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What’s Exciting About the DJI Phantom X?

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For years, filmmakers and videographers have been looking for a cheaper way to take panoramic and aerial shots. Many have thought about using radio-controlled helicopters to achieve this dream, but you have to take into account that the past models of camera equipment were too heavy to be taken to the air. It was only until the development of both tape-less media and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with powerful multi-rotor systems that this dream has come closer to reality.

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One of the companies leading the charge for using drones for videography is China-based DJI. The company prides itself in providing a new platform to capture images by harnessing the full-potential of new technologies, including UAVs.

One of the company’s more popular products among videographers and film makers is its Phantom 3 which it touts as a flying camera.  This drone comes equipped with either a 4K camera or 2.7K HD camera. The Phantom 3 can cover distances of over 3.1 miles and relay images back in real time. It can be connected to smart devices and provide a 720p HD view of everything it comes across.  It is also equipped with a Beginner Mode that uses GPS-enabled “geo-fence” so you can fly the drone within a set height and perimeter.  It even comes with some new intelligent flight modes!

DJI has also released an app that is compatible with most of the company’s drones. The app offers several features including a live map and radar, video editor, and sharing and connectivity.  Other notable features include auto-take off, fail safe and auto-return home.

Recently, DJI released a video teaser for its new drone, the DJI Phantom X, which has left videographers and filmmakers giddy with excitement. Although the company has not released full details about the Phantom X yet, the footage released by the company is more than enough to generate excitement in the film making community. Many have touted the Phantom X as the future of aerial cinematography.

 

Through DJI’s new video, the company showcased some of the new technologies that may come with the Phantom X, including multi-angle shooting, artificial intelligence, free-flight object tracking, obstacle avoidance, follow-me feature and throw-in-the-air activation. It should be noted that the video is just a teaser and until DJI releases further details, the final product version may still be changed.

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The Ultimate Drone for Beginners: The Phantom Drone

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Are you new to the drone industry and having a difficult time deciding what drone to buy first?  The search could go on forever between reading product reviews, comparing prices, and watching Youtube videos.  Search no more!  The DJI Phantom Standard is the ultimate drone for beginners and I’m going to tell you why!

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Some people say that starting off with a mini drone is the best way to learn.  I agree to disagree with them.  I can tell you from personal experience that the Phantom is ten times more easy to control and maneuver than any mini drone out there!  Yes the minis are cheap and less risky to crash, but they won’t provide you with high quality photos, fly in a straight path, or be able to take off and land on their own… but the Phantom will do all of those things AND MORE!

If you’re serious about getting into the drone industry and flying then listen to me when I tell you that flying a $20 or even $100 little drone is not even comparable to what a real flying experience should be like.  You are much better investing that money into the low cost but high quality, Phantom 3 Standard, that only cost $799.  If you find a time that DJI is having a special deal (like right now as I’m writing this) you could even get it for as low as $699!  Let me just add that this is an extremely great price that includes a flying camera capable of shooting 12 megapixel photos and 2.7K HD video.   

DJI has developed an even smarter battery for your Phantom drone.  Giving you a longer flight time up to 25 minutes in the air!  Compared to most beginner drones you don’t see many that can even go longer then 10 minutes, and what fun is that?  

The Phantom Drone Features!  

1- Ready to Fly

What’s great for drone newbie’s is that this Phantom drone comes assembled and ready to fly right when you take it out of the box.  All you have to do is simply charge up the battery, twist on the propellers, and you’re ready to soar!  The drone even comes equipped with all of the necessary DJI Phantom accessories, including the battery, propellers, and transmitter.  

Another thing that makes this drone great is the strong dependable signal between your transmitter and drone, giving you the ultimate control.  While in flight if you let your fingers off the control, don’t worry because the drone will hover in place until you direct it to it’s next move.  I can’t say the same for many other beginner or mini drones, if you let go for even the slightest second your UAV will come crashing down.  

2- First Person View

The Phantom standard is considered to be a FPV drone.  Meaning that you can easily fly in first person view, which is great for beginners.  With the DJI Pilot app you can hook up your smartphone or tablet and see exactly what is being seen through the your drone’s camera, making your flight experience a breeze!

With the DJI Pilot app beginners can also practice with the built in flight simulator.  By actually holding the transmitter you can practice controlling your drone with a simulated flight on your smart device!  Allowing you to practice your skills before even taking off.  

