DJI’s Refreshed Smartphone Video Gimbal Is Now Way Cheaper and Whole Lot Better

Videos shot on smartphones have a very specific, very low-rent aesthetic. A whole host of stabilizers are available on the market that try to improve that aesthetic—eradicating the shaky cam look so you can actually see whatever the smartphone’s camera is looking at. DJI even has one! The original Osmo Mobile was a pricey handheld stabilizer with some good ideas and a whole lot of big flaws. The Osmo Mobile 2, announced today, looks like it improves on almost every point of contention, and even better, DJI has slashed the price. This thing costs just $130. The original Osmo MobileRead More

DJI’s New Mavic Air Is So Small It Fits in a Jacket Pocket

DJI’s New Mavic Air Is So Small It Fits in a Jacket Pocket DJI just revealed a new, delightfully tiny drone called the Mavic Air. It’s a lot like the DJI Spark, announced last year, but its rotor arms fold in making the little bitty aircraft even more little bitty. If you set the Mavic Air on the table next to your smartphone, you’d find they have about the same size footprint. The drone is a lot fatter, though. As the name implies, the Mavic Air is a smaller, sleeker version of the Mavic Pro. The company’s presenter on stageRead More

DJI’s New Osmo Gimbal Is the Rare Phone Accessory That’s Actually Worth It

DJI’s New Osmo Gimbal Is the Rare Phone Accessory That’s Actually Worth It Running around the office with the DJI Osmo Mobile 2, I got a lot of questions. Specifically I got exactly two questions repeatedly. The first was about what I was holding. Each time, I explained that the weird selfie stick-like contraption I’d put my phone in was a mechanized gimbal that automatically stabilizes my phone as I move around, so I can shoot video footage so smooth it looks like it was shot with the aid of a professional Steadicam. Then I’d jostle the little joystick onRead More

The DJI Mavic Air Wins

The DJI Mavic Air Wins In the past couple years, you could ask a drone to be two things: good or small. But never both. The Mavic Air changes the game. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the Mavic Air wins the game, and things will never be the same. At just under one pound and just over six inches long, DJIs new folding drone fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. I’ve described its big sibling, the Mavic Pro, as being about the size of a hefty Italian sandwich when all folded up, butRead More

DJI Releases Security Findings It Hopes Will Quash ‘Chinese Spying’ Fears

DJI Releases Security Findings It Hopes Will Quash ‘Chinese Spying’ Fears The world’s largest consumer drone maker is pushing back amid swelling concerns that its applications may be insecure, as well as rumors that it may be transmitting sensitive user data to China, where the company was founded more than a decade ago. Amid increasing fears of Chinese companies operating in the US, China-based drone manufacturer DJI began on Monday circulating the summary findings of San Francisco-based Kivu Consulting, Inc., which DJI contracted to offer an independent analysis of its data and security practices in the hope of quelling thoseRead More

Trump Administration Taps Google, Passes on Amazon and DJI for Drone Pilot Program

Trump Administration Taps Google, Passes on Amazon and DJI for Drone Pilot Program The US Department of Transportation announced Wednesday the participants in its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program, which will test drones for a variety of applications otherwise not permitted under current law. Google, Qualcomm, and Microsoft all made the cut, while Amazon and DJI won’t be involved. The initial round of the initiative—first announced six months ago—will include test programs that will operate in the cities of Reno, Nevada and San Diego, California. The Transportation Departments for Kansas, North Carolina, and North Dakota will oversee projects,Read More

DJI and Taser Maker Axon Are Teaming Up to Make Cop Drones

DJI and Taser Maker Axon Are Teaming Up to Make Cop Drones On Tuesday, Axon announced it is partnering with dronemaker DJI to sell surveillance drones to U.S. police departments through a program dubbed “Axon Air.” The Taser and body camera manufacturer will work with DJI to offer drones linked to Evidence.com, Axon’s proprietary cloud-based data management system. The footage recorded by Axon’s body cameras is handled via the Evidence.com system. “DJI’s partnership with Axon allows law enforcement agencies to add drone capabilities and data services through the same trusted provider they rely on for the tools, data and supportRead More

The Very Best Beginner Drone

Summer is finally here, which means it’s finally time to replace that drone you crashed on Christmas Day. Here’s some advice. Don’t buy an expensive drone if you don’t know how to fly. Cheap drones have gotten really good, and there’s no better way to hone your skills without exploding money into the side of a tree. The problem with cheap drones has always been the cost to quality ratio. If you go too cheap, you risk losing an eye thanks to awful flying abilities. If you go too expensive, you might as well upgrade to a more full featuredRead More

Leaks Show Three New DJI Drones and I Want All of Them

  It’s been a weird month for DJI. The Chinese drone giant had planned a big press event on July 19 but postponed it at the last minute. Now, several leaked images showing three new DJI drone models are floating around the internet. They all appear to be part of the Mavic family, and damn, do they look cool. The most intriguing leak came in the form of an Argos catalog. Apparently, Argos had already printed its biannual catalog, complete with two new DJI drones—the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom—before the company pushed back the release ofRead More

DJI’s Mavic 2 Series Drones Come With More Powerful Cameras and So Many Sensors

We’ve known for some time that the future of consumer drones would be tiny, high quality, and mostly crash-proof. DJI just revealed its best attempt at all three with the new Mavic 2 series. There are two of them: the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom. They fold up. They have great cameras. And in a first for DJI, they have omnidirectional obstacle sensing. The Mavic 2 drones actually feature the same drone body but have two different camera and gimbal setups. You can buy the Mavic 2 Pro, which includes a Hasselblad camera with a one-inch sensor,Read More

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