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DJI Phantom 4 Teaser!

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Return To Your Senses- DJI again has successfully created hype over the teaser video for their new drone!  We have so many questions, as I’m sure do you!  What’s the price?  When is the release date?  Is the camera upgraded?  And so many more…

Our questions will soon be answered on March 1st 2016 as DJI unveils what they have in store for us!  

There is a photo floating around of what people say is the new Phantom 4 (or whatever they decide to call it).  You can tell that the belly of the drone does have a silver plate where it was previously all white and seems to show some new sensors.  Rumors even say there will be a new bottom- facing vision position system.

What do you think will be equipped on DJI’s new Phantom?  

 

 

 

 

DroneDeploy Releases Free iOS App Providing Fast Aerial Data

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Leaders in aerial mapping, Drone Deploy, launched their free iOS app making aerial data available for drone enthusiasts and professionals all over!  

The DroneDeploy app provides key autonomous flight capabilities to help you capture images with ease. Creating high quality interactive maps for analysis, 3D modeling, and more.  

This app is compatible with most of the DJI drones including the Phantom 3 Pro, Phantom 3 Advanced, Inspire 1 and Inspire 1 pro.  It will even work with your new Zenmuse x5 camera. Perfect for hobbyists and professionals across many industries!  

 

The app has the ability to create interactive maps directly on your iPhone or iPad while you’re in the field.  According to Trevor Hogan of FlyFarm, a small business offering drone imagery services,

“DroneDeploy’s mobile app and map engine are everything a drone pilot could ask for when trying to capitalize on the value and goodness of new drone technology. DroneDeploy can single-handedly empower small businesses providing drone services.”

Two taps is all it takes to get your drone ready for take off.  Simply open the app and outline the area you want to map on the satellite image.  Tap the green check mark when your ready and your drone will do the rest!  When your flight is done and you have the data you need, just upload your photos from your SD card to your DroneDeploy account.  From here you can use a variety of their tools to analyze including  NDVI indices, elevation visualizations, area and volume measurements, and more!

 

Download your free DroneDeploy app now! 

 

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Comparison of FPV Drone Models

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Which FPV Drone is Right For You?

Do you ever wish that you could see through the eyes of a soaring eagle as it effortlessly flies around the sky?  Well now you can!  You have probably heard the term FPV before, especially if you’re really into video games.  For those of you who are new to the drone industry or term I’m going to break it down for you.  FPV or first person view is also known as video piloting.  

The FPV method is used to control a radio controlled vehicle, like a drone, from the pilot’s point of view.  Pretty much you can see everything that the drone can see through the camera mounted on the aircraft.  This technique is super helpful when flying and also really easy to use!  Without an FPV system you just have to watch the drone while it is in the sky to best control it. This can sometimes be difficult when the drone is at high altitudes because you can’t tell which way the aircraft is facing.  There are many different types of drones that use this feature, for right now I’m just going to be focusing on two of the main ones.

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For the new and exciting sport of drone racing, getting an FPV drone is a necessity.  This style of FPV is unique because the flyer wears goggles with an antenna coming off the top.  The system streams in real time exactly what is being seen through the front of the drone.  Which can get a little crazy because because sometimes they are racing at speeds up to 100 mph!  Some might feel as if they are a stormtrooper right out of a star wars movie when flying their drone.  

While you are wearing the goggles you also have to be controlling the transmitter and flying the aircraft.  This might not be a favorable choice for drone beginners because you have to move the joysticks without being able to see them.  This FPV style results in such an out-of body experience.  It feels as if you have a bird’s perspective while you’re weaving in and out of trees and zooming around to avoid any obstacles.  

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If you’re going for something a little less extreme, don’t worry because we have an FPV drone for you!  DJI is the leading drone manufacturer and produces some of the best technology on the market, check out other drone reviews and they will say the same.  The FPV view is so simple to use, all you need is your smartphone or tablet to hook up to the transmitter of your Phantom or Inspire 1 DJI Drone.   From their you use the free DJI pilot app that connects to the bluetooth on your aircraft.  Streaming the footage right to your fingertips!  