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In a recent update from DJI, they added five new features to the Phantom drone that makes flying easier than ever before!  The first is point of interest, allowing your drone to automatically fly up and make a perfect circle around any object of your choice.  This is great for when you need a smooth wrap around shot or want to get a 360 view of something.  The next is called way points, with this feature you can set a designated path on your smart device and then your drone will take off, fly the path, and even land automatically without you having to lift a finger.  

Follow me, which is probably my favorite!  With this feature you can have your phantom drone actually follow you and keep the camera fixed on you while you’re performing your favorite activities.  Best part is that you it will follow up without you even having to hold the transmitter!  

The last two include home lock and course lock.  Home lock really comes in handy for new flyers when their still in training.  After you set this, your controls will be fixed to your home point.  For example, you can easily pull back on the control stick and the drone will fly backwards towards you.  Or even pitch it forward and the drone will fly forward, regardless of its true position and even if the drone is facing the opposite way.  Last is lock point, which let’s you fly in a set direction to keep the shots smooth.  This is great when you’re flying next to a moving object or across scenes so that you can focus on the shot and not the flying.  

If you’re a beginner interested in learning how to fly from the best, make sure to check out the Soaring Sky Academy or call 239-333-2447. 

The Ultimate UAV Dictionary

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Become a Pro With This UAV Cheat-Cheat

If you are new to the drone community, then you might be like me and get so confused by all of the different terminology.  There are countless ways to say UAV or drone that all pretty much mean the same thing.  To help you out and make things a little easier for you, we have included every different name that you can call drones and what the acronyms stands for, as well as some basic drone terms.

Other Ways to Say UAV:

  • Helicopter: drone with only two motors and two propellers.
  • Multicopter: Same thing has multirotor.
  • Multirotors: a helicopter designed for unmanned flights that has more than two motors.
  • OCTO: Aka octocopter, a drone that has 8 motors all on the same level.
  • Quadcopter: Drone with 4 motors all on the same level.
  • RC: Radio Control, can be used to describe any type of vehicle in the radio controlled hobby family. Including RC cars, boats, planes, or multirotors. 
  • Tricopter: drone with 3 motors, all on the same level.
  • UAS: Unmanned Aerial Systems.
  • UAVs: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
  • V-Tail: drone that has 4 motors, 2 are tail motors that form the shape of a V.
  • X8: drone with 8 motors in the shape of a X, with two 4 on the top and 4 on the bottom.
  • Y4: drone with 4 motors, it looks like a tricopter because the two tail motors are on top of the each other in the back.
  • Y6: drone with 6 motors, 3 on the top and 3 on the bottom.

 Terms and Acronyms:

  • ACC: Accelerometer, a device that is used to measure forces of acceleration.
  • AH: Altitude hold, a flight mode that keeps the aircraft at the same height using a BARO sensor.
  • AIL: Ailerons, another way to say roll, a flight control.
  • ALT: Altitude, this is the vertical distance that you are from the ground, sometimes shorted in your drone apps.
  • ARFT: Almost ready to fly, this type of package usually includes all of the equipment that you need to fly but requires some type of easy assembly.
  • AUW: All up weight, the max weight of the drone including the battery and all other parts that are attached when in flight.
  • ELEV: elevator, another way to say pitch, a flight control.
  • FAA: Federal Aviation Administration, The department of Transportation Agency that has the authority to oversee all parts of American civil aviation.  They regulate and construct the guidelines for flying drones that must be followed.  
  • FOV: Field of View, measurement of how much of the observable world or the environment that you can view through your camera lens, measured using sensors.
  • FPV drone: First Person View, a popular technique using a first person camera you can see through the camera of the drone all that it is capturing.  By streaming live video to your monitor or FPV goggles you can see it all.  
  • GCS: Ground Control Station, how you monitor your flight, for example the DJI Pilot APP.
  • Gimbal: a special camera mount that helps keep it stable and the footage smooth when in flight.  It allows the camera to stay in the same position even when the drone is moving.  It can be controlled by the gimbal controlling on your transmitter, when using a drone like the Phantom 2.
  • Props: another way to say propellers, the blades that are put on over the motors to have lift off during flight
  • LIPO: Lithium Polymer Battery, aka LiPoly, the most common type of battery for drones now a days because they offer a high energy storage density to weight.  
  • LOS: Line of Sight, when you fly your drone by watching it directly in the sky versus in first person view.  The FAA guidelines also state that without the 333 exemption you must be able to see your drone at all times when in flight, keeping it in your line of sight.  
  • OSD: On screen display, hardware that shows data and the live video streaming.  For example when using the DJI Pilot App the OSD is on your smartphone or tablet placed on the transmitter.   
  • RTF: ready to fly, when you buy a drone package it comes with everything that you need to start flying right when you take it out of the box.  Just open it up and charge the batteries and you’re ready for flight.
  • RTH: Return to home, a GPS feature that allows your drone to automatically fly back to the “home” position.  For example, on the DJI Phantom 3 and DJI Inspire One there is a RTH button on the transmitter, it will also RTH if the battery is about to die or the connection was lost with the transmitter.  
  • RTL: Return to landing, same thing as return to home.
  • RX: Radio receiver, devices on the drone that receives the information sent from the transmitter.
  • Throttle: control from the left joystick, ascends the aircraft up and down.  
  • TX: Transmitter, the remote controller for the drone.
  • Yaw: control from the left joystick, spins the aircraft left and right.

