The DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter Is Now a Real Autonomous Drone

One of the most popular consumer quadcopters on the market is now a true drone. DJI recently pushed an update to the apps that help control its flagship Phantom 2 Vision, and now, the $1000 aircraft can fly missions autonomously. Seriously, you just tell it where to go, and it goes—all by itself. » 7/02/14 5:04pm 7/02/14 5:04pm

Watch a Pro Golfer Knock a Drone From the Sky With One Golf Ball

Shooting down a flying drone is challenging even for machine gun-wielding sharpshooters. But professional golfer Keegan Bradley just made it look easy, swatting a DJI Phantom out of the sky with just a well-aimed golf ball. Thankfully, the quadcopter was carrying a GoPro, so we could see the whole thing unfold. Poor… » 4/26/14 3:00pm 4/26/14 3:00pm

DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Review: Buttery Smooth Quadcopter Video

DJI has been making remote-control quadcopters for years. Originally, you had to strap your GoPro to it, but last year DJI introduced the Phantom 2 Vision, which had its own integrated camera system. It was pretty sweet, but every tiny turn you took your video shook enough to scramble your viewer's brain. » 4/06/14 8:00pm 4/06/14 8:00pm

The watermelon might be the best thing to see explode in slow motion

What's your favorite thing to see explode? Never thought about it? How could you. I think it might have to be the watermelon The hard outer shell of the fruit makes for perfect fragmentation, the watermelon's shape holds an explosive pretty darn well and its red flesh makes for colorfully gory splashes (especially… » 1/21/14 8:43pm 1/21/14 8:43pm

NASA Engineers Built an Insanely Complex Bullet-Time Rig For Fun

Back in May, our friend and ex-NASA JPL engineer Mark Rober, figured out a way to shoot "bullet time" videos on the cheap, with a ceiling fan, a pair of flashlights, and a GoPro. Pretty damn creative, but the rig had its limitations. So Mark set out to find a way to create a similar set-up, this time using a high-end… » 12/05/13 12:01pm 12/05/13 12:01pm

Watch America's new missile defense system destroying an enemy fighter

You're seeing America's new ground-to-air missile defense system in action, destroying an enemy QF-4 Phantom fighter jet. In fact, it simultaneously destroyed two airborne enemies during a stress test last Wednesday. Its name is MEADS and it will replace the famous Patriot missile interceptors. » 11/09/13 2:16am 11/09/13 2:16am

An Underwater Bullet In Super Slo-Mo Is Breathtakingly Beautiful

You may remember our friend Destin at Smarter Every Day shooting an AK-47 underwater. It was a cool experiment, but the pressure caused the aquarium to shatter, ruining what we now know would have been an amazing shot. To solve this problem, he built a sort of reverse-periscope for a Phantom camera and shot the AK-47… » 7/23/13 2:37am 7/23/13 2:37am

Dragonfly Wings Are Amazing In Slow Motion

Destin, our friend over at Smarter Every Day, has expanded our brains once again. Did you know that dragonfly wings work differently than nearly every other insect, utilizing a direct flight mechanism? Did you know that they can operate each wing independently, enabling them to glide like a bird? Even if you did know… » 5/21/13 2:05pm 5/21/13 2:05pm

The Most Expensive Home Movie Ever Will Make You Miss the Summer Even…

Gizmodo reader Brad Kremer sent this beautiful home movie, shot at 2,564 frames per second with a Phantom Flex, Zeiss super speed glass, Canon 5DMKII and Canon L series glass. Total: $300,000 to shoot what's probably the coolest water balloon battle ever filmed. Worth every cent and second. » 10/02/12 9:04am 10/02/12 9:04am

Watch a Nikon D4 Shutter Fire at 1000 fps

The new Nikon D4 DLSR is a beast. Its fires off 11 shots per second with gusto. The inner workings of such a task are hard to appreciate with the naked eye. But if you have a Phantom camera, your eye is considerably less naked. In this video, enthusiasts Jason Kolsch and Jayson Jordon used a Phantom Gold to capture… » 4/04/12 7:00pm 4/04/12 7:00pm

Phantom Miro M320S High-Speed Camera Brings Your World to a Standstill

Slow-motion enthusiasts everywhere have a brand new toy. Phantom, the line of cameras that titillates our eyes and taunts our bank accounts, has outed the tiny Phantom Miro M32S. It records at an astonishing 1540 fps at full 1080p HD, and the frame rate only goes up from there at reduced resolutions. Better still, it… » 4/04/12 10:20am 4/04/12 10:20am