 

Now that you are an FPV pro it’s time to get soaring!  Call 239-333-2447 today to learn about our drone training programs.

Phantom 3

Comparison of the Phantom 3 Models

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Be As Good As The Professionals for a Fraction of the Price with the Phantom 3 Pro, Advanced, and Standard!

The Phantom 3 is the newest drone released by DJI global and it is definitely an upgrade from the previous Phantom 2.  When you open the box, it feels like you are taking out a robot from the future, especially with the gold metallic stickers they put on them.  They first introduced two different models, the Advanced and Professional.  After a few months of that release they also came out with the Phantom 3 Standard, the ultimate beginners drone.  The Phantom drones are really some of the best drones on the market to date, take a closer look at the similarities and differences between the three models.  

Similarities

The first feature that is the same across all three of the models is that they all shoot 12 megapixel still photos!  This is such a high quality camera, the images that you capture come out crystal clear. Across the board with all models, is the same Lipo 4S intelligent flight battery and the three axis gimbal.  The gimbal helps create the smoothest shots with ease while in the air.  Having a high quality camera and gimbal are what make or break your photos from a new perspective, and I promise this drone will provide you with some of the best.  dji-phantom-3-review-gaia-flying-the-drone

Since the launch of the Phantom Standard, there is an exciting new upgrade that everyone should be stoked about!  This includes four new flight modes, the one that I’m personally looking forward to the most is the follow me feature.  With this you can program your drone to automatically follow you and be your own personal photographer.  This way you can do your favorite activities and sports without having to worry about controlling the drone because it will be right behind you no matter what.  Other features include way points and point of interest, where the drone will automatically circle and fly around one point or fly along the path that you create before take off.  

The last feature is the intelligent orientation control or IOC, that lets you customize how you control your Phantom and make it unique to exactly what you want.  Not many quadcopters come with all these features, so it’s very impressive that they are doing such a huge upgrade and empower pilots around the globe with these amazing new tools!  

All of the models include a very handy safety feature called the automatic flight assistant.  What this means is that the drone will remain stable and under control during all times of the flight.  The GPS stabilizes the drones if there is a gust of wind, and it’s not a big deal if you let go of the joysticks on the transmitter because it will hover in place in the sky.  The drone also has a return to home button, which ensures your Phantom will never fly away and get lost.  With a press of a button your drone will land itself right from where it took off.  If the connection is ever lost between your device and transmitter, don’t worry because it is so smart that it knows to return to the home spot!  

The last main similarity is the same DJI Go mobile app that you use to monitor through first person of your drone.  You can easily attach your tablet or smartphone to the transmitter to be able to control your drone, such as snapping photos and recording video.  You can also perform simulation flights on the app to get some practice before take off, as well as see the distance, height, and battery life of the drone.  

Differences

The main difference in the three Phantoms would have to be the quality of the video camera.  Starting off with the newest model, the Phantom Standard takes 2.7 HD videos.  The Advanced is a little more upgraded, providing 1080p HD videos.  Of course, the Pro is going to shoot the highest quality video, since it also is the highest price point, taping videos at 4K, which is truly amazing!  You really can’t beat this quality for the price point, it’s such a steal!dji-phantom-3-670x263

Two minutes may not be much, but DJI compares each of the drones and says that the Standard model offers a max flight time of 23 minutes and the Pro and Advanced is maxing out at 25 minutes.  This allows for longer flying time for you to capture everything that you want to see.  I’m not quite sure why the least expensive model offers this feature, but hey I’m not going to complain for some extra time in the sky.  

There are also a few differences in the transmitter between the DJI Advanced and Pro and the Standard.  The Phantom Standard includes the return to home switch, flight mode switch, and gimbal dial.  Whereas the other two models also include additional video recording button, shutter button, playback button, and 2 customizable buttons.  All of these additional features can easily be done through the app, but it just offers more ease to the pilot.  

