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The DJI Spark needs to be more than a floating selfie-stick

The DJI Spark needs to be more than a floating selfie-stick

The dirty secret about drones is that they generally take some practice to fly well. We're not talking "sit in front of the TV and master the latest console game" practice, either: you need a big open space, no trees to crash into, and enough daylight to see what you're doing. That's before you get to flexing your camera-operator skills. Not for nothing do the drone videography pros generally have two people at the controls: one piloting, and the other operating the gimbal.

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Tiny DJI Spark drone flies by gestures: Pricing, camera, and Autopilot

Tiny DJI Spark drone flies by gestures: Pricing, camera, and Autopilot

Drone pilots have a new, compact camera-drone option, with the DJI Spark promising not only portability but piloting so simple you don't even need a controller. Smaller than the DJI Mavic, the Spark mini-drone is designed to be controlled by hand gestures. Indeed, once it's powered-on and it takes off from your palm, it automatically starts watching for instructions.

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DJI will restrict drones that aren’t activated after new update

DJI will restrict drones that aren’t activated after new update

DJI has announced that drone operators with one of its aerial vehicles will experience restricted operation if they update to the latest firmware or software but fail to properly activate the product afterward. This is part of a 'new application process' the company detailed over the weekend, saying that it applies to all of its customers except those located in China. Failing to update will cause camera streaming to be disabled and more.

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A tiny new DJI drone is tipped by an invite release

A tiny new DJI drone is tipped by an invite release

An invite to an event in May has been sent by DJI, teasing the possibility that they've got some new hardware in store. The event will be taking place on the 24th of May, 2017. Rumors suggest that the invitation could be a bit misleading, especially if the brand's missing market segment says anything about their future.

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DJI and Hasselblad team for a 100-megapixel camera drone

DJI and Hasselblad team for a 100-megapixel camera drone

Not satisfied with the abilities of your current camera drone? DJI has the alternative, and it comes in the form of an M600 Pro drone coupled with a camera that can capture 100-megapixel photos. The two companies are currently showing off the product at NAB, and they'll be launching it for purchase some time in the third-quarter of this year. Joining the drone and camera will be a Ronin-MX Gimbal.

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Seagate DJI Fly Drive brings 2TB and a drone-friendly microSD slot

Seagate DJI Fly Drive brings 2TB and a drone-friendly microSD slot

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.

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DJI Goggles release date and specifications revealed

DJI Goggles release date and specifications revealed

Flying a drone and using it to record video or take pictures is a pretty exciting experience all its own, but if you want to make it more exhilarating, then DJI's new Goggles might be for you. Though DJI Goggles don't really have much of an inspired name, they'll give you a birds-eye view of the action as your drone flies through the sky. If any of the many drone accessories are worthy of your consideration, it sounds like it might be these.

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DJI Ronin 2 stabilizer caters to pros with bigger rigs

DJI Ronin 2 stabilizer caters to pros with bigger rigs

DJI may be more known for its drones but it prefers to bill itself as a creative camera tech company. To that end, its portfolio includes not just camera drones but also camera gimbals and stabilizers as well. The commercialization of such products has given birth to a new breed of amateurs and aspiring professionals, but this time DJI is aiming for the higher end of the market. The DJI Ronin 2 stabilizer is choc full of features and has enough muscle to carry some of the heavier cameras that these pros use.

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DJI Phantom 4 Advanced offers up to 30 minutes of flight time

DJI Phantom 4 Advanced offers up to 30 minutes of flight time

If you've been looking at picking up a drone in DJI's popular Phantom line, you may want to consider the Phantom 4 Advanced. Introduced today, the Phantom 4 Advanced looks similar to previous Phantom drones, but comes with a whole host of upgrades that should make it stand out from the rest of the lineup. One of the most important features comes in the form of flight time, which maxes out at an impressive 30 minutes for the Phantom 4 Advanced.

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DJI challenges FAA’s low-risk drone maximum weight limit

DJI challenges FAA’s low-risk drone maximum weight limit

Drone company DJI has challenged the Federal Aviation Administration’s maximum weight limit for so-called “low risk drones,” saying it is too low. As it stands, the FAA says that low-risk drones must have a maximum weight of 250 grams. That’s at odds with a new white paper published by DJI claiming that, per its own research, low-risk drones can have a max weight limit as high as 2.2kg (4.9lbs).

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DJI M200 is no toy, built for professional use

DJI M200 is no toy, built for professional use

It seems that drones have come almost full circle. Originally created more for industrial and military purposes, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or drones as they are more popularly called, have become a hobbyist product that came in all sizes and prices. With that market almost saturated, drone makers like DJI have turned their attention to even bigger customers. The DJI Matrice 200, or M200, line of drones isn’t something you’ll be able to play with, even if you can afford it. This drone is all work and no fun, targeted at companies and industrial customers, but has a bigger potential to improve the lives of its users significantly.

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DJI tipped in majority stake acquisition of Hasselblad

DJI tipped in majority stake acquisition of Hasselblad

DJI has acquired a majority stake in the Swedish camera company Hasselblad, according to sources. Both companies will reportedly develop high-end drone cameras in collaboration with each other, merging the best of DJI’s drone technology and Hasselblad’s camera technology. At this point it isn't clear what plans DJI has for Hasselblad, aside from working with it to develop some drone cameras.

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