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.
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.
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!