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Elon Musk Personally Blocked Starlink In Crimea!

Elon Musk Personally Blocked Starlink In Crimea!

Elon Musk personally blocked Ukraine from accessing Starlink in Russia-occupied Crimea over concerns it could start a nuclear war!

 

Elon Musk Personally Blocked Starlink In Crimea!

Ever since Russia invaded Ukraine, Elon Musk and the US government have provided Kyiv with thousands of Starlink systems, providing Ukrainian forces with satellite communications.

The low energy requirements of the Starlink satellite receivers also made it useful in controlling reconnaissance drones which provide valuable, real-time intelligence on Russian forces.

So it’s no wonder Elon Musk has been kind of a hero to the Ukrainian people, until he suggested that Russia should be allowed to keep Crimea, Luhansk and Donetsk.

After that suggestion met with a collective “Fuck off” from Ukrainian diplomat Andrij Melnyk and the Ukrainian government in general, Musk was embroiled in more controversy.

According a report published on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, Elon Musk personally rejected a request by Ukraine to use the Starlink satellite Internet service in Russia-occupied Crimea.

Apparently, the SpaceX CEO feared that a Ukrainian assault to retake the peninsula from Russia could lead to a nuclear war after a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Read more : Ukraine : 60K Russian Soldiers + 2.4K Tanks Killed!

According to Eurasia Group founder Ian Bremmer, Elon Musk was asked by the Ukrainian defence ministry to activate Starlink in Crimea, which had been annexed by Russia since 2014.

Musk “refused, given the potential for escalation“, after recently speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin who said that he was “prepared to negotiate“.

That was what apparently led to Elon Musk to propose his much-derided Ukraine peace plan on October 3, 2022.

Ukraine-Russia Peace:

– Redo elections of annexed regions under UN supervision. Russia leaves if that is will of the people.

– Crimea formally part of Russia, as it has been since 1783 (until Khrushchev’s mistake).

– Water supply to Crimea assured.

– Ukraine remains neutral.

This is highly likely to be the outcome in the end – just a question of how many die before then

Also worth noting that a possible, albeit unlikely, outcome from this conflict is nuclear war

 

Elon Musk Denies Speaking With Putin, But Not Blocking Starlink

Elon Musk flatly denied speaking with Vladimir Putin recently, stating that his last conversation with the Russian President was “18 months ago” on “space“.

He also stated that it was “pointless” to speak with Putin, as “there is currently no overlap between Russian and Ukrainian demands” and that “it’s not even close“.

The Russian government backed Musk, with a Kremlin spokesperson stating on Tuesday that Musk and Russian President Putin had a phone call around a year and a half ago, but didn’t specify what was discussed.

Interestingly, even though Elon Musk was quick to deny any recent contact with Putin, he did not deny personally blocking Ukraine from using Starlink in Crimea.

That decision to block Starlink would likely make it very difficult, if not impossible, for Ukrainian forces to send drones to monitor or attack Russian forces in Crimea.

It is also troubling that Musk has the personal power to make decisions that directly affect Ukraine’s ability to defend itself against Russian aggression.

On one hand, Ukraine needs Starlink for secure communications. On the other hand, their secure communications is now dependent on the whims and fancies of one man – Elon Musk.

 

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Drone Racing League Simulator : How To Get It FREE!

Drone Racing League Simulator is FREE to download and keep for a Limited Time!

Find out how to get it FREE, and tell your friends!

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Drone Racing League Simulator

The Drone Racing League Simulator is the premier FPV racing game and simulator.

The Drone Racing League Simulator offers a robust, evolving feature set, including high-intensity drone racing. It packs tracks that DRL’s real world pilots compete on, with more added every season.

This is what it feels like to fly in the cockpit of the fastest drones! The DRL Simulator will push the limits of your drone racing abilities and prepare you to fly in real life.

Explore legendary locations and new worlds. Battle it out with your friends to the finish line. Crash nonstop without wrecking your drone and breaking the bank.

Master this game and you can compete for a chance to become a professional pilot in the Drone Racing League!

Mega City Map

The new Mega City map features a futuristic metropolis where users can navigate the city from above the skyline, around and inside of massive high rise buildings and architectural landmarks, through city streets and urban parks, down through underground highways, through a monorail station and even into a multi-level underground subway station.

While this map is addictive to fly in Freestyle mode, we’ve included expert-designed Basic, Medium, and Hard tracks to accompany this new map; Let’s see who can stay atop the Leaderboards on these fresh tracks!

