Phantom 5: What Can You Expect from DJI?

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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  1. The Phantom 5 will have a longer flight time. The Phantom 4 Pro can fly up to 30 minutes. We expect the Phantom 5 to be able to make it 35 minutes.
  2. The Phantom 5 will have a longer range. The Phantom 4 Pro has a range of 7000 m. We expect the Phantom 5 to have a range of at least 8000 m, but potentially even up to 10,000 m.
  3. The Phantom 5 will have a better camera. The Inspire 2 has a 5K capable camera. We would be surprised if the Phantom 5 doesn’t follow suit with upgraded video processing.
  4. The Phantom 5 will have front, rear and side cameras to help it avoid obstacles. The side cameras will give the Phantom 5 full 360-degree obstacle avoidance.
  5. The Phantom 5 will be faster. The fifth edition should easily hit 50 mph.
Phantom 5 Side Obstacle Avoidance

Half Chrome rendering of stereo camera obstacle avoidance on the side of the Phantom 5

Not Sold on the Phantom 5 Yet?

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.

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And What Else Will the Phantom 5 Offer?

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.

Splash Drone

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.

DJI Phantom 5

The Phantom 5 legs could fold easily into the arms of the drone.

Phantom 5 Legs

Left: Drone with retractable legs from Chinese manufacturer AEE. Right: Lifting leg concept from Autel at CES

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.

What about the upcoming DJI Mavic 2?

Mavic 2

We have some ideas as to what the upcoming DJI Mavic 2 might be. Check it out here.

Don’t want to wait for the Phantom 5???

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.

Best Drones Now

Maybe you want us to do the work for you???

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.

Best Drone Under $50

Best Drone Under $100

Best Drone Under $500

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DJI Spark: What Will It Be?

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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3D views of the DJI Spark from all angles

You can download this the model we used to create these views.

What is the Spark?

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. 

The DJI Spark is likely about 2/3 the size of the Mavic in all directions

Side-by-side Spark and Mavic

A 3D print of the Spark next to the Mavic. The black color is quite slimming.

What’s so Special About THIS Drone?

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.

Rendering of the bottom of the DJI Spark

Quick connect charging pads, sonar sensors and a downward-facing camera are featured on the bottom of the Spark

Is that enough?

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?

DJI Spark on iPad

Smaller than an iPad

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.

DJI Spark compared to a standard iPad

With the props folded the Spark could fit in a case not much larger than an iPad.

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.

Spark next to a can of diet coke

Finally, a Coke-sized drone from DJI.

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.

How about Obstacle Avoidance?

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.

Spark forward sensors

What Else is Hiding Next to the Primary Camera?

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…

Can it Race?

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.

So is it just a Selfie Drone?

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.

Spark and Mavic from the Front

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.

Spark Wrap-Up

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.

  • 2-Axis Gimbal
  • The gimbal will go into a “stowed” orientation by spinning the camera about the pitch axis until the lens is facing into the body of the drone.
  • Cordless charging
  • An optional charging case with at least 2 charges stored in an in-case battery
  • The shortest time to get your drone air. We’ll put the over-under at 30 seconds.
  • The most impact-resistant DJI drone available
  • IR forward obstacle avoidance
  • On-gimbal forward obstacle avoidance

And some other guesses about this drone based on DJI’s track record:

  • We expect 4K video quality and 20-megapixel stills
  • Top speed of 40 mph
  • Flight time of 15-25 minutes
  • Compatibility with the Mavic remote
  • Compatibility with DJI’s latest accessories including the VR headset
So What’s Really Next for DJI?

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.

  1. Mavic Standard: There are rumors that DJI is going to release an inexpensive version of the Mavic, very similar to the Phantom 3 Standard release, which came after the release of the Phantom 3 Pro. Learn more here.DJI Mavic StandardThe DJI Mavic Standard
  2. Spark: Is it a selfie drone or an entry level drone? Reread above if your interest has been “sparked.”

