Drone Loses Contact With Operator, Activates Return To Home, Crashes GoPro4 Into Rock

Video firm Every Angle Films had it in their pocket. They shot about one minute of a beautiful sun rise at Pinnacle Peak, Utah using a their new GoPro4 mounted on a DJI F550, naza v2 and an H3-3D gimbal (all and all a few thousands dollars worth of gear).

For some reasons the drone lost connection for a short time with the operator which triggered its Return To Home function. Sadly there was a big rock between the drone’s ‘current location’ and ‘home’ which the drone went straight into, falling all the way down.

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Photographer Melts The Face Off His GoPro In A Volcano; Luckily The Drone Survives

gopromelted1 Most of us would consider it a bad day at the office if we accidentally destroyed one of our cameras. That is, unless the camera went out in a blaze of glory similar to what happened to Eric Cheng and Ragnar Th Sigurdsson’s GoPro when they flew it over an erupting volcano in Iceland, as documented in the wicked video clip from DJI Phantom, below.

At first, the team had proximity concerns after learning of park regulations that restrict vehicles access to certain areas of the lava field. The photographers wouldn’t be able to drive close enough to the volcano to fly the drone over the eruption without the drone going out of range. The team then asked park rangers if there were any other possible way to get closer. Though the rangers didn’t exactly recommend the team physically walk to the site, they did offer up exercise as a potential solution.

Naturally, they suited up in gas masks and heavy duty boots, tossed their DJI Phantom II / LightBridgeGoPro 3 combo in a backpack and started walking in to have a closer look. Listen to Cheng’s account of the experience, here: (Spolier Alert: The GoPro doesn’t survive.)

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DJI’s Newest UAV Adresses Function Over Form, and Manages to Keep its Form As Well

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As UAV photography continues to become more prevalent in today’s technology, DJI is undoubtedly the leader in the field. With how many times its products have popped up in news stories and controversies in the past few months alone, it’s clear that photographers have spoken on who they choose to shoot their aerial footage. So when DJI makes announcements for a new model, you can bet on a lack of gimmicks. This isn’t a trend, and DJI knows it; they’re ready to bring improvements to UAV photography, and they’re ready to become its household name.

This isn’t the DJI Phantom that many of you may have come to know. With the Phantom lineup categorized for “Everyone” on the company’s website, this one is placed under the “Experts” tab, and rightfully so. Meet the new Spreading Wings S900 Hexacopter.

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See How To Stabilize Your DJI Phantom Footage With A $10 Rig

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Shooting aerial footage with a DJI Phantom and a GoPro can be an awesome thing, but while the system takes care of getting the camera in the air and actually capturing some video, it has an inherent flaw which creates a Jello Effect if the rotor vibrates too much.

And indeed both the net (and the stores) are filled with tips and advice on reducing this Jello Effect. If you want a deeper understanding on where this effects comes in the first place, take a look at our rolling shutter intro. Anyways, it’s there.

The secret for reducing the jello effect is to disconnect the vibration coming from the DJI rotors from the camera. And this is exactly what the team at Human Resources did.

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Humor: Using A Drone For Better BBQ

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While here on DIYP we’ve been obsessed with the moral implications of using drones (or UAVs, or quadcopters) some people have found a uses for those machines which are much less controversial.

Hamburg based photographer Neunzehn72.de shared a video freely translated as Lighting the Barbecue Like a Boss, where he sets up a grill. Unconventionally, getting his gill up to heat involved using the wind generated by a DJI Phantom carrying a Gopro camera. Hit the jump to see the wonders of BBQ and Drones.

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Videographer Flies Drone Straight Into Fireworks, Looks Better Than Blasting The Death Star

If you are not tired from watching fireworks footage, here is something I don’t think was seen before. Videographer Jos Stiglingh took his DJI Phantom 2 along with a GoPro Hero 3 silver and flew them right into a fireworks show. Some of the footage is shot above the action, but some of the footage is shot with sparkles and debris flying around the camera (see the first photo after the jump).

I don’t actually think there is another way of obtaining such footage. And while I can’t vouch for the safety of such practice (either of the drone or of the spectators) Jos reports that the drone was unharmed. 
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Drone Captures A $24 Million Yacht Burns To Ashes

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Over the last year tables have turned for drones (or UAVs) as the general mood shifted from looking at the photographic options they provide to the hazards and privacy issues they bring up.

One thing, though remains a strong point for UAVs – capturing news from high angles.

Last Friday was say one of the world’s beautiful Yacht’s go ablaze and burn down. The 110 foot, $24,000,000 Polar Bear was doing maintenance works in a dry dock at the San Diego-area shipyard, and welding works that went terribly wrong burned the vessel completely.

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UK Takes A Proactive Stand On UAVs – Here Is How You Can And Cannot Fly A Quadcopter In London

uk-cca-dronesUAVs or Drones or Quadcopters or any other name you would like to give cameras mounted on radio controled helicopters are getting increasing attention from both citizens (as opposed to photographers ;) ) and regulating authorities. We’ve had a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) abandoned in St Luise after breaking the height limit allowed for aerial activity, and Yosemite National Park banning drones altogether.

The UK is taking a proactive approach making it absolutely clear what is and is not allowed when flying a UAV. British CAA (similar to the US FAA) released a Small Unmanned Aircraft Operations Within London and Other Towns and Cities last month, which makes it crystal clear that while some activities using UAVs are OK, some require license or are simply forbidden. [Read more...]

DJI Phantom Drone Crashes Into The 30Th Floor Of The Metropolitan Square Building

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Every now and then we see the occasional authority prohibiting drone usage. It was done in the Gas Explosion scene in NYC and now Yosemite National Park prohibits them all together. The following story may explain why.

Yesterday, a DJI Phantom 2 drone crashed into the Metropolitan Square Building in St. Louis. The Met Square is the tallest skyscraper in St Luise standing 180.7 meters (593 ft) tall. The Drone crashed the balcony of the 30th floor about two thirds of the height of the 42 floors building. [Read more...]