Search & Destroy

The new Search & Destroy game mode provides a fun and satisfying gameplay experience of destroying target balloons by flying into them.

Target balloons of various shapes and sizes are strategically and creatively placed throughout the DRL Sim signature Campground map, along with “danger” balloons that must be avoided, empowering newer pilots with a fun way to level up their skills to begin competing on the more challenging race courses and providing experienced pilots with a fresh game experience for fine tuning their stick coordination for precision drone control.

Onboarding

The new Onboarding game flow guides newer pilots through a series of progressive training missions and instruction. Pilots will start Onboarding training in an assisted flight Beginner mode completing nine (9) Onboarding missions culminating in a race before progressing to Intermediate, a partially assisted Onboarding flight mode, consisting of 10 missions culminating in another race.

Finally, in Onboarding Pro Mode, pilots will fly unassisted (training wheels completely off) for three (3) races that must be won in sequence to complete Onboarding flight training!

DRL Pilot Mode

The DRL Racer4 drone is now upgraded to include a throttle cap and battery resistance, with an optional damage setting, to match the setup used by professional DRL pilots during Virtual Season Levels. This allows users to truly train like the pros!

 

Drone Racing League Simulator : How To Get It FREE!

Make sure you follow these steps to get this game for FREE by 6 October 2022 at 11 PM (GMT+8).

  1. Go to the Epic Games Store.
  2. Log into your Epic Games Store account, or create a new account.
  3. Go to the Drone Racing League Simulator page in the Epic Games Store.
  4. Click on the Get button.
  5. In the checkout page, click Place Order.

That’s it! It is now added to your Epic Games account, and you can download and install it anytime after this.

 

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DJI Mavic Mini : Everything You Need To Know!

DJI just introduced their smallest drone ever – the Mavic Mini – that weighs less than 250 g, and flies for a full 30 minutes!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the new DJI Mavic Mini camera drone!

 

The DJI Mavic Mini Camera Drone!

DJI Mavic Mini, an ultra-light folding drone designed to be the everyday FlyCam. Weighing just 249 grams, Mavic Mini is portable, easy to fly, and designed for safety.

Despite its small and light body, Mavic Mini has a high resolution camera, whose footage can be enhanced using its new DJI Fly suite of creative features.

Portable and Safe

The Mavic Mini is the smallest and lightest DJI drone ever made, at just under 250 grams. This puts it in the safest category for drone flights by most aviation regulators around the world.

In addition, safety technologies like geofencing help you avoid restricted areas, AeroScope remote identification help protect sensitive locations, built-in altitude limits, and automatic return to the launch point if the drone loses connection to the controller or reaches critically low battery levels.

It also uses Wi-Fi connectivity for stable transmissions of a HD live feed, GPS receivers, and downward visual sensors to detect the ground below.

Long Flight Time

Thanks to its ultra-light design, and highly efficient motors, it has a flight time of up to 30 minutes, giving you more time to explore and capture content.

High Quality Content

The DJI Mavic Mini lets you capture 2.7K video at 30 fps, and 1080p video at 60 fps. You can also take 12 MP photos using its 1/2.3-inch sensor.

More importantly, it has a three-axis motorised gimbal to stabilise the camera, giving you smooth and cinematic footage.

New Creative Modes

You have a choice of three flying modes, depending on your experience and requirements :

  • Position (P) for basic operations,
  • Sport (S) mode for more experienced pilots,
  • CineSmooth (C) mode for smoother and more cinematic shots.

DJI QuickShots Manoeuvres

You can make use of four QuickShots pre-programmed flight manoeuvres for cinematic effect :

  • Rocket – Mavic Mini flies straight up into the air with the camera pointing downward following your subject. Set a height limit of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 feet.
  • Circle – Mavic Mini will circle around your subject at a constant altitude and distance.
  • Dronie – Mavic Mini flies backward and upward, with the camera tracking your subject. Set a height limit of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 feet.
  • Helix – Mavic Mini flies upward and away, spiraling around your subject. Set a height limit of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 feet.
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DJI Mavic Mini Price + Availability

The DJI Mavic Mini is available at these launch prices :

  • DJI Mavic Mini Standard Package : RM 1,599 / S$499 / US$399 / £369 / A$599
    – Mavic Mini, remote controller, one battery, extra propellers, all necessary tools and cables
  • DJI Mavic Mini Fly More Combo : RM 1,999 / S$669 / US$499 / £459 / A$799
    – Standard Package + 360° Propeller Cage, Two-Way charging Hub, two additional batteries, three sets of extra propellers, and a carrying case

