The Defining Moments of the Consumer Drone Industry

In a few short years, the consumer drone industry has been through it all: skepticism, hype, the boom of excitement and outside investment, companies overpromising and overstretching, new heights of innovation, palm-sized gadgets capable of things once restricted to science fiction. It’s been a thrilling ride so far. In our rundown of some of the […]

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DJI Summer Sale: Offers on Drones and Accessories

DJI has launched a summer sale with discounts and free accessories across its consumer product line.  DJI hasn’t launched a new product in the 3 months since news of the Spark broke: basically a drought when it comes to the Chinese manufacturer. If you’re eagerly anticipating the Mavic Pro 2 or the Phantom 5, we’ve got […]

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Follow the Money: New Report Tracks Top 10 in Drone Funding

Funding rounds for drone companies have gotten bigger and bigger as the industry matures.  A new report from CB Insights names the industry’s top 10 funding deals since 2012. Some of the top recipient companies offer no surprise – DJI takes the #1 (and ties for number 9) spot at $105M; competitor Yuneec takes #2 […]

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DJI Tightens Security to Ease Data Vulnerability Fears

DJI has announced the development of a new option for pilots concerned over recent data security issues. The new feature, Local Data Mode, will enable flight without any internet data transfer, ensuring that enterprise customers and sensitive government operations remain secure. The announcement is in response to recent stories suggesting that the US Army had grounded […]

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3DR’s Site Scan Adds 3 New Elevation Viewers

3DR has been busy lately. They’ve recently added Pix4D processing to their capabilities, and have just announced an upcoming integration with DJI drones. 3DR has a stated aspiration to make Site Scan the complete drone solution for construction and engineering professionals across the world. With that goal in their sights, 3DR has just introduced another set of newRead more…

Why the US Army DJI Ban is Probably Justified

After news broke last week that the US Army wanted to halt the use of DJI drones, plenty were jumping to the conclusion that something serious was up with DJI’s software from a data security point of view. There is no smoke without a fire, as the saying goes. But we still don’t know the […]

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DJI Announces New Leadership

DJI, the world’s largest drone manufacturer, announced today the appointment of Roger Luo as President of the company.  Luo was previously the Vice President of Operations. Luo’s focus will be the expansion of DJI’s international business as he takes over day to day operations of the manufacturing giant. “DJI now has over 11,000 staff worldwide, […]

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DJI Names Roger Luo Company President

Roger Luo, previously DJI’s vice president of operations, has been named president of the company. Luo’s role, effective immediately, will focus on developing DJI’s business internationally in markets that have seen a significant increase in demand for drones, the company says. “DJI now has over 11,000 staff worldwide, with offices in 17 cities around the […]

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Sentera Adds Data Capture Options to DJI Phantom 4s

  Double 4K Sensor’s fully customizable filters offer impeccable crop health insights Sentera has announced its Double 4K precision agriculture sensor is now available on DJI Phantom 4 Professional, Advanced, and Standard drones. This offering provides Double 4K quality at entry-level pricing, expanding late-season data collection options for agronomists, crop consultants, and growers. Several system […]

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DJI, the US Army and ‘Cyber Vulnerabilities’

A memo – reportedly an official release from the US Army – has been handed to sUAS News. The subject? Halting the use of DJI technology due to ‘Cyber vulnerabilities’. The text of the document reads: DAMO-AV MEMORANDUM FOR RECORD 2 August 2017 SUBJECT: Discontinue Use of Dajiang Innovation (DJI) Corporation Unmanned Aircraft Systems 1. […]

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DJI Issues Firmware Update to Prevent Hackers Evading Geo

DJI has responded to recent publicity surrounding the hacking of its drones with a firmware update.  It’s no revelation that the Chinese manufacturer has been targeted by hackers in recent weeks. Many are looking to bypass the Geo system that grounds pilots in predetermined no-fly zones and places an altitude limit on flights. Equally, many […]

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DJI Issues Firmware Update to Prevent Hackers Evading Geo

DJI has responded to recent publicity surrounding the hacking of its drones with a firmware update.  It’s no revelation that the Chinese manufacturer has been targeted by hackers in recent weeks. Many are looking to bypass the Geo system that grounds pilots in predetermined no-fly zones and places an altitude limit on flights. Equally, many […]

