This is the video to watch:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o40HCzkOjow&feature=youtu.be
I've been using DJI drones since before they were cool so I'll be brief: If 3DR really really delivers on those demos, they will eat DJI's lunch. It is really that simple.
There is a notable price difference between this and the Phantom 3. But the extra features are worth a lot more than that price difference. Not to mention that you will be using a GoPro, which is almost guaranteed to have better DR (Protune mode) than the included DJI camera. And you can take it off the drone to use an action cam, unlike the DJI included cam. So you get a better image, better camera moves, and more flexibility for an extra couple hundred dollars. It's a no brainer. That is, IF, 3DR delivers on their lofty promises. I wouldn't be an early adopter though. I'd wait at least 4 months of reviews before commiting.
I need to chime in on this one. Comparing the old RC-world to the one we are inhabiting now is simply not reasonable. I’ve been piloting RC helicopters on and off for the past 10 years, so I started long before drones went mainstream. Back then, RC pilots were far more likely to stick to RC flying fields. There was simply not much incentive to leave the field. Fixed-wing aircraft need a lot of space to maneuver, and helicopters were so difficult to control that you needed ample space just to avoid crashing. Trying to fly in a populated area would almost guarantee a crash. Just losing sight of your craft behind a tree or building, even for 1 or 2 seconds, would result in a crash most of the time. This was because RC aircraft required constant stick inputs and corrections from the pilot. Not so with today’s drones. If you lose sight of your drone, simply let go of the sticks and it will remain parked in the air. You can then move to where you can see it. Conversely if you were to let go of the sticks for a few seconds in the other types of RC aircraft, well, you would be scavenging for usable parts on the ground. So the improvement in control makes drones a lot more flyable in tighter/populated spaces. You even get a “return to home” switch for crying out loud.
But wait! There’s more! Enter the camera. Now you have a piece of equipment that has a high quality camera, can maneuver in tight places, and is (relatively) easy to control. What would you ever want to film with this device? Not a flying field that’s for sure.
But wait! There’s more! A lot more. You can now see a live feed of the drone camera. So you can keep going even when the craft is a mere speck in the sky, and beyond. Before you would need to see the craft clearly to be able to tell its orientation and make correct stick inputs. In fact once you knew how to fly, the vast majority of crashes resulted from losing orientation (or trying crazy stunts if you were into that).
For the reasons outlined above, you see drones in places where historically you would not see RC aircraft being flown. But wait! There’s is more! As the price has come down the technology has become available to the masses. And as we know masses are always imbued with an unhealthy proportion of idiots; people who lack common sense and line up to watch the next Transformers film (haha sorry couldn’t help it).
A change in circumstance has prompted a change in regulations. That is how it should be. As to the regulations in their current state... I’ll need to think about it some more, but at least they aren’t as ridiculous as getting a pilot’s license.
I saw this a few days ago. My thought stream went something like:
What a stupid idea... became
Who would want to buy that? became
Although...I can see it coming in handy sometimes. became
Especially for all those people who want a $500 high framerate, good dynamic range (Protune mode) and resolution camera that is pocketable... became
Why oh why did I not think of this first!!! Easiest product to develop ever!!! Second only to "My Pet Rock", though much more useful. Well played CAMpanion.
Of course they also have large motors to compensate the increased accelerations you get in vehicles. I would expect you can shoot out of the same vehicles with the cheaper gimbals but you need to accelerate/decelerate excruciatingly slow. To the point of making it a PITA or impractical. I have parts on order for a DYI build so I will know soon enough.
Was very noticeable but I loved the look the grain provided. I'm usually not for adding grain but this short has made me a believer. For my tastes, I think the grain worked perfect in this short.
Expertly executed. With one huge "But..."
I'm sorry but I have to agree with previous posters about the V.O. How can they get everything so right and get the V.O. casting so wrong? Couldn't Showtime supply them with V.O. talent?