    DJI Spark on top of a Mavic

    DJI Spark on top of a Mavic

  3. Phantom 5: The next generation of the Phantom is going to be spectacular. Read here to see what could be coming.Phantom FiveThe DJI Phantom 5
  4. Mavic 2: The Mavic Pro is an awesome drone, but it could use some improvements like these.Mavic 2Mavic Pro 2
About the Author

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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My DYS ELF Can Run Circles Around Your Tiny Whoop

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
Weight: 80g
Wheelbase: 83mm
Receiver: Frsky
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.

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Phantom 4 Pro Review – Professional quality aerial imaging and flight capabilities

Phantom 4 Pro

What do you need for incredible aerial imaging?

A brilliant camera, an aircraft you can trust, and the intelligence to make every shot cinematic. The new Phantom 4 Pro has all this, and much more, the Phantom 4 pro camera has an F2.8 aperture, mechanical shutter, and large one-inch sensor, coming together to make brighter more detailed imagery. Record cinematic 4K video at higher bitrates with more advanced compression and a wider dynamic range. 4K 60 frames per second recording gives you stunning detail, slow motion aerial video.

Phantom 4 Pro review

The Phantom 4 pro is as adept at stills as it is with video capturing, every detail at 20 megapixels, it’s mechanical shutter eliminates rolling shutter bending. Grab the perfect moment using burst mode. All of this makes the Phantom 4 pro the most advanced aerial camera ever found in the phantom series. The Phantom 4 Pro is now a huge step forward.

“I’m taking photos of the lava when it’s darker out and the glow of the lava is coming off, the image sensor that’s in this camera now is 1 inch sensor, twenty megapixels, that extra dynamic range allows me to really get everything into one shot, and in the landscape that’s of extreme importance”

Phantom 4 Pro ultra bright monitior

Ultra bright 5.5-inch monitor

See your shot clearly even in direct sunlight with the new ultra bright 5.5-inch monitor that’s more than twice as bright as most tablets. Inside is DJI light-bridge technology, it automatically detects interference and switches from 2.4 to 5.8 Gigahertz transmission at take off, cutting through the noise for more reliability.

“The built-in monitor on the Phantom 4 Pro is so bright, I’m actually able to see in direct sunlight and that’s really allowing me to compose my shot and get what I really want to capture.”


Active track has now been expanded with three new intelligent flight modes,

  1. Profile tracks your subject horizontally from any side.
  2. Spotlight locks the camera on a subject while you flying in almost any direction.
  3. Circle swings 360 degrees around the subject.

Tap fly has also been improved adding reverse Tap fly making it perfect for aerial selfies.


Phantom 4 Pro worry free flight

Worry Free Flight

Flying the Phantom 4 pro is even more worry free, a set of rear visual sensors has been added to existing forward and downward sensors, combined with new infrared obstacle sensors on its sides, the Phantom for pro has five directions of sensing, if image signal is lost it returns home while dynamically avoiding obstacles, and even flies back along its original flight path until signal is regained, every minute in the air counts.

The new high capacity battery flight time has been increased to 30 minutes, when it comes to speed the phantom 4 pro is ten miles per hour faster, with full support of its obstacle sensing systems, with its stunning camera, one inch sensor, ultra bright monitor, obstacle sensing and intelligence, the Phantom 4 Pro brings professional quality aerial imaging and flight capabilities to more pilots around the world.

The Dance of The Red Tape – How to Make Money from Your Drone.

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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.

Insurance
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.

Liability Insurance
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.

Your Market
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?

What next?
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.

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The 5 Most Significant Drone Developments Of 2016

THE 5 MOST SIGNIFICANT DRONE DEVELOPMENTS OF 2016
By Cor Asada

THE 5 MOST SIGNIFICANT DRONE DEVELOPMENTS OF 2016

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.

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New Mavic Pro the Personal Flying Drone from DJI

Mavic pro drone

The Slick Mavic Pro Fly Smarter For Longer

The Mavic Pro is a small fold away drone perfect for our busy lifestyle on the go. This powerful yet easy to fly drone has DJI’s latest technology in a sleek, creative package. The Mavic Pro folds away to the size of a water bottle which is perfect for a backpack.