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DJI and 3DR Make a Deal

On what California-based 3DR calls a “historic day,” the company announced that it has made a deal with one-time competitor DJI. In a further move towards creating an end-to-end drone solution for the enterprise, 3DR announced that it will integrate its Site Scan software platform with DJI drones.  This move may help sales of Site […]

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DJI’s RoboMaster 2017 Finals to be Streamed on Twitch

RoboMaster 2017, this year’s iteration of DJI’s annual robotics competition, will be livestreamed exclusively on social video platform Twitch starting tonight at 11pm EST. RoboMaster 2017 is a robotics competition that DJI launched that brings together aspiring engineers to design and build next-generation robots. Teams from around the world compete against each other to develop […]

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DJI Support Photo Contest Underway

DJI Support has a photo contest underway on Facebook. The theme is water and there are some prizes o be had. Here are the details. from DJI Support Group on Facebook — Water—the mighty, the pure, the beautiful, the unfathomable, the destroyer, the bringer of life. Our world’s most precious resource and one of the […]

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Prosumer Drones Continue to Gain Ground in Pro Video with SlingStudio Solutions

Sling Media, a subsidiary of DISH Network Corp, has introduced a platform compatible with DJI drones. It’s a match that works on both sides.  As DJI works to raise it’s profile in the professional market, Sling Media – with the SlingStudio system – is moving to broaden it’s customer base into the consumer market.  SlingStudio, says […]

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Should DJI Spark Pilots and Future Buyers Be Worried?

A couple of weeks ago, the DroneLife team was approached by a DJI Spark pilot who was concerned that a number of people were watching on as their new Spark fell out of the sky for no reason. At the time, we went through the DJI forum posts to see how common these issues were. There […]

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DroneDeploy, SLANTRANGE, and Sentera Partner on Advanced Ag Solution

DroneDeploy announces new features, allowing growers to use their industry leading drone mapping platform with agriculture specific sensors, including SLANTRANGE calibrated multi-spectral sensors and Sentera’s near infrared sensors. “We’ve listened to our customers’ requests and worked with leading technology partners in the industry to help growers detect crop variability sooner and compare plant health over time,” said DroneDeploy […]

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Canada’s Disappointing Drone Regs

Transport Canada has released a draft of new drone laws, which the world’s leading drone manufacturer DJI says could significantly limit the industry. “While DJI is pleased some operating restrictions from earlier Interim Orders have been eased, the draft rules as written would significantly limit safe and responsible drone use,” says DJI’s statement. “The rules […]

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Report: Government Drone Spending to Double by 2025

American government spending on drones is expected to more than double in eight years, according to an American market research firm. A report released by Ohio-based Freedonia Group predicts spending will leap from $100 million to $250 million by 2025 with federal spending alone accounting for $170 million in new UAV tech purchases. “The state […]

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Report: Government Drone Spending to Double by 2025

American government spending on drones is expected to more than double in eight years, according to an American market research firm. A report released by Ohio-based Freedonia Group predicts spending will leap from $100 million to $250 million by 2025 with federal spending alone accounting for $170 million in new UAV tech purchases. “The state […]

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In Defence of DJI: Why Hackers are Wrong to Play Games

Plenty of controversial drone industry issues can be found within the text of a single article from our colleagues at SUAS News, titled ‘Don’t be Evil DJI‘. We’re still trying to get to get a grip on exactly what the point of the piece was. But a number of claims were made against the Chinese […]

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Media Coverage in the Drone Industry: Perspective Needed

Working in DJI’s communications department must come with its ups and downs. Being the manufacturer synonymous with the industry means you get plenty of free publicity whenever a media organization is running a drone-related story. But it also means that your name gets dragged through the mud whenever something bad ‘happens’. Take this for an example. In […]

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The Argument Over Drone Registration Continues

The response to John Taylor’s FOIA request asking the FAA for records that indicate the recreational drone registration program was ever used to enforce regulations is the latest point of discussion in the argument over the program. By now, everyone in the drone communitiy knows about John Taylor’s winning lawsuit against the FAA, which determined […]

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DJI to Train Dutch Emergency Workers at New Drone School

