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.
When you first get a drone, every single video you shoot looks amazing. At least to you, the person who made it. Because you made it. But after a while, when the initial buzz has worn off, you look at your footage and perhaps feel a little deflated. It wasn’t as good as you remembered it being. So, you need to push yourself. Use drones in a more interesting way. Use them to tell a story.
In this video, Dirk Dallas of From Where I Drone walks us through five cinematic drone techniques. Each can be used to help tell a different part of your story and connect with the viewer in a different way. And, they’re visually impressive manoeuvres, too.
Announced only a few days ago, the Mavic 2 drones already have their first reviews appearing. This one’s from the folks at We Talk UAV. They take out the Mavic 2 Pro and put that 1″ 10Bit Hasselblad camera to the test. DJI gave themselves a tough act to follow with the original DJI Mavic Pro or even the Mavic Pro Platinum, but it looks like they’ve actually outdone themselves.
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).
So there are a couple of different ways to use drones to light paint. Some people will attach Lumecubes to their drone and paint an environment with them or will fly a drone around the sky or an object and have the drones lights creating images in the sky. However, there is another way to use them that isn’t widely used yet. That is using the drone’s camera to capture light painting from above.
Drones are becoming more and more popular these days and it’s not too expensive to buy one and play with its possibilities.
While the Mavic 2 is the talk of the town, people often forget that DJI isn’t the only drone company out there. There’s also Yuneec. Over the years, Yuneec have brought out some pretty cool drones. There’s the Typhoon hexacopter, the little Breeze 4K that we saw at Photokina 2016, and we’ve seen their tech in other products such as the Steadicam Volt stabiliser.
Now, Yuneec have introduced a new drone, the Mantis Q. And while it looks to go head to head with the Mavic Air, it has something special up its sleeve. Bucking the trend of gesture control (although it has those, too), the Mantis Q is voice operated.
The original AirSelfie, released in 2016, was a pretty interesting idea. A phone-sized drone for shooting selfies. But it didn’t seem to really take off (no pun intended) due to a few limitations. The camera is low resolution at only 5MP and the battery life meant you only got a few minutes of flight time.
With the release of the AirSelfie2, that flight time has now doubled (so you get 5 minutes instead of 2 or 3) and the camera’s seen a resolution increase to 12MP. The larger photos also mean that the internal storage gets a bit of a bump, too, going from 4GB to 16GB.
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.
If you decided against Tony’s advice and want to go ahead and get a drone anyway, then be warned that flying them isn’t always as easy as flashy commercials may have you believe. You want to shoot decent footage and you also want to not kill them. Both of those things require some care. In this video, Matti Haapoja offers 5 tips to “get good” with your drone.