3DR’s new Solo quadcopter is in stock and now shipping. The Solo was announced back at NAB in April. It has tight integration with GoPro cameras and is the only drone to come with a Flyaway Guarantee. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
The Typhoon Q500 4K builds off its 1080p predecessor with a new camera that shoots 4K video. It will also capture 1080p video at up to 120fps. Still images are 16MP and can be saved as JPEG or DNG RAW files – even while recording video. The built-in camera is stabilized by a 3-axis gimbal, which can be controlled remotely from the ST10+ ground station transmitter. [Read more…]
Prior to the announcement of the 3DR Solo back at NAB this year, the 3DR IRIS+ was the enthusiast drone that went head-to-head with the DJI Phantom line of drones.
The IRIS+ has the ability to use a “Follow Me” feature when combined with a GPS-enabled Android device and the compatible Tarot-2D gimbal is a more reasonable $210 at retail.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgOkTM7J_WA&w=700&showinfo=0&rel=0]
As the drone market continues to pick up, expect to see more and more advanced drones available and lower and lower prices. You can find the 3DR IRIS+ here at B&H Photo.
DJI has singlehandedly launched the drone market into the stratosphere. The DJI Phantom is instantly recognizable and synonymous with the word “drone.” It is nearly a household name. Just last week, we saw one at the center of a sequence on Big Bang Theory.
Right now, you can order a DJI drone to be shipped to your door in a day or two at prices ranging from $350 for a base-model Phantom 1 to over $6000 for a DJI S1000 that can haul heavy-duty camera. And there are models at nearly every price point in between. There is much and more for everyone in DJI’s lineup. [Read more…]
One of the biggest complaints that I have heard about the DJI Phantom series of quadcopters has been random flyaways that some users experienced. I have covered these issues ad-nauseam here on Photography Bay and there is a nightmarish forum thread here with dozens of first-hand reports. It is a real problem and something that can quite simply kill a passion of flying drones for many users after they helplessly watch a $1,000+ kit flyaway.