What to learn everything there is to know about drones and how to fly them?  Call 239-333-2447 or sign up for the Soaring Sky Academy today! 

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The Past, Present, and Future of Drone Technology

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Drone Technology Soars

Over the last year it feels like drones have been popping up everywhere .  You see them flying at the parks, hear about them on the news, and even see them in commercials.  The reality is that drone technology has been around for a while and every day they continue to advance even more.

Did you know that the first recorded uses of drones dates all the way back to 1849, when the Austrians launched over 200 pilot-less balloons into the sky in their war efforts against Venice?  You’re probably asking yourself how is a hot air balloon considered a drone?  To get technical the true definition of a drone is any unmanned aircraft that can navigate autonomously beyond human control or beyond your line of sight (so that includes air balloons).  

Past

Drones were originally designed and used for military purposes dating all the way back to the 1800’s.  Nikolia Tesla made a huge leap in the drone industry with his invention of a remote controlled motorboat using radio waves back in 1893.  It’s pretty crazy to think that they had remote controlled equipment all the way back then!  

The United States military worked on developing drone technology for years and in 1917 invented the first automatic airplane.  As the technology continued to advance, so did the industry with the first robotics company founded in 1986.  After decades of drone technology being limited to just the military the commercial side finally started to take off!  They realized that drones could be beneficial to many other industries and started testing wSeattle-Police-Dronesith different applications.  

One of the first commercial flights in the United States was back in 2007.  In Washington they used a drone to help the local police with find a suspect who was running from them.  After seeing how helpful drones could be, more and more people started flying and coming up with new uses.  In the next few years drones began being used for aerial cinematography, photography, and many other drone services, but this was only scratching the surface of the possibilities for drone technology.

Present

Fast forward to January 2013, the year that leading drone manufacturer DJI released their first UAV, the Phantom drone!  From here the commercial drone market started to soar.  With the huge drone boom that started to occur, the government soon realized that these flying aircrafts need to be regulated. The next year in 2014, legislation restricting drone use was proposed in 43 states.  The FAA soon came up with a  procedure to approve companies to fly drones as a service with the 333 exemption.   

A big milestone in the community was made by Pictorvision, the first drone company to ever be approved in September of 2015.  Today, just over a year later, the FAA has approved over 1,800 companies to fly commercially!  With a new drone application and benefit coming out left and right those businesses will be much needed!  

Just to give you an idea of how fast this market has grown, back in 2010 the FAA estimated that by 2020 there would be as many as 15,000 drones flying in the United States.  Today in 2015 more than that number of drones are sold each month!  And that’s only in America, people from all around the globe are flying and becoming enthusiast.   

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The possibilities are endless for what is in store for the future of drone technology.  There is a new drone, application, or regulation coming out what seems like every day.  The battery life of drones are getting longer and the technologies are advancing!  I’m sure you have heard about the Amazon Prime Air that they are testing by using drones to deliver packages within 30 minutes or less.  And that is only a glimpse of what drone technology can do!  

There are also plans for the future regulations of drones.  The FAA is planning on having drone regulations finalized by late 2016 or early 2017.  Drone traffic airways are even being developed for the future! I know what your thinking and no there will not be little stop lights floating around in space, but I guess with thousands of drones above us at once they will need to figure something out.  

