A Bloomberg report says that the world’s largest maker of drones, DJI, has discovered around 1 billion yuan (~$150 million) worth of employee fraud, and that “a number” of employees have been fired as a result. This number, according to the Financial Times could be as high as 29 employees – although DJI have not confirmed this.
Although DJI might be pushing the new Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom drones, the original DJI Mavic Pro is still a very competent drone, and still very popular. Many have stuck with the Mavic Pro despite the newer releases, and many are still looking to buy one, hoping to catch those deals.
Well, here’s a deal for you. B&H has the DJI Mavic Pro Fly More Combo on sale today for only $869. That’s $430 off the regular $1,299 price.
You might think that it looks like DJI just announced what is essentially their Mavic gimbal on a stick. And you’d be right, it does look a bit like that. But there’s a bit more to it than that. Yes, it’s a tiny 3-axis motorised gimbal, but this is no ordinary stick. This is the new DJI Osmo Pocket. A teeny tiny handheld 3-axis gimbal that shoots 4K 60fps video.
After having recently announced both the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom, DJI has now announced the new Mavic 2 Enterprise. DJI is turning the Mavic name from more being than just a single drone into a whole range of products focused on different tasks
Despite the name, though, the Mavic 2 Enterprise is not aimed at seeking out new life and new civilisations, nor boldly going where no one has gone before. It’s designed for more practical aerial video uses in non-filmmaking industries.
When it comes to filters for drones, the first name that usually springs to mind is PolarPro. But just as PolarPro break out into the world of “real cameras“, the big names in filters seem to be targeting drones. This time, Tiffen is expanding their drone filter range with new filter kits for the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom, DJI Mavic 2 Pro, DJI Mavic Air and DJI Inspire 2.
University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) recently published a video showing what happens when a drone hits the wing of an airplane. DJI claims that the video is unrealistic, misleading, and damaging to the company’s reputation and to the drone industry in general. Consequently, they demand that UDRI withdraws the video immediately.
DJI has just announced that they have been approved to offer Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) services for professional drone pilots. The FAA set up LAANC this year to help professional drone pilots operate within controlled airspace.
The FAA has been putting DJI through a “rigorous test and validation of DJI’s technology capabilities”, resulting in their seal of approval as a UAS Service Supplier. This allows DJI to offer their customers near-real-time authorisation to fly in controlled airspace near airports.
If you’re in a market for a drone, there are many options to choose from. DJI launched Phantom 4 back in May this year, and two versions of Mavic 2 were launched a few weeks ago. In this video, Parker Walbeck gives you an in-depth comparison of the DJI Mavic Pro 2 and the Phantom 4 Pro. So in case you’re wondering which one to buy, or if you should upgrade from a drone you already own: this video is for you.