Hi all! I am new to drone piloting - only a few days' experience with low end consumer drones.
However, I am extremely intrigued by the industry, and interested in pursuing at least a side business in the drone field. Mapping with DroneDeploy seems like a great way to differentiate myself from other regional drone service providers.
Since I am a new pilot, I am considering purchasing a refurbished Phantom 3 Standard ($400 USD) to practice flying and filming with. However, that model is not supported by DroneDeploy.
The least expensive DD-supported model is a refurb P3 Advanced at $639 USD.
My question is: get the P3S as a "beater" to practice with for a while, OR spend the extra money for the P3A (or even a refurb P4) so I can also practice mapping with DD? Doing some pro bono work and building a portfolio is also attractive. I'm just worried about crashing and ruining a nicer model while I'm learning.
Kind of leaning towards getting the P3S to enjoy and learn, and then waiting to see if DJI announces a Phantom 5, Mavic with a better camera, etc. in the near future once I am ready for the big league?
Appreciate all advice.