 

If you’re not using drone technology in your business yet, then you should start now and lead your industry into the future!  Call us today at 239-333-2447 or click here to find out how Soaring Sky can take your company to the next level.  

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Pros and Cons of Drone Cameras

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Drone technology is an industry that is growing very fast!  A few years ago most people wouldn’t even know what a recreational drone is, now they are coming out with drones equipped with 4K cameras.  It might sound lame but this is something to be really excited about!  The drones are still in the infant stages for civilian use though and the development is advancing every day.  

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So which drone is right for me? The first thing to ask yourself is do you want a drone that already comes with the camera attached and what quality camera is best for me. Some drones operate without a First Person View (FPV) monitor, which can live stream the footage from the drone camera to your tablet, smartphone or FPV goggles, while others require one to fly.  

FPV drones that are equipped with cameras can come as a video operation only, or the ability to shoot both still photographs and video. Some are so advanced that you can shoot both at the same time!  Sounds pretty intense right?   Beginner drones mostly have a fixed camera that shoots video but you really have no idea what you’re getting until the drone lands and you download the footage.  Having a camera on your drone is not necessary but pretty important, we are going to dive into some of the advantages and disadvantages of drone cameras.  

Advantages

The top advantage is that you can see where you are flying through the drone’s camera, versus having to look up in the sky the entire time.  This can not only kill your neck after a good five minutes but if you fly in sunny places like Florida, then the sun will also burn your eyes.  A camera can greatly improve your flight experience based on this factor alone.

Another advantage of being able to use the FPV perspective is that the operator can change the settings on the camera to reach some desired effects while in the air.  Instead of bringing your drone down to change the settings, for example if you got a drone without camera already attached but mounted your GoPro to make it your own GoPro drone.  This can get pretty annoying, especially since your battery life is limited and you don’t want to waste any time.  

As drone technology improves, so will the features on them and the camera capabilities. Even now there are cameras that can read infrared, moisture content, and all kinds of spectrum’s. What that means is we will be able to do more work with the drones than the traditional aerial systems, at a much lower cost. Meaning the savings can be passed onto the clients, which is a huge advantage of having drones with cameras!  

Some drones, like the DJI Inspire 1 or Phantom 3, come equipped with a 4K camera.  The drone video quality is also amazing shooting at 1080p!  The price of the drone is so reasonable for such a high quality camera, the drone photography that you can get is truly amazing and so crisp and clear.  

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A downfall to drone cameras is that there usually mounted on the drone, giving it a limited to fixed focal lengths. Which means you can’t zoom in and out on a subject. At least for now anyways until they come up with something better. Thats not to say that the cameras don’t take good photographs because they do. You just need to understand they do have their limitations. I’ve seen some amazing photographs taken from 120-200 feet in the air. Even before adding a few touches in Adobe Lightroom.

Taking photos and videos with drones can be tricky and requires a little practice, like anything does to be perfect at it.  The weather can be a disadvantage, clouds can add unwanted shadows over your desired shot or wind can slightly move the drone from your spot.  A little rain can definitely put a damper on your day flying.  So look at the weather ahead of time so that you don’t get your drone stuck in the storm.  

What’s in the Future?

The cameras today will soon be a thing of the past. As newer models with better capabilities are created to match up with the specific needs of the drone platforms they are fitted to. So whether you are out for the enjoyment of flying and capturing some unique shots  from you drone, or commercial person seeking to improve on what is there now, know that things will get better and the cost will come down.
In the meantime, learn what you can do with what you have and explore the possibilities. Push yourself beyond what you think you are capable of. As you do, share with others what you find. You are the Picasso, and your drone with its camera is your paint brush. Let’s see what you can create, fly safe and have fun.

Phantom 3 or Inspire 1 – What Is the Difference Between the Two?

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Are you in the market for a drone? Two of your most popular options for personal drone use are the DJI Phantom 3 and the DJI Inspire 1. If you’re torn between the two, here are their points of comparison and contrast so you can more easily determine which drone is better for you.


The most noticeable difference between the two is seen in their size. This is the common starting point of many Phantom 3 vs Inspire 1 reviews. The Phantom 3 is obviously much smaller and lighter than the Inspire 1. When weighed, the Inspire 1 brought in 6.45 lbs while the Phantom 3 managed less than half of that at 2.8 lbs.

