Whenever a product goes out of stock for any period of time, it’s usually an indication that its replacement is on the way. And if DJI’s online store is anything to go by, they’re getting ready to announce a few. All package variants of the DJI Spark and DJI Phantom 4 are completely out of stock, with many Mavic Air, Mavic 2 and Inspire 2 packages also gone.
DJI’s recent announcement was not the rumoured Mavic Mini drone that some had been expecting. Instead, it was the DJI Osmo 3, a folding handheld gimbal for smartphones. But that hasn’t stopped more leaks about a mythical DJI Spark upgrade from happening.
The video above, originally posted to TikTok by a user of a closed Facebook group about DJI gear, purports to show the new DJI Mavic Mini drone, folded up, from various angles.
The DJI Spark was announced in July 2017, and many felt it was a little underwhelming, especially since the DJI Mavic Air was announced just six months later in January 2018. The price point of the Mavic Air made it clear that this was not a Spark replacement, but it did make the shortcomings of the Spark more noticeable.
The DJI Spark 2 was expected to be announced at some point last month, but that announcement was rumoured to be delayed. Now reports suggest that the Spark replacement might actually an entirely new line of drone. The Mavic Mini.
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’s official, the leaks were legit, and the DJI Mavic Air is here. But now we have the final specs and details, and it looks pretty impressive. It’s almost like DJI actually listened to the collective sigh of disappointment when the Spark was rumoured last year and decided to give people exactly what they wanted.
Update: If you missed the DJI live stream, it’s at the bottom of this post.
So, it looks like the rumours were true. DJI are prepping to officially announce the DJI Mavic Air in around 23 hours (at the time of writing). And these leaked photos from Drone DJ offer some suggestion of what may be in store. It kinda looks like a Mavic Pro and a Spark got together and had a baby. But is it really deserving of the Mavic moniker?
As far as wacky ideas go, this one actually seems pretty useful. Using a drone with a gimbal stabilised camera as a handheld rig isn’t a big secret. I know a few people who’ve done it, and I’ve tried it myself a couple of times, too. But they’ve all been fairly basic. Either they’re using a Phantom and simply holding the landing gear, or it’s a quickly put together DIY rig.
This, though, is pretty cool. It’s the Polar Pro Katana, and it turns your Mavic Pro into a handheld gimbal stabilised camera. This is the first time I’ve seen a ready-made solution, though. I wonder if it was possibly inspired the DJI Inspire 2 launch with a film which was shot by a drone using this exact technique.
ZeroTech, makers of the Dobby selfie drone appear to be working on something new. At least, they are if these leaked photos are anything to go by. Apparently called the “ZeroTech Hunter”, this new drone bears more than a passing resemblance to the DJI Mavic Pro. Well, it does when it’s folded up.
Opened out, the illusion is somewhat lost. Judging by how low this thing sits on the surface, it looks like a very pale imitation of the Mavic, although there aren’t many pictures to go by just yet. So, while it may be taking aim at DJI, it seems like it’s a poor aim.
DJI have had a hard time filling orders for the wildly popular Mavic Pro. Since its announcement shortly after Photokina, they’ve just not been able to keep up. Now, though, they finally seem to be getting there, and the Mavic Pro is in a lot of hands. Every day I’m seeing a ton of new footage shot by them, and while some of it is excellent, there’s a lot out there that needs some work.
The folks over at FliteTest seem to have noticed this, too. In their new video, they provide 6 tips to maximise the abilities of the Mavic Pro. Most of them will also help you to produce smoother and cleaner footage.
This might sound like a click-baity title, but this is essentially what will happen if the current “Prototype regulations” go through. It’s difficult to know just where to begin when trying to describe how ludicrous some of these regulations are. They would essentially outlaw almost every drone currently on the market. The European Aviation Safety Authority also can’t seem to figure out the difference between drones and “model aircraft”, so they’re being pulled in as well.
In the UK and throughout Europe, right now, we have some fairly healthy drone rules which allow hobbyists a lot of freedom to pursue their hobby. The new regulations would place very impractical if not virtually impossible limitations on what and how you can fly. This video from First Person View goes through the basics of these regulations, and what they mean.