DJI AeroScope is Designed to Track Down Your Drone While Airborne

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Oct 262017
 

DJI has unveiled a new tool designed to increase safety and security in a world of crowded air space. AeroScope can identify and track any DJI drone by using the existing link between the drone itself and the controller on the ground. A bold move, you might think. Certainly, but also a necessary one!

Security is always an issue, and it’s always about keeping a balance. Surveillance, incapacitation and big brother authorities on the one hand, privacy and freedom on the other.

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We need regulation for the increasing air traffic caused by affordable drones, sure. But we also need to avoid a surveillance state in order to enforce these regulations. In comes DJI AeroScope, a tool which tries to satisfy both sides.

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This upcoming technology won’t be available for everybody. It’s designed to be used by authorized parties like police or aviation authorities only. AeroScope has been installed at two international airports since April, and DJI is continuing to test the system in other environments.

Basically AeroScope is a receiver that can detect any drones within its range once that drone is powered on. Before it’s even airborne, AeroScope can already know its location and its unique registration number, which relates it directly to its registered owner.

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How to Maximize Your DJI Spark Dynamic Range in Postproduction

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Aug 172017
 

Amongst the drones available on the market in 2017, the DJI Spark is surely not amongst the top ones in terms of files quality. The sequences it creates are quite difficult to color grade in postproduction and thus it makes it hard for videographers to mix the clips with footage from another camera. However, there are ways to improve what you can get out of Spark’s videos. Casey Faris gives us one of the tricks he uses to maximize the dynamic range of the images.

The DJI Spark is without a doubt an incredibly attractive product to get into aerial photography and videography. But its price comes at the cost of more advanced features found on the Phantom and Mavic, such as log footage. The sequences produced by the Spark are very contrasty, sharp, and quite saturated. It’s not a bad thing for average users, but it’s far from ideal for those who want to color grade their footage.

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DJI Spark Review – Is it Really Suitable For Professionals?

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Aug 012017
 

As a professional filmmaker and DJI Mavic shooter, Tamás Kiss wanted to test the capabilities of the tiny new DJI Spark drone, so he took it to the challenging Icelandic climate to put it through its paces. Here’s his DJI Spark Review, that confirms a lot of the observations I made during my hands-on session with the tiny new drone. – Introduction by Sebastian Wöber.

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DJI announces the M600 Pro drone for payloads up to 6kg

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Nov 162016
 

DJI has announced yet another drone, but this time it is a lot larger than the Mavic Pro. The Matrice 600 Pro inherits everything from the M600 with the addition of improved flight performance and better loading capacity. The M600 now comes with pre-installed arms and antennas to help reduce the setup time. This is perhaps the biggest improvement over the older M600.

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The airframe is equipped with the A3 Pro flight controller, Lightbridge 2 HD transmission system, intelligent batteries and battery management system. All Zenmuse cameras and gimbals are natively compatible and there is full integration with third party software and hardware.

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DJI’s New Mavic Pro Has All the Smarts of the P4, None of the Bulk

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Sep 282016
 

While drones can navigate pretty freely in the air, they’re still a hassle to port around on the ground. DJI’s newest aerial camera, the Mavic Pro, looks to change that. It boasts a foldable design that shrinks the drone down to a device that basically fits into the palm of your hand and slips easily into a backpack or purse.

The Mavic Pro may be far more compact than DJI’s Phantom models, but it doesn’t skimp on features. It features a 4K camera that can record at up to 3o (full HD at 96p) and snap 12-megapixel still images in the DNG or JPEG format. The lens has a 78-degree field of view and you’ll enjoy about 27 minutes of flight time with a top speed of 40 miles per hour in sport mode.

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DJI Announce the First Drone Zoom Camera – Zenmuse Z3

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Jul 142016
 

DJI just announced the introduction of a drone zoom camera called the DJI Zenmuse Z3. It is an upgrade to the popular Zenmuse X3, which is their entry level integrated drone camera used on the DJI Inspire 1 and DJI Osmo.

The Zenmuse Z3 will offer a zoom of up to 7x. That is a 3.5x optical zoom with a digital scaler doing the rest. Although the press release indicates this zoom camera is aimed mainly at industrial applications such as inspection and surveying, it certainly also gives filmmakers interesting new possibilities. A different focal length can come in handy in many filming situations.

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New DJI Phantom 4 with sonar and A.I. can track moving objects, fly automatically

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Mar 132016
 

DJI have updated their consumer Phantom drone today, which will be priced at $1400.

It contains some serious AI.

The DJI Phantom 4 features sonar with collision detection.

TapFly now allows the drone to fly itself via waypoints tapped in via an iPhone app – in realtime whilst the drone is in flight.

ActiveTrack allows a rectangular box to be drawn around a target (human or otherwise), then the drone will follow and shoot them. Hang on that sounds a little sinister, how about “film them”.

Flight time on one charge has been increased to 28 minutes and the 4K camera has also had an upgrade.

Although it is the same 4K Sony sensor as before (also seen on the DJI OSMO) slow-motion has been given a boost to full 1080/120fps.

The lens is improved and so is the stabilisation offered by the re-designed gimbal. Of course the camera is bundled with the drone and doesn’t cost extra.

