DJI Mavic Mini Review: Fun Flyer

8.20.2020 Tech

Most people can’t hide a grin when they hold the DJI Mavic Mini in the palm of their hand because they just can’t believe how light it is. Battery installed, this diminutive drone weighs just over a half pound—249 grams—which means you don’t have to pay to register the drone with the FAA. DJI has done it again. They’ve literally redefined the concept of a take-anywhere aerial camera by designing a feature-rich drone that will fit in the most compact spaces.Key FeaturesLike... Continue Reading >

Product Review: DJI Drone Smart Controller

May 2020 issue Tech

Sunlight: The bane of vampires and drone pilots trying to capture photographs using the dimly lit screen of a smartphone or tablet. Enter the DJI Smart Controller, the fusion of a remote controller and a sunlight-readable built-in display. With a hefty price tag of $749, it might be easy to disregard the Smart Controller, but to do so could be a mistake considering the number of potential must-have features it includes.© Courtesy DJIKEY FEATURESDJI says the Smart Controller boasts a... Continue Reading >

High-flying art: Using technology to pre-visualize drone images

February 2020 issue Profiles

The best drone artists steal their ideas right from satellite imagery—and improve on them. That’s the strategy of artists J.P. and Mike Andrews, two U.K.-born brothers known for their incredible aerial images. They’re some of the world’s best drone photographers, but the time they spend flying drones is minuscule compared to the time they spend researching their shots.© Abstract Aerial ArtThe two brothers will drive for hours to remote corners of the earth to photograph bizarre... Continue Reading >

Photographer uses light-carrying drone to draw shapes

February 2020 issue Documentary

What’s more captivating than the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in southwestern Bolivia? The Salar de Uyuni salt flats illuminated by a light-toting drone flying a perfect circle.Last summer photographer Reuben Wu had the opportunity to test the Phase One XT camera during a weeklong Bolivian road trip. He used the camera plus his Rodenstock HR Digaron-W 70mm f/5.6 lens and a tripod. His goal was to build on his photo series that features geometric shapes of light above natural landscapes. He... Continue Reading >

2019 Drone Awards Photographer of the Year

10.25.2019 News

Polish photographer Jacek Deneka was named 2019 Drone Awards Photographer of the Year for this aerial shot of cross-country skiers at the Bieg Piastow Skiing Festival in Jakuszyce, Poland. The 2019 Drone Awards contest honored winners in six categories: abstract, nature, people, sport, wildlife, urban, and video.The contest’s more than 4,500 submissions were judged by 44 photographer jurors from 34 countries. A gallery of the winning images will be displayed at the “Sky’s the Limit”... Continue Reading >

Review: DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone

July 2019 issue Tech

© Justin Moore The 20-megapixel sensor on the Mavic 2 Pro gives aerial photographers more creative cropping options, including vertical crops like this photo of the USS Lexington anchored at Corpus Christi, Texas.Go anywhere, no compromiseA 20-megapixel Hasselblad camera in a foldable drone with 360-degree collision avoidance—too good to be true? Welcome to the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, the latest incarnation of DJI’s wildly popular Mavic series.A couple of years ago, DJI acquired a majority... Continue Reading >

Product review: Epson Moverio BT-300 Smart Glasses

May 2019 issue Tech

Drones have the ability to fly miles away from their operators, but the FAA requires that pilots restrict flights to within a visual line of sight. There’s a simple reason for this. You can’t see and avoid an airplane or helicopter that enters your operating area if you can’t see your drone and take quick countermeasures. The FAA defines visual line of sight as the ability to see your drone “with vision that is unaided by any device besides corrective lenses.” This means that a single... Continue Reading >

Product review: DJI Mavic Air drone

July 2018 issue Tech

The Mavic Air, introduced in January, represents the latest iteration of DJI’s top-selling drone line, the Mavic series. The Air name might represent that the drone is about half the weight of the Mavic Pro or could simply serve as a reminder that DJI is the Apple of drones in that it dominates the worldwide market share. What is clear about the Mavic Air is that it represents another evolution in DJI’s mission of bundling new features into a take-anywhere package.© Justin... Continue Reading >

Reporting Requirements for Drone Accidents and Incidents

4.10.2018 News

The number of pilots certificated to fly unmanned aircraft (UAS or drones) commercially is increasing, as well as the number of people flying unmanned aircraft for hobby or recreational use, so it’s important to be familiar with the FAA and NTSB rules for unmanned aircraft accident reporting.The FAA and NTSB each have different rules to ensure proper oversight of certain UAS operations, and different rules mean that some events may have to be reported to one agency but not the other.For... Continue Reading >