Here are some online purchase links :

 

DJI Mavic Mini Accessories

These accessories will be available for purchase by end of November 2019 :

  • 360° Propeller Guard : Provides a 360° guard around the propellers for added safety.
  • Charging Base : Charge and display your Mavic Mini with this unique, illuminated station.
  • Propeller Holder : Travel easier with the propeller holder that locks the props into place.
  • DIY Creative Kit : Personalise your Mavic Mini with custom stickers or draw your own design.
  • Snap Adapter : Attach a toy building brick or a mini LED display to write custom messages.
  • Mini Travel Bag : A travel bag that fits your Mavic Mini and the remote controller perfectly.
  • Two Way Charging Hub : Charge up to three batteries or use the charging hub as a power bank.

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DJI Mavic Mini : Aircraft Specifications

Specifications Aircraft
Takeoff Weight 249 g
Folded Dimensions 82 mm wide
140 mm long
57 mm tall
Unfolded Dimensions
(with propellers)
290 mm wide
245 mm long
55 mm tall
Max Ascent Speed S Mode : 4 metres per second
P Mode : 2 metres per second
C Mode : 1.5 metres per second
Max Descent Speed S Mode : 3 metres per second
P Mode : 1.8 metres per second
C Mode : 1 metre per second
Max Service Ceiling 3000 m above sea level
Max Flight Time 30 minutes
(14 kph, windless condition)
Max Wind Resistance 8 metres per second (Scale 4)
Max Tilt Angle S Mode : 30°
P Mode : 20°
C Mode : 20°
Max Angular Velocity S Mode : 150° per second
P Mode : 130° per second
C Mode : 30° per second
Hovering Accuracy Vertical: ±0.1 m (Vision), ±0.5 m (GPS)
Horizontal: ±0.1 m (Vision), ±1.5 m (GPS)
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C
GPS GPS + GLONASS

 

DJI Mavic Mini : Gimbal Specifications

Specifications Gimbal
Mechanical Range Tilt : -110° to 35°
Roll : -35° to 35°
Pan : -20° to 20°
Controllable Tilt Default : -90° to 0°
Extended : -90° to +20°
Stabilisation 3-axis (tilt, roll, pan)
Max Tilt Speed 120° per second
Angular Vibration ±0.01°

 

DJI Mavic Mini : Camera Specifications

Specifications Camera
Sensor 1/2.3” CMOS (12 MP)
Lens FOV 83°
Lens Aperture f/2.8
Video ISO Range ISO 100-3200
Photo ISO Range Auto : ISO 100-1600
Manual :
ISO 100-3200
Shutter Speed 1/8000 s to 4 seconds
Photo Resolution 4:3: 4000×3000
16:9: 4000×2250
Photo Modes Single Shot
Interval : 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 seconds
Video Resolution 2.7K: 2720×1530 (25p/30p)
FHD : 1920×1080 (25p/30p/50p/60p)
Video Bitrate 40 Mbps maximum
Supported Storage SD Card (UHS-I Class 3 or faster)
Supported File System FAT32(≤32 GB)
exFAT(>32 GB
Photo Format JPEG
Video Format MP4 (H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC)

 

DJI Mavic Mini : Battery Specifications

Specifications Intelligent Flight Battery 1100 mAh Flight Battery
Weight 100 g 50 g
Battery Type Lithium-Ion 2S Lithium-Polymer 2S
Capacity 2400 mAh
17.28 Wh
1100 mAh
8.36 Wh
Voltage 7.2 V 7.6 V
Max. Charging Voltage 8.4 V 8.7 V
Max. Charging Power 24 W 18 W
Charging Temperature 5° to 40°C 5° to 40°C

 

DJI Mavic Mini : Where To Buy

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Kambyan ManUsIA + AleX Laser Cutting Drone Technology!

Kambyan Network recently invited us to a demonstration of their AleX laser cutting drone, which is designed to harvest oil palm fruits.

They also invited David Cirulli from the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and Associate Professor Sagaya Amalathas from Taylors University, to talk about the ManUsIA digital agriculture technology and the future jobs available to young teens today.

 

Kambyan ManUsIA Digital Agriculture

Kambyan Network has been working with David Cirulli of the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Singapore to develop what they call the ManUsIA digital agriculture technology.

