DJI Unveils Zenmuse X7 Super 35 Camera For Inspire 2 Drone

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) For higher end aerial filmmakers, the Inspire 2 drone by DJI Global is a good option because it tends to have a higher-end camera and advanced flight features. But DJI is going to turn things up to eleven with a new Super 35mm camera built specifically for Aerial … [Read more...]

DJI Unveils the Mavic Pro Platinum, Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian, and More

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) At the 2017 IFA Consumer Electronics Show, DJI showed off some improvements they have made to their drone fleet by adding two new advanced models, as well as announcing a new "sphere mode" to the adorable Spark Selfie drone. But are these new improvements worth … [Read more...]

DJI: Update Your Firmware Or Your Spark Drone Is Grounded

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) DJI is getting pretty aggressive in making sure that drone owners update their UAVs with the latest firmware. Normally, you'd think it would be a good idea to keep your gear up-to-date with the latest software, though sometimes you want to make sure there aren't any … [Read more...]

Leica Investor Wants To Sell 45% Stake In The Camera Company

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Man, what is up with European camera companies? First, DJI swooped in and bought a chunk of Hasselblad. Now we have news that one of Leica's investors is doing the same thing, putting up 45% of the company on the auction block. And now we're hearing that Zeiss be … [Read more...]

Mandatory Drone Registration In The UK; What’s Up With The DJI Spark?

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Today we have a pair of drone stories, which are loosely wrapped around the safe operations of your UAV. While in the United States, a court ruled that the FAA didn't have the authority to require all drones be registered, in the United Kingdom, it looks like … [Read more...]

DJI: Canada’s Draft For Permanent Drone Rules A Disappointment

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) While Transport Canada's actions last week to loosen interim drone restrictions was met with approval, the draft for more permanent regulations could be even worse than before, according to DJI. The drone manufacturer says that unless challenged by citizens with … [Read more...]

Buyers Guide Helps Decide Which DJI Drone To Get

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you're trying to decide what drone to get for your first, DJI hasn't really made it easy to decide. From the high end Inspire 2, 4th generation Phantom, to the Mavic and its little sister, the selfie-obsessed Spark, there are plenty of options in the DJI line to … [Read more...]

DJI Praises Canada’s New Drone Rules

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With use of drones exploding all over the world, federal, state, and local governments have been struggling to catch up with how to manage the legal aspects of this new cinematic and aerial tool. Many are flat out denying flight, while others are requiring … [Read more...]

PolarPro Katana Turns The Mavic Pro Drone Into A Gimbal Stabilizer

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The two main tools that have really disrupted the way indies shoot their films include the drone and the 3-axis handheld gimbal stabilizer. But when you're just starting out, owning both can be a bit pricey. Cost of a drone can be up to $1000 for a model like the DJI … [Read more...]

DJI Unveils Spark Drone In Grand Central Station

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) To underscore the benefit of having a personal drone with you at all times, DJI went to one of busiest places in New York City, Grand Central Station, and showed off the new DJI Spark Personal Drone. And DJI is calling it the smallest, smartest, and simplest drone … [Read more...]

DJI Sparks Up The Net With Tease Of New Drone Coming May 24th

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you thought the DJI Mavic Pro was small and compact, you ain't seen nothin' yet. All but confirming the rumor that a new mini Mavic named Spark is coming, DJI Global has teased a new backpack-sized personal UAV, and it's coming May 24th. … [Read more...]

In Stunning Ruling, Appeals Court Overturns FAA Drone Registration

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) WOW. I have to say I didn't see this coming, and honestly, I'm not sure I'm all that thrilled about the appeals court's decision to overturn FAA drone registration. I'm all for the freedom to fly your drone wherever the winds take you, but to overturn the 2015 FAA … [Read more...]

DJI M600 Pro: DJI and Hasselblad’s High Resolution Drone Platform

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The fruits of DJI's partnership/acquisition of Hasselblad has produced a high resolution drone platform capable of capturing 100 mega pixel images from high above. And it's called the DJI M600 Pro Drone. … [Read more...]

NAB 2017: SLR Magic Launches 1.33x 40 Anamorphot Lens Adapter

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Being an independent filmmaker with lower budgets can often limit your cinematic choices. Sure, you'd love to go ultra widescreen and shoot a 2.35:1 aspect ratio with anamorphic lenses, but that's out of the budget. Until now. SLR Magic has a new 1.33x 40 Anamorphot … [Read more...]

NAB 2017: Day Three: Sennheiser/GoPro, SmallHD, Sigma, and More

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Day three of NAB 2017 was filled with discovery as I played around with augmented reality for drones, saw the world through the eyes of those gorgeous Sigma Cine Primes, and discovered a very interesting link between GoPro and the Broadway Stage... … [Read more...]

NAB 2017: DJI Launches Ronin 2 Gimbal Stabilizer

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Starting over from the ground up, DJI has introduced the sequel to their Ronin gimbal stabilizer. Dubbed Ronin 2, the new rig has been designed with heavier cinema cameras like the RED, plus accessories for a total load of up to 30 pounds. But it's also convertible … [Read more...]