NAB 2017: 5 major drone announcements you need to know about
NAB 2017: 5 major drone announcements you need to know about

The NAB 2017 Show kicks off on Monday in Las Vegas, Nevada, and there are some pretty big drone announcements coming out of it.

Drones are flying at there own “Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion” this year. In addition to being able to attend a number of sessions including aerial cinematography techniques, live broadcasting and Part 107 certification, attendees will get to see new product launches.

Here are 5 new drone product launches happening at NAB 2017 that you need to know about:

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DJI’s Ronin 2
    1. DJI’s Ronin 2: DJI is mostly known for making drones, but it is improving that smooth silky look for ground images too. DJI on Sunday announced the Ronin 2, a three-axis camera stabilizer based on the drone maker’s gimbal technology. The Ronin 2 has an enlarged camera cage and 50mm extendable arms which can support DSRLs as well as full cinematic cameras and lenses up to 30 pounds.  The drone has a detachable grip to allow for a range of camera mounts, from the basic handheld and jib configurations to Ready Rig, plus cable cams, vehicles and drones. The Ronin 2 allows for dual hot-swappable batteries, providing 2.5 hours of runtime. A new Panorama mode on Ronin 2 can create still image panoramas that account for the camera sensor type and lens focal length as well as the user-defined overlap rate, while the new Timelapse mode can program multiple movements and camera actions at different points along a route, and view progress in real time. Ronin 2 will be available in the second quarter of 2017, and pricing will be announced prior to availability. The current version of Ronin is currently $1,599.

      PolarPro Katana Mavic Tray NAB 2017
      PolarPro’s Katana Mavic Tray
    2. PolarPro’s Katana Mavic Tray:   The Mavic Pro has already taken the drone world by storm, and PolarPro, which makes a number of drone accessories, including camera filters and backpacks, announced at NAB the new Katana Mavic Tray. The tray utilizes the Mavic’s gimbal to turn the drone into a hand-held solution for smooth, cinematic shots. It’s essentially an integrated smartphone mount, in which users rely on the drone’s companion app for framing and camera controls. The PolarPro Katana Mavic Tray is $49.99. The first 100 pre-orders have already sold and will ship on May 1.dji cendence
    3. DJI’s Cendence Remote Controller: DJI’s new Cendence remote controller is an advanced, multi-platform controller. The drone gives pilotsinstant access to functions like ISO, sharpness, shutter speed, focus and more, without navigating the touch menu settings on their mobile device. Two dials adjust the pitch and yaw of the gimbal at the same time. Built-in SDI and HDMI video transmission ports allow for live HD broadcast and streaming applications. The controller, which has battery life of up to 4 hours, mounts smartphones, tablets and DJI’s high-brightness CrystalSky monitors, and also features a smaller secondary screen to display critical telemetry data. Cendence will be available later this year for $999.

4. The FlyingEye 6K VR drone by 360 Designs: Live streaming VR company 360 Designs announced at NAB the Flying EYE, a broadcast quality, live streaming, virtual reality drone, capable of streaming live, 6K, 360 video, with a range of over 5 miles. The drone’s wireless video system offers near uncompressed, low latency, 6K video, and is designed to carry the 360 Designs’ Mini EYE 3 camera, though it is also compatible with other 3-camera, HDMI or SDI-based VR rigs. 360 Designs’ Breeze 6K wireless transmission system pairs with an integrated live stitching system. The 360 drone actually uses the DJI Matrice 600 Series commercial drone. The whole rig costs $75,000.dji crystalsky

5. DJI CrystalSky: DJI showed off a prototype of CrystalSky at CES earlier this year, but now the bright monitor is available for purchase. CrystalSky displays up to 2000 cd/m2, which is four times brighter than a typical smartphone or tablet, allowing clear screen visibility even in full daylight. CrystalSky monitors are available in 5.5-inch and 7.85-inch sizes, and can operate for up to 6 hours using a secondary external battery. CrystalSky will be available soon in three configurations: a 5.5-inch, 1000 cd/m2 version for $469, a 7.85-inch, 1000 cd/m2 version for $699, and a 7.85-inch, 2000 cd/m2 version for $999.

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