GDU Returns With Cool New Compact Drone, The O2


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) DJI and GoPro. When it comes to drones, those two names tend to suck up all the air in the room. But GDU is back to grab a piece of the UAV pie with a cool new sliding arm drone design dubbed the O2 that could once again change the game. “Drones are quickly … [Read more...]

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


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...]

Filmmaker Casey Neistat Investigated By FAA For Reckless Flying Of Drones


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When it comes to flying drones, the FAA is getting pretty serious about near misses of airplanes, and those who choose to break Part 107 rules pertaining to their UAVs. Such is the case of filmmaker and YouTube phenom Casey Neistat, who is being investigated for … [Read more...]

DJI: Update Your Firmware Or Your Spark Drone Is Grounded


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...]

GoPro: Karma # 2 in Drone Sales, Business Improving


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The GoPro Karma has rapidly become the number 2 highest selling drone, behind only the DJI Mavic Pro. The company announced their 2nd quarter earnings report last week, showing that after a bad 2016, things may be looking up. "GoPro is building momentum. Strong … [Read more...]

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


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


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

The DJI Spark

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...]

Federal Court Drone Registration Ruling Could Mean Refunds


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the FAA Drone Registry was unlawful, drone enthusiasts hailed the ruling as a victory for liberty. But now that the FAA will no longer require registration of your UAV, what happens to the money those of us paid to register … [Read more...]

DJI Praises Canada’s New Drone Rules


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...]

The Difficulties Of Flying Drones In Southern California


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) On Father's Day, a friend of mine and I wanted to go fly a drone in greater Los Angeles in the morning before it got too hot. But there are so many laws against flying them within the city limits, that we had to hike several miles through the brush to get to a … [Read more...]

PolarPro Katana Turns The Mavic Pro Drone Into A Gimbal Stabilizer


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

The DJI Spark

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


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


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

DJI M600 Pro Drone

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...]