When GoPro announced the GoPro Karma. It sets the drone industry talking because the GoPro Karma is small enough to pack into a small backpack and comes with a handheld stabilizer. A few days later, in an event, DJI introduces DJI Mavic Pro and it changes everything.
Based on the observation and the many videos and articles on the Internet, one of the common issues on drones (with camera) is that if you want quality (4K recording, stable in strong wind), the drone must be of certain size. This leads to the inconveniences to carry them around for impromptu shoots.
With technologies, drones become better and smaller. Some comes with built-in GPS that can “home” the drone when it is lost. And some even have object avoidance system to ensure that you don’t crash them accidentally.
However, it is still BIG. When DJI unveiled Mavic Pro a week ago, it seems to address to many issues that drone users are facing. The Mavic Pro is foldable, incredibly small, packs lots of technologies (GPS guidance, object avoidance), good battery life, long control range (7km in open, flat area), shoots 4K and comes with DJI’s smallest gimbal. You can even pack it into a handbag.
Check out this intro video.
At this point, some of you now may disagree with me because Parrot BEBOP or BEBOP2 is small enough and takes high quality video. However, when you compare specs to specs and review the video footage, you will know who is the winner (and BEBOP can’t be folded.. period).
So, in my opinion, future drones will be following the footsteps of DJI (BTW, DJI is a Chinese company called Da-Jiang Innovations and I am very proud of it 🙂 ). I can imagine more awesome video footage of sceneries, events from the view above. It will be exciting years ahead for the drone industry.
If you are going to fly in Singapore, do check out this CAAS website for official information. Basically, you are allowed to fly an unmanned aircraft in Singapore if it is less than 7kg (you will need license if it is more than 7kg), not within 5KM radius of the airports or fly over sensitive installations and not above the 60m height.
What is your take on the drones?