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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 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 […]

Updates on the 3DR Solo

Updates on the 3DR Solo

The 3D Robotics Solo made a good start at NAB winning the best drone award, a day after NAB, 3DR mentioned on social media that they plan an endurance pack as an upgrade path for those needing it, consisting of stronger motors and a higher capacity battery, presumably designed for heavier lift, hopefully allowing some more camera options.  A welcome design feature on the Solo is that each motor can be removed simply by unscrewing with no soldering being necessary. […]

3D Robotics release the Solo

3D Robotics release the Solo

Today 3D Robotics released the Solo, which when the GoPro is factored in, works out more expensive than a Phantom 3 but we would argue offers more functionality and future proofing with altogether better customer service.  The Solo has a base price of $999 with the 3 axis gimbal costing $399, on to which you’d add your GoPro, albeit many drone owners already have a GoPro. In the UK the price for the Solo is a little under £1000 (without gimbal): Solo Quadcopter […]