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3rd Time is a Charm

pmh1nic

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I've posted about the failures I had with the first two Anafi's I purchased. Both times the controller would not charge and ultimately wouldn't turn on. I contacted Parrot and they asked that I return the 2nd unit to the vendor and get another one. I was reluctant to do this since I didn't want to be the test engineer for Parrot a third time and was about to give up and get an Autel Evo. But the vendor had one more Anafi in stock and when I check the serial number it was a newer unit separated from the last unit by a couple of hundred numbers so I figured I'd give it one last try. I really like some of the features of the Anafi (good camera, quiet, no NFZ internal restrictions, etc.) so I really wanted this tor work but was ready to give it up and go with the Evo.

I got home and plugged both the drone and controller in a phone USB charger. The controller led stayed red which was a good sign (both the other controllers led's turn green almost immediately) so I knew something was different. After about an hour both the drone and controller were charged and to my surprise the controller powered up when I lifted the phone holder. Another good sign. I downloaded FreeFlight 6 to my phone and each step in the process of downloading the latest firmware to the controller and drone went flawlessly.

Of course I wasn't going to be satisfied until I at least saw the drone fly even if it was in the confines of my living room. I turned the drone off and back on again, the controller paired with it and the "Fly" command lite up green (there was a warning that the drone hadn't accessed enough satellites). I punched take-off, the propellers began to turn and the drone lifted up to about a height of three feet. It was stable, steady and with very slight movement of the joysticks followed my commands.

So now I am officially a member of the Anafi pilots club. Of course I'm thrilled this 3rd unit has functioned normally and look forward to really flying it when the weather permits (after I label it with the registration numbers).
 

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Congrats! Today was my maiden flight with my new Anafi as well. I had a great 19 minute flight and started to play with some of the camera settings. I had an issue with no video at first but I unplugged the USB from the controller and plugged it back in and it fixed it. I also noticed you can't zoom in when taking photos unless you turn off lossless zoom and have it in regular jpeg mode which was a total bummer since I bought it because of the zoom feature to take pictures... Maybe I just don't have something configured correctly.
 
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I would be careful flying (Even just taking off) with the anafi indoors, its can drift a far bit on take off!
 

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I would be careful flying (Even just taking off) with the anafi indoors, its can drift a far bit on take off!
This was a concern. Fortunately it was very stable and maybe moved 1" or 2" in each direction as it hovered with no input from me.
 

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I would be careful flying (Even just taking off) with the anafi indoors, its can drift a far bit on take off!
I'm wondering if the drift is more the drone attempting to maintain a GPS lock versus some inherent instability of its flight characteristics. I have a couple of drones I fly in manual mode indoors and they are inherently very stable with very little drift indoors with no wind.
 

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I'm wondering if the drift is more the drone attempting to maintain a GPS lock versus some inherent instability of its flight characteristics. I have a couple of drones I fly in manual mode indoors and they are inherently very stable with very little drift indoors with no wind.
Could be, I do notice some times the drone has no / very little drift and some times its drifts more than 1 mtr on initial launch, basically I wouldn't launch the drone in doors unless it was a very big clear room, I live in a tiny apartment :p
 

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Welcome to the club. Out if the 4 drones I own, Anafi, Breeze, Mavic Air and Spark that Anafi is the one I fly most.
I love it!
 

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