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There is little doubt that DJI’s Phantom 5 will have some awesome new features. But what does DJI have planned? We have some insights based on what we have seen and what we know about DJI. First, we will go over the features that we are pretty certain the Phantom 5 will include. Then we have some fun and list the features we would like to see in the next release. These five changes are the most likely improvements to the Phantom 5.
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Maybe your aren’t ready to make the move to the Phantom 5. You could always upgrade your Phantom 3 or Phantom 4. Check out these quick and easy ways to upgrade your Phantom 3 or make your Phantom 4 better. Are you still thinking about that Phantom 5? Keep on reading.
DJI has consistently improved flight time, range, camera quality, and obstacle avoidance with the latest new product releases, so we expect most, if not all, of the upgrades listed above to be realized in the Phantom 5. DJI does not have a history of resting on their laurels, so we think there may be some surprises as well. Next up is the Half Chrome dream list, we would love for at least one of these features to make it into the Phantom 5.
1. Waterproof drone. Swellpro has proven that waterproof drones the size and shape of a Phantom are possible. How awesome would it be to fly your Phantom at the beach and not have to worry about getting it wet? They might not make all Phantom 5s waterproof, but maybe we can hope for a dual release with a Phantom 5W model that can handle the elements and take off out of the water.
2. Removable camera. The Phantom camera is good, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could take it off and use it as an action camera. Removing the camera would allow you to replace it, upgrade it or even swap it out with a 360 degree or thermal camera.
3. Swappable lens. OK, that last one is probably a dream and it’s not consistent with what DJI has done so far. But, maybe they could offer swappable lenses like the Inspire cameras do? For the Inspires, with micro 4/3 lenses, DJI relies on lenses made by Panasonic and Olympus. But with a recent partnership with Hasselblad, the Swedish camera company, maybe DJI is looking to get into the lens business. Why not make the Phantom 5 camera so that DJI proprietary lenses could be swapped out to change the focal length (and field of view), improve image quality with higher end optics, or lower f/number for twilight flights?
4. Retractable legs. Why don’t the legs retract? With the legs out of the way you could have a gimbal that rotates 360 degrees, you could put on shorter focal length lenses or you could swap out that lens for one-half of a 360° camera (see #3 above). Maybe the other side of the 360° could snap onto the top of the drone? Anything can happen.
5. Second FPV camera. A second stationary lag-free camera could allow the pilot to fly the drone with an FPV headset while a second cameraman operates the camera and gimbal. The Inspire 2 has this feature so the Phantom could follow suit, but only if they also add retractable legs.
6. Top and bottom obstacle avoidance. This drone is a masterpiece, why not keep it safe indoors and outdoors in every direction? How awesome would a crash-proof drone be?
7. Laser beams. Maybe not, but we want drones with fricken laser beams!
Until this awesome drone comes out you’ll have to settle for the still awesome, but laserless Phantom 4 Professional. It is still one heck of a drone. If fact the Phantom 3 Standard price is dropping so low it is hard not to buy one. Maybe you don’t want to spend a ton of money on a Phantom 5 but are still looking for something fun to fly. The MJX Bugs 3 is one of the most fun and versatile drones we’ve flown. Or maybe you’ve wanted to try some FPV flying. For less than $40 you can pick up an Eachine E010C, then grab some FPV goggles and you are on your way.
We have some ideas as to what the upcoming DJI Mavic 2 might be. Check it out here.
No worries, Half Chrome Drones has you covered. Maybe you want an aerial photography drone, or maybe you want a fun toy. Want FPV? We’ve developed an advanced system to match you to the right drone. We call it our Half Chrome Drone Cipher™, go check it out. We also are constantly updating our Best Drones Now page to help you stay current.
We’ve flown, crashed and taken pictures with a ton of drones. You want to know which one we think is best? Sure. Are you on a budget? Of course. We have three great articles breaking down the best drones in your budget. Check them out.
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There has been a lot of speculation on what DJI’s next move will be. Will their next consumer drone be a Phantom 5? Will it be a Mavic 2? Will they downgrade the Mavic Pro and release a more affordable Mavic Standard?
