DJI Phantom 4 Pro

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is another drone for photographers to use. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro almost seems like it was made for that exact purpose with automated camera functions, robust controls, and a max speed of  72kph (45mph).

Specifications:

  • 1388g (3.06 pounds)
  • 350mm diagonally (13.7 inches)
  • Approx 28 minutes flight time
  • Controller with flight and camera controls (optional touchscreen)
  • 72kph (45mph)
  • Front and rear collision detection

The automated camera functions means that you do not need to control the camera on your own to do the same things over and over again. The 28 minutes flight time would mean that you do not have to constantly land your drone and recharge it and can continuously take a series of photographs. Having a controller with flight and camera controls to control the drone would be like playing a video game on your phone. Collision sensors on the sides would allow you to know when your drone bumps into something. The one on the bottom would allow for safer landings and the infrared sensors would allow it to know where it is in a confined space.

The return-to-home function has a range of 300 meters. The function allows the drone to go back to a specific location that you can set as long as that location is within the range. That is where the infrared sensors come in handy as you can get it to go into confined spaces like your house. The drone, using the infrared sensors, would be able to navigate through the area on its own when returning home.

The chunky controller has not changed from the DJI Phantom 4. Of course the price is more expensive due to the additional Pro features.

Now onto the drone itself. It has a carry case which as the name suggests can carry items in it. The propellers can be easily removed and clipped on for the ease of setup.

Camera Specifications:

  • 4K video at 60fps
  • Max video bitrate 100Mbps
  • 128GB MicroSD
  • 20-megapixel, 1-inch CMOS sensor
  • Mechanical shutter
  • Aperture control f2.8-f11

The specifications are what you would usually find in a camera drone.

2 of the drone functions include ActiveTrack and Tapfly mode. ActiveTrack allows the drone to follow a subject by flying sideways or backwards. Tapfly mode, which works backwards now, allows the drone to fly to a location which you will determine by tapping on the screen and you can rotate the drone or tilt the camera without changing its path. The software can handle the gimbal’s smooth sweeps and tracking better than you can, and that is what’s worth the price for interested photographers.

The drone comes with a beginners mode where it restricts the top seed and steering. Once you are more comfortable with flying it, you can always remove the beginner mode anytime you feel like.

I personally feel that the price is worth it for the wide variety of functions and the complexity of each function. The functions are easy to use and can easily help one out in sticky situations.

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro costs on an average of $1,500USD.

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Dji Inspire 1

Dji Inspire 1 is the most advanced Dji drone yet. It comes with everything you need to fly. It includes:

  • Aircraft Body x1
  • Remote Controller x1
  • Camera with Gimbal x1
  • Propellers (Pair) x4
  • Intelligent Flight Battery (TB47) x1
  • Battery Charger x1
  • SD Card (16GB) x1
  • ND Filter x1
  • Manuals
  • Power Cable x1
  • Micro-USB Cables x2
  • Remote Controller Charging Cable x1
  • Harness x1
  • Camera with Gimbal Box x1
  • Carrying Case x1

It has 4K HD video recording and 12 megapixel for phototaking. In flight, you can turn on the GPS position hold mode which means if you let go the control on the controller, it will hover itself and it will also auto return to home when you turn off the controller. It also includes a camera gimbal, this will help you to get a stable shot and reduce most of the vibrations from the drone. The Inspire 1 have strong carbon fiber arms that can lift up out sight, this means you can have a unrestricted 360⁰ view.  It is easier to fly indoors with the Vision Positioning technology as this provides accurate position holding even when the GPS is not available. The sensors will determine your Inspire 1’s location and altitude and will lower the legs automatically when landing. Dji has re-engineered and re-built Propulsion System which give the drone more power and reliability. I think it is quite worth it for professional photographers to purchase it because it is very easy to control and has a great camera for aerial photography.

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AirDog

The AirDog is a is an extremely accurate drone. This drone does not have  a large remote control and has the AirLeash, which is an armband which has a control pad on it. The drone is wirelessly tethered to the AirLeash by using very long – range Bluetooth connection. The drone will fly around the AirLeash in order to keep up with the user’s movement.

Its turning is very smooth and keeps up with movement smartly. Tests have shown that when the user stopped, the drone stopped and hovered. During takeoff and landing, it is completely autonomous. Alternatively, you can fly it with a radio transmitter by using the directional buttons on the AirLeash. It can also be folded into a tidy package. The propellers are able to be folded into half to make the AirDog more portable and easier to carry around.

It has a GoPro camera and weighs 1.85kg including its removable battery. Its battery life depends on how fast it is travelling and is estimated to last between 10 – 20 minutes. It has a maximum speed of 64kph. There is also a downloadable app which the user can use to program the AirDog to perform actions like hovering and  adjusting the angle of the camera or to just stay on the subject. The AirDog also comes with the AirLeash, a gyro – stabilised gimbal to mount the camera on, a battery and a charger.

Overall, this is a very creative and unique drone at quite a costly price. It most probably will have more features and improvements and is a product worth to take your eyes on.

Photo Courtesy of : http://gas2.org/2014/07/10/video-airdog-gopro-drone-leash/