DJI just announced its new Mavic 3 drones featuring up to 46 minutes of flight time and a primary, wide-angle camera with a Hasselblad 20MP 4/3″ CMOS sensor. There’s also a secondary telephoto camera that offers a 12MP 1/2″ CMOS sensor with a 162mm equivalent lens. An advanced Mavic 3 Cine model delivers Apple ProRes 422 HQ capture at 5.1K/50fps and features an onboard 1TB SSD for footage capture. [Read more…]
B&H has the DJI Spark quadcopter for $349 (reg. $399). This is base drone for control by smartphone. The Spark is also available with the standard spark remote controller for $399 (reg. $518), which I recommend over the base package. It’s the easiest drone I’ve ever used and it performs well indoors too. Check out both deal options here at B&H Photo.
DJI has announced its new Ronin-S gimbal for DSLR and mirrorless cameras, which we first saw back at CES 2018, will be available on June 11 for $699. It’s a more compact gimbal than the larger Ronin models and is designed to handle the payload of a basic DSLR or mirrorless camera and lens (up to an 8 lbs. payload).
It features a single-hand design for the lighter packages and has an offset motor roll for better visibility of the camera’s rear display – and thus, further lightening the load with no need to use an external display. It also offers a number of controls and is compatible with several DJI accessories from prior Ronin models. The battery life is rated for 12 hours of use. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
This week is CES 2018 in Las Vegas and there were several new photography products unveiled earlier this week. Below is a short overview and thoughts on some of the key gear. [Read more…]
The new $500 palm-sized DJI Spark is now in stock and shipping out to customers. The Spark has an HD video camera on-board with a 2-axis gimbal. The video can be transmitted to your smartphone up to 2km away. You can also use DJI Goggles to view the FPV footage. Additionally, Spark captures 12MP still images. Check out the DJI Spark here at B&H Photo.
DJI has grown to be the 800 lb gorilla in the drone industry. Other challengers like Yuneec, 3DR and GoPro appear to be in a race for a distant second-place spot.
We thought GoPro might be able to make a big splash and a bit of a comeback with its Karma drone last year. Of course, we all know how that went.
GoPro’s Karma looked great with a collapsible form factor. Then, DJI dropped the Mavic Pro on us a few days later that made the Karma look much less attractive. It was smaller, lighter and cheaper, as well as having an arguably better spec list. And then, to top it off, GoPro issued a recall for the Karma drones that it had sold because they kept falling out of the sky – thanks to a faulty battery latch. [Read more…]