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DJI Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom Foldable Landing Gear | PolarPro Versus CamKix, Which One Is The Better Buy?

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In this video, we are doing a comparison of two popular foldable landing gear sets for the DJI Mavic 2 Series one from PolarPro and one from CamKix. These retractable folding landing gear extensions allow you to get some extra height from you drone when sitting on the ground before takeoff or landing. They help in keeping the props and gimbal/cameras out of grass, gravel, and debris. These landing gear sets both fold up and retract allowing you to still fold up you Mavic 2 drone without having to remove the landing gear when you pack it away.

There is quite a price difference between the two sets, the PolarPro set comes in at $29 and the CamKix set comes in at $13 and it is quite apparent in the build quality. The “PolarPro Retract” landing gear is made of a nice rubberized plastic while the CamKix Mavic 2 landing gear seems to be made of cheaper plastic, it looks and feels cheap when holding them. The PolarPro landing gear set just really seem to have a more premium feel to them.

CamKix Mavic 2 Foldable Landing Gear

I first tested the CamKix landing gear set and one thing I noticed right away is that there were no installation instructions or diagrams, not a big issue though as I was able to figure it out pretty quickly. They went on easily and felt secure when installed. They give the drone about an extra 3/4 inch lift when installed. I noticed when installed, the Mavic 2’s natural slope was gone. The landing gear made the drone almost level and not have a slight angle like it normally does when getting ready to take off from the ground. I am not sure if this could affect the flight, I did not have any issues during a test flight but it could possibly mess up calibration at some point, however that is just a guess. I tested the folding feature and noticed that the Mavic 2 arms would not fold in as easily as they normally would and there was some contact of the landing gear against the Mavic 2 body. This contact was leaving some marks on the Mavic 2 and over time I am sure would leave quite a few scratches. All in all, I was not terribly impressed with the way the Mavic 2 drone folded up with the CamKix landing gear installed.

PolarPro Retract Foldable Landing Gear for Mavic 2

Next, I tested out the PolarPro foldable landing gear for the Mavic 2 series and right away I was impressed by the detailed instructions that came with the unit, not only did it offer easy to follow instructions the landing gear itself had markings so you knew which side of the aircraft it should attach to. They installed easily and felt secure when attached. When folding up the drone I was quite happy with the way the arms of the drone. The landing gear has soft rubber on the straps and this will not damage the aircraft, unlike the CamKix version. When installed, the Mavic 2 gets approximately an extra 1 1/2 inches of extra clearance and retains its natural sloped profile when taking off.

My preferred Landing Gear for Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom

After taking all things into consideration I feel the Polar Pro landing gear set for the Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom is the better choice. You get higher clearance, the drone maintains its natural slope, it folds up nicer and the landing gear will not cause any cosmetic damage to you Mavic 2 when folding it up for storage.

PolarPro Landing Gear (USA) https://amzn.to/2RjOt1W
PolarPro Landing Gear (CAN) https://amzn.to/2M6Vrl0

CamKix Landing Gear (USA) https://amzn.to/2VN9aSO
CamKix Landing Gear (CAN) https://amzn.to/2H6KnWh

 

 

Packaging for the PolarPro Retract folding landing gear system for the DJI Mavic 2 Series.

 

Packaging for the CamKix folding landing gear for DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom.

 

Comparing the PolarPro and Camkix foldable landing gear for the DJI Mavic 2.

 

PolarPro Retract landing gear system in folded position.

 

PolarPro Retract landing gear system front view when installed on a DJI Mavic 2.

 

PolarPro Retract landing gear system front leg installed.

 

PolarPro Retract landing gear system side view when installed on a DJI Mavic 2.

 

CamKix foldable landing gear system side view when installed on a DJI Mavic 2.

 

CamKix foldable landing gear system front view when installed on a DJI Mavic 2.

 

CamKix foldable landing gear system for the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom.

 

PolarPro Retract folding landing gear for the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom.