This drone is built for performance and is equipped with a stabilized 4K camera with navigation, a flying range of 7 kilometers with a fantastic 27 minute flying time. Mavic Pro can be operated by the long range transmitter or even with your Smartphone although the range is less.

Mavic pro latest drone from DJI

Mavic Pro Flying Experience

Mavic Pro has the new FlightAutonomy system which is a complex mix of 5 cameras, navigation, GPS, ultrasonic range finders, redundant sensors and all managed by 24 computing core. This makes for an unparalleled stable, maneuverable and safe flying experience.

This drones can position, plan routes and navigate with obstacle avoidance even at speeds of 36 kilometers per hour. This smooth flyer has sports mode with speeds of up to 40 kph and will automatically return to home if you fly out of range or the battery is low, if you let go of the control the drone will hover in that location.

Mavic pro drone

Advance Camera

DJI Mavic Pro camera has auto-focus technology with a shake free 3 axis gimbal that will record 4k video at 30 fps with full HD video at 96fps, with a 12-megapixel picture.

Easy to fly even for beginners.

  • Gesture mode centers you in in frame so you can take perfect pictures or share your video live to Facebook, Periscope or YouTube.
  • DJI ActiveTrack let your drone follow objects such as people, cars, animals from behind, in front or circle.
  • Tripod mode lets you fly indoors safely as the Mavic Pro slows using finer tuned positioning and precision framing.

The price of the Mavic Pro is $999 with the transmitter, $749 on its own with no transmitter. An extra battery is $89. Also available is the complete package for $1,299 which includes the drone, two batteries, extra propellers, charging hub and adapter, car charger plus a drone bag.

Also extra is a 12 month DJI Care Refresh for $99 which covers damage to the aircraft, camera or gimbal in selected countries.

Ehang GhostDrone 2.0 VR Has Landed

GhostDrone 2.0 drone

GhostDrone 2.0 – Consumer Drone

Ehang has made it easier for the masses to take to the skies with the introduction of the new GhostDrone 2.0, this easy to fly drone is available from Ehangs website and some of the Larger stores such as Best Buy in the USA.

The GhostDrone 2.0 is an innovative drone with excellent engineering and design which makes for a fun and user-friendly flight. Ehang is one of the top drone companies that are manufactured in China but they also have an office in the USA, Silicon Valley which means a better customer service experience. Ehang hit the news last year when they released the first drone that can carry a human the Ehang 184 at the Consumer Electronics Show. Ehang brings similar innovation with the new GhostDrone 2.0 drone.

Ehang drone car

Ehang 184 – Drone Car

Drones are now mainstream, not only for the drone enthusiast and Ehang is an example of the future of consumer drones. Been backed by the recognizable retail chain Best Buy is definitely a step forward for their new drone.

GlobalWebIndex has released a study showing that 32 percent of Internet users aged 16 – 64 have an interest in buying consumer-friendly drones such as the GhostDrone 2.0. Users are already enjoying flying this drone and sharing their video capture with this drone online, from sporting events to marriages. GhostDrone 2.0 has the best technology available with intuitive controls that an inexperienced pilot can fly straight out of the box.

Ehang drone

GhostDrone 2.0 features and interests for experienced and beginner pilots:

  • GhostDrone 2.0 is controlled by the Ehang Play App on your smartphone, which lets you fly in three easy to use modes, Avatar, Waypoints, and Companion. Capture video with a tap of the volume button.
  • Virtual Reality platform lets you fly FPV “First Person View” through the standard Ehang VR Goggles.
  • This drone comes with a 1-year warranty for up to 3 accidents.
  • Great price at $899 which includes the Gimbal, 4K Spherical Camera, plus the FPV Goggles.

More info at Ehang

GhoustDrone 2.0 warrenty

Amazon kits out a secret drone zone

Amazon drone

Multi-million-euro drone-delivery tests are been carried out by Amazon behind a wall of hay bales. A blue control with aerial has been spotted in a field five miles east of the internets giant’s research centre in Cambridge, U.K.  Engineers have been seen putting out landing mats for drone landing trials.

