DJI has today officially announced the new DJI Air 2S drone, rumoured only last week. And it does indeed look as that leaked teaser suggested, with an extra pair of sensors on top and a large 1-inch camera sensor. But not only does the DJI Air 2S get a sizable sensor size upgrade over the […]
The Moin Camera, a new travel-friendly handheld device that has been announced by Moza looks to supplant DJI thanks to 4K video capture, articulating screen, 3-axis stabilization, and other features packed in a small and lightweight body for creators on the go.
As noted by DPReview, Moza — a brand known for its smartphone and professional camera gimbals — is venturing into the camera market with the release of the Moin Camera. The tiny device bears a strong resemblance to the DJI Pocket 2 — previously known as Osmo Pocket in its first generation — which was released in late 2020.
The Moin Camera has a 1/2.3-inch sensor and, using a full-frame equivalent 14mm f/2.2 lens with a 120-degree field of view, can capture 12-megapixel photos, 4K video footage at up to 60 frames per second, and also offers up to 8x slow-motion in its other video capture resolutions. From a stills perspective, the camera’s shutter speed ranges from 60 seconds to 1/8000 of a second, while ISO ranges from 100 to 3200. Settings can be changed using the built-in 2.45-inch articulating touch screen.
Shooting options include single shot, panorama, static lapse, motion lapse, and hyperlapse. The camera also offers face tracking and fast continuous shooting which claims to deliver 9 images with one click.
Although the Moin Camera has a slightly wider angle of view and a larger touch screen compared to the Pocket 2, it also has a smaller sensor which may be a deal-breaker for those who want a camera with more robust capture potential.
That said, the long list of useful features that the Moin does offer comes packaged in a compact camera body that weighs only 176g (6.2 ounces) and is a scant 129mm × 37.8mm × 32mm (5 x 1.5 x 1.26 inches) in size, making it a travel-friendly option for photographers and videographers, especially considering the built-in stabilization that removes the need to pack an additional gimbal. The company claims the battery life of this camera lasts 145 minutes and takes 90 minutes to be fully charged using fast-charge.
Images can be processed or transferred using the Moza Artist app which accompanies the camera similar to smartphone gimbal apps on the market, such as Zhiyun’s ZY Cami app. Users can choose to automatically import all footage stored on the camera, using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to connect to the smart device. The app also offers quick edit options with various filters, effects, adding music, and more, with the ability to export the footage.
Moza is marketing this camera for audiences that are looking to record or vlog casual occasions, such as travel trips, lifestyle footage, outdoor events, and parties, making it appealing to those who want to upgrade from exclusively using their smartphones to record content. This camera is currently available for $299 in Moza’s online store.
The test was conducted as a collaboration between Virginia Tech MidAtlantic Aviation Partnership, the College of Engineering, and State Farm in order to evaluate the possible risks a drone collision with a moving car would pose.
As noted by DPReview through Drone DJ, the data gathered from the test allowed State Farm, a large insurance provider in the United States, to receive permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly drones over busy roads. The insurance agency needed this permission to allow them to perform inspections and assist with insurance claims, but flying over active roadways is normally prohibited under FAA guidelines. In order to get permission to do this, an organization has to receive FAA approval and the drone must be equipped with a parachute module (that module can be seen in the video above).
In order to show that drones would not cause worrisome damage to cars or their drivers, the test needed to prove that drivers and vehicles are not in imminent danger if they are traveling at certain speeds. As seen above, the drone doesn’t seem to cause major damage to the windshield and instead hurdles up and over the vehicle without even seeming to crack the glass (though the windshield does flex noticeably during the impact).
Competing insurance provider Farmer’s Insurance once aired a commercial depicting how it would cover a “hit and drone” incident. In that commercial, a quadcopter was shown smashing into a car’s windshield and getting stuck in the glass. You can watch the full commercial spot here.
What State Farm has done with its test is show that the situation depicted in that Farmer’s commercial is unlikely to happen if the impact was caused by the smaller DJI Mavic 2 Pro that was tested. That said, it’s not clear if that kind of damage would still be possible if a car was struck in a similar fashion by a larger drone, like DJI’s older Phantom series.
While OsitaLV seems to have a habit of posting reliable information to Twitter about upcoming DJI projects, they also post just as many “leaks” that turn out to be nothing. And while I’m freely willing to admit that I may be wrong, I kinda feel like this one might be the latter. A video was […]
While DJI has not been particularly challenged in the drone space in recent years, that doesn’t mean others aren’t trying. FIMI, a Xiaomi brand, has announced the X8 Mini, a direct competitor to the DJI Mini 2.
As originally noted by Drone DJ and reported by DPReview, side-by-side with DJI’s latest, the X8 Mini looks extremely similar. It’s not just the design of the X8 Mini, which is looks almost identical in how the wings fold, but also the unfolded size.
Both boast sub-250 gram weights (though the X8 Mini is even lighter at just 245 grams), support for 12-megapixel photos and 4K video at up to 30 frames per second at 100 Mbps, and both drones can shoot in both JPEG and RAW.
