DJI teases new folding drone announcement for January 23rd

DJI is getting ready to unveil a new… something… on January 23rd. We know this because the Chinese drone maker (and camera company) just released a teaser video that hints at a live product announcement that morning. The tagline, Adventure Unfolds, implying that it might be a new folding drone, possibly a replacement for the Mavic Pro that only recently got some real competition.

The video is made up mostly of stock video footage with epic music playing in the background, but DJI does offer a few tantalizing closeups of a sleek looking new drone (we assume… at least). The photos don’t reveal anything at all, really, but here are a couple of screenshots just in case you want to get speculating:

The description of the video reads, “Your next great journey begins at 10 am EST on Jan 23, 2018,” and it looks like DJI will be streaming the announcement live at this link.

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Autel unveils the EVO drone, a serious competitor for the DJI Mavic Pro

Autel Robotics released something pretty exciting at CES this week, although it’s stayed (ironically enough) somewhat under the radar so far. Meet the EVO: a folding, portable drone that looks like it could be the first serious competitor for DJI’s extremely popular Mavic Pro.

When DJI first introduced the Mavic Pro—and later bumped up the battery live with the Mavic Pro Platinum—the company liked to say it had “revolutionized personal flight.” The thing is, DJI kind of had a point: the Mavic Pro was both extremely portable and extremely capable, opening up the joys of droning to a whole new range of potential consumers.

But with the debut of the Autel EVO, DJI might want to watch its back.

At first, the EVO seems like an almost shot-for-shot remake of the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum. The folding drone looks very similar, both sport a 3-axis gimbal, both boast intelligent flight modes and obstacle avoidance, they both offer 30 minutes of flight time, and both feature a max operating distance of 4.2 miles (7 km).

Where the EVO manages to rise above (see what I did there…) the Mavic Pro Platinum is exactly where it counts: in the camera and remote control department.

The stabilized camera can shoot at 4K/60p (DJI maxes out at 4K/30p) and the remote comes with a built-in 3.3 inch OLED screen that gives you a live feed at up to 720p—no need to plug your phone into your drone’s remote controller. Finally, the EVO also maxes out at a speed of 20 meters per second (44 miles per hour), which is just a hair faster than the Mavic Pro can handle.

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Yuneec Typhoon H Plus with 20MP 1″ sensor and UHD 60P recording

By Matthew Allard ACS

Yuneec may not be a house hold name like DJI, but they still make some pretty good drones. The latest is the Typhoon H Plus, an upgrade to the Typhoon…

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DJI adds new handheld camera and smartphone stabilisers

By (Erik Vlietinck)

The Ronin-S is DJI's first single-handed stabiliser for DSLR and mirrorless cameras

DJI has introduced two new handheld camera stabilisers: The Ronin-S has been built for DSLR and mirrorless camera systems, while the Osmo Mobile 2 is targeting smartphone users.

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    CES 2018: DJI Releases New Gear Lineup, Including a $99 Drone

    By Robbie Janney With the huge tech conference CES 2018 starting today, DJI has just rolled out some new products that are sure to turn heads. → continue…

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    GoPro exits drone market, cuts over 250 jobs, and drops price of Hero6 Black by $100

    It’s a day of tough news at GoPro. In addition to confirming a report from late last week that the company would be cutting between 200 and 300 jobs (the actual number is at least 255), GoPro’s Preliminary Fourth Quarter 2017 Results release included several other cost cutting announcements, including: a price cut for the GoPro Hero6 Black to spur sales, CEO Nick Woodman reducing his own cash compensation to $1 for 2018, and the big one, GoPro will no longer make drones.

    That last point is the most significant news, although not entirely surprising. GoPro’s Karma drone struggled to gain traction as DJI released drone-after-impressive-drone to compete with it, and Karma itself suffered a major recall after user reports came in that the drones were literally falling out of the sky during regular use.

    In all, there are four major cuts coming in 2018, which GoPro estimates will save it $80 million in operating expenses:

    1. GoPro’s global workforce will be reduced from 1,254 employees as of September 30, 2017 to fewer than 1,000 employees worldwide.
    2. GoPro founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman will reduce his 2018 cash compensation to $1.
    3. GoPro will exit the drone market after selling its remaining Karma inventory. GoPro will continue to provide service and support to Karma customers.
    4. GoPro has lowered the price of its premium model, the HERO6 Black, from $499 to $399 as of January 7th.

