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DJI trademarks a new product called SPARK

DJI trademarks a new product called SPARK

On the 9th March 2017, DJI registered the trademark name SPARK under the category of drones; unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). DJI tends to bring to market products that it trademarks, so there’s a good chance the SPARK will be released this year. DJI is deliberately vague with trademark filings, so the nature of the device is purely speculation at this point, though since we broke this story photos of a DJI SPARK have been leaked, which suggest the SPARK is […]

GoPro Karma looking beyond the hype

GoPro Karma looking beyond the hype

Yesterday GoPro launched their long awaited GoPro quadcopter drone, called the Karma. In the UK, Karma is launched on the 23rd October with a retail price for the drone alone of £719.99, with a Hero 5 Black included it will be £999.99, this price is relatively competitive especially considering GoPro include a hand held stabiliser attachment and a back pack. With DJI due to release their DJI Mavic on the 27th September it’s possible DJI will try to undercut the […]

DJI trademark reveals plan for RTK GNSS

DJI trademark reveals plan for RTK GNSS

DJI has added a trademark for D-RTK which the name suggests is a DJI implementation of a Real Time Kinematic (RTK) Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), such systems provide centimeter level accuracy, using either GPS, Glonass or other satellite systems whilst using a second mobile receiver. The trademark application can be read here: https://trademarks.justia.com/868/98/d-86898900.html To achieve centimeter level accuracy two GPS units are used with one of them being stationary (a base station) and another one in the drone. The […]

First reviews of the Phantom 4 are positive

First reviews of the Phantom 4 are positive

The first reviews for DJI’s new Phantom 4 have been positive overall. It has been noted the object avoidance won’t necessarily see thin objects like wires or branches and that the tracking can lose its subject; for most people these are relatively small niggles but potential buyers should be aware the new features are not fool proof. Gizmodo managed to crash their Phantom 4 whilst testing it, albeit their reviewer was flying in sports mode where the collision detection doesn’t […]

DJI announce details of the Phantom 4

DJI announce details of the Phantom 4

DJI today announced the Phantom 4, which everyone was expecting, especially with the usual SB-DJI photo leaks. We had ourselves speculated on Twitter that the legs would have sense and avoid sensors which turned out to be correct, though the addition of active subject tracking for video was a nice unexpected surprise. It was known the Phantom 4 would have a bigger battery but with a claimed flight time of 25 to 28 minutes, this is an impressive achievement; at […]

Solo firmware 2.0 delivers multipoint cablecam and more besides

Solo firmware 2.0 delivers multipoint cablecam and more besides

3DR released their new firmware for the Solo over a month before it was due, this delivered the promised functionality shown at CES and more besides, as well as the headline feature which was the multipoint cablecam which has a time lapse mode, also included was orbit with freelook and Airmap integration; thankfully Airmap is information only and doesn’t prevent take off. The multipoint cablecam has already been received with a positive reception from Solo users, allowing for complex moves […]