you couldn't be more right about the bulk issue. I wished I could have brought the big setup down to all of the Gordon River rapids. The footage quality from that rig is in a completely different ballpark than the GoPro. But in that area I would have had to hire a 'real' helicopter to drop my RC helicopter at the river
I like that little drone! I like that its small and inconspicuous. Now I can really get into the spy game
you mentioned putting time in. no doubt. However manufacturers are hyper-aware of the upcoming demand of these things and realize that most people who want to fly haven't spent countless hours at the local practice field let alone had any experience. So they're making these easier and easier to fly. There are even quad models now that allow you to fly with your ipad (or similar). Tilt the pad forward and the thing goes forward. Pretty slick!
Until then...yes..."spendy consequences" indeed. Everyone in this business/hobby seems to have had or will have their fair share (or more) of |costly| downtime. The quote from the hobby shop I believe was "if you're not crashing, you're not flying". ugh.