DJI’s Encourage 1 hand-held gimbal brings its flying digital camera right down to earth
DJI is probably greatest recognized for its drones. The corporate additionally makes some fairly candy images gear. Typically, these two talent-units meet in good concord — just like the 4K digital camera-toting Encourage 1 video drone. DJI thought it was a disgrace to maintain that new digital camera restricted to aerial images although, so it is setting it free with a handheld gimbal (motorized digital camera stabilizer). The truth is, the gimbal half is the one which’s on the drone, however hooked up to a hand-grip mount. The result’s a small, but extraordinarily secure 4K video digital camera. Comparable units exist for GoPros, however DJI’s design isn’t just extra visually interesting, but in addition extra sensible and cozy to make use of. We have been fortunate sufficient to get to attempt it out for ourselves within the desert.
Let’s get again to the way it seems to be for a second. It is fairly cool. Naturally, it matches the design language of the Encourage 1 drone. As a standalone system it is a sensible-wanting piece of package, however there’s undoubtedly a whiff of “Stormtrooper” about it. The gadget we noticed was solely a prototype, however it’s clear it’s going to be ergonomic and cozy to make use of. There are a number of controls on the deal with inside attain of your thumb, and it homes a mic too, because the digital camera does not have one (there’s not a lot to report up within the air).
What makes the gimbal actually sensible although, is the addition of a clip on your telephone. DJI has created a companion app that lets you use your smartphone as a viewfinder. This makes the mini rig a surprisingly complete, but moveable stabilized 4K video set-up. What higher solution to check it than capturing aspect-by-aspect with a digital camera on a daily non-stabilized grip? We did precisely that, stomping across the Nevada desert. The outcomes converse for themselves. The footage is extremely, dreamily clean, however a couple of bugs within the app meant we might solely seize a number of brief moments. Watch under to see for your self.
The gimbal may be a prototype, and we nonetheless do not know of worth, however we’re positive this info might be out there quickly sufficient. What we do know is that DJI is serious about methods so as to add actual worth to its present package. The addition of this gadget makes the Encourage drone package deal one hundred-% extra helpful. Now you’ll be able to theoretically use the identical digital camera to finish an entire video challenge, and something that improves our general workflow is a welcome addition.
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