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Neil Fraser

For the past decade I've been a software engineer at Google in California.  In my spare time I've created a mélange of open-source software.  I've also built some rather unusual hardware.  On rare occasions I've even been known to write something interesting.

VISUO XS812 Tuesday, 8 January 2019

After some research, I bought a VISUO XS812 drone for Christmas. It's a really nice piece of equipment and a lot of fun to fly.

The good:

The bad:

The only bad thing about the drone is the manual. It's utterly useless. Of course it's written in 'Engrish', but that's to be expected and is not really an issue.

The ugly:

Here's a video I took in Canada. The drone had no problems flying in freezing temperatures.

As one can see, it takes some skill to learn what one can and can't do with the drone while recording video. This drone doesn't have a gimbaled camera (unlike the Mavic Pro), so any change to forwards or sideways slewing rates results in a violent rocking motion. When recording video, one should restrict flight to only having changes to yaw and altitude.

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