Leading drone manufacturer DJI just pushed the aerial market to the next level once again. The new DJI Mavic Pro is their first compact drone that folds away to fit inside a standard-sized backpack, and it looks amazing. Just last week GoPro announced what seemed like their greatest achievement in product design yet: Their GoPro Karma drone is foldable, compact and incorporates their new GoPro HERO 5 camera. But today, the Karma already looks a little obsolete as the DJI Mavic Pro rises to the challenge. Read all about the new DJI Mavic here. Be among the first to try the DJI Mavic. It is available for pre-order now. EU Pre-Order at CVP: LINK DJI Mavic Pro – Small Size, Foldable Design DJI Mavic Pro Drone folded to become ultra compact There had been rumours about a new compact drone by DJI for a while, but now the DJI Mavic Pro is real. In short, DJI put their experience and technology with unmanned aerial vehicles into a sleek, foldable package that opens up new possibilities for videographers and drone enthusiasts wherever they go. At a first glance, the strength of the DJI Mavic Pro is already apparent: this drone features an impressive design that takes “folding away” to the next level. The package has the size of a water bottle, with four folding arms and propellers tucked snugly against its body. In fact, all elements of the drone are protected, as even the camera and gimbal are surrounded by a transparent cone, so it can certainly be tossed into a bag to be launched quickly whenever the time and place are right. DJI has spent a decade making it easier for anyone to fly, and by rethinking everything about how a drone looks, we have created an entirely new type of aerial platform for anyone to explore their creativity,” – Frank Wang, CEO and founder of DJI In comparison to the GoPro Karma, the DJI Mavic Pro is a lot more compact and doesn’t need a special case like its competitor: DJI Mavic vs GoPro Karma comparison in folded away state (the size differences are not accurate) The DJI Mavic Pro Controller The DJI Mavic Drone can be controlled from a smartphone, or from the dedicated new remote controller. According to DJI, it can be set up and ready to fly in less than a minute after calibration. The controller features control sticks that provide tactile feedback to warn the user about obstacles. The Mavic remote controller has its own screen, but can also be mounted together with a smartphone to provide a better viewing experience. The controller is compact and unfolds just like the drone itself. Full of Sensors and Aware of its Surroundings With the introduction of the DJI Phantom 4 in March of this year, DJI also introduced spacial awareness into their drones for the first time. The same technology is also packed into the small DJI Mavic Pro. It features obstacle avoidance and a new Flight Autonomy guidance system, which combines dual-band satellite navigation, redundant sensors, ultrasonic range finders, five vision-positioning cameras and deep learning processors for intelligent flying modes. DJI’s Active Track recognizes common subjects such as people, cars, bicyclists, boats or animals, and then sends Mavic Pro to follow behind, lead in front, track alongside or even circle the subject. You can also keep the camera focused on the subject while controlling Mavic Pro’s movements. There is also a new Terrain Follow mode to race up a slope behind a subject while remaining at a constant height between 1 ft (0.3 m) to 33 ft (10 m). It also uses downward-facing sensors and barometric readings to detect a rising slope on the ground beneath the drone and automatically move it to a safer height. 3-Axis Gimbal and Camera System Of course, the DJI Mavic Pro also includes a three-axis gimbal for shake-free video and aerial photography. This system is the smallest DJI has built so far, and features a camera that shoots 4K video at 30 fps and 1080p HD video at 96 fps, with a minimum focusing distance of just 19 in (0.5 m). The new minimum focus distance is great, as this has been a problem with previous DJI drones and especially the DJI Osmo. The 12-megapixel camera shoots photos in the Adobe DNG RAW and can be flipped 90 degrees to a new portrait mode to shoot vertical photos. [UPDATE:] According to early user reports, the 4K camera found on the DJI Mavic offers a little less resolution than the DJI Phantom 4. Considering the new drone has half price, weight and size of the Phantom 4, the mediocre image quality will probably be an acceptable downside for most consumers, but might be a less positive aspect for those looking for a more professional look. DJI is also introducing a new OcuSync encrypted transmission system that has a range up to 4.3 miles (7 km) and can reach 1080p video resolution for live streaming to Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube through the DJI GO app. The drone can fly up to 