While the camera system might be virtually the same, DJI was able to grab the lion’s share of the drone market thanks mainly to how easy its products are to operate and how well they stabilize footage. To that end, FIMI has integrated a three-axis gimbal to smooth footage and also built-in multiple special features powered by onboard software.
First, it has a special night mode that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to make photos and videos look better. While not stated, the note about a night mode powered by AI sounds familiar, especially considering that FIMI is a Xiaomi brand. It would not be surprising to see the X8 Mini integrate the night-mode AI that is found in the Xiaomi Mi 11 that is the first smartphone implementation of BlinkAI’s impressive technology.
It also supports timelapse, panorama stitching, live streaming, and other one-tap video modes.
As noted, the X8 Mini is very light at just 245 grams, but that is only the case when it is equipped with a specific “pro” battery. According to Drone DJ, the M8 Mini weighs closer to 258 grams with the standard battery, with a difference of about 200MAh and a couple of minutes of flight time between them for that 11 grams of weight difference. It’s not much of a tradeoff in either direction and will likely just come down to individual preference, though the more robust battery does put the drone above 250 grams, and that places it in a different legal flight category.
The FIMI X8 Mini is expected to launch on April 18 for $494. It’s currently available on AliExpress but is expected to hit U.S. retailers soon.
It goes without saying that this is more than likely going to be illegal to do in much of the world, but it seems that DJI’s recently released FPV Drone & goggles have been hacked to trick the GPS into thinking it’s flying in the USA. Why might this be desirable? Well, the DJI FPV […]
DJI presenta FPV (First Person View), un drone che può raggiungere velocità fino a 140 km/h. Per controllarlo e visualizzare le riprese si usa un visore, e tra gli extra c’è anche il nuovo radiocomando con giroscopio.
DJI FPV è un drone quadricottero di nuova concezione che mescola i droni ‘da corsa’ con visore first-person ai modelli per riprese tradizionali: il nuovo nato del produttore cinese ha infatti una sezione videocamera che permette di riprendere video 4K a 60 fps (o Full HD 1920×1080 fino a 120 fps) e integra il sistema di stabilizzazione elettronica RockSteady, ma grazie ai motori da corsa può raggiungere una velocità massima di 140 km/h con una accelerazione 0-100 km/h di due secondi. L’autonomia dichiarata è di 20 minuti circa a 40 km/h di media.
Per il controllo di FPV c’è un visore con schermi integrati che sfrutta la nuova tecnologia OcuSyncO3 in grado di ricevere immagini a 50 Mbps a bassa latenza fino a 10 km di distanza (6 km secondo le norme CE).
Il drone è fornito con un radiocomando tradizionale con joystick ed è pronto all’uso senza la necessità di montaggio di parti extra; dal radiocomando è possibile selezionare tre diverse modalità di volo. La modalità N è dedicata ai principianti e simile a quella degli altri droni dell’azienda, che sfrutta i sensori per riconoscere gli ostacoli e usa il GPS per il volo statico in posizione; quella M è invece pensata per i più esperti: disabilita infatti tutti i sensori e le funzioni di assistenza, permettendo di effettuare movimenti che altrimenti sarebbero interdetti. La modalità S è invece una via di mezzo, per dare più libertà a chi già ha preso la mano con FPV senza disabilitare però tutte le funzioni di sicurezza.
A proposito di queste ultime, in tutte le modalità saranno comunque attive le opzioni di freno di emergenza, ritorno automatico e altre ancora, incluso il sistema ADS-B che notifica i piloti di velivoli tradizionali nelle vicinanze. DJI FPV in assetto da volo pesa 795 grammi e per l’uso è comunque necessario adempiere a tutti gli obblighi di legge (che peraltro sono al momento poco chiari per quanto riguarda i droni con visore FPV).
DJI commercializzerà, insieme al drone, anche un Motion Controller di nuova generazione: va usato con una sola mano e permetterà di impartire i movimenti tramite giroscopio e sensori integrati. In occasione del lancio del nuovo prodotto, l’azienda ha anche aggiornato l’App DJI Fly con un tutorial ed ha sviluppato DJI Virtual Flight App, una applicazione (al momento esclusiva iOS) che permette ai piloti di familiarizzare con il drone in un simulatore.
Il prezzo del DJI FPV è di 1,349 euro per la versione Combo base con drone, visore e controller tradizionale; il kit Fly More con due accumulatori aggiuntivi e relativa stazione di ricarica è proposto a 279 euro e il Motion Controller ha un prezzo di 149 euro. Anche per questo drone è possibile sottoscrivere la garanzia DJI Care Refresh.
DJI is set to announce a new product on March 2 that looks like their FPV drone. Visit https://www.dji.com/au/teaser to view the teaser. DJI has already released a number of FPV products last year so it’s no surprise that they would release a ready-to-fly FPV product. Would you add an FPV drone to your kit?