well build and like most recent DJI products the overall impression is the this is a quality piece of equipment, since the Mavic Pro especially DJI have really been kicking it out the park in this area and it shows here again.

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Posted by Mad_angler1 | Aug 10, 2017 @ 11:53 AM | 2,958 Views
In my first blog post I looked at the Micro Vector and its hardware, connections and some installation, In this blog I wanted to look at the Software and some of the features around that.

The Vector and Micro Vector is an impressive flight controller with a large number of features you just don't see in anything else, it has a very wide model support and offers some fantastic features for both fixed wing and quad users, if your flying for FPV then the Vector is an absolute must to get no matter if plane or quad.

My origonal blog looking at the Micro Vector is here

The Firmware & Control Software

Unlike almost all of the other flight controllers in this class the Vector has a very interesting feature, that is its does not run Betaflight, Cleanflight or any of those other community driven autopilots, Eagletree Systems have developed their own in house flight autopilot and accompanying software, this brings some massive benefits that they can vertically integrate their hardware and software and develop it exactly the way they want.

The other intresting fact is the controller can be entirely configured by the OSD if you have a screen or googles and you do not actually need to use any PC based software at all other than to update the firmware however I do find the computer based configuration quicker and easier.
The EagleTree Vector Software

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Posted by Mad_angler1 | Aug 06, 2017 @ 08:19 PM | 2,996 Views
Hi All, I have done a few videos taking a closer look at the DJI CrystalSky outdoors, the reason for 2 was basically I was not happy with the first but after some editing both have turned out ok so thought I would post both , well they have to me anyhoo, If your interested please take a look both other something

A Closer Look At CrystalSky RCG (8 min 39 sec)

This one is overdubbed later as was just too windy to take Audio outdoors.

DJI CrystalSky A Further Look In Real World Conditions (9 min 4 sec)
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Posted by Mad_angler1 | Jul 22, 2017 @ 01:11 PM | 5,448 Views
I Just received the Evolution3D CrystalSky Mavic Mounting Kit

After a few hours playing I'm really impressed with this bracket tbh it's perfect for me, mounts both the 7.85 and 5.5" models in 2 positions depending on your preference, has adjustable tilt and is quick and easy to fit.

The Bracket

Evolution3D specialise in 3D printed parts and as a printer owner I can honestly say the print quality is 1st class, these brackets are extremely well made and it's a great design, every part of this kit that's not metal is printed and it's all solid and well designed.

There are 4 parts in the kit

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Posted by Mad_angler1 | Jul 08, 2017 @ 05:42 PM | 16,740 Views
Since being first announced at NAB in November last year the DJI Crystalsky devices have been getting a lot of interest, I have been able to test the 5.5” and 7.8” models for the last 2 weeks and I wanted to share my overall thoughts and option on these devices, It should be noted that these are pre release models and while I would expect hardware not to change software is beta and could.

So what is CrystalSky ?

Well this is DJI’s answer to what device to use with your DJI product especially in bright outdoor conditions, one of the biggest issues when flying is the ability to see the screen on an iPad or smartphone on a sunny day, while many users have resorted to using hoods and other things to try and get around this DJI’s answer is to build a dedicated device with a very high brightness screen.

CrystalSky comes in 3 versions, a 5.5” 16/9 1920 x 1080 1000 nits screen model, a 7.85” 4/3 2048X1536 1000 nits model and finally later in the year DJI will ship a 2000 nits version of the 7.85”, all three models boast the same features with the main deference being screen size and brightness, to give you an idea the increased brighness level compared to other devices an iPad mini 4 outputs around 450 nits, the iPhone 7+ is around 600 nits so these are substantially brighter than what we have had on offer before.

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Posted by Mad_angler1 | Jun 29, 2017 @ 08:17 PM | 5,241 Views
Below is my first look and thoughts at the new DJI CrystalSky Monitor, this is the 5.5"

If you want to skip my initial thoughts are from 11:50 onwards.

DJI CrystalSky 5.5 Inch Device Mini Review & First Look (14 min 17 sec)

Posted by Mad_angler1 | Jun 21, 2017 @ 07:01 PM | 6,018 Views
This week DJI have made the 5.5" Crystalsky monitors available to order via the DJI Store in certain regions.

The CrystalSky family of dedicated monitors offers a brighter and more reliable display screen for pilots, photographers and filmmakers who need more robust visual information than is available on smartphones and tablets. The CrystalSky series features displays up to 2000 cd/m2, which is four times brighter than a typical smartphone or tablet, allowing clear screen visibility even in full daylight.

CrystalSky monitors are available in 5.5-inch and 7.85-inch sizes and they attach can directly to the new Cendence controller or be uses with the Phantom 4series and Inspire 2 with an additional bracket.


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Posted by Mad_angler1 | May 27, 2017 @ 06:47 AM | 8,948 Views
The Pixhawk 2.1

Last week my long awaited Pixhawk 2.1 aka The Cube arrived and I'm going to be doing a review, blog and posting some info on the flight controller, the setup and capabilities especially around the Intel Edison Companion computer.

First lets take a look at the Flight Controller its self.

The Basic Story

The Pixhawk 2.1 grew from the Pixhawk Hardware Project. this project was a group effort by the PX4 and Ardupilot teams, with the support of 3DRobotics.

At the Beginning of 2014, The Ardupilot Community took the lead on the EE of the future Pixhawk 2. the brief was simple... add Vibration isolation, make it code compatible with PH1, and make it simpler to integrate into OEM air frames.

Then came the next requirements..... Smaller, with more pins...

So the project was broken into use cases.

A simple Quad copter with basic Gimbal
A large Octocopter with 3 Axis Gimbal, landing gear and shutter control.
A CANBUS only vehicle.
A large fixed wing with many flight control surfaces, multiple Airspeed sensors
The concept of a modular approach was born. allowing for simple carrier boards that simply served as wiring looms to connect components in a neat and professional manner.
The cube concept was born.

in 2015, the project returned to the community, and gained sponsorship from ProfiCNC.
ProfiCNC has partnered with Hex Technology to bring this product to the community.

The Spec

Comparison to the Pixhawk 1

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Posted by Mad_angler1 | May 24, 2017 @ 12:05 PM | 7,417 Views
The DJI Spark

You can Pre Order the DJI Spark from DJI now fort $499

Today DJI have announced their latest new drone call the Spark

This new smaller DJI quad is smaller and lighter than the Mavic Pro being just 170mm diagonal, it comes with a 1080P 12MP camera, Obstacle Sensing and a whole host of new intelligent flight features.

The Craft

Available in a 5 colours this new quad is smaller than anything DJI have release before in an RTF platform, its size is 143 x 143x 55mm, weighs 300g and has a maximum speed of 31mph in Sport Mode and the max Ascent/descent at 3m/s.

Its fitted with the usual DJI GPS system receiving both GPS and GLONASS, Vision Positioning System and a 3D Obstacle Sensing System

The Camera & Gimbal

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Posted by Mad_angler1 | May 23, 2017 @ 03:10 PM | 7,623 Views
The New DJI Goggles

The DJI Goggles and Mavic Pro are available to order for the DJI Store

Please note this is an affiliate link and if you would like to support me you can shop via it and I may receive a small commission.

Yesterday I receive the new DJI Goggles, After charging for an hour took them out for the first flight and here is my impressions.

Impressions After First Flight

The New DJI Goggles. (18 min 53 sec)

Menu and Settings Walk Through

DJI Goggles Walk Through (17 min 5 sec)
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