Best Drone for Architects | Gear Review of the Mavic Pro

An in-depth gear review of the best drone for architects available today. I discuss the factors that influenced my decision to purchase the Mavic Pro from DJI, unbox it, and describe the use cases and features architects care most about.

Factors influencing my decision to purchase the Mavic: cost, portability, camera quality, ease of use, and flight time. The Mavic Pro managed to come out on top in each category almost every time.

I purchased the Fly More Combo for $1299 which included extra batteries, a four-hub charger, a car charger, extra propellers, carrying case and a power hub.

I’m using the Mavic Pro as a portable drone for:
– Project documentation
– Presentation + marketing
– Architectural cinematography
– Site analysis
– Topographic mapping
– Construction observation
– Educational tool
– Lead generation (working with Realtors)

I also discuss the essential accessories and apps you’ll need to operate the Mavic Pro:
– ND filters by PolarPro, Airmap, DJI Go 4, UAV Forecast, SunSeeker

I close the video by reviewing current FAA regulations regarding hobby and commercial use of drones in the USA.

// GEAR I USE //

Aerial Footage:
*Mavic Pro: http://amzn.to/2rZ6DIO

DSLR CAMERA:
* Canon 70D: http://amzn.to/29klz7k

LENSES:
* Canon 24mm f2.8 Lens: http://amzn.to/29l7ac5
* Canon 40mm f2.8 Lens: http://amzn.to/29x2QcI

AUDIO:
* Rode VideoMic Pro (hotshoe mtd.): http://amzn.to/29qlNM3
* ATR-2100 USB (dynamic mic): http://amzn.to/2dFDaKp

ARCHITECTURE GEAR:
* Prismacolor Markers: http://thirtybyforty.com/markers
* Timelapse Camera: http://thirtybyforty.com/brinno
* AutoCAD LT: http://amzn.to/2dxjMDH
* SketchUp PRO: http://amzn.to/2cRcojz
* HP T120 Plotter: http://amzn.to/2dBGf1O
* Adobe CC Photography (Photoshop/Lightroom) Plan: http://amzn.to/2dhq5ap

STARTUP TOOLKIT:
* Architect + Entrepreneur Startup Toolkit: http://thirtybyforty.com/SPL

Comments

Tofiq Talıblı says:

This channel’s videos the best architectural videos in the youtube for me.

Donald R. Stewart says:

Thanks now it is on smile

Ulysse Pinon says:

French student here, hope to get an architecture school next year.
I really like your vidéos, they show what the work of an architect truly is, which can be seen as obvious but isnt.
Thks for your work

DieterMarien says:

Great video explaining everything you need to know! Looking into buying a drone but I’m not sure the regulations in europe will let me fly any dji drone, only toy drones…

Donald R. Stewart says:

sorry no captions at all for me to understand. i am disappointed and hope you fix it so i might watch it again later…i did enjoyed watching your past videos since i was architectural CAD drafter/intern architect for a long time (23 yrs) right now I am self employed with a partner on CAD Drafting services in Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. will send you a link of my website if you are interested. Thanks and have a nice day.

Bryan Agapito says:

Thank you very much for videos like these! I hope you don’t stop making them! As a student going into architecture in the coming years I feel like videos like these somewhat better prepare me, and have me informed and hopefully give me a little slight learning advantage once I’m in a class. Thank you so much!

Tim Barber says:

What do you think about the DJI Spark? I have the DJI 3 Standard and a Bebop 1. Drones are good for looking at the roofs of existing buildings you may be working on. Most non-techie architects would be better off with the Spark, less likely to hurt themselves. 🙂

Doug Jaeger says:

Awesome video..
Check out https://www.dronedeploy.com/ it allows you to build an accurate 3d model of the site at scale with altitude. Then share the model with https://sketchfab.com/

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