Don’t for one second think that the Phantom 3 is the cheaper of the two. Even if it feels like a toy in comparison, it’s also tougher in a lot of ways. The Inspire 1 consists of carbon arms and landing gear, which have been known to break easily. Meanwhile, the Phantom 3’s plastic construction is likely to suffer less damage if dropped from a few feet in the air.

In pitting Phantom 3 against Inspire 1, some of their differences can be spotted in the following areas:

  • Props: The Phantom 3 has self-tightening 9.4” props that you just screw onto the threads, while the Inspire 1 has DJI’s new QuickRelease props, which are stiffer and larger at 13”.
  • VPS: Both drones use DJI’s visual positioning system (VPS). The Phantom 3’s work from three to 300 cm while the Inspire 1 works from five to 500 cm.
  • Camera and gimbal: Both feature 4K cameras, use the Sony EXMOR ½.3” sensor, record through a 20mm f/2.8 lens with a 94° field of view, and are fitted with 3rd party ND filters.  Both are perfectly suited for  aerial photography.  The Inspire 1 also comes with an ND4 filter while the Phantom 3 does not. As for the gimbal systems, the Inspire has a more self-contained and sleek-looking removable Zenmuse X3 that can rotate 320° both up and down. The Phantom 3 is inferior with open motors and exposed ribbon cables, and can only pitch 90° down and 30° down. The Inspire 1 camera has a Micro SD slot and an active cooling fan. The Phantom 3’s Micro SD slot is on the gimbal plate and depends on air cooling alone.
  • Batteries: Both are powered by Intelligent LiPo batteries with the Phantom 3 using a 4 cell, 15.2 V 4480 mAh that provides about 15 minutes of flight time, while the Inspire has a 6 cell, 22.2V, 4500 mAh (TB47) that gives up to 18 minutes of flight time, but commercial dronea larger capacity battery that offers up to 22 minutes is also available.
  • Intelligent flight modes: Both of the drones come with a set of intelligent flight mode features.  This includes new automatic modes that make flying easier then ever before.  Including features like follow me, course lock, way- points, home lock, and point of interest.

There are also marked differences in their controllers, their flight characteristics, their portability, etc. The general consensus among many reviewers is that while the Inspire 1 trumps the Phantom 3 when it comes to camera platform and stability, the Phantom 3, which retails at less than half the usual price of the Inspire 1, offers amazing value, so it makes a much more practical choice for enthusiasts.  If you want to see the newest drone concept by DJI check out our blog on the Phantom X!

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What To Know Before You Fly Your Drone!

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Drone Safety Is the Key to Flying!

The only thing scary about drones, is when someone who is uneducated about them is flying.  Soaring Sky believes that with the proper UAV pilot training, anyone can safely fly a drone!  The major problems that you hear on the news with drones usually involve someone flying in a prohibiting area.  Which can easily be avoided if people did a little research before they took off!   As drone enthusiasts we need to understand that flying our quadcopters is a privilege and be respectful of the aviation space we are given.  The following information is a brief overview of what you need to know before take off with your UAV.

FAA Guidelines:

The first step to drone safety is following the regulations that have been set by the Federal Aviation Administration or FAA.  Soaring Sky strongly recommends that you know these guidelines before take off and follow all of them throughout your flight.  

  • Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles
  • Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times
  • Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations
  • Don’t fly within 5 miles of an airport unless you contact the airport and control tower before flying
  • Don’t fly near people or stadiums
  • Don’t fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 lbs
  • Don’t be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft – you could be fined for endangering people or other aircraft

Where Can I Take Off?

As you can tell from the rules above, the area in which you are flying is extremely important!  So how are you supposed to know where you can and can’t take off?  web_horiz_FAA_NDZ_red

Know before you fly provides a very useful map that you can enter in the address that you will be flying around or even sync it to your current location!  It locates all of the airports, prohibiting airspace, national parks, temporary flight restrictions, and marine protected areas. Click here to check it out!  

You always need to check with the specific laws in your state because each may vary.  Especially if you’re bringing your drone on a vacation to a new location.  Click here to view the specific regulations throughout the United States.  

Some drones, such as the Phantom 3, are extra smart when it comes to knowing where they can fly!  For example, the Phantom won’t even take off if it’s within five miles of an airport.  There’s also a cap on the how high the drone will fly, it physically won’t even go any higher than 400 feet.  

