Calvin Chann: Recently a flight landing at Heathrow airport was aborted due to a drone. While I have no problems with them, it is true that a lot of owners are idiots.
SHOCK HORROR! 500-Tonne A380 Airbus hits 1kg Plastic DJI Phantom 2 at relative velocity of 550mph. Airbus paint slightly chipped, but the GoPro on the DJI survives to tell the tale. #viral
Actually, even a PIGEON (let alone a GOOSE or SWAN) would "win" the impact test with the average DJI drone. The likelihood of a real plane being damaged by a Phantom is next to zero.
Wanna damage the White House? Train a pigeon!
Nothing more than an idiot setting off fireworks in the immediate approach to an airport would also cause planes to abort landing and/or divert. And that "technology" has been available for longer than aeroplanes. Why are DRONES getting the special treatment?
Biowizard: Funny how America gets all prissy about people playing with plastic flying toys, in case they could hurt someone - but lets its folks run amok with assault rifles and handguns.
Thousands of people are killed every week in the USA by tobacco (principally a US product); around 170 are murdered every week in the USA by firearms. Exactly HOW many people have been killed buy quadcopters?
FiveForm - a SHOTGUN would be a lot easier to use for that purpose than an assault rifle - for the same reason people use shotguns, not AK47s, on pheasant shoots ..
Well thankfully I live in a part of the world where most guns CANNOT be legally owned by private individuals - and there are SO few gun-related deaths in this country, that each one, when it does happens, becomes national news. 150 is roughly the annual death toll in the UK from guns. Still too many, but even taking our smaller population into account, WAY better than the USA. Most of US can see the TOTAL FOLLY of the US Gun Lobby. It's sick, frankly. Meanwhile, leave my drone alone! :-)
Funny how America gets all prissy about people playing with plastic flying toys, in case they could hurt someone - but lets its folks run amok with assault rifles and handguns.
The AIR is extremely exciting. That's what I would want hanging off my drone - quality on a par with a full size DSLR and weight not far off that of a GoPro. Bring it on!
KevinSB: these are not drones.. They are quad copters !!
Esquilo , your logic is good but your research is out of date. EVEN the lowly DJI Phantom can now be programmed, via an iOS app, to fly totally autonomously along a pre-programmed route, using GPS guidance. Just go visit www.helipal.com and read about it.
SIMPLES: these are DRONES. End of.
Gonna require some pretty incredible glass if there is any wish to get close to pixel-level resolution ...
And that's where your model helicopter differs from these quads ... the DJI Phantom (to name just one example) CAN and DOES fly autonomously. You can simply program it with a number of 3D waypoints, and send it on its way. Sure, it isn't a Predator laden with heat-seeking missiles, but to all intents and purposes, it is as much a drone.
I wonder whether DJI will source its camera technology from Olympus? Might even be able to do away with the expensive and cumbersome external 3-axis gimble, if they employed Oly's E-Mx 5-axis IS sensor!
It makes a lot more sense to jiggle a sensor about, than to jiggle the entire camera (as at present on, for example, the Phantom Vision +).
And I would LOVE to be able to use rectilinear lenses with normal fields of view (say 35mm in full-frame terms), rather than the omnipresent fish-eye lenses of today's "action" cameras.
Quadcopters are a type of drone, in the sense that any unmanned aircraft is generally described as a "drone".
Biowizard: Good to see the firmware updates continuing into a new version. I wonder whether they will add a 40mp "high res" mode at some point, to avoid the E-M1 being eclipsed by the E-M5 II? The physical hardware should support it ...
It would be strange for the "second tier" product (E-M5 II) to be allowed to continue to out-perform the "flagship" model - or maybe there's an E-M1 II in the wings? Having had my E-M1 for less than a year (after 10 years with an E-1), I'd rather not shell out on a new body - so Olympus, IF you can, PLEASE provide the 40mpix mode in a firmware update!
anselsmyhero: I bought my EM1 when they first came out but have never upgraded firmware. Too afraid I'll screw it up and render camera inoperable. :-(
I have kept my E-M1 firmware up to date. The ONLY issue I had was when moving from version 1.N to 2.0 - all my custom settings were wiped. Not a huge problem, I could set them up again pretty quickly - but I didn't NOTICE until I came back from a shoot, only to find NO RAW images and all my JPEGs are a reduced size and increased compression. Effectively, I wasted the shoot. So - DO upgrade the firmware, there are bug fixes and cool new features (like electronic keystone correction / virtual tilt/shift lens) - but check your settings immediately after!
Good to see the firmware updates continuing into a new version. I wonder whether they will add a 40mp "high res" mode at some point, to avoid the E-M1 being eclipsed by the E-M5 II? The physical hardware should support it ...
Beautiful. As is my OM-D E-M1. The nearest thing in Photography to my original OM-1. Very much in love with these Olympus cameras ...
Check out Zebralight, whose AA-powered and CR123A-powered lights come in two shades of white ("warm" and "daylight"). The latter are brighter, and many models can be warn as a head torch (they come complete with strap and soft silicone rubber mount) and are self-contained. They can also stand on their tails and light sideways. VERY useful as close-up illuminators - AND sitting around your head when setting up a tripod and camera at night. Plus NO need for a nearby USB socket!
Back in my film days, I ogled and rather fancied the Olympus Zuiko 8mm fisheye for the OM series - but these days, I just use my GoPro. Not sure I would want a fisheye with intentially POLISHED internals: for me there is no such thing as "creative" flare. I want the best starting point image possible (high contrast, sharp focus on the subject plane, soft bokeh in the back/foreground as desired) - but NOT low contrast and streaky flare, thanks.
Especially at a price point higher than my original OM-1 cost (OK, that was 40 years ago, eck hem ...)
Sorry, "KODAK", but how does turning a 180-degree fisheye lens skyward, convert it into a 360-degree lens? Never seen so much snake oil in a little yellow box.
A year ago, I would never have imagined travelling without a TRUE SLR ... but the Oly OM-D EM-1 has convterted me. It is a stunning camera, and its physical similarity to my original OM-1N is astonishing. I now love it to bits, and can no longer consider wanting the physical weight of a DSLR stuck in the century-old, 35mm film mindset!
A production run of just 77 ... that's about one for each dictator of a third world country!