It seems that the next release from DJI may be none of those – it may be a completely new smaller drone. There are plenty of leaked photos of the upcoming DJI Spark, but no one has developed a CAD model like we have. Read on for more detailed insights on the Spark than any other site! Or watch below.
Half Chrome is also the only source for a complete 3D CAD model of what we think the DJI Spark might look like. You can find leaked pictures on other sites but we went the extra mile to give you a complete picture of what might be DJI’s next drone. You can read more about the 3D CAD here, or download the file using the button below. Click once to add it to your cart and a second time to check out. The download is yours for free! Go ahead and 3D print your own, we did.
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Recently DJI filed a trademark for “Spark,” which seems like a name perfectly well suited for the small selfie-like drone from the leaked photos we’ve seen. The Spark is small, about 6″ x 6″, and it doesn’t look to have moveable arms. What’s up with no folding arms on a selfie drone? Later in the article, we will discuss why fixed arms might actually be a good thing.
One thing that looks to set this selfie drone apart from the rest is that it has a gimbal. The Dobbie and the Yuneec Breeze are good selfie drones, but they lack mechanical gimbals. Adding a gimbal to a selfie drone is a major upgrade. And that is what DJI does – they continually raise the bar.
This gimbal appears to be just a two-axis gimbal, which isn’t a big deal since drones tend to be stable in yaw, even in light wind. Given the gimbal design, we think it might have a hidden feature. With the camera so close to the ground, wouldn’t it be cool if it rotated to a stowed position right before it touched down for landing? We think the camera will pivot to look into the drone itself at final approach.
You can also see there are the sonar and camera sensors on the bottom of the Spark. DJI builds some of the most stable drones on the market and the Spark looks to fall into line with that. It is very likely that you won’t have to remove the battery to charge the Spark. The photos suggest that the drone can be charged via a USB cable or perhaps by using the quick charging contacts shown on the bottom of the drone.
At Half Chrome we don’t think DJI would release a new drone without some real game-changing new feature. The quick-charging contacts give us a clue as to what that feature might be. We believe that a selling point for this drone will be ease-of-use. We expect a key selling point for the Spark to be that you can get it up in the air faster than any other drone in the DJI portfolio. But what does that mean in practical terms?
We think the Spark will come with a carrying case that will double as a charging station and a launch pad. Imagine opening up a small case and being in the air in a few seconds. That’s something that no drone in the DJI lineup can do. Even the Mavic requires some setup time for unfolding the arms and plugging in a phone to the remote controller. With the Spark, there is no need to even change the battery in many situations. Just put the drone in the case and let the case’s internal battery charge the drone for you. The carrying case might be capable of recharging the drone up to 3 times.
That launch pad could have unique visual features that the Spark can recognize, making the Spark the first consumer drone that can land within a fraction of an inch from where it took off.
It would also be reasonable to expect the Spark to be able to shoot 4K video, a rare feature in drones this small. While the Hover Camera can shoot in 4K, we expect that the Spark’s camera will outperform the Hover by no small margin. The Spark will surely have GPS and some advanced flight modes like Follow Me, Orbit, Return Home and some Selfie modes as well.
We anticipate a “Quick Selfie” mode, where the drone launches largely autonomously to a fixed distance and height for a few pictures or a short video. In some flight modes, the drone may even be capable of intelligent return-to-home, where it follows the same path back to the launch pad that it took to capture the selfie.
The latest leaked photos suggest a place for at least two optical avoidance sensors on the Spark, positioned above the main camera. The sensors are shrouded behind tinted glass or plastic. Tinted glass suggests that DJI is planning on expanding the role of IR-based (infrared-based) sensors, which first appeared on the sides of the Phantom 4 Pro. We think they may be putting as many as 4 sensors there in order to cover a more broad area and better simulate the quality of obstacle avoidance you get with more expensive and processor-hungry cameras.
