DJI celebrates 16th anniversary with a drone show

DJI, the world's leading drone maker, recently celebrated its 16th birthday with a spectacular drone show over its new headquarters in Shenzhen, .

The event was a testament to the company's impressive growth since its inception in 2006.

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Founded by Frank Wang, DJI's first drone prototypes were created in his college dorm room. The company grew with the support of friends and family, but they faced significant challenges, including high turnover rates among their workers.

In 2013, DJI made a major breakthrough with the introduction of their Phantom drone, which was more user-friendly than other drones on the market at the time. However, it wasn't until the release of the in 2015 that the company achieved true success.

The Phantom 3 featured a built-in camera capable of live streaming, which quickly became a game-changer for aerial photography and videography. This feature, coupled with the company's commitment to creating affordable, high-quality drones, cemented DJI's position as the world's largest camera drone maker.

After the success of the DJI Phantom 3, the company released the highly popular DJI Phantom 4, followed by the in 2016, which kickstarted the trend of foldable drones.

DJI celebrates its 16th anniversary

The recent drone show over their new headquarters was a fitting celebration of DJI's impressive growth and success. It's clear that the company has come a long way since its early days in a college dorm room.

DJI's ability to innovate and consistently deliver affordable, high-quality camera drones has made them the undisputed leader in the .

Congrats, DJI, on your 16th anniversary!

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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