I first learned about the P-Squared Group and their great little LiPo Smart battery chargers for the DJI Phantom 2 and Phantom 3 quadcopters at the InterDrone conference in Las Vegas this year. They loaned us one of their chargers for the Multicopter Warehouse booth I was working out of and we were totally blown away by how fast we could charge 4 Phantom 3 (P3) batteries for the demo quad we were flying in the cage! [Read more…]
Photographers are being pushed into providing video one way or another while aerial shooters often need to provide ground footage. The cost and hassle of a large gimbal, such as a DJI Ronin, along with the cost of the camera, creates a huge barrier to entry. DJI has created a new tool to help solve these types of problems, and its called Osmo. While Osmo doesn’t replace a high end camera and steadycam, it is very close to the next best thing. [Read more…]
Note for Holiday Shoppers – DJI is having a Sale from Dec 11 to the end of the Month where a free hardshell backpack comes with any model of the Phantom Series. Here is the link to the DJI Sale Page.
Droneflyers.com received a new Phantom 3 Quadcopter (Professional 4K model) at the beginning of May and have been flying it regularly since then. With about 50 flights under our belts, it time to do a First Look, Review and Rating on this new quadcopter.
We purchased the Phantom 3 Pro (4K) direct from DJI’s online store for $1259.00 including shipping and a single battery. We have since purchased two extra batteries as well as a used Nexus 7 II (2013) for running the DJI Go App (formerly called the Pilot App).It is our opinion that this hobby and pursuit is still in its pioneer stages – so we never expect the first release of a new model to be perfect or bug-free. A more important question would be whether most or all of the shortcomings are either acceptable or fixable with firmware and software updates…and, so far, it looks like that is the case. As of the end of summer (2015) software updates have resulted in better reliability – and, DJI has added a number of new features including Intelligent Flight Modes (Point of Interest, Waypoints, etc.).
NOTE: The Phantom 3 is a highly technical aircraft and requires study and skills to fly safely and to keep it in one piece. Despite the marketing materials, a quadcopter is not “for everyone”. Beginning pilots should invest time learning the hobby before putting an expensive model such as the P3 into the air.
The Phantom 3 Basics – more Revolution than Evolution
Note: For some background, please see our article – Phantom 3 Improvements over Phantom 2 Vision +
When the Phantom 3 was announced we thought it was a nice evolution of the popular Phantom line. However, after exploring this aircraft for a couple of weeks we can see that it is more than that. It is simply an unheard amount of technology and capability built into a compact frame for an unheard of price!
I’ve been following the folks at B Go Beyond for awhile now as I’ve seen their “flying car” concepts evolve to what is now a crowdfunding campaign to get their latest concept to production. The B-Unstoppable TankCopter is a radio-controlled hybrid land & air craft that quickly transforms from a dual tracked tank on the ground to an airborne quadcopter at the flick of a switch on the remote. [Read more…]
STEMI is a Hexapod Robot you can make on your own at home. Create Your Robot while learning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education). [Read more…]
There’s a lot of buzz going on about Monday’s press conference with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and F.A.A. Administrator Michael Huerta and their proposed plan to require all drone owners/operators to register their UAS (all sizes and classes) with a National Registry. And if you didn’t happen to catch the event, you can watch the recorded press conference below. The backlash from various UAS groups, legal advisors, manufacturers and aviation experts and the UAS community in general are nearly flabbergasted at the outcome of this event. [Read more…]
Drones many be too nascent of an industry to say for sure, but it’s getting dangerously close to becoming a permanent trend — drones are a “boy toy.” [Read more…]
Aerojournalism, dronalism, call it what you will — but drone journalism is coming.
It already has in some capacity. Right now it’s in its nascent stages — it’s quite common to see stories on Mashable or Huffington Post showing, “Canadian Rockies Are Magical In Stunning Drone Video” or “Drone Offers Beautiful Views of Massive Flower Garden.” CNN was quite public about its use of a drone to cover the 50th anniversary of Selma (Jon Stewart throws some solid jabs at CNN reporting on the drone, not using the drone to report: watch this video starting at the 4:30 mark.) But one day in our lifetimes, drones are going to becoming so ubiquitous that they will become a news gathering tool alongside a pen, paper, microphone or iPhone. [Read more…]