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February 13, 2020

Coronavirus Outbreak: DJI Covers Shenzhen With Disinfectant

Drone giant DJI is stepping in on the fight to control the coronavirus outbreak in China. The Chinese dronemaker this month announced that it would pledge almost $1.5 million in aid to help contain the coronavirus outbreak. But DJI is doing more than just giving out money. It’s putting its […]
February 13, 2020
DJI Mavic Mini

Mavic Mini Getting Started Guide

What you need to do and set up before flying your drone So you just got a DJI Mavic Mini?! Congrats! This may be your first foray into drones, in which case welcome! Before you get flying though, here’s your Mavic Mini getting started guide. Whether you want to know […]
February 10, 2020

Battle To Control Coronavirus Outbreak Gets A Lift From Drones

Drones are playing a major role in the effort to stop the coronavirus outbreak. Some of their work is being largely lauded, such as delivering medical supplies. But some of the drones working in the midst of the outbreak are also quite controversial, such as the drones that fly around […]
January 8, 2020

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 Back In Stock After Production Hiatus

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is back. The popular drone was discontinued in March 2019. At the time, DJI posted a note on its site saying, “The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is no longer in production. For the latest in DJI technology, please view our product recommendations below.” The […]
November 25, 2019

More Proof That The Near DJI Monopoly Is Real

Does it feel like every drone you see flying was made by DJI? You’re not imagining it. A new crop of data confirms something completely unsurprising: most drones out there are made by DJI, furthering the notion that a DJI monopoly is near. The 2019 Drone Industry Survey, which was […]
November 23, 2019

New York Drone Corridor Is Finally Here – All 50 Miles Of It

Remember that 50-mile drone corridor we told you about last year? The New York drone corridor is finally here and open for business. New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this month announced the completion of 50-mile corridor, supported by the state and designed for drone testing, particularly drone traffic management […]
November 8, 2019

This Drone Can Carry A DJI Zenmuse For More Than An Hour At A Time

So you want to fly a DJI Zenmuse through the air, but the less-than-30-minutes of flight time on the DJI Inspire 2 won’t cut it? The TerraView RangePro X8 can fly with a Zenmuse on it for more than 70 minutes. That’s on average two and a half times longer […]
October 31, 2019

249 Gram Mavic Mini Was Designed For Safety, DJI Says. Sure, But That’s Not The Whole Story.

The $399, 249 gram Mavic Mini launched on Wednesday with one standout feature: an ultra small size. Coming in at 249 grams exactly, that’s 1 gram short of the Federal Aviation Administration’s threshold for when recreational pilots need to register your drone with the government. Since the drone is under […]
October 31, 2019
DJI Mavic Mini

DJI Mavic Mini Is Here: Everything You Need To Know About The Tiny New Drone

The DJI Mavic Mini is DJI’s tiniest drone yet, weighing in at 249 grams. Yes, that’s less than 250 grams. That means, the new Mavic Mini won’t fall under the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA currently only requires drones weighing 250 grams or more to be registered, […]
October 14, 2019

Skydio: The Drone Industry “Is Not Healthy”

The drone industry is unhealthy. At least that’s according to a memo issued by Silicon Valley-based dronemaker Skydio. Skydio this month released its new Skydio 2 drone, an ultra-smart camera drone with six sensors that enable it to autonomously track and film subjects. The drone company is one of just […]
October 11, 2019

The Best Drones For Agriculture

Drones have drastically improved agricultural efficiency, both in terms of cost and labor. They’re spraying crops with pesticides and herbicides, better targeting where exactly those chemicals go to improve plant health while protecting the environment (and saving money).  They’re being outfitted with sensors to analyze plant health, water levels and […]
October 5, 2019
Skydio 2

The Skydio 2 Is Here — And It Costs Less Than US$1,000

Skydio this month finally revealed the Skydio 2, an upgrade to its original Skydio drone, but with a lower price point. The original Skydio R1 drone shocked crowds with its ultra-smart sensor capability, able to fly autonomously through complex environments thanks to sensors on all sides of the drone. But […]
September 24, 2019

The Best NDVI Camera Drone On A Budget

Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about agricultural drones with an NDVI camera AND on a budget. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here. I am heavily involved in the farming industry and have people interested in crop analysis with an NDVI camera. I […]
September 23, 2019

Flirtey Sets Serious Tone With Latest Drone Delivery Announcement

Flirtey made its first impression on the drone industry by way of a series of media-friendly announcements that amounted to a lot of hype, but not necessarily a lot of action. The drone delivery started came onto the scene by constantly announcing delivery “firsts” including the first-ship-to-shore drone delivery, the first FAA-approved […]
September 15, 2019

Yuneec Mantis G: Can It Stand Up To The DJI Mavic?

Chinese drone manufacturer Yuneec just launched a new drone to its lineup of consumer drones under $1,000: the Mantis G. The Mantis G is a $699, 4K, foldable camera drone that largely resembles the DJI Mavic Air. And there’s not a lot of reason that it’s any better, save for […]