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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 Mavic 2 Dual Remote Firmware Update | How To Setup Crystal Sky and Smart Controller

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A few days back DJI released a new firmware update (v01.00.0400) for both the Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Pro. This firmware update fixed a few minor issues but added a long sought after feature and that is dual remote support. As of the filming of my YouTube video and writing this article it is only available for iOS devices and has yet to be updated for Android. This is a problem for many as both the DJI Smart Controller and Crystal Sky both run on Android. In my YouTube video, I show you how you can still go ahead and set up a dual remote system with your Crystal Sky and Smart Controller. I walk through the steps of how to bind a secondary controller to your Mavic 2 and talk about how it all works.

Now some may wonder why you would want two remotes for you Mavic 2 and I can think of two good reasons. First off, you can have a second pilot control the camera movements. You as a pilot can control how the drone is flying and its movements and the second pilot can control the camera moves, this can help create really dynamic and cinematic shots. The second reason and which is why I am really happy about the update, I primarily fly with my Smart Controller, however, sometimes I like to fly with my 7.8″ Crystal Sky for its larger screen and 2000 nits of brightness. In the past, this meant rebinding my original Mavic 2 controller every time, then rebinding the Smart Controller when finished. This was time-consuming and a little aggravating. Now with the new dual remote update, I can keep both remotes bound at all times and choose which controller to fly with.

Now a few things to keep in mind, your secondary controller can do most tasks just like the primary remote however it does have some limitations. You cannot adjust the settings in the menu, that has to be done on the primary controller. If a second pilot is flying with the secondary controller any inputs from the primary controller sticks will override the secondary controller. The secondary controller does have full accesses to all camera controls and settings.

Watch our video on how to set up dual remotes for you Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom including Android devices such as crystal sky and the Smart Controller.

DJI Smart Controller: http://bit.ly/2FViHlU
DJI Crystal Sky: http://bit.ly/2RYu9CX
DJI Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom: http://bit.ly/2PVuaDU
PolarPro Flight Deck: https://amzn.to/2L9ssk3

 


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PolarPro Gimbal Lock For DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom

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With the launch of the original Mavic Pro and then followed by the launch of the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom there has been a consistent dislike of the stock gimbal and camera cover that comes with them. Most complaints are due to the brittle build of the cover and that it can break easily. Others complain that it is to difficult to install and worst yet it seems to come loose while the drone is in transit. With the launch of the Mavic 2 series, there were even reports of the gimbal guard scratching the body of the camera.

A few weeks back PolarPro released a new gimbal lock in two variations, one for the Mavic 2 Pro and one for the Mavic 2 Zoom. Curious about the product I ordered one in so I could test it out. I purchased the version for the Mavic 2 Zoom from Amazon and it arrived promptly the next day. It’s a nice simple design and like most PolarPro accessories it has a nice rubberized build and seems to be made of good quality materials. The gimbal lock also has a soft material fastened on the inside to prevent scratching and scuffs which is a really nice touch. The included installation instructions were easy to follow and the gimbal lock attached quite easily, much easier than the stock gimbal lock/cover.

When attached it has a very snug fit, perhaps a little too snug? I am not sure but I definitely would not want it any tighter. It locks on tight and provides secure protection to the gimbal and camera, you definitely do not have to worry about this one coming off while transporting the drone. All in all a nice product for your Mavic 2 drone, the price is a little steep at $25 but I guess its cheaper than having to replace a damaged camera and gimbal. You can watch our YouTube video where we take a closer look at the PolarPro gimbal guard for the DJI Mavic 2.

Gimbal Lock for Mavic 2 Pro: https://amzn.to/2IgYV4O
Gimbal Lock for Mavic 2 Zoom: https://amzn.to/2I2OkuI

 

 


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