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Hover Camera Passport - any UK users?
« on: April 19, 2017, 16:02:06 »
I'm just about to take delivery of a Hover Camera Passport and would love to hear from any members who have experience of this drone and flying it in the UK. Please, no snarky comments from you 'big boy' drone pilots - remember, we all have to start somewhere!  ;)



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Re: Hover Camera Passport - any UK users?
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2017, 16:11:19 »
I have only seen Casey Neistat play with one of these and not for very long.  Be interesting to see your results with it, that's quite a lot to drop on a quad when you can pick up a Phantom for similar money though.

Depends what you expect to achieve with it.  I *think* this is the first selfie drone to make it to market but I stand to be corrected.

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Re: Hover Camera Passport - any UK users?
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2017, 16:13:15 »
500 sobs... I don't think so.. :rofl:
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Re: Hover Camera Passport - any UK users?
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2017, 16:19:23 »
I have only seen Casey Neistat play with one of these and not for very long.  Be interesting to see your results with it, that's quite a lot to drop on a quad when you can pick up a Phantom for similar money though.

Depends what you expect to achieve with it.  I *think* this is the first selfie drone to make it to market but I stand to be corrected.
Thanks for the quick reply, Mr Finch. Yeah, it's expensive but it fits nicely into my photographic system and - I'm hoping - is small enough to fly without incurring legal penalties!

There are other 'selfie' drones around but the design and features of this one make it very interesting. Plus there's the small fact that Apple have snapped it up to sell exclusively in their stores and online.

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Re: Hover Camera Passport - any UK users?
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2017, 16:27:26 »
500 sobs... I don't think so.. :rofl:
Haha, true but I think I'd be crying if I blew this money on a full spec drone only to have it crash halfway up a mountain or disappear into the distance never to be heard from again, as I've seen on several YouTube vids!  :o

At least the 20 metre limit of the Hover Camera drone means I can keep in close by and well within sight.  :smiley:

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Re: Hover Camera Passport - any UK users?
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2017, 18:48:36 »
Wow 500 notes! could have built a nice drone for that + TX + Goggles  :o

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Re: Hover Camera Passport - any UK users?
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2017, 20:56:46 »
At least the 20 metre limit of the Hover Camera drone means I can keep in close by and well within sight.  :smiley:
Be very careful about statements like that!!! I am guessing it uses GPS, wifi, bluetooth?
I believe that some of the fly aways (of other quads) are caused by either loss of signal or somehow forgetting where take off point was!!! So this could still happen with your quad.

Read the instructions very carefully about calibrating and any other setup that is required. Be aware that if you are using wifi or bluetooth for control external signals can block or disrupt your signals, so make sure any fail safes are set.
I am not trying to knock your purchase as I know nothing about it, but it's easy to become complacent that the device has built in limits (20M) make sure you know how to set and check them.

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Hover Camera Passport - any UK users?
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2017, 21:02:47 »
I have no idea what a hover camera passport is.
I do worry though when I read " at least the 20 m limit ...."
Is the craft physically tethered by chain / cable ?
Ok - seemed rude not to google it - at least it appears to have fully caged props - but none of the flyaways you refer to were intentional.
( edit - there , as I was typing Ched put the point far more eloquently
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Re: Hover Camera Passport - any UK users?
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2017, 21:21:56 »
( edit - there , as I was typing Ched put the point far more eloquently
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That is the first time in my life someone has ever said I was eloquently. ::)
Even if it was in jest.
Thanks very much  ::)
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Re: Hover Camera Passport - any UK users?
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2017, 21:26:26 »
Just to add, it doesn't technically matter if the props are guarded you must legally follow the law.
This is a very simplification: http://dronesafe.uk/drone-code/
Flick through the images and ensure you are always safe and legal.

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Re: Hover Camera Passport - any UK users?
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2017, 14:20:55 »
Very cool idea, i like the guarded props, but can this actually be used anywhere legally ?, if your away from people and property surely you would want a longer range and then wouldnt need the prop guards ?, the law needs changing to be able to fully use this for what it is designed

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Re: Hover Camera Passport - any UK users?
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2017, 14:35:03 »
Very cool idea, i like the guarded props, but can this actually be used anywhere legally ?, if your away from people and property surely you would want a longer range and then wouldnt need the prop guards ?, the law needs changing to be able to fully use this for what it is designed
Nope, there is no exception to the law for prop guards (prop guards wouldn't stop it going through a windscreen or damaging a jet engine or causing injury or damage by dropping on something.

Read the law, check no fly zones, it is entirely feasible to have fun and enjoy it whilst obeying the law