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video range???

Discussion in 'Standard/4k Discussion' started by p.mitchell, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. p.mitchell

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    only got my p3s a couple days ago. took it out had a play turned newbie mode off set max distance at 200m just incase i had any problems.

    at 200m away and 50m high i lost signal. still had control via the controller but not on the app. surely 200m isnt right? anyway i can increase it without spending a fortune?
     
  2. Markhull

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    Have had similar issues: Range issues

    Hoping to get out tonight and see where I'm at. Like yourself I lose video at a similar point - are you in the UK?
     
  3. p.mitchell

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    yeah in the uk. i dont want it going miles but further than a stones throw would be nice lol
     
  4. Alfex

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    When I first got mine I only got around 200m in most locations. I kept trying different locations and found a small hill with a beach beside it and got it to about 600m which is plenty for me. Will keep testing
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  5. p.mitchell

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    your image signal is weak. mines goes from ok to nothing. will look for some where a long way from anyone. i know of a quiet little place that has a hill and all surrounding ground is lower so will try that
     
  6. Alfex

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    Once I pushed it to 600 I eventually lost video signal that's when I flew it back came home. When I test in my garden I can barely get to 10 Meters without the video dropping out constantly, Definitely an interference problem.
     
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    My P3s was brilliant when I first got it (about 2 mths) but within the first few days the new F/W update just ruined the video range!

    I was rock steady at 120m alt and for as far horizontally as I could see....since the update range has been as bad as 10m away!!! after numerous reinstalls of the djigo app and many resets of anything I can reset I now usually get 90m. It's like there is a glass ceiling! no matter the horizontal distance, go above 90m and phut! - it's blind! On some days it stutters and fails at 40-50m.

    DJI are aware so I hope a new firmware tweak will fix this soon? The RC and GPS function brilliantly al the time. I share your pain and frustration here...I seem to remember the promise of 'up to 500m' range (CE), I guess it's the same old 'up to' story like broadband speed!?!? :-(
     
  8. p.mitchell

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    yeah i know the feeling. just hope im not going to regret not buying the pro or advanced models.
     
  9. TDKUK

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    To be honest I regret it already and am googling Jessops' returns policy!

    I have logged 60+ flights and I think more than half have been test flights after 'fixes' suggested by DJI support. Don't know how many cycles the battery can take but I am slashing through the life of my two very expensive batteries!
     
  10. p.mitchell

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    only done 2 flights. mine is mainy for use when out with my family to record trips and days out etc but still want range so i can have a play at times
     
  11. p.mitchell

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    just discovered the windsurfer mod. gonna make 1 tonight and see how it goes with that.
     
  12. p.mitchell

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    thank you for everyones suggestions. wasnt going to fly it tonight but decided to go. went to a new spot further away from anything.

    decided to be brave and up my range from 200m to 500m. took it up to a height of 50m and went forward. at 320m i looked at the screen to check the distance and when i looked back up i had lost sight of the drone against the clouds. happy with 320m i clicked RTH and just prayed i had set home properly.

    i know somewhere else in the middle of fields but waiting for my backpack to arrive and then i will try for 500m. dont want to be walking through fields with my big white phantom 3 box
     
  13. Alfex

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    It's pretty scary when it's so far you can't even hear it or see it and your relying on the video lol
     
  14. p.mitchell

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    only my 3rd flight of it. was watching it go away. looked at the screen for 1 second and then couldnt see it all. i stopped still for a second to make sure my video signal was good. had my 1 year old with me though and she was getting bored so did RTH and packed up
     
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