DJI Matrice 100 is Here

We’re all delighted here at Heliguy because the DJI Matrice 100 has arrived. The much anticipated quadcopter has taken longer than expected to reach our warehouse but we’re now very excitedly building our demonstration model so that we can seen how it handles and what it’s capable of. All we can offer you at the moment is a few tantalising shots of the components. Because it’s designed for research and development, industrial applications and for the tinkerers amongst you, in theory no two Matrices will look the same. It’s also designed to... Read More

DJI GO app for Phantom 3, Inspire 1 and Matrice 100

DJI GO has been launched as a new app which adds exciting new features and functions to your Phantom 3 Professional, Advanced or Standard and Inspire 1. It replaces the DJI Pilot but in reality it’s DJI Pilot V2.0 so there’s a new interface at the front end and some new features but the business end when you’re flying will be very familiar. There will be however three long awaited additions to the DJI GO app – Intelligent Flight Modes: Follow Me, Point of Interest (POI) and Waypoints. They’re things that our customers have... Read More

New DJI Phantom 3 Standard

The DJI Phantom 3 Standard has been unveiled as a new addition to the extremely popular Phantom 3 range. The DJI Phantom 3 Standard is a slightly simplified and lighter version of its brothers – the Phantom 3 Advanced and the Phantom 3 Professional. It’s also cheaper at £649.00 compared to £899.00 for the Advanced and £1159.00 for the Professional and is expected to ship from mid August onwards. The onboard camera is still capable of 12 mega-pixel stills and, surprisingly, it can shoot 2.7K video at 30p (2704 X 1520), which... Read More

The Best DJI Phantom 3 Cases

One of the first things you’ll realise that you need when you’ve started flying your brand new DJI Phantom 3 is that it would be really nice if you had a case to protect it and carry it around. Because the Phantom is so compact and light you have the option of a backpack as well as sturdy travelling cases. The DJI Phantom 3 Part 50 Hardshell Backpack The DJI Phantom 3 Part 50 Hardshell Backpack is a brilliant, lightweight case which is great if you’re the sort of person who... Read More


Multirotor or Fixed Wing Drones?

Multirotor drones have been all the rage for quite a while now. Thanks to the rising popularity of the DJI Phantom range and others, they are now in the public consciousness. The commercial applications for them are so widespread too that businesses are using them for a vast range of jobs. But take a step back a few years and most drones used for things like mapping and surveying were fixed wing – more sophisticated versions of traditional, radio-controlled models. They’ve continued to develop since but they’ve been overshadowed, to... Read More

DJI Inspire 1 vs DJI Matrice 100

There’s still a buzz about the place at Heliguy as we wait for the much anticipated DJI Matrice 100. It’s a quadcopter aimed at the hardware or software developer or the enthusiast and it shares of lot of DNA with its older brother – the DJI Inspire 1, which was launched towards the end of last year. The Inspire 1 is an extremely popular piece of kit and it’s really caught on with commercial UAV pilots with more modest budgets or those who need a smaller and more nimble rig than say... Read More

Can You Use Your Drone for Geospatial Mapping?

The idea of using a drone for mapping work is nothing very new but technology is moving so quickly that very soon you’ll be able to use a DJI Inspire 1 (from £2381) or Phantom 3 (from £899) for professional quality missions. In fact a beta version of one of the most popular capture apps has been released for the two aircraft this week. Geospatial mapping involves taking a large number of overlapping, GPS tagged images while flying a pre-planned route over a location with a multi-rotor or fixed wing drone. Once you’re... Read More

Can Drones be Used for Wind Turbine Inspections?

The number of uses for drones is almost growing by the day, along with the number of eager, newly trained drone pilots who are keen to make a living from this exciting development in technology. One of the growth areas, we’re told, is the inspection of both onshore and offshore wind farms. Wind turbines seem to be springing up everywhere and some will claim that a disproportionately high number is appearing in the north of the UK. Meanwhile newly qualified pilots, with the ink still not dry on their Permission for Aerial Work... Read More

Freefly ALTA Will Soon Be Here

The wait is nearly over. Early next month Heliguy is due to start selling the Freefly ALTA – the exciting new professional hexacopter designed with cinematography in mind. The ALTA works hand in hand with Freefly’s famous range of camera gimbals – the M5, M10 and M15. It’s a marriage made in heaven. And what take the ALTA to a whole new level is its ability to carry a gimbal on top as well as underneath. The ALTA has the ideal combination of lightness, strength and power. Despite its slender, elegant... Read More

Let’s Call a Drone a Drone

I think it’s time for us to nail this one. Let’s all agree that drones should be called “drones”. I’ve had a drone of my own for nearly two years now and I’m totally fed up with trying to use euphemisms like unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or remotely piloted aircraft. When I bought a DJI hexacopter from Heliguy I called it my copter. Not very original I know but I thought when I used the word in conversation people would understand what I was on about. But no. People would assume... Read More