Video effects specialist Robert McIntosh wanted a tiny but powerful camera drone, so he built himself the world’s smallest high-definition drone. It’s a drone that can squeeze through the smallest of spaces, as you can see in the unusual 2-minute video above.
“This is without a doubt the world’s smallest HD camera carrying drone seen capturing this epic continuous shot of the infamous Muscle Beach CA,” McIntosh writes. “Smaller, lighter, better.”
His drone weighs just 94.7 grams with a stripped down GoPro camera mounted on it, and about 120 grams with a flight battery and foam roll cage.
This is just damn cool and a must see for all you drone fans!
Related: New $500 entry level DJI Spark!
I'm very impressed with the skill of Robert McIntosh who created this video – and note the video towards the bottom about “practice” – and he's also provided a very cool behind-the-scenes to go with it so you can see the final take the way it was originally shot.
And what makes this video for me is the audio! Compare the original with the drone sounds to the final version and there is NO comparison! Audio makes this video so
The new DJI Spark is an intriguing and adorable little (so little) drone. While its size, specs, and usability features all seem to point at it being a drone for the masses, there are many of us wondering how it might hold up in more professional circumstances. Check out this early hands-on review to find out.
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DJI is absolutely covering all segments with their drones, from the industrial grade machines to the Spark, a 300 grams drone able to lift from the palm of your hand.
Spark is a family drone meaning it is a small machine, an easy-to-use, fun-to-fly mini camera drone that lifts off from the palm of your hand to capture and share the special moments in your life on the go. So many have promised it before but, apparently, DJI offers it now: Spark is the first drone that users can control by hand gestures alone, successfully removing the barriers between you
Now that DJI’s new mini Spark drone has been officially announced, the early reviews are starting to appear. Photo industry personality Kai Wong got his hands on a pre-release prototype, and his video provides a great early look at the drone.
Kai’s humor (note: there’s some strong language) makes this an entertaining demo of DJI’s new “ickle, little” quadcopter. He seems impressed with the drone as he kicks off the video with some beautiful panning shots at Mam Tor in northern England, showing just how well the 2-axis stabilization works.
As Kai shows, the Spark is tiny. Unfortunately, the props
Yep, I just preordered the DJI Spark! It looks like something even I can operate as you can launch it from your hand, use hand motions to tell it what to do, and land it in your hand when you're done.
Of course, it has more sophisticated controls as well.
Downside? Only 16 minutes of flight time (but that’s probably enough for my needs).
PRE-ORDER: DJI site or Amazon
And the ability to have the videos/photos sent to your phone so you can edit instead of having to remove the card and edit on your desktop.
DJI just announced their latest drone, the $499, borderline pocket-sized Spark. The Spark is smaller than a dinner plate, weighs less than a can of Coke, and packs some of DJI's coolest tech inside its teensy tiny body.
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There’s a new DJI drone taking to the skies, and it’s the smallest, easiest-to-use quadcopter the Chinese company has ever created. Meet the DJI Spark, a tiny drone that’s packed full of easy-to-use features that make it perfect for the drone novice and aerial selfie enthusiast.
The headline feature of this little drone—beyond its diminutive size, that is—is that you can control it using hand gestures with “Gesture Mode.” It can launch from and land back in the palm of your hand, you can move it like Magneto controlling a piece of metal, and making a portrait gesture
As consumer-level and professional drones become more and more capable, filmmakers are increasingly turning to them for the unique perspective they offer and as a way to augment existing work. Building on this, PolarPro has just released 12 new cinematic LUTs specifically for DJI's most popular models.
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During Sunday's baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres at Petco Field in San Diego, a drone was seen flying inside the stadium, before it eventually crashed in the upper rows of seating, almost striking a man sitting there.
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DJI issued a press release this past Saturday detailing their "new application activation process" that will go into effect at the end of this week. Users who do not register their drones with the site will find their units subject to "restricted operations."
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The news may sound harsh, but they are intended for safety reasons: DJI drones not registered will turn into toys, with flight limited to a 50-meter (164-foot) radius and up to 30 meters (98 feet) high.
The same week it announces the release of the DJI Smart TV App, which will allow users to watch a variety of aerial content and 4k videos captured from around the world, all in the comfort of their living room, DJI announces restrictions, for safety reasons, to the use of the drones it sells.
In a somehow surprising move, but that was expected by Continue reading "Register your DJI drone before it turns into a toy"
DJI has been releasing impressive drones at a break-neck pace, and they’re planning on releasing yet another new model on Wednesday. This one, according to several reports and this teaser video, is going to be their smallest, most portable drone yet.
The official announcement is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24th, at 11:30AM Eastern time, and DJI is already building serious hype with a teaser video packed full of intriguing footage. In addition to the high flying shots you’ve come to expect from DJI, there’s close-quarter footage that seems to hint at just how small and nimble this little drone will
This is exactly why DJI is forcing users to “activate” their drones, or suffer the consequences. At a recent baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks, an illegal drone slammed into the stands, only just missing a few faultless fans.
You can see the crash in the Fox Sports video below. After showing the illegal drone fly up and off into the stands, the scene quickly cuts to the crash. Blink, and you might miss the moment the drone slams into an empty seat, startling the man and woman who were luckily facing away on either
The good news: you no longer have to register your little DJI Phantom or Mavic with the FAA. The bad news: DJI still needs you to register it with them… or else.
On Saturday, we told you about a federal court ruling that reversed some FAA rules—namely: if you’re not flying your drone commercially, you no longer have to register it with the authorities. But no sooner had that news made the rounds than DJI announced they’d take some of the regulatory burden off the government and into its own hands.
The company is about to launch a new “application
In their work with ETH Zurich, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a drone that simplifies aerial tracking by removing humans almost entirely from the equation.
Aerial tracking shots normally require a team of skilled camera and drone operators to handle collision avoidance and framing. This system aims to change that with intelligent automation.
A director can use the system to specify the viewing angle, screen position and size of the target’s face on the screen, and the camera-equipped drone will stay locked on using those parameters while also avoiding obstacles. The parameters can even be
Heads up: if you’re the new owner of a camera drone in the United States and you’re not planning to fly the drone commercially, you no longer have to register the drone with the FAA. That’s the decision handed down today by a federal court in Washington, D.C.
Recode reports that the lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration was just won by a model aircraft enthusiast named John Taylor, who filed his case against the FAA in January 2016.
“The FAA’s Registration Rule violates Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act,” the decision reads. “We grant Taylor’s
We’ve already shown you how mounting a powerful bank of LEDs to a drone can create some mind-bending, totally unique photos and video. But this nighttime mountain bike shoot by French photographer and director Hadrien Picard takes it to the next level of crazy.
Inspired by this video we shared back in October, Picard decided to take the “strap a bunch of LEDs to a drone” concept and transfer it to his subject of choice: action sports photography.
“I had the feeling i could bring further that idea by filming a night ride of one of the best downhill
I like biking, I even like mountain biking, but there is no part of me that wants to take a bicycle full-speed down this track in Mandelieu, France in broad daylight, let alone at nighttime, and I guess that's why I'll never be featured in one of Redbull's brilliant extreme sports videos.
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