November 13th, 2014
Great New DJI version: Thanks to Tony Boros for pointing out today that there’s a new DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter with 4K Camera and 3-axis gimbal that was announced yesterday. The launch video narrated by Philip Bloom shows what video from the Inspire 1 looks like.
The drone game has changed. That may sound like hyperbole, but that was my first impression when experiencing the DJI Inspire One. This is a unit that anyone could pick up and learn to fly quickly, just as you could with our top ranking drone, the DJI Phantom. But it offers a ton of powerful new features that were previously only available in units too big, dangerous, and expensive for the average consumer to own.
Watching the Inspire One take off and land is exciting, because it transforms mid-flight, with the legs folding up after takeoff so you can shoot 360 degrees of unobstructed video. The unit also has a ground-facing camera that can track what’s below and keep the unit stabilized, even when there is no GPS signal, making it much easier to fly indoors.
OMG! I want one! And just in time for Christmas. The Amazon and B&H price is $2899 USD.
FAA Regulations Are completely Backwards: The article I almost killed someone with a drone, also by Ben Popper is a very compelling argument that the FAA has it’s logic completely upside down on what kind of drone flying should be illegal. Ben says:
When it comes to commercial drone flights, on the other hand, the FAA has made them completely illegal in the US. It’s taken years to develop new rules for companies, during which time other countries have forged ahead. And now it’s saying it will miss the deadline set by Congress to get commercial drones flying over American skies in 2015.