DJI Is Putting Drone Development in the Hands of the Public

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We are all familiar with video footage of personal drones crashing.  They’re old news.  Everyone has a drone and everyone crashes it.  The devastation is horrific.  End of story.  (See, I just saved you from watching another less-than-epic YouTube video.  I accept thank you’s in the form of hugs and chocolate.)

But, what everyone doesn’t have is the new Matrice 100 being released by DJI.  This new quadcopter sports significant improvements over previous drone models, particularly built-in sensors that keep the dang thing from crashing.  (My apologies for dashing your hopes of becoming a viral sensation.  But, hey, get smallpox, and you will literally be a viral sensation, so there is still hope.)  However, that isn’t the Matrice’s biggest innovation…

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‘Drunk and Disgruntled’ Neighbor Swats DJI Phantom 3 Drone Out of the Sky

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Some people love drones, others hate them. Hate them so much in fact that they can’t help themselves when they see one.

The guys over at Lucky 7 Drones say they were busy shooting instructional videos on the DJI Phantom 3 when an intoxicated, half-naked neighbor decided to put an end to their day.

“If you put that over my house I’m gonna be pissed off, you understand me?”, said the neighbor, not waiting more than a couple of seconds before ensuring the drone doesn’t go anywhere near his house.

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Racing Boat Saves TV Drone at the Very Last Second

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The DJI Phantom has a failsafe mode that will automatically land the drone if the remote controller’s battery runs out of juice. This is a smart feature, but not very helpful when flying over water.

In such a situation your options are to watch your drone go belly up or make a run for it, or in Tom Leogrande’s case, race a quarter mile for it.

Watch as the drone, capturing footage for a fishing TV show, gets saved and avoids becoming fish bait.

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Hacked DJI Phantom Marks The Age Of Drone Vandalism

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We have reported drones causing damage inadvertently by crashing into buildings or losing contact with operator, but this is the first time we are reporting a DJI phantom being used to a deliberate act of vandalism.

On Wednesday morning last week, the first large-scale drone-driven graffiti was done in one of NYC’s biggest and most prominent billboards. The billboard, featuring a huge ad of Kendall Jenner for Calvin Klein was tagged using a hacked DJI Phantom.

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The Saga Continues: DJI Pushes Mandatory Update Preventing Phantoms From Flying Over Washington DC

white-houseA couple days ago we reported on a DJI Phantom being crashed into the lawn of the White House. News later surfaced that the unidentified man responsible for crashing the drone (who, I kid you not, works for the National Geospacial Intelligence Agency ) was intoxicated at the time of the flight. The New York Times reported the man claimed the drone belonged to a friend who was letting him borrow it. He was attempting to fly the drone from the window of his apartment, which is located near the White House. When the drone failed to come home, the man texted his friend noting he was afraid it may have crashed onto White House property. He then decided to just go to bed.

The next day, the man turned himself in. He was questioned by authorities before being released without being charged with a crime.

Obama responded by recognizing there are a lot of good uses for UAVs, but efforts needed to be taken to ensure they are not dangerous or invading people’s privacy. He also noted the necessity to establish a “framework that ensures we get the good and minimize the bad.” [Read more…]

DJI Goes Head To Head Vs. GoPro – Announces A Gimbaled 4K Camera

A while back we heard that GoPro are going to go into the Drone market and make their own drone (as opposed to being mounted on the popular DJI Phantom Drone). It seems that Chinese drone maker did not appreciate the move and is now fighting back by trying to take some camera market from GoPro.

Ben Popper of The Verge was visiting DJI’s booth in CES 2015 and discovered that DJI have took the 4K camera of their drone and made it into an independent gimballed camera. The gimbal includes a mounting point for a smartphone that can be used as a viewfinder, which is a plus if you are getting one of those. The camera is the same 4K camera that is found in DJI’s heavier Inspire 1 Drone, and it is DJI’s first camera that was built in-house.

There is no word on pricing yet, but nofilmshool speculates that it would be close to the Inspire 1’s $3,000 price tag.

If I were DJI, my next move would probably be to encase the camera and release it as a stand alone and go full head to head vs. GoPro. That, though, is remained to be seen.

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DJI Announces New 4k Capable Drone – Competition Is Silent

DJI recently announced the new “Inspire Quadcopter” that is capable of shooting 4k video and 12mp stills. The relatively affordable sub- 3000$ drone is DJI’s second drone with an integrated camera and gimbal.

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Some Product Highlights:

  • Integrated camera shoots 4k video and 12mp stills
  • 3- Axis gimbal
  • 360° shooting that is possible due to retractable carbon fiber arms
  • Live 720p monitoring with DJI’s Lightbridge
  • GPS- based stabilisation system
  • Up to 1,2 miles radio range
  • Camera is detachable for future upgrades

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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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Wrapping Up the 2014 NAB Show: Innovation with Affordability

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In case life took over and you haven’t been aggressively checking up on what’s new in the photography world every day, you probably missed quite a few big announcements this week. The NAB Show just wrapped up its run for 2014, and this past week has been an absolute roller coaster for tech media. Here’s a round-up of the show just so you can be caught up with what’s been happening.

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