DJI already had 2016 going for it drone-wise. Their Mavic Pro smashed the competition from GoPro and is possibly what everyone is getting for Christmas, but now, they are making another push with two new drones: a pro Inspire 2 and an update to the popular Phantom line: Phantom 4 Pro.
Shooting stills and video with drones is ridiculously popular, and shows no signs of slowing down. A lot of drone shots, though, are very much just the same old thing everybody else is doing. Occasionally, though, you come across something special and interesting. The work of 20-year old Gabriel Scanu is such a thing.
Looking at Gabriel’s Instagram feed, you can’t help but constantly catch yourself saying “wow!”. Based in Sydney, Australia, Gabriel has art running through his veins. The son of a cinematographer, Gabriel was introduced to capturing life on film at the age of 12 and he’s been hooked ever since. While his Instagram does contain locations all over the world, his images of Australia are particularly amazing.
Both DJI and GoPro announced their Mavic and Karma drones. While there are some notable differences they are both following a familiar form factor. If you are looking for something completely different, you may wanna take a look at the PowerEgg from PowerVision. I think it is kind of easy to realizes how the drone got its name, but see if you can tell for yourself ;).
It takes a lot of balls to be in the biggest photography show in the world, have a drone ready and be silent about it. This is exactly what DJI did, and it got me wondering. GoPro announced Karma – the company’s first venture into Drones (or anything non action cam for that matter), which took a lot of press, and DJI just let it happen and did not try to steal the spotlight. They simply announced Mavic a day after the show.
You know what this feels like to me? Like those fighting movie scenes where the odds are so off, that the big guy lets the small guy throw all his punches, then plant him with one stroke. To gouge if this feeling is correct, I researched and put together a side by side comparisson of both drones, feel free to join and voice your opinion.
If I had to take a wild guess, I would say that DJI will uncover their next drone in Photokina in two weeks, but some quadcopter-oriented blogs are already sharing leaked images and info.
According to heliguy the next DJI consumer drone will be called the DJI Mavic. It will also completely change its core design. bye bye X-shaped massive drone and hello foldable, compact, ready to fly design.
We’ve had this video submitted to us by a videographer who wishes to remain anonymous and I can understand why. Even though he followed all regulations (like height, distance from venue and so one) he still got nuked!
The short of the story is that a DJI Phantom Pro 3 got taken down by a balloon (kinda like playing pong, but in reverse). But I think that there is much more to the story than a fallen drone.
The web have been sizzling with Kaveret’s drone footage of a bride walking the aisle. It is a gorgeous cinematic footage of a wedding at Pelican hill at Newport beach, California.
The footage was taken using a Phantom 4 and it is quite different from any drone wedding video you have seen to date. We sat down with Adam Rubin, Kaveret’s CEO and drone operator to break this shot down.
Of course, no sane person would subject themselves to being hit by a flying drone, but researches at Aalborg University in Denmark used a piece of pork and a propeller catapult to simulate the impact bare flash would suffer if hit by a drone. And it isn’t pretty.
The team uses a 3-meter aluminum catapult that can accelerate a 1-kilogram drone up to 15 meters per second. This is relatively fast, but many drones are capable of reaching similar speeds. The collision is filmed with a high-speed camera at over 3000 frames per second.
The catapult is still being developed, and the plan is to refine and improve it to push bigger drones at larger speeds.
Here it comes… US just created a task force to create a Drone Registry by November 20. Frankly, we are not surprised.
The Obama administration would want all US drones to be registered. They said that this is a part of a bigger effort to “to curtail rogue drone flights that pose a danger to commercial aircraft and crowded public venues“.
What this exactly means, we are still unsure. The task force will have to recommend on what constitutes a Drone (I guess a DJI Inspire 1 is not the same as those little baby quadcopters); how the registration process will be handled; and the timeframe for execution.
On one hand we have the world just waiting for a good reason to shove more drone regulations down into DJI and 3DR thoughts (apologies for the other companies, you’ll get some regulations too). On the other hand, it seems that GoPro just wants to party. And what better way than to hit the dance floor on burning man. Then again, is this all one big setup?