DJI launches Phantom 3 SE entry-level camera drone

DJI has added a new drone model to its portfolio. The DJI Phantom 3 SE is targeted at beginner pilots and offers a flight time of 25 minutes. A key differences to the standard Phantom 3 SE is a vision positioning system that let the drone hover and fly in a stable manner indoors or in areas without connection to GPS satellites.

The SE model also offers a video transmission range of up to 2.5 miles versus only 0.5 miles on the Phantom 3 and records video in 4K resolution at 30 frames per second compared to the standard version’s 2.7K footage.

In still image mode the camera can capture 12MP images, with the lens offering a 94-degree field of view. Other key features include flight speeds of up to 35mph and the capability to return automatically to a recorded home point when the battery levels of drone or remote controller get too low.

The DJI Phantom 3 SE is available now for $599. More information and detailed specifications are available on the DJI website.

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Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review


The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is the company’s latest full-frame DSLR aimed at advanced amateurs and enthusiasts, and even professionals looking for a second Canon DSLR body. Its all-new 26MP sensor has Dual Pixel technology for accurate autofocus during live view shooting, and it gains the same 45-point autofocus system from the crop-sensor EOS 80D for viewfinder shooting. A fully articulating touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS capability, and 6.5fps burst shooting round out the package.

Coming to market over five years after the release of its predecessor, it should come as no surprise that the 6D Mark II builds upon the original in almost every way. Resolution, autofocus performance, burst shooting speed, video shooting and even battery life are all improved.

That said, five years is a long time in the digital camera market, and the competition hasn’t stood still. So the question remains: Has the 6D Mark II improved enough?

Let’s see if it’s all blue skies from here with the EOS 6D Mark II. Processed to taste from Raw.
Canon EF 24-105mm F4L II IS USM @ 32mm | ISO 100 | 1/640 sec | F5.6
Photo by Jeff Keller

Key specifications

  • New 26MP CMOS full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel AF
  • 1080/60p video capture with in-lens + digital stabilization
  • 45-point all-cross-type AF system
  • Dual Pixel AF for both stills and video capture
  • ISO 100-40,000 (expandable to 102,400)
  • 6.5 fps continuous shooting (4.5 fps in Live View)
  • 3″ fully articulating touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi w/NFC and Bluetooth
  • Built-in GPS

The original EOS 6D, along with Nikon’s D600, jump-started the notion of an ‘entry-level’ full frame camera; a camera wherein the true value of the thing lay in the size of the sensor, with a somewhat scaled-back feature set and body surrounding it.

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US Army abruptly stops using DJI drones due to ‘cyber vulnerabilities’

A leaked US Army memo obtained by unmanned aviation news site sUAS News is making some waves in the drone world today. In the memo, the largest branch of the United States armed forces called for its units to “cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from devices, and secure equipment for follow on directions.”

The decision was reached by the US Navy and the US Army Research Lab, which identified ‘operational risks’ and ‘user vulnerabilities’ in DJI’s products.

The memo does not go into detail regarding the specific vulnerabilities, saying only that,

Due to increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products, it is directed that the U.S. Army halt use of all DJI products. This guidance applies to all DJI UAS and any system that employs DJI electrical components or software including, but not limited to, flight computers, cameras, radios, batteries, speed controllers, GPS units, handheld control stations, or devices with DJI software applications installed.

DJI’s public relations manager Michael Perry responded to the news in an e-mail to sUAS News, saying the company was ‘surprised and disappointed’ that the Army didn’t consult DJI during the decision process. “We are happy to work directly with any organization, including the U.S. Army, that has concerns about our management of cyber issues,” wrote Perry, saying that DJI would reach out to the US Army to confirm the memo and better understand what they mean by ‘cyber vulnerabilities.’

To read the full memo and response, or dive a bit deeper into some of the cyber security concerns surrounding DJI’s products, head over to sUAS News by clicking here.

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Kudrone – A Tiny 4K Drone with a Tiny Price Tag

By Fabian Chaundy

Kudrone is a tiny drone going on Indiegogo for just over $100. It features 4K video capabilities and auto-follow via GPS.

Kudrone’s Indiegogo campaign funded by over 2400% is a testimony that there is still very much a market for barebones, inexpensive video-capable drones. That said, the tiny 85g Kudrone offers more than your basic Full HD video recording — its Sony CMOS sensor even goes up to 4K resolution, aiming to satisfy the needs of 4K-hungry YouTubers everywhere.

You can control the Kudrone via a smartphone app available for both iOS and Android, and which offers a touch-screen interface for flight and camera controls. A removable battery with an optional triple battery charger also makes the Kudrone quite attractive for longer shoots. And you will need it: a full charge gets you only 8 minutes of flight time.

While the Kudrone doesn’t offer the eye-catching gesture control of the DJI Spark, it is not completely incapable in the autonomous flight department. Kudrone claims auto-follow capabilities via GPS, and also sports a number of sensors such as intelligent vision and sonar to allow you to get stable aerial shots indoors.

Unfortunately, while the Kudrone product page indicates resolutions of 720p, 1080p, 2.7K and 4K, there is no mention of available frame rates or bit rates, but at this price one can expect them to be quite limited. We hope that it’s good enough for Vlogging, or perhaps for real estate shooters.

The small drone market has certainly been dominated by DJI in recent times, with the release of both the DJI Mavic Pro and the even smaller DJI Spark. Although a lot more affordable than DJI’s larger products, the price of → continue…

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Explorest iOS app helps photographers find new locations to shoot

A new iOS app called Explorest wants to help photographers find new locations to shoot. The company behind Explorest describes the app as a database of photo locations, ones submitted by local photographers who get a cut of the in-app purchase revenue in exchange for their contributions. Users are presented with those locations, as well as related information like weather in the region, notable times to shoot and field tips about the location.

According to the app’s iTunes listing, users are given exact GPS coordinates for the locations, ones precise enough to designate ‘where the photographer stood’ when they took their own images of the location. The app also gives users instructions on getting to the spot, tips for shooting in that particular location, the best times to visit the area, the precise times sunrise, sunset and more take place, plus the option to save this data for offline use.

Finally, Explorest keeps track of the locations you’ve already visited and places you want to visit, and likewise presents a Google Maps look at the areas within the app.

Explorest is limited to only locations within Singapore for now, but plans to expand to encompass other regions in the near future. You can grab the app for free until July 31, at which point it will revert to a $5 price tag. Check it out for yourself here.

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