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    A new set of props?

    Indeed, yes. There are no guarantees in life. All we can do is estimate probabilities. Sure, a new set of props could have a defective specimen that slipped through QC.
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    A new set of props?

    I posted my original query to get a feel for what people who have flown regularly do with regards props replacement. Clearly, the responses have been a mixed bag. It seems to me the cost/benefit equation is asymmetrical: that is, the loss due to a props failure is far more costly (both in terms...
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    A new set of props?

    I have had my DJI Phantom 4 Pro v2 for just over a year and it has seen extensive use. Visual and touch inspection of all the 4 original props shows them to be in fine condition. However, it is impossible to know of any internal structural weaknesses that may have developed. Is it time to change...
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    Hole in the Planet

    Thank you to each and every one of you who took the time to comment. In response to some to the remarks above - There was no compositing or any form of post-processing trickery in the video. It is what it was. All I did was colour grading. The drone was at an altitude of around 125-150 m at...
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    Hole in the Planet

    More here - https://blog.parrikar.com/2019/07/03/hole-in-the-planet/
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    P4P v2 - First Impressions

    Just took my new P4P v2 for a spin. It is not a stealth bird by any means but right away I could tell that the noise level is noticeably lower than its predecessor and the whirr of the motors less jarring. All the controls as well as the feel are similar to the P4P. The images and the video are...
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    Phantom 4 Pro Camera vs Mavic Pro 2 Camera

    All the Mavic 2 Pro footage I have seen has the soft, mushy look. To be sure, not everyone will see the difference, but those of us who do serious photography/videography will. Perhaps it is, as has been suggested, a problem with line-skipping etc, or perhaps it requires only a firmware fix. In...
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    Will you be switching from Phantom series to the new Mavic 2 series?

    I have put in an order for the Phantom 4 Pro v2 at BH where it is currently out of stock. Looks like the puppies are selling well.
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    Phantom 4 Pro Camera vs Mavic Pro 2 Camera

    The reviews I have seen suggest that the Mavic Pro 2 video & stills output is a tad softer than the P4P. Has this been the experience here as well? See, for example -
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    Phantom 4A/P camera vs. Mavic 2 Pro camera...

    I have been able to get compositions and make images with both the P4 and P4P that I would not otherwise be possible. I feel confident I could easily make 16" x 24" prints.
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    Phantom 4A/P camera vs. Mavic 2 Pro camera...

    All lenses except a handful have to be corrected. No such thing as a perfect lens. Yes, the truly great glass (such as the Otus line of Zeiss, for example) achieve near perfection but then it comes at a cost. You don’t want to pay $5000 for a lens in the Phantom that will have all the...
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    Phantom 4A/P camera vs. Mavic 2 Pro camera...

    Nothing shocking about it. Such kind of barrel distortion is typical of most wide angle lenses and it is easily corrected.
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    Phantom 4A/P camera vs. Mavic 2 Pro camera...

    This is a good point. The Mavic 2 Pro only meets the P4P optical performance, doesn't surpass it (the bells and whistles in software notwithstanding). Hard to see DJI waiting another year or more to offer something better.
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    Phantom 4A/P camera vs. Mavic 2 Pro camera...

    That is not what the reply from the DJI CEO conveyed to one of the members here. While he did not categorically say there will be a P5, he held out the possibility that there will be a follow up. In any case, I wish DJI would present a more transparent roadmap as regards the Phantom line.
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    Phantom line-up is dead...

    I wish DJI would issue a clarification. When Canon announced the end of a product line of a lens, it means that that particular lens version manufacturing line has been terminated. It is hard to see what exactly is meant here by "end of life."