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Video of the Day 4/8/15: WIPEOUT! Drone Edition

Drones have brought an entirely new angle to action sports. A flying camera allows enthusiasts to capture themselves flying through the air on their BMX...

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DJI Announces the Phantom 3!

DJI has just announced the latest product in the Phantom line-up. Dubbed surprisingly enough the Phantom 3, the most outstanding new feature looks to be the three axis, gimbal stabilized video camera that is designed expressly for this Quadcopter. Two different versions of the Phantom 3 will be available and the main difference will be in the camera specifications. The Phantom 3 Advanced version will feature a maximum resolution of 1080p and will be visually identifiable by the silver stripes adorning the four arms. The Phantom 3 Professional version will up the maximum resolution of the camera up to some resolution of 4K yet to be disclosed by DJI and will be identifiable by the gold stripes on the arms. Both cameras will shoot 12MP stills in RAW and JPG format.

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All indications are that the Phantom 3 may  also utilize a more advanced power system than the previous generation Phantom, the end result being better in-flight performance and extended flight durations.  The Phantom 3 will also apparently benefit from the optical flow sensor used on the larger DJI Inspire 1. This technology uses a ground-facing camera that shoots rapid-fire photos combined with sonar to generate reasonably precise positioning when a valid GPS signal is not available I.E. when close to the ground or indoors.

Stay tuned to MultiRotor Pilot for more information on this newest release from DJI !

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Jackie: A flying smartcamera for your peace of mind

Jackie Wu, the founder of a robotics startup Eight Six Ninety-One Technologies, recently reached out to us to let us know about the next thing in home security and interactive smarthome monitoring: an indoor flying quadcopter/smartcamera accessed by a mobile app.

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Everything you need to know about the DJI Phantom 3

Need ALL the specs for the DJI Phantom 3? Here’s everything you need to know. Read full coverage of the Phantom 3 announcement here.

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DJI’s new ‘Phantom’ drone streams real time through YouTube Live

This is an excerpt of a piece originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the full story here. Phantom 3

Chinese-drone manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd. has come a long way since they released their first ready-to-fly drone, the Phantom, in January 2013.

The company, best known as DJI, on Wednesday announced the Phantom 3, a drone that integrates with YouTube Live to stream aerial footage in near real time. It comes in two variations, the Phantom 3 Professional ($1,259) and Phantom 3 Advanced ($999).
The Phantom 3 model is a huge leap for drone technology, matching the $2,899 Inspire 1 drone that DJI announced in 2014 in terms of technical specifications, but closer matching its predecessor, the $1,099 Phantom 2 Vision+ in cost and aesthetic.

The Phantom 3 controller comes integrated with DJI’s Lightbridge technology, which allows the drone operator to see what the drones camera is seeing at 1080p at 60 frames per second. It also is stabilized with a 3-axis gimbal. The three pound drone has 23 minutes of flight time and can fly at a maximum altitude of 6,000 meters above sea level.Phantom 3 - Remote 2

The difference between the Professional and Advanced model lies in the video quality; the Phantom 3 Professional is capable of shooting 4K video at up to 30 frames per second, while the Phantom 3 Advanced records at 1080p at 60 frames per second.

The drone also integrates with the DJI Pilot app, which comes with a flight simulator for operators to virtually practice flying and a ‘Director’ feature, which automatically edits shots from flights into short videos that can be shared instantly.

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