The much rumoured mini drone from DJI is being launched on 24th May (25th May in Singapore).
My first impression of this drone is “Oh it is so cute and pretty!”. Then came the question of “Who is the target customers?”. From the specs of very short setup time, 2 axis gimbal, 1080p video and ultra portability, I guess it is aimed at people who does loads of selfie photos and videos for social media that do not requires very high quality video.
At this point, a close contender to this drone is the Hover Camera sold by Apple. The price point is similar (US$499), flight time is similar, weight is similar, but comes with dual battery and 4K video in a very safe cage not guard. The down side of the Hover camera is the lack of 2 axis gimbal and the option to have a dedicated remote controller. Both drones are targeting at the same group of consumer.
Overall, I think the SPARK might have a slight advantage over the Hover Camera in terms of overall video usability for social media due to the 2 axis gimbal and the obstacle avoidance ability. But each drone has it own advantage over the other. If you are a first time drone user, spark might be a good entry point due to it’s portability and the ease of control via gesture. However, if you want a higher quality video, then start with at least the Mavic Pro.
Since DJI bought over Hasselblad, they have integrated the best of both world into one. The m600 from DJI with the Ronin MX can now have full control over the Hasselblad H6D-100c(53.4mm by 40mm sensor) via the DJI GO 4 app.
One may think that this is nothing great or new, but to have full integration and full control is something that most fine art photographer is dreaming about.
DJI has once again set the bar higher for their competitors!
Yesterday, DJI announced the new Matrice 200 series. The smaller brother of the m600 who is meant for a different purpose, but possessing the same robustness.
The m200 uses the Zenmuse X series of camera which is lighter and more compact. This leads the the question of whether m200 will canibalise the Inspire 2? For now, based on the specs, m200 and I2 although shares the same camera, but the recording capability is very different. For industrial use, they will not require ProRes or RAW recoding.
For the details of m200 please visit: http://www.dji.com/mobile/matrice-200-series
22 Feb 2017, Inspire Pilots Singapore finally see her Inspire 2 landed in her Airbase. Till date, her Airbase have the following :
1) Phantom 3 pro
2) Phantom 4
3) Mavic Pro
4) Inspire 1 with X5 and X3
5) Inspire 2 with X5s
With a brief moment of test flight, we could feel that the Inspire 2 has packed more power as compared to the Inspire 1. Video quality between X5 and X5s has yet to be compared. Hope to be able to do that soon. With a dual battery system, it definitely gives the pilot more confident that this baby is going to come back even when one battery is down. Inspire 2 also have a better mechanism to secure the props.
On the 22 of Feb, DJI drop a teaser on their Twitter account showing the image above. What could this new drone be?
DJI has been the leader for consumer UAV, and have pretty much dominated the market. Recently, DJI also acquired Hasselblad who is known to dominate the medium format camera arena. Will this new UAV combine the technology from the recent acquisition?
Some people are guessing that it might be an update of the Mavic Pro. DJI has just ironed out the production of Mavic Pro, will they so quickly move on to another new model? Looking at the image the propeller does not look foldable. Hence, I feel it is unlikely to be a Mavic Pro replacement. Some are guessing it is a racing quad, but DJI has just only launch their racing quad with the Snail motor. So it is unlikely to be a racing quad. Then what could it be? I do feel that it is unlikely to be Inspire 3 as well, because they have not produced the Inspire 2 in full steam yet. Then could it be the Phantom 4 Pro Black? The question is hard to answer at this point. May be, DJI might be defining a new category of consumer UAV.
Lets all wait for 2nd March 2017 for the mystery to be unveiled.
Could this new drone be an inspire 2 “light”? Running single battery, smaller size and props?
After waiting for almost 2.5 months. This baby has finally landed. While waiting, DJI also launched the Phantom 4 Pro (P4P) with 5 directions obstacle avoidance and also the much awaited Inspire 2 (I2) with the new X4s and X5s camera.
The all important question is “Have I been tempted to buy the P4P or the I2, instead of the Mavic Pro if I can only buy one of them?” The answer is NO!
