How DroneFreak Started
Hello everyone, my name is Bob DeWitt and I am the Freak, DroneFreak. First I would like to give you a little background information about DroneFreak. I have been flying radio-controlled aircraft on and off for the last 40 years. I also started getting involved with digital photography when the first digital cameras started to hit the market. I purchased a Casio QV2000 UX and was stunned at the quality and the satisfaction I gained through this newfound hobby. I didn’t have to get my film developed and I could gain instant gratification at seeing my photographs immediately.
How I started Flying Drones
Now let’s talk about the flying part. It all began with a glider I built while in High School. I had so much fun building my glider from scratch and ending up flying it for years. Ok, that was a long time ago but since then I started venturing into RC helicopters, and my first helicopter was an Align Trex 500. Although it was challenging I learned a lot about setting up controls on my radio and how to fly. Once I got the flying part working I wanted to attach a camera to my helicopter. Sounded easy enough. After several prototypes, I almost had stable footage, but the important part is how difficult it is to capture stable footage while flying a helicopter.
The vibration was the most difficult thing to overcome even with perfectly balanced props and a reinforced frame and a lot of high-end components. It was at that time that I noticed a company called DJI. They had just developed their first Zenmuse gimbal and released this video. (Below)
I was astonished at how stable the footage was and I knew at that point this would be my path.
I Started with Dones
I bought the very first DJI Drone the S800 Spreadwings in a pre-order with a Zenmuse Nex5n Gimbal. I was so excited, and this was my first introduction to DJI. There were a lot of problems in the beginning. First, the ESC’s were recalled (the things that control the motors) they did send new ones but I had to do all the work. Secondly, they recalled certain versions of the GPS/Compass module that came with Wookong-M. So basically we were beta testers working for free and at our expense. Since then DJI has made great strides and has streamlined most of the products they offer today. Overall I love DJI products and there forward-thinking. They have a strong team and are leading the Drone industry with over 80% of the market share. I just wish I had started a little later it would have literally saved me thousands of dollars.
I think that’s enough for now. I just want to let you know I’ve been around for a long time and have a good understanding of Drones and DJI products and services. Since I use DJI products I think I can help a lot of people. I hope to have my FPV series up and running soon. You can see my professional drone services website at www.photoflyboy.com