A hiker in the area said; ” I was told by security guards to move away. They have obviously gone to great lengths to hide the testing site from public view.”

Amazon wants to use drones to deliver packages to homes, claiming they are greener and safer than vans. The Civil Aviation Authority lifted drone flying restrictions in July to allow Amazon to test its devices, which can fly for 10 miles at 400ft and carry packages weight up to 5lb.

 

Eachine Falcon 250

Eachine Falcon 250 complete package

The newly designed and upgraded FPV racer from Eachine the Falcon 250  looks great in black. The size of the motors are 2204 and with speed of 2300KV and these motors look much better than the Eachine racer 250. The electronics speed controller of the Falcon 250 are 20 Amps and they can officially support up to 4S Lipo Batteries but I would not be surprised if they could support more juice than that, these are smart electronic controllers meaning that they have anti motor shaft locking protection system can cut the power of the motors in case the blades hit an obstruction as this can happen if you crash the Eachine Falcon 250 and the Blades are still spinning.

 

Eachine Falcon 250

 

As part of the Eachine Falcon 250 kit you will get two sets of 5 Inch Bullnose Propellers and they are rock solid to me and can take crashes very well, one set is black and the other props set are red. All four motors are well protected by plastic motor covers but sometimes dirt can collect between the motors and the cover protector so you will need to keep these clean. The motor protector are held into place with six screws below the motors and are easy to remove in case you need to remove them.

The LED lights are located under each arm and seem to be very vulnerable but they can survive some crashes and are easy to replace in case you need to. Each arm of the Eachine Falcon 250 are held in place with four nuts and bolts. The landing gear is make of Carbon Fiber which is one of the areas that get more stress during crashes and may come lose or ever fall off completely.

 

Motor Protection

Eachine Falcon 250 motors

 

On the side of the Eachine Falcon 250 we have the Iconic E and F letters and below it is the On and Off switch for the LED lights, the switch is slightly lose for my liking but that is not a big deal. The upper plate of the Eachine Flacon is secured by Eight blots and then again it can be easily removed, just remember to bring the correct tool with you.

There is also a carbon fiber plate on the top that hold the action camera and FPV Camera and can take some of the vibration out of the video stream, Of course also you can also adjust the angle of the action camera too. The FPV Camera on the Eachine Falcon 250 has a resolution of 700 TVL and is equipped with CMOS sensor and has a field of view of 127 degrees vertically and 110 degrees horizontally, and this little camera only weights 12 grams. The Eachine Falcon 250 comes with a 200 mW 5.8Ghz video transmitter.

 

Eachine Falcon 250 FPV Camera

 

Flight Test

I would recommend using a 4S battery to get the full potential of the Eachine Falcon 250, this quad is speedier and more powerful than the Eachine Racer 250 and also has better trust. The stability of this Quad is nice but you have to consider due to the tilt of the motors, this FPV racer is defiantly eager to move forward and does not like to stay in the same place for too long. The Eachine Falcon 250 is really nice to fly and has so much power right out of the box, just plug and play, it can’t get any easier, how can you not love this FPV racer?, It’s a real beast to fly! I haven’t flown a faster quadcopter out of the box, maybe you have? Let me know.

Conclusion

The price of the Eachine Falcon 250 is a really good price, just over $200 and out of the box and is ready to fly, this Quadcopter is very strong and can take crashes well and not complain much about it, it is also a very aggressive flyer even in mode 1. What I didn’t like about this FPV racer are some of the components are hard to get to such as the USB connection for connecting to your computer, also its only comes with a 3S battery, I think it should come with an 4S battery. But I think the Eachine Falcon 250 will suit people that have little or a lot FPV Racing experience as you get really good power out of the box and an experienced flyer can tweak this Quad by connecting it to your computer and input your own settings and see what works best.

Shop for the Eachine Falcon 250 Here

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