    Regarding its exit from the drone market, GoPro blames “margin challenges in an extremely competitive aerial market” and “a hostile regulatory environment in Europe and the United States” that the company believes will make the aerial market “untenable.”

    “GoPro is committed to turning our business around in 2018,” said CEO Nicholas Woodman in the release. “We entered the new year with strong sell-through and are → continue…

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    DJI Reveals New Handheld Camera Stabilizers At CES 2018

    By Canon Rumors A Redesigned Osmo Mobile 2 Turns Smartphones Into Smart Steadycams and Ronin-S Becomes DJI’s First Single-Handed Stabilizer for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras January 7, 2018 – DJI, the world’s leader in creative camera technology, introduced two new handheld camera stabilizers at CES 2018 – Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin-S. Built for smartphones, DSLRs, and mirrorless … → continue…

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    CES 2018: DJI’s first handheld gimbal announced. Ronin-S PLUS updated Osmo Mobile 2

    By Erik Naso

    Today at CES 2018 in Las Vegas DJI introduced two new handheld gimbals. The Osmo Mobile 2 is an updated mobile phone gimbal, and the other a new entry. The Ronin-S…

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    DJI Reveals New Handheld Stabilizers at CES 2018 – Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin-S

    By Yossy Mendelovich

    DJI is aiming straight at the mobile & DSLR/mirrorless market with two new single-handed stabilizers. Meet Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin-S, both of which will be presented at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

    Osmo Mobile 2 – an improved handheld smartphone camera stabilizer

    The Osmo Mobile 2 has a lightweight design, a built-in three-axis gimbal and supports pivoting between landscape and portrait orientation (by the two-way mobile clamp). DJI’s SmoothTrack technology detects how you are moving the camera and compensates, so it becomes a smoother, more “cinematic” shot. On top of that, user experience has been improved and all the controls where simplified, DJI claims it’s now more similar to operating “a professional camera”.

    Design that supports switching between landscape and portrait orientation

    According to DJI, one of the main advantages is the battery life that goes up to 15 hours, since the Oslo Mobile 2 is equipped with more powerful built-in battery system. That is a significant achievement comparing to 5 hours in the original Osmo Mobile’s battery.

    The product has also some cool capabilities shooting various styles like panoramic, time-lapse, motionlapse, hyperlapse, slow-mo and Zoom Control, which is pretty neat. Zoom Control is a built-in zoom slider that lets you completely operate your smartphone camera from the handle with more fluid, cinematic zoom.

    For more info, checkout product’s web page.

    Ronin-S – DJI’s first single-handed stabilizer for DSLR and mirrorless cameras

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    DJI announces Osmo 2 Mobile smartphone camera gimbal

    DJI has announced the Osmo Mobile 2, an updated version of its popular Osmo Mobile camera gimbal for smartphones. Though visually similar to the original model, the Osmo Mobile 2 adds some useful new features along with a more attractive price point.

    The biggest change most users will notice right away is that the Osmo 2 Mobile no longer uses interchangeable batteries. DJI claims the new built-in battery will provide enough power for up to 15 hours of filming, which is probably more than most peoples’ arms will endure over the course of a day. Additionally, a new USB port enables the phone to charge off the internal battery while in use, preventing battery drain while filming, and can also be used as a power bank to charge other electronics.

    Perhaps the most notable feature of the new Osmo Mobile 2 is a lower price: it will retail for $129, significantly less than the $299 price point of the original model

    The new model also supports shooting in portrait orientation – perfect for people who want to create content that will primarily be consumed on mobile devices. It also includes a 1/4″ universal screw mount, making it possible to mount the Osmo Mobile 2 on a tripod or attach other accessories.

    In addition to existing software features like ActiveTrack and time-lapse modes, DJI has added a hyper-lapse feature, as well as a zoom slider on the handle that will allow users to simulate the effects of a dolly zoom.

    Perhaps the most notable feature of the new Osmo Mobile 2 is a lower price: it will retail for $129, significantly less than the $299 price point of the original model. It will be available for pre-order exclusively at beginning on January 23, and directly from DJI and other authorized resellers beginning in early February.

