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S/F and Sarge,
I know you fellows own DJI Phantoms and I've always found what you have to say about them interesting and informative. As mentioned in previous messages I have been setting money aside and planning to graduate to the Phantom 3a, which recently became available for $800. But when I began looking more closely with intentions of buying a Phantom I learned that enabling FPV with these quads calls for not only having a compatible smart-phone or tablet, most of those which are recommended by DJI cost between $300 and $500 -- and I have absolutely no need for a smart phone or a tablet!
That requirement pushes the Phantom's price up to $1,100 -- which is not the only discouraging factor for me. There apparently is quite a bit of software and "firmware" that must be downloaded, installed and moved around in the chosen FPV monitor device. Based on what I've learned in the time I've spent in Phantom on-line forums is making proper use of the FPV capability and the more sophisticated flight capabilities of the Phantom one must be well-versed in the computer technology and terminologies associated with both iOS and Android devices.
While I've been using computers for quite some time I have no interest in the technology and my use is confined to a few common applications, such as word-processing, Internet, banking and the like. When it comes to downloading and playing around with software I am a qualified computer dummy. So that fact, moreso than the eleven-hundred dollar price, has put the brake on my plans to buy a Phantom.
So I'm asking those of you who have Phantoms to comment on what I've said here. Is the geek factor as demanding as I've been led to believe it is?
Phantom is great, however more for photography, try to get a quad for $400 goggles $150 look as these quads Here
What am I trying to say, you need a fpv quad not using phones, pain in the a---
But consider say Fatshark goggles good investment, you are free for all quads, as said before look at Hobbyking the world of quads are changing,
look at this quad no control, not for me, but sports people.
Thanks for the response and advice. Much appreciated.
It seems I was seduced by videos I've seen of the Phantom's FPV capabilities. Some of the promotional videos I watched make it all seem so simple. I was given the impression that all one needs is the quad and any ordinary smart phone and the rest is as easy as flying the x5c. But what I've learned is there's a great deal of computer issues involved in making use of the Phantom's FPV capabilities. I've been hanging out on a Phantom user's website and most of these fellows are deeply into computer tablet technology, whereas I know absolutely nothing about it -- nor do I have, or need, or want a smart-phone.
So I think the best thing for me is to back off and wait for this fast-moving technology to slow down a bit. Problem is at age 79 I haven't too much time left to be waiting around.
What is the old saying"One is as young as you feel" Never to old to try new things keeps us on the edge. Now I feel going down the track of FPV my personal preference is to use Goggles like Fatshark to view with, looking at a smart phone is to hard to see, one has to find a shady spot, same as quads with built in viewer on remote not a good experience, this is my view.
So maybe look at a complete package like the Walkera 250 with gps and goggles view here I have the first Walkera 250 no gps, so a twitchy thing to fly, but the good thing with these they are all set up out of the box no computer set up. Anyhow will keep searching for you and me to get the correct quad at a realistic price.
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