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Propeller Gaurds For DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom

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Are propeller guards just for new pilots? In my opinion, the answer is no. I have been piloting drones for over 10 years and still use propeller guards from time to time. Just like many of the drones that DJI sells they have created some propeller guards for the Mavic 2 series. They are compatible with the Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Enterprise. Unlike the Mavic Air and Spark, the propeller guards do not come bundled in with the fly more kit and have to be purchased separately.

If you are a brand new pilot a set of propeller guards definitely is a good idea in the beginning until you get a good feel for the aircraft, they are not fool proof, but can help with some mishaps if you happen to graze a tree or wall. You have to keep in mind that if you are traveling at a high rate of speed having propeller guards on will have little effect if you happen to fly into a wall. They are more useful for slower movements or close proximity.

This leads me to my next point I think propeller guards are an excellent tool for seasoned pilots. Myself I like to film slow flowing shots threw forest and what I call proximity shots, this is where you fly very close beside an object. Both shoots look really cool but can come at a risk. Having a set of propeller guards installed on my Mavic 2 Pro definitely eliminates some of the risks if you happen to get a little to close to an object.

The DJI Propeller guards are lightweight and fold in half making it easier to pack in a backpack or drone case. In my experience, they have no effect of the flight or aircraft performance. They, however, are delicate so take care when installing and storing. You can watch our Youtube demonstration of the DJI Mavic 2 propeller guards in action.

Mavic 2 Propeller Guards: http://bit.ly/2OmTtfR
DJI Mavic 2 (DJI Store) http://bit.ly/2PVuaDU

 


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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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