In early January, Seagate and DJI announced a new partnership between the two companies that would result in storage solutions for drone operators. Today we’re seeing the first of those products, the new joint-branded Seagate DJI Fly Drive, a portable storage drive with a microSD card slot. The drive is available in capacities up to 2TB, and most notably it contains a microSD card slot for shuttling videos from a drone’s camera (such as one from DJI) to the Seagate drive itself.
While portable hard drives are nothing new, the Fly Drive is unique due to its integrated microSD card slot. In most cases, drone cameras record photos and videos to microSD cards rather than larger cards, meaning most drone operators will be able to use the Fly Drive to transfers their aerial content directly to the larger hard drive. This eliminates the need to lug around heavy equipment to transfer and store the drone content.
Most drones record video at a 4K resolution — Seagate and DJI say with the Fly Drive’s 2TB capacity, users are able to store up to 60 hours’ worth of UHD content. To sweeten the pie, so to speak, the companies are also tossing in a couple months of free access to Adobe Premiere Pro CC, the company’s solution for editing those snazzy drone videos; this works out to about a $20 value.
The Fly Drive itself is rugged thanks to a shock-resistant bumper, which itself is used to house a built-in USB-C cable with support for both USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3. If all that sounds great, you can pick up one of these drives yourself starting next month for $119.99 USD — the exact capacities and prices that will be offered isn’t stated, however.