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Enjoy DJI Phantom 4: Greater Navigability and Other Enhanced Features

I hope you will enjoy this nice guest post by Liz Pekler on the advanced features introduced by DJI with version 4 of the Phantom drone.

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Phantom 4, what's in the box. Source: Adorama
Phantom 4, what’s in the box. Source: Adorama

DJI’s highly anticipated Phantom 4 boasts stunning 4K video, 12-megapixel photos, intelligent flying modes for seamless navigation, and other new and improved features that set it apart from previous Phantom iterations.

The DJI Phantom 4 has an advanced propulsion system, a more aerodynamic frame, and a larger battery that enables extended flight times. Just as importantly, the DJI Phantom 4 boasts enhanced computer vision and fully autonomous capabilities, making it equally suitable for amateurs who are flying drones for the first time or seasoned professionals who want to take their aerial photography and videography to the next level. Continue reading Enjoy DJI Phantom 4: Greater Navigability and Other Enhanced Features

An overview on the DJI Phantom Plus

I am very glad to publish the following article by Ben Stuart, Webmaster of Ready Quadcopters. Make sure you pay a visit to this beautiful and informative web site by clicking the logo below!

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The DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus is a fantastic machine. Whether you are looking to get into photography or just looking to fly something awesome, then this is the machine for you! It’s great for beginners as well as advanced flyers, just make sure you are someplace that won’t hurt anyone.

While this machine is very cool, we highly recommend you start with something smaller like the Hubsan X4 when learning how to orient yourself with a quadcopter. Even if you have flown model airplanes before, this is something completely different. The Hubsan X4 will give you a cheap flying lesson so you don’t have to experiment on your $1200 DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus.

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Continue reading An overview on the DJI Phantom Plus

Serbia-Albania football match stopped because of DJI Phantom hovering over the stadium with Albania flag

A Serbia-Albania football match was stopped when a DJI Phantom appeared carrying an Albania flag. A player manages to catch the flag and apparently (not fully clear from the video) take down the phantom.

DJI Phantom hovers in stadium during Serbia Albania football game
DJI Phantom hovers in stadium during Serbia Albania football game

Here’s the video:

Stay tuned on the Personal Drones blog for the latest multirotor and quadcopter news!

Nice video of Giethoorn, The Netherlands, by Xandro Media

Xandro Media brought to my attention his nice video of the city of Giethoorn, The Netherlands, asking if it was good enough to be published here.

Of course it is and thank you Xandro Media for sharing this with us!

It’s nice to see the stability and quality of video that you can get with a “standard” equipment such a DJI Phantom & Zenmuse H3-2D with GoPro 3+ Black edition. And as you will see, the pilot did a great job, here you go:

Have a nice video to share? Contact us!

Drone for class surveillance in school during exams, an efficient technology?

In Thomas More College in Belgium an “experiment” was made to employ a little personal drone, a DJI Phantom equipped with a GoPro Camera for the surveillance of students during exams, as shown in the following video:

The technology at the moment suffers from a number of limitations: Continue reading Drone for class surveillance in school during exams, an efficient technology?

Birds successfully attack and take down DJI Phantom quadcopter – Animals and multirotors, the saga continues

After the reports on swarm of bees attacking a quadcopter and the controversial relationships between dogs and quadcopters/multirotors, we now have a clear case of a group of birds partnering to attack and take down a DJI Phantom quadcopter.

This is documented in the video below, by youtube user Buddhanz1, that indeed ends with the crash of the Phantom after a strong hit by a bird from above:

This video contributes to increase our knowledge about the possible animal species – quadcopter/multirotors interactions and relationships. These interactions should be probably taken into consideration on planning drone delivery services such as Amazon Prime Air or the recently announced DHL quadcopter delivery services for urgent goods and medicines. Should researchers who are developing these aerial delivery services consider adding some devices to deter various animal species, including at least dogs and birds, from attacking or approaching the flying machine, in order to provide a secure and undisturbed delivery of the ordered goods? This might well be an important evolutionary step that the present generation of multirotors will have to face in order to be safe from animal attacks.

As a very basic first step, what about some camouflage like the following (just a joke here)?  Might make birds more friendly (hey, it’s one of us..) or more aggressive (hey, a big bird we are not familiar with..). Testing and research required 🙂

Quadcopter bird - Source
Quadcopter bird – Source: snapshot from this video from Shadowstudiosllc

Here’s another interesting example of bird attack on a quadcopter. In this case it looks like the bird had excellent motivations, as the quad was really flying very close and over the bird’s nest. The attack of the bird in this case is just an example of excellent parental care and protection of the brood.

The pilot and maker of the video above recognizes that he was disturbing the birds and states he won’t do this again, which looks like a great idea. Still interesting to see how birds likely perceive multirotors as other, possibly dangerous, big birds, and feel in competition for the control of their aerial space.

Gizmag DJI Phantom vision review

Gizmaz has published a nice review of the new DJI Phantom vision quadcopter.

The new DJI Phantom Vision quadcoper
The new Phantom Vision quadcopter from DJI

With it’s on board wide angle, high resolution camera, and the 25 plus minutes of flight time, the Phantom 2 brings a wealth of new features to the lucky owners.

Here are the Phantom Vision camera specs:

Phantom vision camera specs - source
Phantom vision camera specs – source

Click on the image below to go to the DJI Innovations web site.

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Let’s see the new features in detail in this Gizmag video:

If you plan to buy one of those you might also want to check out this video from the Roswell Flight Test Crew that covers unboxing and all you need to setup your new little personal drone:

And here’s a solid 28 minutes uncut flight (ok, from DJI) with the new phantom:

Pilot of the phantom quadcopter that crashed in Manhattan arrested

We recently reported about the story in which a phantom quadcopter was flown over manhattan, went out of control and landed at the feets of a worried businessman, who handled the little personal drone, with camera and sd card, to the police and ABC News. This is the original story from ABC news:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J71QG1WqWw

These is an important update on this story as 34 years old Brooklin musician David Zablidowsky was arrested for reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor, for “flying a remote control helicopter off a balcony, losing control, causing it to crash to the ground from an unreasonable height creating a substantial risk of serious physical injury.”

David Zablidowsky self portrait from the footage of the camera on his phantom quadcopter
David Zablidowsky self portrait from the footage of the camera on his phantom quadcopter

This puts flying a personal drone over a populated area in a different perspective for people with this hobby. At the time, police said that “no laws were broken” and it looked like they were not going to pursue the investigations further. Eventually, somebody understood that the phenomena of personal rc drones will probably grow exponentially in the next years and something had to be done to “send the right message”.

You can read the story and watch a video here.

Here’s the original footage from the phantom: