3D Robotics’ new drone can comply with you round, carry a mirrorless digital camera
3D Robotics shouldn’t be about to let DJI hog all of the press with its wild Encourage 1 Drone, so it simply revealed its personal semi-professional mannequin: the X8+. The eight-prop UAV is designed to hold GoPro or light-weight mirrorless cameras, whereas providing a totally automated flight management system beginning at $1,350 (and not using a gimbal or digital camera). That worth might tempt professional or semi-professional customers away from DJI’s (admittedly cool), retractable gear mannequin, which runs $2,900 with a constructed-in gimbal and 4K digital camera. However in contrast to DJI’s turnkey drone, 3DR is positioning the X8+ as a customizable ship aimed not solely at cinematographers, however surveyors or miners too.
The X8+ is an improve on the X8 mannequin in almost each means. It’s going to carry 800 grams (1.seventy six kilos) and fly as much as 18 minutes, however in case you’re prepared to sacrifice endurance, you’ll be able to carry as much as 2.2 kilos with, say, a mirrorless digital camera. 3D Robotics says it’s going to fly Blackmagic Design’s Pocket Cinema Digital camera, as an example, which is quite heavy for its measurement at 350 grams (zero.seventy eight kilos). Meaning it’s going to simply work with Sony’s mirrorless NEX cameras or compact fashions like Panasonic’s LX100. For an additional $350, it’s also possible to package it with an FPV GoPro liveview package for simpler scouting and aerial images.
3D Robotics additionally has some fascinating automation choices for its newest drone. The X8+ can monitor you round whereas retaining you focused in your movies utilizing the 3PV comply with me mode, useful for filming your personal sporty exploits. It additionally consists of open supply mission planning software program suitable with most PCs and smartphones. Utilizing the DroidPlanner 2 software program, you’ll be able to merely draw strains on a map with an Android gadget to fly it round, palms-free. You possibly can even map a area-of-curiosity (ROI) waypoint, to maintain the digital camera locked on a goal all through the flight.
Whereas the X8+ begins at $1,350, it’s going to run a lot extra to package it up correctly. With a carrying case, gimbal, 3DR FPV liveview for GoPro and a GoPro Hero three+ digital camera, you will be taking a look at almost $2,600 — or round $2,seven hundred for 4K with the Hero four. That is Encourage 1 territory, so selecting between the 2 might come right down to a easy selection: do you want the DJI’s unfettered 360 diploma view, or the power to make use of higher cameras? Selections, selections.
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