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Flying at night
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fans44006578
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Flight distance : 1232274 ft
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I have a good deal of flight time under my belt, however, I have been afraid to fly at night.  Just read/heard stories of the drones not being able to "see" at night and that they are difficult to control and/or may loose control.  

I want to get some night videos / pics but just dont want to risk the drone.  

Anyone do this frequently?  Any advice?

Obviously I know I need a clear and open area for landing - what else?  Is it just as easy as in the daytime?
1-22 08:10
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spandit
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Flight distance : 51083 ft

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Your obstacle avoidance won't work, it won't be able to see the ground so precision landing is out and if the GPS goes, finding your way is more difficult. If you're taking off from a well known and open area, then you should be OK
1-22 08:15
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DJI Tony
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Hi, thanks for the inquiry. Hope you'll get the best recommendation in regards on flying at night, however, we would like to inform you that the sensors of the drone may not work properly if there would be not enough light while flying. Thank you for understanding and always have a safe flight.
1-22 08:16
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Asainz320
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I love flying at night, its mostly what I do. In my opinion its a lot easier for me to see the drone from farther away. I dont mind the sensors not working since I really dont rely on them when flying my drone. Also usually at night the wind is calmer. Try it out, you will enjoy it
1-22 08:34
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BKahuna
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I fly at night frequently.  I actually find it easier than flying during the day.  You can see your drone in the sky much more easily at night and for a much greater distance.  The flashing lights are easy to see.  Yes, you are flying blind, yes, you have no collision avoidance.  I set an altitude that I know is above everything else.  I don't think I would fly somewhere I hadn't already flown during daylight.

The drone will mark the home point as it takes off and RTH will bring it home to within about 10 ft of the home point.  It will land fine (but not with precision) if you let it.  If you need a more precise landing, you'll have to take over and guide it in.

There's no reason to be afraid of the dark!
1-22 09:00
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Alex B.
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I have 0 issues flying at night. For me it’s the same as during the day, only not as many things to see as it’s pitch black
The city lights at night and long exposure shots turn out very nice during the night!

Flysafely
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1-22 10:54
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DPOV
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I think you've asked and answered your own question. Keep the fear upfront. For me NO. Rather get my footage with good sunlight. Footage will probably only be worth it if you're in say Miami where you can likely be near water, decent reflective lighting from the street to capture good shots.
1-22 10:55
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