What in the world? All this talk about drones invading privacy but not much coverage on the “good guy” drones like these built by a team in Switzerland. Utilizing motion capture devices with positional measurements, these drones (which look like a more aggressive cousin of a DJI Phantom) can assemble a rope bridge thats sturdy enough for an adult human being to walk on. Imagine the possibilities such as rescue and humanitarian missions where drones could access hazardous conditions. For more information visit Robohub.
DJI continues the dominate the consumer-friendly quadcopter market with the release of it’s latest Intelligent Flight Mode firmware update for the Phantom 3 Professional & Advanced and the Inspire 1. The new flight features that impressed me are Point of Interest (360 degree flight around a set object), Follow Me (the quad auto follows a subject holding the controller) and Waypoints (map out a predetermined path and the quad will follow). The upgrade also bumps the Phantom 3 Advance camera recording resolution from 1080p to 2.7k or 20704×1520. These features are a welcome addition to my reliable aerial shoots with the Phantom 3 and I definitely look forward to using them in the field. Stay tuned!
Here’s a fun recap video of my DJI Phantom 3 maiden flight. I try a few basic maneuvers but nothing too crazy as I’m still getting familiar with the controls. After practicing on micro and mini quadcopters, the Phantom 3 is a breeze to fly with it’s incredible stability and flight behavior. And what about that 4K camera? I have to say, it’s very impressive. DJI must have gotten a little tired of GoPro digging into their real estate so they designed a camera that is so fully integrated into the Phantom that it’s like one piece. Once you get used to the flight behavior, it’s really about how to control your camera to get smooth, epic shots. And the best part is everything just WORKS. While I have a great time building my own miniquads, there’s nothing like flying a quadcopter that consistently responds to your controls. Hands down, the DJI Phantom 3 4K Professional is a winner.
DJI have finally released the highly anticipated successor to their flagship Phantom quadcopter series, and I had a chance to take one for a test flight. But first, here’s an unboxing video giving you a rundown on the key features and what’s included in the Professional 4K package.
Update: In the video I mention that you can simultaneously charge both your remote and battery at the same time. That’s my mistake. DJI highly recommends that you DO NOT do that. Only charge one at a time.