27 minutes on one Intelligent Flight Battery, which is similar to the flying time of the DJI Phantom 4, but 7 minutes longer than the GoPro Karma. Other Features of the DJI Mavic Pro Mavic Pro’s Sport Mode allows speeds of up to 40 mph (64.8 km/h). There is also a new Tripod Mode that drops Mavic Pro’s maximum speed to just 2.2 mph (3.6 km/h) and reduces the sensitivity of the control inputs, to allow precision positioning for photography as well as to make it easier to fly indoors or in other confined spaces. The DJI Mavic Pro also pairs with new DJI Goggles, displaying a 90-degree view from the drone in 1080p for a true bird’s-eye view. The goggles use OcuSync to display video directly from Mavic Pro, not the controller, reducing lag to 120 milliseconds. You can direct Mavic Pro through the sky while wearing the goggles – looking down will tilt the camera down, while looking left or right will change the direction of flight. Mavic Pro is available for pre-order now for $1199. It will begin shipping in mid-October.Read more
Like the versatility of a magic arm but hate the inevitability of the threads slipping lose and damaging your accessories? The Walimex Pro Anti-Twist is designed as a safeguard device that works in conjunction with your magic arm to provide a solid mate on both the camera and accessory side. Frankly, I’m not a fan of the traditional magic arm. Whilst their form factor is useful in placing accessories in spaces exactly where you want them, their function is fundamentally flawed by the requirement of two hands for adjustment and the nigh-inevitable occurrence of either end of your arm slipping lose. I have yet to use one that does not suffer from the latter. Unfortunately the physics of having threaded mounts on the same axis of adjustments means it will happen at some point—no matter how hard you tighten both ends. A Solution to Magic Arm Woes? The Walimex Pro Anti-Twist offers a solution that makes the traditional arm a more exciting prospect. The device is split into two parts, each connecting between the magic arm and camera/accessory. On the camera side, the Walimex Pro Anti-Twist offers two points of connection to camera cage and/or cheeseplate. It then receives the magic arm thread, adding a further locking Allen key pin to ensure a solid connection. The dual connection points are right angle to each and offer a degree of adjustment to ensure a more universal fit with a variety of cages/plates. On the accessory side, the same locking Allen key pin is used on the magic arm, plus a rubber gripped base to accompany the single 1/4″ male thread ensuring the mount remains universal but offers a much more solid mate. With a strong connection to both camera and accessory, the magic arm can now be used much more freely without risk of the inevitable slip. Personally, I prefer to use friction based mounts for monitoring accessories as these require only one hand for adjustment. However, other accessories that need to stay put (sound recorders, microphones, wireless transmitters, etc) could all benefit from a system like this.Read more
SmallHD are offering a 24 hours sale for Cyber Monday, company wide savings of up to $30 off. I’ve been using my DP6 since it’s release many years ago; they are simply fantastic monitors and SmallHD has well in updating its lineup with some great replacements. The DP7-PRO line offer some nice features, color accurate OLED panels, Hight Bright for use in daylight and SDI/HDMI in/out conversion to name a few. At a first glance their lineup can be a little overwhelming, but with a little investigating you’ll find that their 7″ monitor line consists of two main models, the AC7 and the DP7. The DP7 is the pro line, offering LUTs including custom, HDMI/SDI in/out conversion, as well as programmable touch sensitive hot keys. The AC7 is the more affordable line, it has a specific in/out peripheral coming as HDMI as standard, the SDI version naturally swaps the ports out for SDI BNCs. Both the AC7 and DP7 are available in LCD and OLED panels, the model name reflects these. Further more the DP7 has a High Bright OLED panel which is designed for use in bright daylight. Every SmallHD product has a minimum of 10% off today, check out B&H for a long list of monitors and accessories. Below I’ve highlighted a few deals: DP4 $449.10 Save $50 AC7-LCD $539 Save $60 AC7-LCD-SDI $799 Save $100 AC7-OLED $899 Save $200 AC7-OLED-SDI $999 Save $400 DP7-PRO-LCD $1259 Save $130 DP7-PRO-OLED $1999 Save $300 DP7-PRO-High Bright $2499 Save $500 5D mark III Port Protector $44.99 Save $5Read more
edelkrone is a company that keeps fascinating us with their affordable, inventive gear ideas. Also it seems they’re in a habit of doubling the size of their booth each year. In 2014 they’re taking an impressive center position in the production hall.Read more
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