That would be another IR sensor. At least we think so. Why would you put a sensor on the gimbal next to the camera? It could be there for two reasons. First, for faster or better autofocus. Some cell phone makers like LG and HTC have been putting these sensors on smartphones for the last couple years to speed up the time it takes to achieve autofocus.
We don’t think that’s it’s primary purpose, however. We think it is likely another obstacle avoidance sensor. When this drone is flying fast, which it will be able to do, it will be pitched forward. The DJI spark will likely have obstacle avoidance on-gimbal to see what’s ahead when the drone is flying fast. So that begs the question…
You can race almost anything, so of course, you can race a DJI Spark. It may not be as crazy as it sounds. Many racing rigs also cost hundreds of dollars, and they don’t have obstacle avoidance. What’s the other hint that DJI may be hoping people fly fast with this drone? The arms of the drone look super strong and they are completely integral to the frame. While Phantoms have hollow plastic arms, and the Mavic arms would likely snap off in a high-speed impact, the Sparks arms look to be built for abuse.
With all that this drone can likely do, we think it may actually be a disservice to call it a selfie drone. If the drone really doesn’t have folding arms then it is much more likely to be marketed as an affordable high-performance all-around drone to compete with drones like the Parrot Bebop. “Compete” may not be a fair term, Parrot likely doesn’t stand a chance.
Currently, the only drones in the DJI lineup that won’t set you back close to four figures are Phantoms, which are pretty large and heavy in they eyes of many consumers. We expect this drone to be launched at a price under $500 and for it to be close to the weight threshold where the FAA requires registration. It could be a big selling point in the US if DJI can keep the weight under 0.55 pounds.
Here are the official Half Chrome predictions for what the Spark will do that no other DJI drone has done before. We are 90% sure that 80% of these are correct. You won’t find a list this complete on any other site.
And some other guesses about this drone based on DJI’s track record:
We are expecting DJI to announce a new drone this April. If we had to guess, we would expect to see DJI release their next drones in this order.
Chris is our resident drone geek and holder of a part 107 commercial drone license. He has 14 years of experience as an engineer in the aerospace and consumer electronics industries. He has been a lead designer for several cameras, including “normal” visible spectrum cameras, IR cameras and multi-spectral sensing systems. Chris is in a unique position to make some educated guesses on what the Spark will include.
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The new DYS Elf is a small mean machine. If your Tiny Whoop was on steroids, it would be the new DYS Elf. Drones like the Inductrix and E010 are fun, but they can’t hold a candle to a brushless drone like this new DYS. For pictures, videos and more check out https://www.halfchrome.com/dys-elf/
What Can We Expect From DYS?
The DYS Elf is also referred to as the DYS 83mm Micro Brushless FPV Racing Drone. While that may be a mouthful, it does provide us with some insight as to what to expect. We’ll get an FPV camera, and some powerful motors with the Elf. We also know it is small, just 83mm from motor to motor. That makes it bigger than the Blade Inductrix, which measures in at 65 mm, but smaller than an Eachine QX90‘s 90 mm motor spacing.
The best news here is that it is a brushless drone. That means it is going to perform way better than any brushed micro FPV drone. We expect this little brushless quad to perform much better than the very popular Blade Inductrix and the slightly larger Eachine QX90. Brushless motors are both more powerful and more efficient. Brushless drones come with a higher price tag, but DYS found a way to squeeze brushless motors into this drone without costing you an arm and a leg.
DYS has been producing quality drones and drone parts for a while. This includes one of our favorite drones the Force1 FPV 220 Racer. It is a fantastic drone to get into real racing and acro. That is why we are so excited to see them release its baby brother, the 83 mm Elf.
We are anxiously waiting for our model to arrive so we can put it to the test, but the specs on this little machine are quite impressive. Powerful motors, digital ESCs, HD quality camera, carbon fiber frame all wrapped into a nice little package.
These little guys come loaded with BetaFlight, so you’ll be able to tune them. Also they’ve included a beeper, so if you crash it while flying FPV you’ll be able to locate it easily.
