I’m debating on getting a 3D Robotics X8+ or an X8-M and am unsure what to do. I’m wanting to do some mapping and be able to take pictures from a gimbal or do some video with a GoPro. It looks like I could do much of what I want with the X8+ along with a few upgrades but the cost difference from the X8-M makes me think I’m missing out on something. Any thoughts?
- The X8+ is in the do it yourself section (https://store.3drobotics.com/products/x8-plus?taxon_id=32), you need to build it and comes with less components.
- The X8-M (https://store.3drobotics.com/products/x8-m?taxon_id=32) is in the enterprise section, optimized and it is specially built for mapping (larger range, heavier so the wind affect less, etc…), as well comes with controls, a very well tested and calibrated camera, and with a Pix4Dmapper Mosaic 3DR Edition, full life license (http://3drobotics.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Pix4D-LT-Feature-List.pdf?_ga=1.230929111.977528858.1427718580)
I would suggest you to contact 3DR for more detailed information about the hardware differences and capabilities.
Probably too late, but the X8+/X8-M aren’t made anymore. I purchased the X8+ and am able to everything that the X8-M is capable of performing. I try to stick to 13 minute flights. So far I can’t find the camera housing that comes with the X8-M. Other than that, the parts are readily available on ebay and other internet retailers.