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…]
Drones vs. Hornets Nests is Apparently a Thing
I stumbled across one video tonight of a drone attacking a hornets nest and then another . . . and then another. If you haven’t seen this side of alternative drone uses, allow me to introduce you to the rabbit hole.
The most effective attack drone of choice appears to be the DJI Mavic Pro, which maintains its position quite well as its blades cut into the nests. As you can see in several of these videos, the hornets attempt a counterattack on the drone to no avail as they simply bounce off the drones’ propellers.
Check out several more videos below. [Read more…]
Deal: Yuneec Breeze 4K Drone for $144
ebay (via stem_tech) has a manufacturer refurbished Yuneec Breeze 4K drone for $144.99 in limited quantity. The Yuneec Breeze captures 4K video and 13MP stills. It can also fly indoors and outdoors. Check it out here on ebay.
DJI Mavic Air Now In Stock
B&H has the new DJI Mavic Air in stock and shipping out to customers. The Mavic Air is a new compact drone that shoots 4K video and offers 21 minutes of flight time for $799. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
Video: Illegal Drone Flying Above Passenger Jet in Vegas
You know the end is coming when crap like this starts showing up online. We’ve had drones landing on the White House lawn, we’ve heard first hand reports of commercial pilots encountering drones on approach and now, we see the above video in which a reckless drone operator is intentially approaching a Frontier Airlines passenger jet.
The incident occurred near McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. According to PetaPixel, “the video was originally posted to a Facebook group called ‘1% FPV’ by a ‘James Jayo Older’ with the caption: ‘Found the SD card.. 1%ers only.'”
Other than the obvious threat to the safety of the people on board the jet, this is terrible PR for an industry that is still finding its way through technological and regulatory hurdles. We’ve come so far in both areas over the past couple years. However, it just takes one major incident to crush the industry. With idiots like this flying drones, it seems almost inevitable.
DJI Unveils Mavic Air Compact 4K Drone
DJI announced yet another new drone this week – the Mavic Air. It is a compact drone that shoots 4K video and offers 21 minutes of flight time for $799. [Read more…]
Black Friday Deal: 3DR Solo Drone for $129
B&H has the 3DR Solo drone for $129 as a Black Friday limited deal through 11/25 at midnight. Check it out while it lasts here at B&H Photo.
Deal: GoPro Karma Lite Drone for $449
ebay (via GoPro Certified) has the GoPro Karma Lite drone refurbished for $449 (reg. $799). Check it out here on ebay.
Stay tuned to the Black Friday / Cyber Monday Camera Deals page for the latest.
FAA Restricts Drones over Statue of Liberty, Other Landmarks
The FAA has issued new restrictions on flying drones around certain US landmarks. See the full statement below. [Read more…]
Drone Pilot Flies UNDER a Train and the Drone Survives
This guy is a better drone pilot than you.
In this seamless flight, drone pilot Paul Nurkkala toys with a passing train by performing a variety of stunts around, and even under, the train.
I’ll be honest; I get sucked into the drone racing shows on TV. Personally, I have to worry about hitting a tree in an open field, but this is just next level stuff.
Yes, he probably broke a dozen or so laws in the process, and scared one train conductor for sure, but it was an incredible moment when he passed under the train between the tracks and the bottom of the train car. While it looked like he knicked the edge of the train car, his drone lived to tell about it.
Kudos for the incredible flight, and don’t try this at home folks!
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