ArchiveApril 2020

PowerEgg X weatherproof drone now available

PowerEgg X

Some people got quite excited when they first saw the PowerEgg X weatherproof drone at CES earlier this year. To be honest, I had my doubts about this drone and they were later confirmed in tests that appeared on Youtube. However, if you want to find out for yourself and get your hands on the PowerEgg X weatherproof drone, you can as it is now available for $899 at your local retailer. However, I’d go for the DJI Mavic Air 2 instead…

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FAA updates Part 107 knowledge exam rules for drone pilots

FAA updates Part 107 knowledge exam rules for drone pilots line-of-sight

The coronavirus has closed federal testing centers across the United States, leaving drone pilots unable to renew their Part 107 Certificates. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released an update to the knowledge exam testing protocols according to Drone U’s most recent investigative find, allowing drone pilots to complete the exam online.

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Moment’s Variable ND and Circular Polarizer filters for the DJI Mavic Air 2

Moment's Variable ND and Circular Polarizer filters for the DJI Mavic Air 2

DJI released the Mavic Air 2 earlier this week and here’s Moment already with two new filters. Moment introduces the first Variable ND and Circular Polarizer filter for the new foldable drone. These filters are quick and easy to attach to the camera and will help you to create that cinematic aerial footage that we are all after. They are affordably priced at $29.99 for the VND and $19.99 for the CP filter. Unlike the DJI ND filters, Moments ND filter is a variable one, meaning you will not have to swap out the filters when lighting conditions change. You simply turn the ring to change your stops. Nice!

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DJI Mavic Air 2 bracketing – 48MP DNG (RAW), JPG and HDR files to download

DJI Mavic Air 2 bracketing - 48MP DNG (RAW), JPG and HDR files to download

Some of our readers have asked me about bracketing with the DJI Mavic Air 2. So, earlier today, I went out to shoot a few 48MP stills in DNG (RAW) and JPG format for you to play around with in Photoshop, Aurora HDR, or Affinity Photo. Here are the files that were shot around noon today of the Hudson River. Over the next few days, I will add more files of different subjects and lighting conditions to that same folder.

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These are the best DJI Mavic Air 2 reviews on YouTube right now!

These are the best DJI Mavic Air 2 reviews on YouTube right now

Here are the best DJI Mavic Air 2 reviews on Youtube right now. Only a carefully selected group of Youtubers is allowed to post their videos on the social media channel. DJI makes the other ones, including DroneXL, wait until May 1st. So, here are some of the best video impressions you’ll find online right now. If you don’t have time to watch them all, make sure you watch the one from iPhonedo. He covers all the info and specs of the Mavic Air 2 in a way only he can! Enjoy!

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Two DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual drones helped put out Chernobyl wildfire

Two DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual drones helped put out Chernobyl wildfire

On April 4th, a massive wildfire broke out in the forests around the Chernobyl exclusion zone, almost exactly 34 years after the meltdown of reactor four in April 1986. A fleet of 10 unmanned aircraft including two DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual drones were deployed to help fight the wildfires. Insights gained from thermal drone imagery helped firefighters extinguish the fire that posed a threat to local communities.

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DJI Mavic Mini firmware update – v01.00.0500

DJI Mavic Mini firmware update - v01.00.0500

DJI released a new firmware update for the DJI Mavic Mini (v01.00.0500), that brings important new features such as manual exposure control for video recording, manual white balance control, and additional 24fps for 2.7K and 24/48fps 1080p video recording. The Mavic Mini is DJI’s lightest drone (249 grams) in the Mavic series and was already punching above its weight. With these new firmware updates, this drone will become even more attractive to the traveling drone pilot.

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New drone video shows continued mass burials at Hart Island

New drone video shows continued mass burials at Hart Island

Almost two weeks ago, we first reported on George Steinmetz’ DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone that was confiscated by NYPD officers in plainclothes. The officers appeared from an unmarked van when Steinmetz used his drone to take aerial footage of the mass burials at Hart Island in New York. We thought that we would not see any new aerial videos or photos of the island for a while, but today a new drone video surfaced.

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