 


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DJI Smart Controller Now Supports Waypoints 2.0 | Firmware Update

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This is just a quick update, as of yesterday the DJI Smart Controller now supports the new intelligent flight mode WayPoints 2.0. This feature was rolled out last week first for iOS devices and then some Android devices a few days later. Unfortunately, the update was not yet released for the DJI Smart controller which angered many who have purchased it, with good reason. These premium devices sold by DJI are not cheap and customers expect to have new features alongside everyone else, not weeks or months later … if at all! This is true for the Crystal Sky as well, updates seem to trickle in at a very slow rate. As of writing this article, there is no update yet to bring WayPoints 2.0 to Crystal Sky. Right now you can download the DJI Smart Controller firmware update, you should be prompted to install the update when you launch the Go 4 App on the Smart Controller. If the update screen does not come up automatically, you can manually prompt an update from the settings menu in the Go 4 app. I will make an updated post when Waypoints 2.0 has been added to Crystal Sky.

DJI Smart Controller: http://bit.ly/2FViHlU
DJI Mavic 2: http://bit.ly/2PVuaDU

Watch the video below to see a demonstration of Waypoints 2.0 on the DJI Smart Controller.

 


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DJI Smart Remote Overview And Thoughts

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Around the time last summer when the Dji Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic Zoom were released, there were leaked photos floating around showing a remote that had a built-in screen and was reported to be a new integrated remote for the Mavic 2 series. Fast forward to January 2019, DJI official launched this new Smart Remote at CES. It was listed on their website as out of stock for a while and first became available for purchase in European countries, then in Canada and a few days later in the U.S. However it was sold out in a few days and at the time of writing this article it has been listed as out of stock again.

The DJI Smart Controller is an all in one unit with a build in 5.5-inch screen. It runs on a modified version of Android and has all the apps needed to fly youR Mavic 2 built-in to the unit. The screen is similar to the existing Crystal Sky monitors and has a super bright 1000 nit screen, this makes for easier viewing on bright days. The DJI Smart controller has many useful built-in tools and features such as an HDMI out port allowing you to connect the remote to an external monitor. It has a Micro SD card slot allowing you to transfer and view your drone videos and photos. There is a new feature called GoShare and is a way to connect and transfer your drone media to your smartphone or tablet.

One of the biggest complaints of DJI’s new Smart Controller is the price, it comes in at $649 U.S which does sting the wallet quite a bit. There is now an option when purchasing a brand new Mavic 2 drone that allows you to bundle in the Smart Remote instead of the stock remote, this does save a little money. However, it is a bit of a slap in the face for those who purchased the Mavic 2 early on as no discounts are offered.

Price aside, I am really enjoying this remote, the new DJI Smart Controller makes setting up and deploying your drone so much faster with less hassle. You don’t have to worry about making sure your phone is charged or putting it into airplane mode so you don’t get distracting calls and messages. It feels comfortable to hold and just performs like a premium device. You can install 3rd party apps as well if you so choose. All in all, it is well worth the money for me, of course, I wish it was cheaper and feel a price tag of $500 would have been better suited.

One drawback to using this remote is getting updates later than iOS or Android phones. This has been a common problem even when using the Crystal Sky. Compatibility and feature updates seem to always trickle in sometimes months down the road. This is true for DJI’s latest Go4 App update that included a new intelligent flight mode “Waypoints 2.0”. Unfortunately, it is not yet available on the new DJI Smart Controller or Crystal Sky and may not be for some time which is very unfortunate. This is very backward in my opinion, customers who have paid for premium devices should not be punished by lack of updates or features. Premium devices if anything should have updates made to them first. I think this would be a good selling point for DJI if they offered the first crack at new features and updates to those who have purchased premium devices.

Watch our unboxing and review video below.

DJI Smart Controller: http://bit.ly/2FViHlU
DJI Mavic 2: http://bit.ly/2PVuaDU

 

 


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