RichRMA: The grotesque obsession with "self" continues in the current culture...
"the clacking of DSLR shutters was bad..."
Good thing many modern DSLRs have a silent shutter mode!
JohnEwing: Consider ye the Lily..
Non-removable battery, good for 20 minutes, 2-hour USB recharge. Great for Junior losing his teeth on the half-pipe but I guess we can forget about Paris-Brest-Paris.
It's a toy.
Of course it's a toy. No professional would take this out to the field. But for a toy, it's an AWESOME toy.
Philip Lanoue: I really don't need a constant reminder (and more photographic evidence) of my ever increasing bald spot on the back and top of my head but which looks even worse from above. Yikes
Just make sure you smile AT the camera all the time! ;)
How about just capturing video/photo of a vacation from a different perspective? Surely we all take pictures when we go Place A.
acidic: Ok, I just saw the promo video on their site, and this thing looks pretty fun for the enthusiast who wants to document their adventures. Lots of comments about narcissism and what not, but if that's what the market wants (it is), this is a very clever device. I mean, just take a look at the variety of GoPro mounts geared to those who want to capture themselves in action.
I could see wedding photographers utilizing this too. Unlike a phantom or other drone, the photographer can use this and his handheld camera simultaneously.
That would mean the wedding couple has to wear the tracker somewhere and not accidentally tap the land button in the middle of the kiss. ;)
particleman78: From what I've read about this drone; I think the biggest problem with this is the lack of object avoidance. It is bound to fly into trees, buildings, poles, or even worse people.
The website says that there is an emergency STOP button on the tracker that will make the drone hold its current position. From there you can call it back and land.
As for tracking suspects, this thing only flies for 20 minutes so...
neil holmes: I wonder if it would work for a swimmer or surfer at a surf beach?
Make some nice shots for that if the GPS tracker is water proof.
Of course if it does work, just imagine some popular poser beaches.....endless drones going back and forth.
Then again, an early adopter could hire them out at a beach.
Could have lots of uses (but not for me....I don't live near a surf beach).
The website states that both the drone and the tracker are waterproof (tracker has a case). The official site shows some whitewater rafting shots where they actually threw the thing into the river.
This thing doesn't have collision detection, though it does have a STOP button on the tracking device that will make it hold its current position.
photo perzon: Should have a super Lily so our armed forces do not have to drag 60 lbs of gear, super lily does it. If it runs out of power it sits waiting for ISIS flag recognition to detonate.
I'm pretty sure the Dept of Defense has something in the works. ;)
LightCatcherLT: Seems overpriced and big. Answer to this is kickstarter funded Zano http://www.flyzano.com/
Size is actually pretty good. If it's too small and light, it would be buffeted by winds, making it useless on anything but the most perfect, windless day. I think it has to have just enough weight.
Paul JM: There is nothing novel about this at allI married one about 19 years ago
I hope your spouse doesn't visit these boards!
natal: With a minimum altitude of five feet I would suggest anyone over that height keep a low profile while this is in the air :)
Definitely got to be careful you don't give yourself a haircut at lower altitudes. ;)
thinkfat: Sorry, I'd rather have the Nixie. This thing is huge, more then 25cm square.
But with the Nixie being so small, it can't fly in anything other than perfect, windless weather. This thing will be able to deploy in more diverse conditions (though still not as powerful as bigger drones like the Phantom and above).
dash2k8: I'm curious about the claim that this drone doesn't need a gimbal for image stabilization. It would be really amazing if they pulled that off. For now I remain on the extremely skeptical end.
Good point, but I think we can agree that IS on a smartphone is not going to cut it for a drone that can get rocked much more... unless this drone is only suitable for fine weather flying.
AlanG: Regardless of their claims, without a gimbal, the video will be unusable. I have a hard time believing they know anything about building, flying or filming with these. These guys are not close to competing with what is already available.
How does 6 rotors let it change direction without tilting? And if so, how fast can it move that way?
Rapid USB charging, what a joke...
I have some experience with drones and can accept advancing in one direction without the need to tilt: more torque on the front-facing rotors. That, however, requires more power than simply tilting one way and letting gravity share the load. Technically it can be done, it's just not the best solution.
One potential solution is the implementation of a camera-based stabilizer, something akin to what the a7II has... though it's stretching the imagination to think something that powerful could be fitted onto something this small. But hey, we'll see.
I'm curious about the claim that this drone doesn't need a gimbal for image stabilization. It would be really amazing if they pulled that off. For now I remain on the extremely skeptical end.
leica f64: I find this pretty interesting since NPPA's own Code of Ethics, Line 6 states "Editing should maintain the integrity of the photographic images' content and context."Once the digital age bloomed in the hands of their members there was no turning back. They've known that for some time. Even Hasselblad fought this early on with their contests but then realized that the winners weren't always behind the lens.
I should add that they have to "submit" in film. If they shot in film and scanned it...
chkproductions: What are they going to do with the RAW files, process them to their own standards and compare them to the photographers? Then say the photographer was wrong and unethical. And who's to say their standards, whatever they are, are the absolutely correct in the world.
And what right do they have discussing photo ethics. Press photo ethics, sure, but not photo ethics.
As Prairie Pal said above, the contest sponsors decide the rules, so in this instance, yes, they DO get to decide. I just wonder where they draw the line.
This is really going to be hard to define. Where do you draw the line? Sure, outright changing someone's hair color or switching out logos on a shirt might be outright cheating, but what about making a model look thinner, like in fashion ads? Or removing tourists in a scenic photo to leave only the natural environment? There are so many ways that this can be handled incorrectly. I'm all for authenticity of an image, I just don't know how they will decide what's acceptable. I hope they make a list of rules available.