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    DJI introduces Ronin-S stabilizer for DSLR and mirrorless cameras

    DJI has announced the Ronin-S, its first single-handed stabilizer designed for use with DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

    It will be available in two frame sizes (referring to the frame that holds the camera), one for mirrorless cameras such as the Sony Alpha system and Panasonic GH series, and another for larger DSLRs like the Canon 5D Mark IV. Additionally, the 3-axis gimbal is fully compatible with both in-camera and in-lens stabilization systems.

    DJI tells us that it put a lot of work into making the system easy to use. It comes with a tripod that screws into the base, allowing the Ronin to stand upright on its own while rigging the camera, axis locks to prevent gimbal movement during setup, and a calibration process that it describes as quick and easy. Also included is a feature called Push Mode, activated in the Ronin app, that allows users to tune settings like pan and tilt while the Ronin-S is still turned on, eliminating the need to shut down the system to make these adjustments.

    The Ronin app also provides a number of features designed to automate complex camera moves. These include CamAnchor, which allows you to set designated camera positions and toggle between them, Panorama and Hyperlapse tools, and also DJI’s ActiveTrack technology. SmoothTrack enables you to adjust gimbal responsiveness on each axis, along with the ability to save profiles for later use.

    The Ronin app also provides a number of features designed to automate
    complex camera moves

    The Ronin-S includes dedicated control buttons for both camera and gimbal, including the ability to quickly toggle between settings, activate recording on the camera, and adjust camera position using the built-in joystick.

    The Ronin-S is also compatible with some very useful accessories, including a focus dial with built-in screen that can be used as a follow-focus (primarily on Sony → continue…

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    Report: GoPro has laid off 200-300 more staff from its drone division

    Californian action camera manufacturer GoPro has laid off between 200 and 300 staff, according to a report by TechCrunch. The report claims the redundancies have been made in the division of the company that builds it aerial offering—the Karma drone—and that GoPro cited a need to “better align our resources with business requirements” as the reason for the layoffs.

    GoPro has suffered in recent times, with its share price taking a hammering and profits showing in negative figures. One of the main reasons for this was the much-anticipated Karma drone, which had to be recalled after it was discovered the battery could shake itself loose, causing the device to lose power mid-flight and plummet back to Earth.

    The company claims that, since returning to stores, Karma has been the number 2 best-selling drone priced above $1,000 in the US for a period of six months up to September 2017. Even so, it would have faced (and still does) stiff competition from former partner DJI.

    GoPro’s November report to shareholders announced increased revenue of $300 million, up 37% on the same quarter last year, and a gross margin of 40%. The company was in profit too, making $15 million against a loss of $104 million in the third quarter of 2016. However, the share price has remained low, with current trading at $7.51 against a high of $90 in October 2014.

    After 370 job cuts in 2016 and early 2017 the company stated that it employed 1,327 people, but that number is now set to drop to close to 1,000, according to the TechCrunch report.

    GoPro, which has been operating under the name since 2004, hasn’t commented on the claims, but the job losses have come between the end of the financial year (December 31st) and → continue…

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    2017 in review: a look back at November

    This shot from Dan’s Gear of the Year writeup wasn’t taken in November but it seemed apt for an overview article.

    November is usually a fairly quiet time for the industry: all the cameras the manufacturers are hoping will sell around Christmas have been announced. Well, except for Leica, which always likes to set itself apart – this time by launching a new model in mid November. Still, there was plenty going on in the wider world of photography:

    The internet has always made rather more liberal use of other people’s images than is legally allowed but it’s generally only the egregious examples that tend to get pursued. US TV network CBS bucked that trend by going after a photographer who’d used a screengrab from a forty-year old TV show on social media. Meanwhile, another photographer took action against pop star Bruno Mars for using one of her photos on social media without seeking the appropriate license.

    The UK’s National Air Traffic Service published a video showing the knock-on effects of breaching drone rules

    Speaking of licenses, the UK’s National Air Traffic Service published a video showing the knock-on effects of breaching drone rules, after four planes and their passengers were diverted to other airports in response to one incidence of careless droning. It’s probably no surprise that tighter rules may be implemented in the UK, and that DJI has the ability to track its drones.

    Meanwhile Eastman Kodak announced more job losses, just four years after a bankruptcy restructuring that saw it exit the photography market. However, at the same time, the company also gave an insight into the work it’s doing to recreate its Ektachrome filmstock.

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