Clearing the Cache

Learning to Fly the DJI Mini 2

One of my coworkers bought a drone for inspecting rooftops. Unfortunately, he crashed it and when he reported it to the manufacturer, they kindly sent him a replacement. He was shy to fly again and asked if my kids wanted to a drone. They might, I thought, but I was more interested.

One of Jenni’s childhood friends owned a drone probably ten years ago, when they were in their infancy. The idea of flying a drone has always fascinated me, but the price, the size, and the restrictions turned me off. Another one of my friends got into drones also, but he found it difficult to fly within the restrictions.

Drone technology progressed now that most obstacles are gone. I purchased a combo pack from Costco because drone videos and photos captivate me and I wanted to give it a try.

The DJI Mini 2 is lightweight enough to not require registration from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) but I was still required to take a pilot test so that I was aware of the rules around flying my drone. I didn’t mind the test because I want to be familiar with the current restrictions and safety protocols. The drone’s lightweight aspect also makes it easy to bring along to adventures without weighing me down.

The camera quality is equal to a decent smartphone, but not comparable to my main camera. But the DJI Mini 2 is also an intro-level drone with an affordable price to match.

I’ve spent most of my flight time recording video to learn how to control specific cinematic movements, but the views from 400 feet up have already expanded my horizons.