A solid camera drone can serve many purposes. For some, it’s the best way to get aerial shots, while for others it can assist in surveying property or even participating in search and rescue efforts. However, finding the right drone can be difficult. If you’re going to the professional level the market is fairly crowded and separating the wheat from the chaff can be problematic. The purpose of this article is to provide a relevant DJI S900 review, one that will touch on the drone’s main features, its flight functionality, and its pros and cons.
DJI S900 Drone Main Features & Specs
As we discovered during our DJI S900 review, this drone is absolutely made for capturing images. It doesn’t include a camera but rather works with any lightweight camera you already own in order to take fantastic video.
Moreover, the included gimbal is one of the best on the market, able to be detached with ease. Flying this unit is also quite simple if you use the right controller, and the 18 minute flight time ensures that you’ll be able to catch the footage you need without having to stop and recharge the drone.
DJI S900 Drone Specs
|18 min||Outdoor||Not Included||1000 mAh LiPo||2 hours||18 pounds||19.7 x 11.8 x 15.8 inches||5 km|
This is also a heavily-customizable drone. You’ll put in the work to get it going, including soldering some of the parts in place but that means that you’ve got a lot of options when it comes to construction.
While our DJI S900 review used the standard configuration, that doesn’t mean you have to as well. You can even lift out the centerboard of the drone, allowing you to make changes to the drone at your leisure.
Arguments: Pros and Cons
- Relatively easy to fly;
- Great camera gimble;
- Quite sturdy;
- Works with multiple cameras, controllers, and batteries;
- Easy to customize;
- Ships with plenty of extra parts;
- Doesn’t require FAA Registration.
- Does not include a controller;
- No app-based flight;
- Requires a lot of assembly;
- Very hard to set up;
- Flight time is battery-dependent;
- Does not come with a camera;
- Hard to find replacement parts.
DJI S900 Drone Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight
Perhaps the most interesting part of this DJI S900 review is that the device doesn’t ship with a controller. Unlike virtually all of the other drones on the market, you’ll have to provide your own with this one. This drone does, however, include the DJI A2 Flight Controller, which can help you to program your flights.
This simple, circular object certainly isn’t a replacement for a controller but it will help you navigate with a bit more assurance when you get your remote. Make sure that you check the manual to ensure that your remote control is compatible with this unit – the manufacturer recommends several different models on their website, but a few others do work as well.
The included A2 Flight Controller is less a controller in a traditional sense and more of the brains of a controller. However, the good news is that you can actually use several different receivers in order to control the drone with this device.
A traditional radio remote can work here, as can a computer or even (in some cases) a tablet. It’s not exactly the same as having an included remote control with the device, but it will allow you a few options as well as giving you a chance to use your own equipment to get the drone in the air.
Flying the Drone
Given the size and cost of this drone, we were very careful when we flew our DJI S900 drone for the first time. We flew it outdoors on a very calm day, specifically in a field that had very few obstacles.
Getting the drone off the ground wasn’t all that hard – once you’ve got everything installed, it’s basically just a matter of engaging the rotors and getting into the air.
DJI A2 Flight Controller, Landing Gear and Instructions Manual Included
We were very surprised by how maneuverable the drone is, both with and without the attached gimbal. We recommend flying without the camera at first in order to get used to how the drone handles, but it’s really not that much of a change to go from one mode to the other.
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What’s in the Box?
While this drone may not ship with a controller, it does have a fairly full box of supplies. However, this unit comes without a battery along with lacking the remote control. Our DJI S900 review took a look at everything in the box, which included:
- The DJI S900 Drone;
- DJI A2 Flight Controller;
- Removable Upper Center Board;
- Camera Gimbal;
- Extra props;
- Wiring gear;
- Landing Gear;
- Instructions Manual.
Finally, our DJI S900 review considers this a pretty good drone that flies well although it lacks some of the critical components that make for an easy purchase. If you’re the kind of person who likes to spend hours painstakingly putting together a drone and using your own equipment to keep it in the air, this might be a drone for you. This is absolutely not something you can take out of the box and expect to get flying quickly, though. If you’ve flown this drone of you have questions about how it works, make sure to get in contact with us through a comment below!