Posts Tagged ‘drone’

Multiple Camera Drones Were Lost for This Imagery of a Volcano’s Insides

insidevolcano

Explorer Sam Cossman recently employed the help of multiple drones to capture photos and footage of the Marum Crater in an active volcano on the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. He ended up losing multiple drones in the process, but he left the island with spectacular images that will help provide a better understanding of the volcano and the life that exists around it.
Read more…

FAA Unveils Its Rules for Commercial Drone Usage

faadrone

The FAA has confirmed a leak that emerged this past weekend by officially unveiling its proposed set of rules governing commercial drone flights. The guidelines are more lax than many people feared, and they represent a huge step toward the legalization of commercial drone flights — including for aerial photography purposes.
Read more…

DJI Joins the Micro Four Thirds Standard: MFT Camera Drones On the Horizon?

phantommft

Olympus has announced that popular drone manufacturer DJI is the latest company to join the Micro Four Thirds System standard. The news suggests that there may be MFT-system camera drones somewhere on the horizon.
Read more…

Man Crashes Camera Drone on a Live FOX Segment While Talking About Drone Safety

Tech journalist Dave Mosher of Popular Science recently appeared on a FOX & Friends segment to talk about drone safety. He brought along a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ camera drone to fly in the studio — the same drone that someone crashed onto the White House lawn last month.

Immediately after talking about the dangers of drones and how an operator was killed by one a couple of years ago — in that case it was a powerful RC helicopter, not a camera drone — Mosher loses control of his and crashes it on live TV.

(via Photography Bay)

Camera Drone Crashes Onto White House Lawn and Causes More Wariness of Drones

quadcopter

Photographers have long been grumbling about the FAA’s tight regulations for camera drone usage, and the actions of one operator over in Washington DC aren’t going to help the cause. An anonymous DJI Phantom owner and government employee crashed his DJI Phantom quadcopter on the White House lawn yesterday morning, causing a lock down of the President’s residence.
Read more…

Arkansas Bill Criminalizes Capturing and Possessing Certain Camera Drone Photos

Update: There have been new developments. Please see below.


arkanasasdrone

There’s a new bill passing through the Arkansas State Legislature that may be concerning to photographers who operate camera drones. The bill is titled, “Concerning The Use Of An Unmanned Vehicle Or Aircraft That Captures Images; To Create The Criminal Offenses; To Provide For Civil Liability,” and it criminalizes certain camera drone usage and the possession of photos captured during that usage.
Read more…

$2,900 Camera Drone Smashes Into a House Upon Auto Takeoff

The DJI Inspire 1 is a new $2,900 camera drone that’s designed to make it extremely easy to capture 4K footage from the sky. Among its many fancy features are auto-takeoff and landing, allowing you to start and stop your flights with a simple tap of your controls.

The feature recently didn’t work out so well for Mark Taylor of Scottsdale, Arizona. As the 37-second video above shows, the drone appeared to think that a nearby garage door was “up.”
Read more…

CNN Gets Permission from FAA to Experiment with Camera Drones in News Gathering

cnndronea

Last week we reported that an Arizona realtor has become the first in the US to receive Federal Aviation Administration approval for using a drone for real estate images. Yesterday, CNN announced that it has also received a nod of approval from the FAA.

The news company says it will partner with the FAA to “advance efforts” in using camera drones for “news gathering and reporting.”
Read more…

Man Jumps Into Water and Catches His New Camera Drone at the Last Possible Moment

Zwier Spanjer recently purchased a DJI Phantom 2 camera drone and captured the video above on his first day of flying it outdoors. The flight didn’t turn out the way Spanjer planned.

As the drone was flying over a field in a small town, its battery became depleted and the Phantom began a slow uncontrolled descent to the ground. Unfortunately for Spanjer, it wasn’t actually ground beneath the drone, but rather a small body of water.
Read more…

Arizona Realtor Becomes First to Get FAA Permission for Aerial Drone Photography

phantom

The Federal Aviation Administration is notoriously strict about the use of aerial camera drones for commercial purposes. Much of the commercial imagery you’ll find online was captured “illegally” without the permission of the agency.

Yesterday, realtor Douglas Trudeau of Tucson, Arizona became the first real estate agent in the country to be given permission to use his drone for his property listings.
Read more…