DJI Announces Mavic Pro Platinum, Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian and Firmware for Spark

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Mavic Pro Platinum!

Minor updates but significant for some

  • Eleven percent longer flight time (up to 30 minutes)
  • Sixty percent reduction in propeller noise (4db decrease)
  • Platinum paint job

I am in the middle of testing the Spark and comparing it to the Mavic Pro, overall I have been fairly impressed with the noise level, or lack of, from both - but a 60% reduction in noise!! That's amazing and I can't wait to get my hands on one and test. The noise reduction comes from new propellors and updated motors. Yes, you can use the new propellors on the original Mavic, though you won't get the full 60% noise decrease.No word on the increased flight time being a result of updated batteries or updated electronics in the Platinum Pro.Preorder the new Mavic Pro Platinum from DJI

Phantom 4 Obsidian

Mostly cosmetic differences with "a sleek matte-gray Obsidian color shell featuring a magnesium, electroplated and anti-fingerprint coated gimbal which requires a higher standard manufacturing technique."

Spark - Updated Firmware

Not to be left out of the update - via an upcoming firmware DJI will add a new mode -"Sphere" shooting, located under Panorama options, which will add a fisheye effect and an option to post directly to social media.As mentioned above I am working on a Spark vs Mavic review video and overall I am very impressed with the Spark. It's fun to fly, incredibly maneuverable and capable of creating some excellent footage.  Yes, the Mavic offers some advantages, double the flight time, raw photo capture and much greater speed and customizability but not everyone needs that and not everyone wants to pay double the cost.  Subscribe to my Youtube channel to be notified when the full review/comparison is released.Buy the DJI Spark

Didn't Get the Drone of Your Dreams? DJI Price DROP!

Maybe you were a bit disappointed in your holiday present haul - but being the "mostly" adult you hid it well - If one of the items on your list was a drone - Rejoice - big price drops have made some of the DJI offerings VERY affordable. New DJI Phantom3 4K - Buy from B&H Photo Price Drop Now $799Screenshot 2016-01-05 18.19.28  DJI Phantom 3 Standard with 2.7K Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal - Buy from B&H Photo Price Drop Now $499Screenshot 2016-01-05 18.20.47 DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Quadcopter with 2.7K Camera and 3-Axis - Buy from B&H Photo Price Drop Now $799Screenshot 2016-01-05 18.23.48 The difference between the Standard and Advanced? The streaming connection for First person View (FPV) of your camera. The $799 Advanced model uses Lightrbridge, a DJI proprietary connection that offers excellent range and low lag.  The $499 Uses wifi which typically has less range, is a bit slower and when the connection is lost takes longer to reestablish.  Also suffers more in wooded conditions. Don't forget to Register your new Drone with the FAA :)  

Lily Camera Drone to the Soloshot Camera Controller we've now got a drone that can do autonomous shooting with Lily, the camera that follows you. Compared to the learning curve of a DJI phantom this small ultra-portable drone is a no setup solution that works by automatically following a small wearable tracking device. Lily is a personal selfie drone with a rugged design that gives it the ability to be your action GoPro in the sky without all the work or someone on the controls.Waterproof Lily Drone The lightweight (2.8 lb) and tiny (10.29” x 10.29” x 3.22”) drone is the perfect size to throw in a bag without needing a lot of extra equipment. Waterproof up to a meter it can handle the weather just fine including taking off on water and salt water exposure. The Lily gets 20 minutes of flight time on one charge and only requires two hours to charge. Due to waterproofing the battery is internal and unfortunately cannot be switched out for more flight time. Lily has a 100’ maximum range but can keep up with the action up to 25mph and handle 15mph winds. Due to the size constraints and waterproofing unfortunately the Lily does not support mounting for a camera gimbal.Shot From Lily DroneSporting a 12MP wide angle camera comparable to a GoPro Hero 3 you can get decent photos for a low price. In terms of focal length a 94 degree field of view is not to the fisheye levels of the GoPro with the trade off of a reduction in the lens distortion. It includes 1080p video as well at 60fps for smooth action without any motion blur. Being your selfie wingman Lily can leverage its feature detection to automatically switch between shooting videos and still shots. For sports and action it can switch to 120fps slow motion (at 720p) with built in feature detection automatically when you're hitting a snowboard jump for example. While the drone itself has a built in microphone they've thought ahead and included one also in the tracker capturing your audio which can be combined back with the video in post.Lily Tracking DeviceIn terms of use the drone is fully autonomous although you can change settings such as flight behavior, framing, and camera controls through its smartphone app (IOS and Android). Through the app you can also view a low resolution live stream from the Lily’s onboard camera. While it doesn't have the functionality of the smartphone app the tracking device also doubles as a basic remote for taking photos and video as well as a emergency stop.

There is no collision detection so you do have to be a bit mindful of obstacles in the flight path. Unlike the Soloshot the tracking device does not require a line of sight so it can be fine in a pocket. If the tracking device does lose connection Lily will stay in place until it reacquires the signal or using feature detection to locate its operator visually. While not possible yet future plans for the software include multiple drones working in concert and tracking multiple subjects.Lily is currently available for preorder at for $499, retailing at $999. The current goal for shipping orders is February 2016.

Photo Mish Mash Ep 45: Hard Sell/No Drone Zone

5:30pm EST Feb 13, 2015Photo Mish Mash Show Notes: Photo Mish Mash Ep #45 Date: 2/13/15Sponsor(s):Seattle Workshop - April 4th from 10am to 5pm with optional dinner Academy Trips - Join us in Greece, New Zealand or photograph some baby animals, helicopter ride to top of a glacier 10% off your order. TWO week free trial. Clearly they know they have a good product if they don’t take your credit card up front - More to come soon. in review:New site - Easy way to find my stuff- add “toby” to your searchesMagic Lantern - Just how easy it is on a T5i - Critique - General Inspiration for Feb assignment Shadow Play - Submit for Assignment or General Crit - Ahead:NX1, D5500, Touchscreens making us stupid?^ firmware updatesNX1 Pro+Touchscreen,+User interface+Features - Including 4K+Quality - excellent sensorNX1 Cons-Missing true back-button focus-Expensive-Lens selection-Samsung?D5500 - summary of the review D5300 seems like a great value - more soon.News:Google and Mattel - Photospheres VR Announced 150-600 Contemporary - How does it stack up against the Tamron 150-600 or the other Sigma 150-600?“Hands-on” with the Pentax FF 24mm f/1.4 announced. - No Fly has a rant? Snow DXSNO Scores -Reader Questions:My most confusing question EVERI'm hearing some noise on the Nikkor 18-55 mm lens during autofocus of still photos with my new Nikon D5300. I see a lot written about noise during video but is some noise (particularly w low light High ISO settings) normal?Thoughts on following combo: Sigma 18-35, 50mm prime and Tamron 70-200 VC USD?What do you think about the Canon 70-200 IS V1?More Questions: