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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DJI Pushes Its Boundaries with the Announcement of its First Stabilizer

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This is pretty unexpected, but it looks like DJI is starting to expand its range of products. If you’ve seen previous articles I’ve written, you’ll know how much I geek out over the DJI Phantom line. The Phantoms are what the company is primarily known for: high-altitude camera drones. And now they’re announcing their newest addition to the company’s line of products: a handheld stabilizer called the Ronin. [Read more…]

DJI Announces the Phantom Vision 2+, the Latest Addition to Their Drone Line

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If you don’t know about devices like the DJI Phantom, then keep reading, because you may find yourself seriously considering investing in one afterwards.

DJI Phantom quadcopters are drones that take videos and photos from up in the air, like any basic helicopter shot you’ll see in movies. They’re effective, durable, and stay where they need to stay even if the wind is against them. And now the company is announcing their newest addition to the line: the Phantom Vision 2+.

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