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April 8, 2015

New DJI Quadcopters

DJI introduces quadcopters outfitted with their own cameras.

The Phantom 3. They say they guarantee that it will ALWAYS have accurate GPS data and it will ALWAYS return to home. I interpret that to mean that when it does get lost and crash, DJI will replace it for you completely free. Could they mean anything less? And they promise it is sufficiently reliable and accurate to fly indoors! Will they provide liability insurance for free?

They try to copy the Apple style of product announcement videos, at least verbally. But it goes a bit overboard when they brag that their aluminum has been "pulled from the Earth itself" which I guess means they won't use any from the moon. Or should I say the Moon itself?

720P is "eye popping." Uh-huh.

I gotta admit the included automatic video editor would be worth buying by itself.

The "Advanced" model will have a SRP of $999 and shoot 1080P at 60fps. The "Professional" will be $1,259 and can shoot at up to 4K at 30fps.

Here is the company's website. Buy it here. Shipping in late April.

They do not emphasize what I think is the greatest advance: finally, someone is selling a completely integrated quadcopter. Researching quadcopters before now, I was surprised to find out how many separate parts you had to buy from different vendors and then assemble them all yourself, unless you took advantage of a package deal offered by B & H. The only thing you need to add to the Phantom 3 is your own smartphone or tablet (Android or iOS - sorry Windows!) so that you can get the view from your quadcopter live, while it's flying. This shaves about $1,000 off your starting price.

Filed under GoPro,Photography | permalink | April 8, 2015 at 10:52 PM

Comments

As I understand it, 720p is what the iPad sees during flight, while the camera is capturing 4K (Pro) or 1080p (Advanced). Compared to what most FPV systems are sending back to the ground, that's not too shabby.

I wonder if the camera is repairable/replaceable?

Posted by: b at Apr 9, 2015 9:47:15 AM

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