The Netherlands is successfully creating an ecosystem for the robotics and unmanned vehicles industries.  Now, the world’s largest drone manufacturer DJI will train Dutch firemen and paramedics at a new drone flight school. DJI has formed the agreement with Space53, a public-private partnership for developing the drone industry in Enschede.  The agreement calls for the […]

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Mars Rover Technology Adapted to Drones

It worked for the Mars Pathfinder Rover, and it saves uncounted lives in cars, so why not adapt an airbag for the drone? This is the solution proposed by the present Japanese patent application. Sure, you can fit a deployable parachute to your expensive quadcopter, but it’s not the perfect solution. As the application discloses, “the product of [http://www.dji.com/ja/product/dropsafe)] opens the parachute at 6 meters or more from the ground and therefore cannot produce an […]Read more…

DJI Applauds Canada’s Changes to ‘Extremely Restrictive’ Drone Rules

DJI is applauding Transport Canada’s revised interim order on drone use to replace an earlier version that the company says put unreasonable restrictions on operations in Canada. The revised interim order, summarized in a Transport Canada fact sheet, reduces or removes earlier restrictions that had effectively barred drones from flying in most settled parts of […]

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Hollywood director using a drone for music video filming

Here is a good example of a Hollywood director using a drone to film a music video. Brad Byrd’s new music video “Highest Mountain” was shot and directed by Dylan Kussman (Dead Poets Society, Jack Reacher, X-men) using a DJI Zenmuse X5 Video Drone. All aerial footage was shot over the Los Angeles Mountains.

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Finalmente in Pre-ordine i DJI Goggles, tutte le novità!

Finalmente stanno per uscire i DJI Goggles! E’ ormai passato molto tempo da quando DJI annunciò il lancio di una prima gamma di Goggles per i propri prodotti (in primis per il Mavic Pro ), accessorio ormai d’obbligo di cui iniziava ad essere clamorosa la mancanza.   Dopo tante aspettative e pochissime informazioni da poco DJI ne ha annunciato l’uscita per il 30 Maggio 2017 al prezzo di 449$., già acquistabile in pre-ordine. Detto questo è probabile che DJI non riuscirà a stare dietro agli ordini , come successo per l’uscita del Mavic Pro, pertanto si raccomanda se possibile di

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DJI Unveils New Goggles At NAB 2017 With Flight By Head Tracking

Up until recently, the monster manufacturer of drones hadn’t really done much on their own in the way of goggles or headsets, having relied on Zeiss or other such optics companies to provide their wares for a combo. We got to check out the first incarnation of an actual DJI branded headset last year when …

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DJI SPARK , tutte le Novità!

DJI SPARK, TUTTE LE NOVITA’ ! Da poco sono iniziate  a filtrare le prime notizie riguardo al nuovo DJI Spark , la cui uscita è annunciata per questo anno. In questo momento c’è molta confusione e si trovano molte  false notizie e fotomontaggi, in questo articolo si prova ad orientare i nostri lettori tra le notizie che dovrebbero essere sensate e veritiere. COSA SARA’? Non è ben chiaro se sarà una sorta di mini Mavic Pro, un Racer o un Selfie drone come Dobby Zerotech, oppure una combinazione di tutte e tre le possibilità. Personalmente propendo per la terza possibilità,

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DJI trademarks a new product called SPARK

On the 9th March 2017, DJI registered the trademark name SPARK under the category of drones; unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). DJI tends to bring to market products that it trademarks, so there’s a good chance the SPARK will be released this year. DJI is deliberately vague with trademark filings, so the nature of the device […]Read more…

MAVIC

The DJI Mavic Pro is a small yet powerful drone that turns the sky into your creative canvas easily and without worry, helping you make every moment an aerial moment. Its compact size hides a high degree of complexity that makes it one of DJI’s most sophisticated flying cameras ever. 24 high-performance computing cores, an […]Read more…

INSPIRE 2

The Inspire 2 takes everything that was good about the Inspire 1 and improves it. An all-new image processing system records at up to 5.2K in CinemaDNG RAW, Apple ProRes and more. It goes from 0 to 50mph (80kph) in just 5 seconds and hits a maximum speed of 58mph (94kph) and has a max […]Read more…

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