Soaring Sky’s Pre- Flight Checklist

The Soaring Sky flight team uses the following checklist before taking flight or even calibration.  Even as professionals, we still make sure that we are always double checking our work and take flying seriously.  

  • Batteries charged
    • Transmitter
    • Aircraft
    • Wifi extender PL
    • Tablet/ smartphone
  • Propellers & Motors
    • Mounted securely
    • No defects
    • Rotate normally
  • Transmitter
    • All switches in upmost position
    • Transmitter throttle to zero
  • Aircraft
    • No defects
    • Camera gimbal connected correctly
  • Systems
    • All switches in upright position
    • Power on your transmitter
    • Powers on wifi extender- PL only
    • Power on your craft and wait for LED lights to flash green, indicating that your craft has achieved its GPS signal
    • Connect wifi via mobile device
    • Open DJI application on mobile device
    • Perform a compass calibration
    • Set capture settings on camera
  • Flying filed
    • Open area- no distractions or obstructions
    • Verify your intended flight path – Know where you can fly
    • Verify weather conditions – wind, visibility, precipitation, temperature
    • With the craft on an even surface at least ten feet away from you, start the motors
    • Start Camera
    • Press up on throttle for takeoff – Hovering at 3-5 feet check controls
    • Stay Below 400 feet
    • Complete Pilot Log

 

Give our team a call at 239-333-2447 to learn more about the Soaring Sky Academy training courses.

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Differences Between and Hobby and Professional Drone

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Head to the beach over the weekend and you’re likely to see a few flying objects with built-in cameras hovering over certain areas, or simply zooming past. The drone is becoming quite a popular “toy” for many people, and at the same time, it’s being used for commercial services as well.

If you’re thinking of making drone-flying a hobby, it’s best to determine which ones are meant for leisure and which are designed for commercial use because there really is a big difference between these options. Typically, stores will attempt to sell you the best and most expensive model in their range even if they know you’re just a new enthusiast; it will help you stay within budget and not get overwhelmed by the persuasive sales pitches if you have adequate knowledge of the differences in quality, price, and functionalities between hobby drones and those for professional use.

To get you started, here are some notable discrepancies between a toy drone and a “commercial” drone.

Name
Toy: It’s typically just the brand and the edition (like the Hubsan X4).
Commercial: It has the brand, edition, and the words advanced or PRO (like the DJI Inspire 1 Pro).

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Price
Toy: When it comes to price, the range for toy drones can fall from $38 (like the PROTO X) to over a thousand dollars. Any drone with a price starts under two hundred dollars (such as the Hubsan X4 and Nano QX) is usually just for hobby.

Commercial: These usually range from three hundred dollars to three thousand dollars, although some of the best performers can be purchased at just $1,400.

Quality
Toy: It is lightweight, smaller (most of the time), usually only uses one type of controller (which is either a smartphone or the RC it came with), it has a lot of thin plastic components, it has limited features and functionalities, it is very easy to control since they are intended for the use of beginners (it hovers above an area until you release the controls which then will bring it back to the take-off point), and it has a shorter battery time.

Commercial: A commercial or professional drone such as the DJI Phantom 3 ProPhantom   & Inspire 1 PRO w/ 4K video (which is considered one of the best models for commercial use) is often heavier because it’s built to withstand stronger winds and other weather elements. It can lift heavy cameras and other equipment, it very durable, it has a lot of adjustable features and functionalities to accommodate specific work demands (such as HD aerial photography and videography, search and rescue, 3D mapping, et cetera), it requires training because of its more complex mechanisms, it has longer flight time, and it has more flexible control options.

Call (239)333-2447 or email contact@soaringsky.net if your interested in learn how to fly your professional drone.

Review of the Game Changing DJI Ronin

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With The DJI Ronin You Can Create Cinematic Shots With an Ease Like Never Before

The same company that brought you the easy and ready to fly DJI drone added an entire new element to their line of state of the art technology.  Developed for the film making professional, DJI introduced the Ronin series this summer.  This new technology delivers the smoothest shots possible and adds an entire new feel to your video.  Some people may even think they are watching a drone video because it provides the same fluid movements.  

