DJI has just released a new version of the Phantom 3 drone-series with a 4K camera and an integrated Wi-Fi downlink. Also hot-of-the-press, similar to Apple’s iPhone market, per popular demand the DJI Inspire 1 can now also be purchased in a very cool looking black edition. DJI Phantom 3 4K It really is tough to keep up with the technology in the drone market. As soon as you have your hands on one, a new one pops out of nowhere. This is, however, a pleasant surprise, as DJI’s newest model in its Phantom 3 flagship series combines the best from previous Phantom models and the most popular features of more advanced models at a highly competitive price. The Phantom 3 4K comes with an integrated, gimbal-stabilized 4K camera, ultrasonic sensors and has remote-control buttons for playback, video recording and camera shutter. In DCI (4096x2160p) the Phantom 3 4K can do 24 and 25 fps, and in UHD (3840x2160p) it can do 24/25/30fps. While this version does shoot 4K, the light-bridge downlink was replaced with a Wi-Fi connection that has a range of about 1.2km with clear line of sight. In terms of price, it fits right between the two existing Phantom 3 versions, DJI Phantom 3 Advanced, which features a 2.7K camera and DJI Phantom 3 Professional, which also has a 4K camera but with Lightbridge downlink. Here’s a quick overview of the various models and prices: Phantom 3 Standard ($499) – 3 Axis Gimbal with 2.7K camera and Wi-Fi downlink Phantom 3 Advanced ($799) – 3-Axis Gimbal with 2.7K camera and Lightbridge downlink Phantom 3 4K ($799) – 3-axis Gimbal with 4K camera and Wi-Fi downlink Phantom 3 Professional ($1259) – 3-axis Gimbal with 4K camera and Lightbridge downlink DJI Inspire 1 – Black Edition In response to popular demand from the professional filmmaker community, DJI introduced a stylistic change in its Inspire line of drones. The Inspire 1 Pro Black comes with a shell, controller, and battery in matte black. It comes equipped with DJI’s best-in-class Micro Four Thirds camera, the Zenmuse X5. The original Inspire 1 Pro, with a white shell, battery case and controller, will continue to be sold alongside the new model. Unfortunately for some, the Inspire 1 Pro Black Edition will initially only be available to customers in regions except for Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Ireland. Firmware upgrade for the DJI A2 Flight Controller DJI have also released a new firmware for their A2 Flight controller. You can download the A2 Assistant Software v1.9 from the product page on the official DJI website http://www.dji.com/product/a2/download?www=v1 to update your firmware. Here are some of the updates, as listed on DJI’s website： Firmware Improved compatibility with the DJI GO app (Lightbridge 2 required): (1) OSD flight data in the Camera View including control mode, battery voltage and battery warnings. (2) Dynamic Home Point feature. (3) In-app enabling of the Home Lock and Course Lock features. Added PMU connection status detection: (1) If detected before takeoff, motors will not start and takeoff is prevented. The LED module will flash red four times and repeat. To resume normal flight, ensure that the PMU is connected correctly. (2) If detected during flight, the LED module will flash red four times and repeat. Land the aircraft and re-connect the PMU to resume battery voltage readings and low voltage protection.Read more
NAB 2013 has been over for over a week now, and it’s time to reflect on what this year’s big trends were. It definitely wasn’t a year of huge innovation in the camera sector (despite the S35 Blackmagic Design 4K camera), it felt more like an evolutionary step. 4K is definitely still the buzzword whereas 3D seems to be almost dead. (Watch NextWaveDV’s NAB 2013 “bloggers breakfast” where we discussed much of that together with our friends from other blogs by clicking here.) Nothing is as sexy as new cameras for readers, but the one trend that clearly was showing this year was camera stabilization, in various forms: there was a lot of noteworthy innovation in a sector that was ripe for innovation. New sliders, jibs, copters and handheld rigs stole the show.Read more
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