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Any of you savages using a Mini 2 or other drone to capture footage/shots? I am not as interested in capturing riding footage as I am in capturing the mind blowing scenery/vibe on high elevation summits and ridges, once we arrive

I’m done with GoPros. The footage of me sucks and takes forever for me to edit. I do much better pulling out my phone from time to time.

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I’m pretty stoked about the Mini 2 though. I’m hoping I enjoy it more than my decades of struggling with GoPros. Plus I feel pretty good about returning it if I change my mind, given that it’s from Costco. When I saw it this weekend, I jumped for it.

Any comments, advice, or other musings re your experience with a drone would be appreciated.
 

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Those are great shots, except someone photobombed them all by putting their bike in them. :)

Where are you? Beautiful. I am a bit jealous.
 

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Those are great shots, except someone photobombed them all by putting their bike in them. :)

Where are you? Beautiful. I am a bit jealous.
Hahaha. They aren’t chopped!

I’m in Calgary Alberta Canada. All those rides are easily within an hour of me. Most are 45 minutes from my driveway, and I am smack dab in the heart of the city.

Not quite as fortunate perhaps as some guys whose trails are in their backyard, but it’s a good combo of prosperity, affordability and world class riding.

For drop dead scenery and a wild, raw, high altitude vibe, I have been to few places that are as awe inspiring as these. Very fortunate.

I just celebrated Thanksgiving this past weekend and took time to reflect on everything I have to be grateful for.

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I am really hoping to up my game big time with that drone. The biggest issue is that at the summits and on high altitude ridges, the winds can be torturous. I don’t know how often I will be able to safely operate that tiny little drone without the winds carrying it off to parts unknown.
 

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My biggest issue with the DJI stuff was time to flight, meaning turning it on, connecting phone, and starting to fly. I had the Mavic Pro Platinum, and Mavic 2 Zoom, sold both, got a Skydio, but we have different use cases....

Also the Geofencing was a PITA where I live, so if I were to get one for your use case, I would get the new Autel nano/mini
 

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My biggest issue with the DJI stuff was time to flight, meaning turning it on, connecting phone, and starting to fly. I had the Mavic Pro Platinum, and Mavic 2 Zoom, sold both, got a Skydio, but we have different use cases....

Also the Geofencing was a PITA where I live, so if I were to get one for your use case, I would get the new Autel nano/mini
No geofencing issues around me.

How long does it take to get up and running with the DJI products? I don’t mind pulling my phone out at the summit, and from time to time while riding up or down, but stopping to get drone footage could be a bit of a buzzkill for the ride itself.

I am there to ride. I like to capture the beauty I am surrounded by, and so far, doing that with my phone has been okay - a good balance in terms of cost/benefit. But if I have to stop for a half hour mid-ride, and shift to taking footage, only to have to get back into the right mindset for the descent, I don’t see this drone accompanying me on all that many rides. Again, I’m there to ride, not film.

Does the footage from the Skydio look like you are riding on flat land, like the GoPro? Legit Rocky Mountain double black steep nightmarish stuff looked like a paved MUP for me. Boring. Even embarrassing. Add to that the edit time and yup, I’m done for life with GoPro. Do you have any short Skydio sample footage you can post?

And how was the editing process with the Skydio compared to the DJI? And the apps? I understand that you can get decent clips straight out of the Mini 2 with little to no editing. Is that the case with the Skydio?

Also, I have to think that fit and finish, ease of use and overall polish is a step up with the DJI products. Objectively speaking, is this correct? Is there anything you preferred with your DJI products over the Skydio?

Any further comments on your experience with the DJI or Skydio products would be hugely appreciated.

Thanks!!!
 

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I bought the DJI Mini from Costco last year and I couldn't be happier. I'll link some of the videos I've gotten during snowboarding/MTBing with it. I've used it while MTBing and I honestly just throw it in my fanny pack. If I ever want a shot it takes about a minute to launch and a minute to pack it up once its in your hands. Super small so I can still fit my tools a snack and water with the drone no problem.

I can say that it definitely does take out of the riding experience if you bring it on a gnarlier trail and have to worry about not crashing with it. So far mine has been crashed into trees and rocks and it still functions well!

 

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No geofencing issues around me.

How long does it take to get up and running with the DJI products? I don’t mind pulling my phone out at the summit, and from time to time while riding up or down, but stopping to get drone footage could be a bit of a buzzkill for the ride itself.

I am there to ride. I like to capture the beauty I am surrounded by, and so far, doing that with my phone has been okay - a good balance in terms of cost/benefit. But if I have to stop for a half hour mid-ride, and shift to taking footage, only to have to get back into the right mindset for the descent, I don’t see this drone accompanying me on all that many rides. Again, I’m there to ride, not film.

Does the footage from the Skydio look like you are riding on flat land, like the GoPro? Legit Rocky Mountain double black steep nightmarish stuff looked like a paved MUP for me. Boring. Even embarrassing. Add to that the edit time and yup, I’m done for life with GoPro. Do you have any short Skydio sample footage you can post?

And how was the editing process with the Skydio compared to the DJI? And the apps? I understand that you can get decent clips straight out of the Mini 2 with little to no editing. Is that the case with the Skydio?

Also, I have to think that fit and finish, ease of use and overall polish is a step up with the DJI products. Objectively speaking, is this correct? Is there anything you preferred with your DJI products over the Skydio?

Any further comments on your experience with the DJI or Skydio products would be hugely appreciated.

Thanks!!!

Really nice photos

I have a Skydio 2 and really like it. You ride in some amazing spots, I bet the footage would like spectacular!

 
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