There are two different models of this 3- axis brush-less gimbal stabilizer including the Ronin and Ronin M.  Both will assist you in creating smooth and stable footage with an ease that has never been offered before.  The only main difference between the two is size, the Ronin M is about half of the weight, offering even more ease and functionality.  Get rid of your dollies because this is a game changer!  dji_ronin_m_gimbal_stabilizer

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Creating cinematic shots has never been so simple.  The setup of the DJI Ronin is so easy to use and the setup time is only a few minutes.  Thanks to the built- in auto tune stability that intelligently tunes to your camera rig with a touch of a button, you can be shooting in no time.  No tools are even needed in the process of setting up.  The product also conveniently comes with it’s own custom case, making the setup and break down a breeze.  

What makes it even better is the easy mobile Bluetooth assistant software.  From your smartphone you can connect to your DJI Ronin to set up all of your control configurations and tuning.  Having one less piece of equipment to worry about is always nice because everyone always has their phones with them anyways.  

The versatility of the product is what really amazes me.  The DJI Ronin supports a wide range of cameras and lenses so that you don’t need to buy a specific video camera for your new equipment.  The Ronin also comes with three different operation modes allowing for you to get the smooth track functionality in any scenario desired.  You don’t even need to change the settings when switching modes to make an effortless transition to the next scene you want to capture.  

The price of this product may seem a little steep but compared to the competition the Ronin is a steal!  If you take a look at the MōVI M15, which is one of the first camera stabilization systems introduced by Freefly, the price is 11,995!  The Ronin is priced at $2,499 and the Ronin M is only $1,399.  For having similar features, the DJI Ronin is a steal.

DJI Ronin Cons

To be honest with you, our film crew has never experienced any big issues with the Ronin while on the job.  The only complaint that has ever really been said is that the weight can be straining when using it for long periods of time.  Just the system alone weighs a little over nine pounds before a camera is put on, so you can see why.  It does come with a convenient gimbal tuning stand that you can simply hang your Ronin on while on set to relax your arms for a minute in between shots.  If you get the Ronin M this wouldn’t even be an issue, only weighing a little over five pounds.  

Another slight obstacle that I found other consumers had issues with is that you can’t plug in any additional cables because it will throw the gimbal off balance.  This could be a problem if you need an audio cord plugged into your camera.  Soaring Sky isn’t really affected by this because we use music in most of our videos instead of live audio.  There are many ways to avoid this, such as using a separate microphone.  

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An Insight Into the Commercial Drone Market

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The last four years have opened the eyes of the world to the impressive functional contributions of this monitoring device called the drone. After the great tsunami in Japan, which turned formerly highly populated locations into ghost towns due to the radiation from nuclear power plants, people were not allowed to venture anywhere near these locations, particularly the power plants. Drones were used to monitor the areas instead.

Just this summer, due to the frequent shark attacks in many parts of the world, drones also proved their worth as great monitoring devices so beach-goers can be alerted much faster if there are sharks swimming closer to shore. Safety Fishing on the cobiaauthorities invested in these devices to increase their protection services, and those that cannot afford the devices took advantage of the volunteer services from people who owned a drone.

It’s important to mention as well that professional photographers and videographers are investing in this technology as well because it allows them a different approach to documenting events or taking artistic pictures. With the drone, they can take beautiful aerial photography.

Suffice it to say, there’s a great demand for the drone because of its special abilities. More and more people are undergoing training to be able to capitalize on the growing demand. With adequate training, they can provide professional drone services for a variety of purposes.

This technology is restructuring the way things are done and it’s elevating efficacy and efficiency.  Therefore, it’s expected that the demand for these devices or services that make use of a drone will continue to increase over time, especially since people are still in the early exploration stages of its potential. Also, as this technology is still being improved, drones are likely to be able to do more in the future and to become increasingly available to many. One of the abilities of this technology that people are looking forward to is parcel delivery; if drones can be used for this task, road traffic will be minimized and more deliveries can be made by logistics companies. Industry analysts also brought up the creation of new employment opportunities in the logistics industries because drone delivery is an expansion of their service menu.

And last but not the least, commercial drones will be more widely used as authorities learn how to properly implement both allowances and restrictions to the use of the device. Currently, many express concern over how easy it would be to utilize this technology for sneaky purposes such as spying on private activities and the like. But when all these concerns are sorted out, various industries will surely look more deeply into the value this technology can bring to their day-to-day operations.

Call us at (239)333-2447 or email contact@soaringsky.net to learn how to use drone technology for your business.