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The popularity of flying a Drone with HD camera capturing capabilities has skyrocketed over the past couple of years! Not only is it used to capture different cinematic moments in amateur and professional settings, but it is also used for work purposes like thermal imaging for reporting and analysis of variations of places and objects. Drones open up a wide variety of possibilities in film making. You no longer have to charter a helicopter, because now the aircraft is in your hands. Great for establishing shots and wide fly over shots which will open up a whole new feel to your next project. We offer a variety of Drone Rentals here at The Lens Depot and they are easy enough for anyone to fly with the DJI Go App that comes with a beginner mode for those just starting out!
Take look at the DJI Phantom 4 Drone, it has the ability to record in 4k and full HD at 120fps. It has a top speed of 44mph that is achievable in sports mode and also has obstacle avoidance sensors to help prevent you from crashing into objects. This is an amazing drone for most situations, but if your on the run and need something quick and light to carry around, then the DJI Mavic Pro Drone is definitely the answer! Extremely light and small enough to to fit in the palm of your hand, this drone has many of the great features that the DJI Phantom 4 Drone has, but in a smaller form factor!
With so many options available, don't be afraid to dive into the drone market. These drones can be flown by beginners and the DJI GO App will make taking a drone up for the first time very simple!
DJI had a big announcements this week by unveiling a brand new addition to their ever-growing Phantom lineup. The Phantom 4 Pro+ improves upon the already stellar Phantom 4 drone with some welcome additions. The biggest change to the Phantom 4 Pro+ is a brand new 1-inch image sensor, a first for DJI. This brand new sensor allows still images up to 20 megapixels and 4K video at up to 60 frames per second. Video is now captured at a 100Mbps bitrate over the original Phantom 4's 60Mbps.
The body is very similar to that of the Phantom 4, with some key improvements. There are now vision sensors in both the front and rear of the craft, with new infrared sensors on the left and right sides. This also improves the ActiveTrack feature, allowing pilots to select between trace, profile, and spotlight modes. The improved battery also allows flight times of up to 30 minutes, the most of any DJI drone. Last, the remote now features a built-in 5.5" 1080p screen, reducing the need to provide your own phone or tablet and simplifying the pre-flight process. This will also help improve latency and video lag.
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is expected before the end of 2016 and can be pre-ordered here. Stay tuned for updates on when the Phantom 4 Pro+ will be available. Below is a video preview from DJI.
Hot off the success of their Phantom and Inspire1 series, DJI has announced a new addition to their drone line, the Mavic Pro. What makes the DJI Mavic Pro Drone so special? It is able to fold down for travel and transport to a mere 7.8" x 3.26" x 3.26" and weighs in at only 1.64lbs. Despite it's size, it can fly at up to 40MPH when in Sport mode, similar to that found in the DJI Phantom 4. The brand new controller is small enough to fit in your pocket and if you don't want to bother with the controller you can completely control the drone with your smartphone using virtual joysticks! Lets take a look at some of the key features this drone has to offer!
True 4K Quality
The Mavic has done away with electronic image stabilization in the camera to give you true 4K image quality! Instead, they have built the smallest 3-axis high, precision gimbal that DJI has ever made. All 3-axis's are equipped with a brushless motor to give you smooth great looking footage without being affected by the movement of the DJI Mavic Pro Drone. The camera featured on the drone is equipped with a 1/2.3 inch sensor with the ability to record DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24fps, UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24, 25, & 30fps, 1080 at 96fps and can take 12mp stills.
Safer & Smarter
The DJI Mavic Pro Drone is a safer and smarter drone. The drone comes equipped with dual IMU Senors which acquire the angle, speed and acceleration of Mavic and dual compasses which provides its ability to navigate. If one sensor goes out the other sensor kicks in ensuring safe and proper flight reliability. The Mavic takes full advantage of collecting data about the environment around it through FlightAutonomy which uses 5 cameras, dual-band satellite positioning (GPS and GLONASS), 2 ultrasonic rangefinders, redundant sensors, and 24 specialized computing cores. This technology examines the 3D space around it and takes photos to create a 3D map to let it know the location of everything surrounding it. Having forward and downward sensors active, the DJI Mavic Pro Drone can fly with complete stability indoors or out. The onboard ultrasonic system also gathers height information to keep the Mavic leveled while flying over changing terrain.
Dynamic Control Options
The DJI Mavic Pro Drone comes with a newly designed touch screen enabled control that is small enough to fit in your pocket. The Mavic utilizes OcuSync transmission system opposed to the commonly used WiFi transmission system. Utilizing the new system gives the Mavic the ability to stream 720p video at a maximum distance of 4.3 miles and 1080p video in short range mode. The new DJI Mavic Pro Drone also has several different flight modes including a new tap to fly mode which enables users to simply tap the screen where you would like the drone to fly without using the joysticks. Not to worry if you forget your controller at home. You can use your smart phone through wifi and still have access to all the great features and fly with on screen virtual joy stick.
