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iPad Mini 2 incapable of reliable downlinked video?
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dnorm
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Hi Folks,

Posting this in hopes of some confirmation data points.

I have been flying my P4Pro on an iPad Mini 2 with incredibly unreliable downlinked video to the tablet.

I have actually sent my P4Pro back to DJI, it was repaired under warranty and sent back to me...the iPad Mini 2 downlinked video is still unreliable - comes and goes, full green frames, red lines, effectively useless to be honest.

This weekend, I tried both an iPhone 7 Plus and an iPad Mini 4 as the downlink device and these both perform orders of magnitude better - nearly no drop outs, no green frames, and barely any stutter.

Has anyone else had this experience?  Is the iPad Mini 2 just not capable enough from a hardware perspective to handle the downlinked video from a P4Pro?

Note:  I use the iPad Mini 2 with my Mavic Pro with zero issues from a downlink perspective.

dave

2017-5-28
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theGrindLab.com
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You could test this simply by using the Mini 4 with the P4P. The Mini 2 does not have the power of the Mini 4, so your assumption about your experience is likely correct. I had the same issues with the Mini 3 (which is almost identical to the Mini 2) but my P4P flies virually error-free with my Mini 4.
2017-5-28
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dnorm
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Hi GrindLab -

yeah I flew with the mini 4 and P4Pro this weekend and it was near perfect...my post above had a typo - the mavic flies perfect with the mini 2 as well...i have just corrected this, but i had erroneously typed mini 4 on that last line...sorry.

i assume the p4pro requires more processing for the downlink than the mavic...making the iPad Mini 2 not reliable when flying.

in summary:

7 Plus, Mini 2 and Mini 4 works with the Mavic great from downlink perspective
7 Plus, Mini 4 work with the P4Pro great from downlink perspective (Mini 2 does NOT)

dave



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pasaytenpete
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Strange in that DJI still has the Mini 2 as part of its reccommended devices, but it is optimized for the 7...

iOS:iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4 and iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular.  
This app is optimized for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus.
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I am the E
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I use both MINI4 and IP6S+ with no issues. Waiting on the Crystal though!
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Punchbuggy
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I use a Mini 2 with both my P4P and P4, and experience occasional visual 'break-up', but it's not consistent so I put it down to frequency interference. I'll check if it's similar using my iPhone 7 at those locations.
2017-5-28
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fans920a1b6b
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It is unlikely the A5 processor in the Ipad mini 2 is fast enough. For us it was fine with the Phantom 3 Pro but not fast enough with the Inspire Pro You will need the A7 or A8 (Ipad mini4). Or pinch your wifes iPhone 7 like I do until the we get the new Ipad….Cheers Denis
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Rodger8
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Time for a Mini 4. That is what I use and normally there are no issues. I do have link problems when the Phantom battery compartment hits 115 degrees.
2017-5-29
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