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Jan 122016
 

Yuneec Typhoon H: A true Contender

This is a serious contender to DJI’s Prosumer lineup. The Yuneec Typhoon H comes equipped with a 360-degree gimbal camera that can take 4K videos and 12-megapixel stills, and its rotor arms are made of lightweight carbon fiber. DJI now sells the Zenmuse, which can be attached to the Inspire, shoots micro 4/3 and RAW footage, and allows for more fine-grained tuning of color and focus while in the air. The Typhoon H, like the Inspire 1, has retractable landing gear and a camera which can pan a full 360 degrees.

Unlike the Inspire 1, the new unit has six rotors instead of four. According to Yuneec this will allow the craft to remain stable and land in the event it loses one or two motors.

Hollywood Welcomes the DJI S900

DJI also has a six-rotor craft aimed at Hollywood professionals, the DJI S900, which will set you back over $4,000 when equipped with a camera. The new Typhoon H also has a full suite of autonomous features, such as Orbit, Point of Interest, Curved Cable, and something called Journey. It has basic sense and avoid technology on board, using “ultrasonic proximity detection” to automatically dodge large obstacles.

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Oct 092015
 

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The company that has made its name putting cameras in the air is bringing them back to the ground.DJI, the world’s largest drone manufacturer, announced today at the London Film Festival a new product called Osmo, which isn’t intended for drones at all. It’s a tiny, hand-held device (what’s known as a “three-axis gimbal” in videography) that integrates with cameras made by DJI and allows for video shot by people on the ground to have the smooth, gliding look of footage shot by an airborne drone. An Osmo costs $649, and also comes with a 4K, 12-megapixel camera.

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Sep 112015
 

DJI have announced two replacement cameras for their Inspire 1 UAV. The ZenMuse X5 and X5R replace the stock Zenmuse X3 camera with a Micro Four Thirds 4K camera, fully controllable from the ground via DJI’s GO app. The system uses standard interchangeable MFT lenses and can take 16MP stills or video. Updateable colour profiles will also offer the ability to shoot flat images to maximise the benefit of a claimed 13 stops of dynamic range. A complete Inspire 1 and X5 system will cost $4,499US; a camera-only upgrade for existing owners is also planned for $2,199US. The X5R, a Cinema DNG RAW capable version of the camera, will be available as a complete package for $7,999. Thanks to Matt at Newsshooter.com.

 

May 082015
 

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The world’s largest drone maker is quickly becoming one of China’s most powerful homegrown companies. DJI announced today that it has raised another $75 million in venture capital funding, and recent talks with investors have reportedly pegged the value of the company at a whopping $10 billion.

The Verge reports that this latest infusion of cash comes from Accel Partners, a Silicon Valley firm that’s well known for its early investments in companies such as Facebook and Dropbox.

DJI says it’s on track to double sales this year and generate around $1 billion in revenue from drone sales around the world. Not bad for a company that was founded in 2006 by then-26-year-old engineer Frank Wang, who has now become the world’s first drone billionaire (he owns about 45% of the company).

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Apr 292015
 

This short subject is the best in terms of aerial drone photography that I have yet seen. Have a look!

“This movie was shot during our 20 days trip to Antarctica in December 2014 to January 2015.
We started from Ushuaia in Argentina and went to Port Williams in Chile, rounded Cape Horn and crossed the Drake Passage towards the Melchior Islands in Antarctica. We spent 16 days in the Antarctic and got to experience the most amazing scenery and wildlife before we returned back to Ushuaia.
Filmed with GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition and DJI Phantom 2, edited with Final Cut Pro X.”

Apr 082015
 

“We’ve returned to the Phantom and have redesigned its core systems to bring you the most advanced, forward-thinking aerial videography solution the world has ever seen. The Phantom 3 takes the look and feel of big-budget professional image capture and puts it in the palm of your hand.”

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Feb 242015
 

Last chance to take advantage of these great Adorama specials and instant rebates on DJI equipment including the Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter, the Ronin Stabilizer and More.

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Deals and Instant Rebates are valid through 2/25/15.

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Oct 032014
 

This is some truly impressive footage of the recent eruption of Bardabunga volcano in Iceland. Hot stuff! The footage was created by Eric Cheng using the DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter and a GoPro Hero camera. Thanks Eric for creating this spectacular footage!

DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter with Zenmuse H3-3D 3-Axis Gimbal and Transmitter, 20.7 ft/s (6 m/s) Speed, 2.4GHz Frequency, Up to 22 Minutes Flying Time, GPS Autopilot

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GoPro HERO3+ Black Motorsports Edition HD Action Camera, 12MP, 4K Video Resolutions, SuperView & Auto Low Light Modes, Mini USB, Wi-Fi, Waterproof

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Note: The new GoPro Hero 4 is due to be released October 5th. The big new feature is 4K video!

Here is more on the GoPro 4:

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Aug 062014
 

“The DJI Spreading Wings S900 has a lightweight, highly portable frame that enables creators to take it anywhere and capture content like never before. Built with our most advanced technology, the S900 combines power and durability for on-the-go professionals who expect the most out of their equipment. Footage shot in Sichuan, China, and Malibu, California, USA. “

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