Just wanted to start up a discussion on the different multirotor frame types (quad, hex, octo, etc.) and see what everyone thinks about each layout currently. In the past I recognize that quadcopters have been looked down upon because of their lack of propulsion redundancy, but I have been seeing many large companies (DJI, FreeFly, etc.) start moving towards them because of all the other benefits they supply. I think this is because motors and ESCs are currently very reliable in this day and age - with the need for propulsion redundancy becoming less of a crucial factor as the industry evolves. Nonetheless, just wondering what everyone’s thoughts are!
Personally, if I am doing anything hobbyist/for fun - my go to is a quadcopter. Gives me the best flight time and is the cheapest to build. If I am carry an expensive payload or am flying over structures/people - then I go the hexacopter route. Lastly, an X8 is my go to if a hexacopter is deemed to large of an aircraft but the redundancy is still required.