There is some conflicting information on the internet about the Elf, so until we get our hands on one one we will have to do some guesswork. Some images show 3 blade propellers and some have 5 blade propellers. It seems DYS has been toying with both types of props. We will find out shortly which they finally decide to go with.
The 8-Channel Transmitter
DYS even has developed a Frsky-compatible transmitter that looks pretty good. Banggood sells the drone for $158 as a BNF (Bind and Fly) without a transmitter or $165 as an RTF (Ready to Fly) package with the transmitter. For just $7, why would you not add the transmitter? The BNF version is Frsky only. It is compatible with the D8R receiver protocol so you should be able to bind other quads to this transmitter.
DYS Elf Specs
Flight time: 4-6 minutes
Range: 300 meters
Brushless Motor: 1102 10000KV
Brushless ESC: 4 in 1 BLHeli_S 10A Dshot
Flight Controller: F3
Battery: 550mAh 2S 7.4V LiPo
Camera: 800TVL with 170-degree FOV
Video transmitter: 5.8G 40CH 25mW
Should You Get a DYS Elf?
We will update you soon as soon as we get this bird in the sky, but the preliminary specs on it are impressive. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a brushless quad like this one in this price range. Horizon Hobby has another good option with the Torrent 110. The Torrent is bigger, with 110 mm motor spacing, and it will cost you $199 without a transmitter.
Like the Elf, the Torrent is an impressive small brushless motor quad. The Elf’s smaller frame makes it better suited for indoor flying than the Torrent and we think that for indoor flying you will be more comfortable with the Elf than the Torrent.
For pictures, videos and more check out https://www.halfchrome.com/dys-elf/
Did it start as a hobby?
Perhaps your parents bought a cheap and cheerful helicopter that you flew around in circles and crashed into the dog?. Now, however, you have a high-end drone which cost far more than you’d care to admit. You own all the must-have gadgets including a state-of-the-art ground station setup, a gyroscopic camera with 360° functionality and perhaps you’re thinking of including some sort of thermal imaging?
As an up-and-coming UAV pilot, you probably want to monetize your drone and equipment investment, which is a great idea. What do you need to know in order to successfully navigate the business space as a commercial UAV operator?
First things first.
Murphy’s law says that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. And while we don’t want to be harbingers of doom, there are some risks that you shouldn’t take – especially with a drone which costs more than your car. So, a good insurance policy that covers your drone, your ground station equipment and your payload is definitely the place to start. You can’t operate a drone business without a drone.
Any professional organization which hires the services of a drone operator will ask for proof of liability insurance. This insurance can cover a whole host of potential accidents such as loss of UAV, third party legal liability, fire legal liability, personal injury, damage to premises, contractual liability and more. It’s a good idea to chat to your insurance broker to define exactly what they cover, and how much cover is included. A rogue drone or a simple miscalculation can cost you dearly and could possibly sink your business before you even get off the ground – so to speak. Many insurance companies will only insure commercial drone operators who satisfy certain criteria. Visit the SACAA (South African Civil Aviation Authority) website for more information on the requirements for commercial drone operation in South Africa.
As drones become ever smarter and more useful, so do the industries which make use of them. The obvious and well-known markets such as advertising, film and entertainment, and real estate are already making good use of drones. Beautiful aerial photography, incredibly clever and watchable adverts, and impossible stunts are all readily available, thanks to the humble UAV. These markets are a good place to start if you are punting for business, as they already have a need for your services.
Security companies are starting to enjoy the speed and versatility of UAVs, so it may be beneficial to put together a targeted pitch for this industry. Consider what equipment you may have that would be beneficial to them, such as thermal imaging.Commercial farmers find that the security offered by responsive drones, as well as their ability to cover large tracts of land while logging key information on water, livestock, and crops is invaluable. Perhaps they don’t want to invest in a UAV with all the add-ons themselves, so your periodic services would be welcome.
If you want to go big, and perhaps travel a little, then chat to petrochemical or gas companies who have started using low-flying drones to monitor lengths of pipeline in inhospitable places. Engineers and architects are finding it a simple task to monitor a development by using drones to log its process. Additional software that can track the daily progress of a dam, a building, or even a mine will make you even more employable.