Both P4P and I2 has much better image quality as both have 1″ camera sensor or a MFT sensor, and can fly in harsher conditions. But my choice will still be the Mavic Pro. Here are the reasons:
1) Mavic Pro is less eye catchy. If I am traveling and passing through customs and immigrations at airport or border checkpoint, there is significantly less likely for the officers to notice that I am carrying an UAV with me. Hence, higher chance for me to bring it to places where I normally may get questioned unnecessarily.
2) Weight is a factor which will make me decide to bring a piece of equipment along or leaving it behind. If I know I have to shoot something important, then obviously I will bring my higher end photographic equipment along regardless of weight. But the situation change a lot when I only think I may get to shoot something, but chances are not high. Will I still lug those heavy equipment along? Mavic Pro fit into this equation perfectly. With the weight factor, I don’t mind carrying around the whole day even if I do not get to use it. But when ajn unforeseen circumstances calls for it, at least I have something to capture it. The quality is not bad for most situation. The best camera is the one that is in your hand when you need it. Not the kick as camera at home in your dry cabinet!
3) The cost…. while Mavic Pro priced at S$1400 plus is not that cheap, but still significantly cheaper compared to P4P at S$2k plus and I2 at S$6k – S$8k (depending on which camera you use).
Mavic Pro has firmly secured its market segment in my opinion. GoPro Karma tries to bite off a pie, but I think it has failed miserably with all the factory recalls.
Sample photos from the Mavic Pro
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*25 – 27 minutes. Multi-camera support. 67mph (108kph) top speed
*Up to 5.2K 30fps CinemaRaw Video, 4K/60 & 1080p/240 using H.264 and Zenmuse X5S
*Native CinemaDNG, Apple ProRes 422HQ (5.2K) and 4444XQ (4K) support
*Long-range (30m) forward obstacle sensing, upward obstacle sensing
*Switchable 2.4/5.8GHz transmission, up to 4.6mi (7km) range (Japan: 1080p Live View, up to 4km range)
*Intelligent flight modes including Spotlight Pro and TapFly with a second FPV Camera
*1-inch 20 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor
*Four directions of obstacle avoidance. Front and rear sensing range of up to 98ft (30m).
*30 minutes flight-time
*31mph (50kph) max speed while using Obstacle Avoidance.
*Increased resistance to interference and extended control range
*More intelligent flight modes
Just had an i1 battery which refuse to wake up after going into hibernation. Tried charging it, and it won’t charge. When a charger is connected, the forth LED just blink non-stop and no charging takes place. This usually happens to old batteries which has not gotten the latest firmware updates.
Step 1: Battery Cover removal
Watch this video
Step 2: Seperate the battery PCB from the cover and then remove the white connector. The top middle white connector as shown in the pic.
Step 3: Connect the battery to the charger for about 45min, while the PCB is disconnect from the battery pack. Your battery packs now goes through unbalanced charging up to a certain level.
Step 4: Disconnect the charger from battery pack and connect back the white connector to the battery PCB.
Step 5: Reconnect back the charger and let it continue to charge in balanced mode.
Step 6: Insert the battery into the i1 to update the battery firmware.
5) Multi Angle follow me mode without the need for a tracker
and much more…… in my opinion, DJI has trump GoPro Karma in terms of features. Unless you also need GoPro 5 for other purpose, otherwise no reasons to get karma if you can afford Mavic. Oh…actually both products are of the same price (with camera).
It is official now.
The DJI Mavic Pro folds down as small as a bottle of water, making it small enough to bring with you everywhere.
New OcuSync transmission system offers up to 4.3 miles (7km) of transmission range.
Fly at up to 40mph (64kmh) or for as long as 27-minutes.
True 4K, fully stabilized ensures smooth footage
ActiveTrack, TapFly and other smart features make professional looking video effortless.
Obstacle Avoidance combined with sensor redundancy increases flight safety and reliability.
Vision positioning paired with GPS and GLONASS ensures precise positioning indoor and outdoors.