Drones Stories February 14

From Drone DJ:

The Skydio R1 drone has been years in the making but it is here now! Our sister site, Electrek, first wrote about it when one of the senior engineers left Tesla to join the then start-up drone company.

What makes the R1 drone unlike any other drone you’ve seen, is its advanced obstacle avoidance system, the Skydio Autonomy Engine. With 12 cameras, the R1 creates a 3D map of its surroundings and tries to predict the movements of its subject, i.e. a skier, runner, biker, up to 4 seconds into the future so that it can follow the subject while keeping it in the center of the frame and avoiding obstacles at the same time. Impossible you say? Wait until you watch the video below. This is obstacle avoidance at a whole new level. Sorry guys, but the bar has been raised with the R1 drone from Skydio.

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Drones Stories January 22

Spoiler: DJI Mavic Air revealed a day early with 4K, 21 min flight time, 3 colors

From DroneDJ

Today we discovered the first photos and specifications of the DJI Mavic Air drone which will be officially released tomorrow morning at a special DJI event in New York City. Some of the main features of this new unmanned aerial vehicle from DJI are 4K video, 12-megapixel camera capable of making 32-megapixel 180-degree panorama photos with the push of a button, and 4 foldable legs…

Click over to DroneDJ for the rest 

Drones Stories September 19, 2017

Parrot launches Bebop 2 Power drone with longer flight time and new features

Parrot is on a roll! Last week it announced the new Parrot Mambo FPV mini race drone. Now it has just announced the all-new Parrot Bebop 2 Power drone which offers longer flight time, comes with 2 batteries standard, and includes the brand new Cockpitglasses 2 FPV goggles. Follow along after the jump for a detailed look at the Bebop 2 Power.

Drones Stories September 14, 2017

Have you always wanted to try out drone racing? Well, today is your chance! Parrot, the French drone company, just launched the Parrot Mambo FPV (First Person Race) drone. It promises to be a compact, ultra-light, agile and fun to fly mini-drone, that also provides a First Person View (FPV) race experience.

We have not yet had a chance to try one ourselves but we’re hoping to do so soon and report about it here. If it is anything like the DJI Spark in sports mode that we did a first impression of earlier, it should be a lot of fun to fly.

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Drones Stories September 4, 2017

When I finally gave in and bought a drone, the DJI Mavic Pro sold itself to me primarily on its portability. This was the first drone on the market that combined the ability to shoot high-quality footage with a form-factor that made it sufficiently portable for handbaggage-only travel.

I used it on weekend trips to both France and Portugal, as seen in my original review video. Sadly, it didn’t get to accompany me on a holiday in Havana. Doing a little research found that the Cuban government takes a dim view of anyone flying drones anywhere around the capital of Havana, where we were staying, so I had to leave it at home.

I have, though, found a couple of unexpected uses for it which I’ll get to shortly …

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Drones Stories June 18, 2017

Last Thursday I finally got my hands on the super-portable $500 DJI Spark and, as a photographer and drone enthusiast, it’s probably the most exciting iPhone accessory of the year. The Spark is such a small drone that you can take it with you anywhere and anytime, while it also has optics and stabilization features along with some impressive AI that produces impressive imagery and video.

They say that the best camera is the one you have in your pocket. Having a drone that you can easily bring along on trips opens up a whole new world of possibilities. That’s what gets me the most excited…

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