In a splashy reveal at Grand Central Station on Wednesday, DJI announced the Spark, a pint-sized camera drone that’s been rumored for weeks. The company says it’s about the size and weight of a soda can. You can also control it with the wave of a hand.
DJI just made a weird but ultimately sensible announcement. The next firmware updates for all of its drone models will require users to log into the website for a “new application activation process.” If you don’t, DJI will turn your drone into a lame hunk of plastic that barely flies.
DJI, the world’s largest consumer drone manufacturer, has a problem. ISIS, the terrorist organization, has been turning off-the-shelf drones into flying bombs and making headlines in the process. So what’s DJI doing about this? The company very quietly created no-fly zones over large parts of Iraq and Syria.
When the Mavic Pro arrived in our offices, the reaction was unanimous: holy shit, it’s small. The folding drone is roughly the size and weight of a hefty Italian sandwich. This compact form factor, I’d come to learn, is a blessing and a curse for the Mavic Pro—emphasis on the blessing.
Here’s how the flying sausage gets made.
Despite DJI’s promises that shipments for its new Mavic Pro drone were underway, very few drones have made their way to customers. Last week, we wrote about the shipping delays plaguing the drone. Hours after we published our story, DJI released a statement announcing that shipping had begun. But according to customer…
Let’s be perfectly clear on this. Gold-plating anything, be it a phone, or a toilet, or a smartwatch, is a terrible and tacky idea. But gold-plating a drone is even worse, and it has nothing to do with aesthetics.
Last month, DJI announced its very cool new Mavic Pro drone, a tiny, foldable, super smart UAV that can do lots of cool tricks. There’s just one problem: The shipment date has come and gone and customers who pre-ordered have no idea when they can expect to get their flying cameras.
DJI has owned the American drone market for a while, and for a dang good reason. DJI makes fantastic drones with some of the most advanced features on the market. With a little practice anyone can fly one and pull off the kind of photos and videos you used to need a film crew and helicopter to get. A week ago GoPro,…
GoPro’s new flying camera system, Karma, looks surprisingly awesome. It’s not your average quadcopter, thanks to a clever folding design and a removable stabilizer you can use on its own. But is it enough to dethrone the best-selling DJI Phantom 4? That totally depends on who’s flying it.
Nearly six months ago, I was thrilled to test out DJI’s fancy new Phantom 4 drone. Our video team joined me in a park, after I’d tested the features again and again. But somehow, I forgot a key detail and smashed the $1,400 aircraft into a fence at top speed. DJI was not not amused.
Need to haul a heavy load through the sky? Then DJI may now have just the thing: It claims the new Matrice 600 drone is the most powerful professional drone it’s ever made.
Between them, DJI, 3DR, Parrot and (soon) GoPro dominate the market for consumer photography drones. So when all those companies announce that they’re forming a group to lobby for sensible drone policies, it’s worth taking note.
I swear it was an accident. For two weeks, I flew the DJI Phantom 4 as often as possible, to learn about its quirky but impressive feature set. When it came time for the final test—seeing how obstacle avoidance worked at high speeds—it slipped my mind that the technology doesn’t work at all at high speeds.
The world’s biggest consumer drone maker is back with its smartest compact quadcopter yet: The Phantom 4 automatically dodges obstacles, takes amazing video in all directions, and makes you look like a drone pro—even if you’ve never touched one before.
Everyone’s buying drones nowadays. They’re also crashing all of them. So the world’s biggest drone company has revealed a (pricey) protection plan that covers the next time your (already pricey) drone takes a spill.