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.
DJI has announced two new drones, both successors to its popular Mavic Pro. First, there’s the Mavic 2 Pro, featuring Hasselblad camera with a 1″ CMOS sensor. The other is the Mavic 2 Zoom, offering a 24-48mm full-frame equivalent field of view. These new drones offer new hyperlapse features, while the Mavic 2 Zoom offers Hitchcock-style dolly zoom.
It’s going to be interesting to see who gets the most attention on August 23rd. Will it be Nikon, with their two new mirrorless cameras? Or will it be DJI, who we expect to announce a couple of new Mavic 2 drones?
DJI has just published a teaser video to its YouTube channel. The beginning shows a section of what could be one of the new Mavic 2 models, with the date at the end of the video showing… Yes, you guessed it, August 23rd. Nikon Mirrorless day (I’m calling it that, you don’t have to).
It’s an odd pairing, DJI and messaging app Line. They’ve come together to produce Spark drones themed on one of their “Line Friend” characters. That character is a bear, called Brown. The newly themed Spark is, naturally, brown. And it features pictures of the bear on both the drone itself and the controller.
A previously leaked image of the upcoming DJI Mavic 2 drone suggested a removable gimbal. However, the latest Argo catalog has published two images of the upcoming drone, showing that there will be two versions after all. DJI will launch a Zoom model and a Pro model, each designed to cover specific shooting needs. And other than revealing this, the catalog also shows some other features we can expect from the upcoming DJI drone.
It looks like the Mavic 2 won’t be the only new version of the DJI Mavic being announced by DJI. Droning On reports that a new “Mavic Enterprise” model may be on the way, too, after posting some leaked photos. This drone seems to have various attachments that can be added to add various functionality to the drone.
DJI Mavic II has been rumored for a while, and DJI recently announced an event in New York where they would present the drone to the public. However, a photo of the new DJI Mavic Pro II has leaked online, and it suggests that the drone will have 360-degree obstacle avoidance and a removable gimbal.
A teaser image reported to have been posted by DJI, teases an event in New York on July 18th, 2018. There’s no solid information on exactly what DJI will announce, but all signs point to an announcement for a possible DJI Mavic Pro replacement with the… Yup, you guessed it, the DJI Mavic Pro II.
Some seem to think DJI may announce a Phantom 5, but with the recent Phantom 4 V2.0 announcement, I think that’s unlikely. Sure, it’s possible, but it’s unlikely. I can’t see them replacing the Mavic Air this quickly, and while the Spark could probably do with a refresh, too, I do think a Mavic II is most likely – assuming it’s a drone at all.