Could you offer pilot training to customers who may want their own fleet down the line?
Once you have your equipment, your insurance, and a few key customers in your target market, then you are well on your way to a successful UAV business. Positioning yourself in a burgeoning industry by offering great rates, excellent service and of course, exceptional piloting skills, places you in a strong position. Yes, there is some hoop jumping to get registered and to get all your paperwork in order, but with that comes the peace of mind that you are legal and you have all your bases covered. Harnessing your hobby is a great career choice, if correctly managed. As Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
This article should not be considered legal or financial advice and is for information purposes only. You should consult with a professional financial adviser to determine what may be best for your individual needs.
THE 5 MOST SIGNIFICANT DRONE DEVELOPMENTS OF 2016
By Cor Asada
The drone industry is undoubtedly one of today’s most actively growing markets – to the extent where it’s virtually becoming impossible to keep track of! From pizza delivery via drone, to revolutionizing the way we conserve our wildlife and agriculture. As drone enthusiasts everywhere continue to progress in discovering new ways to create a positive impact within their community, the innovators behind these intelligent UAV’s are progressing even faster.
Let’s take a quick look back to the December of 2012 which marks the first release of the Phantom drone. After receiving such a positive response from the public, manufacturers have responded to the calling by producing more RTF and consumer-friendly drones, whilst the DIY drones started hit a decline. 4 years on and the market has undeniably shifted at an impressive rate. With pre-equipped pristine HD cameras, motorized gimbals, and many other highly intelligent features becoming the norm in today’s consumer drones, let’s have a look at a few significant drone developments that we’ve seen make their mark in 2016.
1. Modern drones are not only lighter but also noticeably faster than previous models; a positive addition in which videographers are pleased with. In just one year, consumer drones became more than 20% faster, exceeding once unrealistic expectations. These improvements now allowing pilots to more expertly capture athletes in motion, animals in the flesh and other swiftly moving objects. In 2015 this wouldn’t have been physically possible using Yuneec’s Typhoon 4K due to a limited max speed of only 28 km/h. Whereas the Phantom 4 has been recorded to reach up to an impressive 72km/h.
2. Everything in 4k is becoming a more recognized product in the drone industry as it has adapted accordingly in addition to receiving a positive response from the growing market. The 3DR solo has been equipped with a GoPro Hero 4. Whereas products such as Yuneec Typhoon 4K, Typhoon H, DJI’s Inspire 1 and DJI’s Phantom 3 and 4 series all capture in 4k, the equivalent to over 8 mega pixels. In addition, a greater breakthrough for the aerial camera commenced when DJI brought the Micro4/3 sensor to the sky. The new Zenmuse X5 gimbal-camera fastly became a five-star choice for drone enthusiasts. Also compatible with the Inspire 1, the X5 has allowed users to capture high-quality footage without the hassle of transportation, heavy lifting and complex preparation for hexacopters.
3. VR Goggles and 360 Video FPV goggles have been around for a few years now, however, haven’t been so common considering the price tag that came with it. With VR goggles, all you need to fly FPV is your phone and software like Litchi, making the setup much cheaper. Using your mobile device’s gyroscope, you can even control gimbal pitch by simply bowing and raising your head.
4. Safety Features Obstacle Avoidance has recently become the backbone of autonomous control for today’s drones, as such systems allow a drone to reach to a destination or return home without collisions. 5. Vision Positioning System Vision positioning systems and sonar altitude holding systems have become popular. Visual position systems give drones the ability to hover precisely, even without GPS signal. Before such systems, flying indoors was extremely difficult, even for experienced pilots. Vision positioning systems allow virtually anyone to fly inside.
5. Vision Positioning System Vision positioning systems and sonar altitude holding systems have become popular. Visual position systems give drones the ability to hover precisely, even without GPS signal. Before such systems, flying indoors was extremely difficult, even for experienced pilots. Vision positioning systems allow virtually anyone to fly inside.