2015 is going to be a huge year for the drone industry as a whole. DJI
are keen to capitalise on this and are showing no signs of slowing up. We're just making our way into January and we have already seen 4 new products released at the CES show in Las Vegas.
First up, DJI are keen to press ahead with their own camera technology and have released a small handheld gimbal designed around their Inspire One 4K camera
. In practice, this means your Inspire can serve a dual purpose by providing the aerial shots one minute and smooth handheld imagery the next. We needn't worry about the DJI Ronin and MoVi series for the pro market but this is a well thought out solution for ground shots and is a great way to maximise your Inspire investment.
DJI Inspire 1 Handheld Gimbal
As we all know, the GH4 has been the runaway Z15 favourite for the past 6 months. The release of the Sony A7 however has prompted lots of rumours as to weather DJI will release a compatible Z15
. Easy answer, yes! It's only just been unveiled so it will be a little while before they are available here in the UK. It's definitely going to be interesting to see if this camera system replaces the GH4 as the most popular choice for the professional market. The A7 shines in low light conditions and uses a full frame sensor so will be a solid choice for aerial and ground work alike. Put simply, the advance of cameras like this are continually making the S900 and S1000 better tools.
DJI at CES 2015 released the Zenmuse A7s
Following along the gimbal theme; DJI have also released the H4-3D Gimbal for the Phantom
and we assume there will be a version with a GCU for non Phantom airframes. This isn't a huge revelation as we knew it was coming at some point. However, as the Hero 4 already works happily on the H3-3D, theres not really going to be a huge difference between the two gimbals. Early reports suggest it's more of a refresh so we wouldn't worry if you have the current H3-3D. It will be interesting to see if it's backward compatible with the previous GoPro.
DJI Zenmuse H4-3D Gimbal
The final DJI product to come out of CES is a very cool little addition for the Ronin handheld gimbal. It's a small wireless thumb controller
which incorporates an OLED display and pressure sensitive stick for control of pan, roll and tilt. Pro operators are guaranteed to snap these up as it's going to make their life a lot easier as we know it will integrate perfectly.
DJI Ronin Wireless Thumb Controller
DJI are on a roll urgently, their rate of development is tireless and they are determined to stay 3 steps ahead of the competition.