Back in April, as he was taking aerial photos of the mass burials on Hart Island, award-winning National Geographic and New York Times photographer, [mks_highlight color=”#ffff00″]George Steinmetz[/mks_highlight] had his [mks_highlight color=”#ffff00″]DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone[/mks_highlight] confiscated by the New York Police Department (NYPD).
Update: There has been some confusion as to what drone exactly was confiscated. An earlier version of this article mentioned it was a DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian. I emailed George Steinmetz and he replied saying that it was indeed a DJI Mavic 2 Pro as we originally reported.
It was a Mavic 2 Pro. – George
Case dismissed. George Steinmetz gets his DJI Mavic 2 Pro back!
Kara Murphy reports for DPReview that Steinmetz was issued a desk ticket for violating [mks_highlight color=”#ffff00″]NYC Administrative Code § 10–126, which prohibits the takeoff and landing of drones within New York City.[/mks_highlight]
A preliminary hearing was scheduled for early August. The NYPD, however, had kept Steinmetz’s drone DJI Mavic 2 Pro as evidence, forcing the famous aerial photographer to buy a new drone.
Steinmetz ended up buying two new DJI Mavic 2 Pro drones after an unsuccessful attempt to get the Mavic 2 drone back from the NYPD. He explained, “I need to get back to work.” Steinmetz added:
‘The Mavic 2 Pro is in a real sweet spot for me. I prefer the optics and files from the big bird, the Inspire 2 with the X7 gimbal. But the Mav 2 flies really well, has a decent file…the compactness is quite revolutionary.’
Fortunately, the story ended well as Steinmetz recently and suddenly got his drone back from the NYPD. He told DPReview that:
‘My case was spontaneously dismissed last week [the week of August 7th, 2020], so I went down to the Bronx Police HQ on Wednesday and recovered it. During the time it was confiscated I had to buy a replacement to keep working, and don’t know if I will pursue any further Legal action.’
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