Specs for Advanced/ Pro

  • Weight with battery and props: 1280 g
  • Max Ascent Speed: 5 m/s
  • Max Descent Speed: 3 m/s
  • Max Speed: 16 m/s (ATTI mode, no wind)
  • Shutter Speed: 8s -1/8000s

Phantom 3 Pro

  • Price: $1,259
  • Video Recording Modes
    • UHD: 4096x2160p 24/25, 3840x2160p 24/25/30
    • FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30/48/50/60
    • HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
  • Max.Video Bitrate: 60 Mbps
  • Battery charger rated power: 100 W

Phantom 3 Advanced

  • Price: $999
  • Video Recording Modes
    • FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30/48/50/60
    • HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
  • Max.Video Bitrate: 40 Mbps
  • Battery charger rated power: 57W

Phantom 3 Standard

  • Price: $799
  • Weight with battery and props: 1216 g
  • Max Ascent Speed: 5 m/s
  • Max Descent Speed: 3 m/s
  • Max Speed: 16 m/s (ATTI mode, no wind)
  • Shutter Speed: 8s -1/8000s
  • Max flight time: 23 minutes
  • Video recording modes:
    • UHD: 2.7K: 2704 x1520p 30 (29.997)
    • FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30
    • HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
  • Max.Video Bitrate: 40 Mbps
  • Still photos: 12 megapixel

 

Now that you know all of the differences in the Phantom 3 family, you can best decide which drone is best suited for your needs.  Sign up for our Soaring Sky Academy to learn from the best, or call 239-333-2447.  

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3 Must Have DJI Phantom Accessories!

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Don’t Go Flying Without These DJI Phantom Accessories!

DJI are the leaders in drone technology.  DJI is creating some of the most innovative products on the market, and in turn, offer some of the highest quality accessories available.  If you are looking to buy a drone, or if you are a seasoned flyer, the below DJI Phantom accessories are must haves!

DJI Phantom Carrying Case

A DJI Phantom is a high quality piece of equipment, and a huge investment for any flyerxb_dji_open_full.  As such, you’ll want to keep your phantom drone protected in a hard, durable case. A good case will include a foam cut-out, specifically designed for your DJI Phantom.  The DJI Phantom 3 Plus Universal Case provides a custom foam housing, which fits the Phantom 1, Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision, Phantom 2 Vision+ or the newly released Phantom 3. It is designed with ample space to carry all of your DJI Phantom accessories.

This compact case is able to carry: 6 DJI Phantom batteries, 4 – AA batteries, charger, transmitter, FPV Goggles, 2 antennas, spare props, 1 Monitor up to 9.5 x 6 inches with sunshade, iPad Air or iPad Mini, GoPro charger, 2 GoPro batteries, GoPro remote, & multiple SD card cases.  So don’t take any more risks, travel in style and get a case for your drone before it’s too late.  

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Here at Soaring Sky, we typically carry at least 4 extra batteries when we are out flying. Batteries are included when you buy your Phantom drone, but a battery will typically only last 25 minutes or less.  You’ll want to stock up on a few extra unless you want to wait around for up to an hour between flights while your batteries recharge.  Carrying a couple extra DJI Phantom Batteries will allow you to fly almost seamlessly, without taking the wind out of your sails.  If you’re going on a special trip or vacation, you’re going to regret having only one battery.  Especially if you’re going to be hiking or camping and in an area with no wall outlet.  Having some extra batteries could really come in handy!

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Propeller loss is very common for all flyers, buy when you’re new to operating a UAV, propeller loss is almost unavoidable.  Propellers are typically pretty flimsy, and can easily be lost when having an accident or on a rough landing. To avoid throwing your money away on propeller after propeller, we recommend using Self Tightening Propellers with your Phantom drone.  This innovative, self tightening design keeps the propellers securely attached to each motor.  The propellers are made of a durable plastic, which is both light and rigid at the same time.

 

Check out the Soaring Sky Academy and call 239-333-2447 to learn about our drone training courses today.

DJI Phantom X

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!

Why the Phantom 3 Standard?  follow-me_grande

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. 

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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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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.