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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 […]

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 […]

DJI Launches the Phantom 3 at an aggressive price point

DJI Launches the Phantom 3 at an aggressive price point

Yesterday was the launch of the Phantom 3, with concurrent launch events in New York, Munich, and London.  The fact DJI was announcing the Phantom 3 wasn’t a surprise to anyone but the features together with the price raised a few eyebrows. This third generation of Phantom comes in two flavours, professional and advanced $999 (£668), the latter with 1080p and the professional $1,259 (£842) version offering 4K. Given the Phantom 3 offers a version of the Lightbridge (HD video transmission) and position […]

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing – The experts attacking the multicopter industry

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing – The experts attacking the multicopter industry

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing Last week saw the House of Lords EU Committee make recommendations on drones, including making some recommendations for processes that already exist in the UK.  For example the CAA already has a list of business and professional users that have been granted permission for aerial work. The BBC report was one in particular that was distributed via social media such as Twitter. Hardly a month goes by without a media report with inaccuracies and […]

Does Being Qualified To Fly A UAV Make You A Professional Aerial Video-Photographer?

Does Being Qualified To Fly A UAV Make You A Professional Aerial Video-Photographer?

The Professionals. Before we start this article, it should be noted the question we pose is hypothetical, does being qualified to fly a multicopter/drone with a camera make you a professional video-photographer or is there more to it? The dictionary definition of professional is that you’re “engaged in a specified activity as one’s main paid occupation rather than as a pastime” on that basis if you buy yourself a Phantom or for that matter a *Parot Bebop, then pay your […]