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Let's say you crashes and your camera fell off...

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by izzydrone, Jul 6, 2015.

  1. izzydrone

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    Hypothetically if you miscalculated how far a tree was and hit it 30 feet up and the camera broke off... Drone still flies but camera looks like photo... Now what...

    Repair ? Replace ? Anyone have estimate on what it should cost ?

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  2. bobmyers

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    Buy a new one and sell or keep the one you have now for parts.
     
  3. NickCopter

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    Pretty much this.

    DJI won't cover a crash that was operator error, and I believe the camera is the most expensive part of the machine to repair.

    Try selling the battery, controller, body, and camera and see what happens.

    @hunch, is someone you might want to talk to about options. I know he repairs and sells Phantoms like crazy. And his customer service is great
     
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    Hypothetically o_O That don't look hypothetical to me :eek:
     
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    New camera is $500. I believe Advexure has said they are coming in stock soon. You can choose whether you want an advanced camera or a pro.
     
  6. izzydrone

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    Yea thanks I saw that ... Says coming. Soon I think... I had 2 gigs I'm canceling this week :) unfortunate. Someone told me Rc depot in I believe Orange County might be able to fix it... Going to try and stop by tomorrow.
     
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    Ouch. Is the ribbon cable the only thing seemingly broken?
     
  8. izzydrone

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    Ribbon and one other part
     
  9. izzydrone

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    Camera looks ok, ribbon broken, and one other part broken.
     
  10. izzydrone

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    Anyone ever fix this and have an idea of what it costs ?
     
  11. BenDronePilot

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    It's not worth buying the camera separately. You would do best to buy a whole new Phantom and sell your original Phantom or keep it to use for spare parts if something should happen with your new replacement.
     
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    For a hypothetical situation, those are remarkably realistic looking photos. You must be very good at doing mock-ups in photoshop ;)
    The sad thing with almost every model of the phantom I've seen so far, if you total the camera and gimbal, the repair is stupidly expensive. I'm making do with a damaged gimbal on my P2 now because I can't justify the cost a second time to repair it (slow learner, I crashed it twice with the camera on it, the first time I replaced with a new one. Not going to do that this time, I'll squirrel away the money towards the Inspire 2 when they release it..
     
  13. izzydrone

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    anyone know what its worth as is ? it flys fine.
     
  14. ctp

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    Start here: http://store.dji.com/phantom-accessories/for-phantom-3 and discount for used and crashed.

    Personally I wouldn't pay more than $500 if I was in the market for crashed P3 no camera. Anything over $500 and it just makes more sense to buy a new one.
     
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    Just do this...

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    I've got myself some plastic epoxy, primer, sand paper and plastidip today... let the customizing fun begin! I hope the hotel don't mind me using the bathroom as a spray booth... lol
     
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    As you're from Beverley Hills, money should be no object... or so I'm led to believe from those tv shows - just go out & grab another ;)
     
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    I crashed my P3 and broke the gimbal too. Without shipping costs, it costed me less than 150 USD to have it repaired by DJI with a turnaround time of about 4 weeks (I live in Singapore). If your camera is fine, they can just fix the gimbal arm. They will anyway ask you to approve the costs before starting the repair.

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    Protect your gimbal next time with a protecter from KillerRC.com
     
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    +1 for buying a new P3. Keep the old one as a trainer. I have an old P2V+ with a bent/inoperative gimbal that I occasionally let someone else fly. Maybe a good friend, or to make a kids day (having my hands on the controls as well, sometimes tethered).
     
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    I did install both a gimbal guard and gimbal saver for now but actually I found that the weak point of the gimbal is actually the thiner part of the arm, not the articulated sections.
     

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