The Mavic is essentially a breakthrough drone! Everyone is excited about the power behind this 4K drone. This drone can truly serve the purpose to any beginner looking to try a drone out or the professional looking to take his or her project to the next level! If you want to get a little more in depth, check out the video below. Reservations being accepted now on the new DJI Mavic Pro Drone!
GoPro had some big announcements last week with some new additions to their lineup. First up is the follow-up to the GoPro HERO4 Black, the new Hero5 Black. GoPro has made some significant changes over the HERO4, the biggest being a completely re-designed rubberized body that can be taken underwater up to 33' without the need of a housing. There will be a new housing for depths lower than 33'. If you have a plethora of GoPro mounts like the ones we rent in our GoPro Ultimate Package - fear not! The camera will also include a frame that is compatible with all existing GoPro 3 mounting accessories.
The HERO5 is also the first GoPro camera to feature image stabilization, which is a huge plus for an action camera. One caveat of the image stabilization is only available for still photos and Full HD video, but is unavailable for 4K shooting. The camera can be controlled and adjusted with the new built-in touch screen, or via voice command. Yes, you heard that right - you can start or stop recording just by telling the camera!
The sensor has been slightly upgraded to feature a little better low-light, as well as the addition of raw and wide dynamic range capture. For video, you can record 4K at up to 30fps, 1080p up to 120fps, and 720p at up to 240fps. The Narrow, Wide, and SuperView field of view modes return along with a new Linear mode that captures a wide view while reducing the fisheye distortion of the lens.
The GoPro Hero 5 is expected towards the end of October and is available for pre-order now.
After a year of teasing, GoPro also unveiled Karma - its first foray into the world of drones. The Karma looks to be a very small and lightweight quadcopter that can be folded up for easy transport. The Karma integrates fully with the new GoPro HERO5, but will also have a cage that is compatible with the GoPro HERO4. The Karma's controller has a unique clamshell design that has an integrated live view touch screen. You can also link a mobile device and have a second operator control the camera settings via the new GoPro Passenger app, while the pilot focuses on flying.
Like most modern drones, Karma connects to GPS and features auto take-off and landing features. It also has some interesting automatic functionality including Auto Shot Paths, Drone Selfies, Cable Cam, and Orbit mode. You can also remove the gimbal from the Karma and attach it to the Karma Grip, turning it into a handheld gimbal. The Karma Grip has full control of the camera and can be combined with existing GoPro mounts for some creative applications.
The GoPro Karma & Karma Grip Package will be available towards the end of November and is available for pre-order now.
This week we've added an the DJI Inspire 1 Pro with X5 camera. This is something we've been getting a lot of requests to add, and we're very excited to start renting it!
Although the body looks similar, the upgraded Inspire 1 Pro body features motors that are 30% faster than the existing Inspire 1 with X3 camera to accommodate the larger X5 camera and gimbal. The new Inspire 1 Pro body also features upgraded carbon fiber rods, a new quick-release locking mechanism for the blades, and slightly longer landing gears.
The biggest change however is the X5 camera, which offers a Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor with a 15mm f/1.7 lens. The X5 camera gives you full control over manual exposure settings including the aperture, shutter, and ISO. You can also capture 4K video at 30 frames per second in MOV or MP4 and 16 megapixel photos in JPEG or Adobe DNG RAW.
What's Included and What You'll Need
Our DJI Inspire 1 Pro X5 comes with 2 controllers, allowing one person to operate the drone while another operates the camera. The kit also includes a battery charger, extra set of props, 2 TB47 batteries, a filter set with UV, CPL, ND16, and ND2-400 filter, and a Go Professional hard case.
You will need a Smart Phone or Tablet with its corresponding USB cable and the latest version of the DJI GO app. A Micro SDHC card up to 64GB is also required to store video or still images. Flight time per battery is approximately 12-15 minutes, so if you need more time we also recommend renting an Extra TB-47 battery.
The DJI Phantom 4 has finally arrived and is now available for rent! Our techs have had some time to test the drone this week. We have put together a video that will help you get started with the Phantom 4. This goes over what's included, what you'll need, how to get started, and an overview of some of the new features.
If you're ready to start flying, you can rent the DJI Phantom 4 here!
DJI has announced an all new drone to their Phantom series - the Phantom 4. Building off the overwhelming success of the Phantom 3 Professional, the new Phantom 4 has several improvements including a redesigned shell, added sensors, longer lasting battery, improved motors that will go up to 44mph, and a new camera with integrated gimbal. There are a lot of new innovative features such as obstacle avoidance, automatic subject tracking with ActiveTrack, and TapFly - a mode that allows you to to control the drone position by tapping on the screen in the DJIGo App. Here is a video from DJI detailing the new Phantom 4.
We are planning on adding the Phantom 4 for rental as soon as it becomes available. Stay tuned for more details!