Manusia is actually a Malay word for human, and it is an apt moniker because according to David Cirulli, ManUsIA stands for Man Using Intelligent Applications.

ManUsIA is a digital agriculture platform that Kambyan is developing as a SPaaS (Solution Platform as a Service) offering to improve yield and reduce manpower in agriculture.

It combines the use of drones with artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities on the cloud to make use of surveillance data and weather information to maximise yield and reduce manpower requirements for dirty, difficult and dangerous jobs.

ManUsIA will start with drones that are remotely controlled using mobile device integration, and eventually hope to integrate intelligent drones that work independently.

 

Future Jobs For Teens Today

Kambyan also invited Associate Professor Dr. Sagaya Amalathas, a Programme Director at Taylors University to talk about future jobs that teens today should consider.

She points out that the future will be highly dependent on new digital skills in the areas of Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, as well as Blockchain technology, and the Internet of Things.

She also shared some really useful information on what careers will remain stable in the fast-changing times, and what jobs will be lost and what new opportunities will arise.

 

The reason why Kambyan invited her was because their training arm, Adroit College offers a Drone Operator & Robotics course.

The Professional Certificate in Robotic Process Automation – Field Operations (RPA-FO) course combines a 5-week intensive workshop with an apprenticeship and internship program at Kambyan, allowing the student to graduate with a Professional Certificate in 11 months.

 

Kambyan AleX Laser Cutting Drone Demonstration

The star of the event was the Kambyan AleX laser cutting drone – the Airborne Laser Cutter Mark 1.

Designed to be a laser harvesting drone for the oil palm industry, it weighs 3 kilograms and is approximately 70 cm in diameter.

Powered by a 150 watt pulsed laser in the operational model, it is capable of cutting through 6 inches of plant material.

Piloted remotely by a drone operator in the current iteration, it will be used to trim the fronds of the oil palm trees and cut through the stem of oil palm fruit bunches to harvest them.

Using drones will not only reduce manpower, it will allow plantations to let their oil palm trees grow much higher, reducing the need to cut them down so often.

This will increase profit over the long term, while reducing the oil palm industry’s impact on the environment… in particular their contribution to the slash and burn activity that results in terrible haze in Southeast Asia.

In the demo, they used a less powerful laser for safety reasons. But as this video shows, that itself is a danger!

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Fortunately, the operational drone uses a much more powerful laser to cut at a safer distance. This would prevent the drone from getting hit by falling oil palm fruits or flying debris.

 

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The DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone Preview + Tech Briefing

DJI just introduced the Mavic 2 Pro – the world’s first drone with an integrated Hasselblad camera. Let’s check out the tech briefing by DJI’s Global Director of Communication Kevin On, and our hands-on preview of the new DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone!

 

The Official DJI Mavic 2 Tech Briefing

The Mavic 2 Pro is DJI’s most advanced camera drone ever built, designed for professionals, aerial photographers and content creators who want a drone with the best possible image quality.

Incorporating the iconic folding design of the Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 Pro features a new gimbal-stabilized Hasselblad camera and advanced features like Hyperlapse and ActiveTrack for easier and more dynamic storytelling.

With an impressive flight time of up to 31 minutes and a more stable video transmission system, the Mavic 2 Pro offers an expanded flight experience for capturing even more epic shots.

 

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Co-engineered with Hasselblad, the Mavic 2 Pro is the world’s first drone to feature a Hasselblad camera. The Hasselblad camera features a 1-inch CMOS sensor with a 10-bit Dlog-M colour profile that allows it to capture four times the colour levels per channel of the Mavic Pro camera.

Its camera can also capture 20 MP photos using Hasselblad’s Natural Colour Solution (HNCS) technology, with an adjustable aperture from f/2.8 to f/11. It also records 4K HDR videos with 10-bit colour and Hybrid Log-Gamma.

4K HDR Videos With H.265 Encoding

The Mavic 2 Pro captures 4K video with a maximum bitrate of 100 megabits per second using the H.265 compression codec. For photographers, new Enhanced High Dynamic Range capabilities blend a sequence of photos for ghost-free high dynamic range photos. This gives the Mavic 2 Pro an impressive 14 stops of dynamic range.

New Intelligent Tools For Cinematic Shots

The Mavic 2 Pro offers new intelligent flight modes for almost effortless professional-quality results. Hyperlapse produces shots that show the passing of time. You can also choose between Circle, Course Lock, Waypoint or Free mode to create timelapses with a simple tap of a button in the DJI GO 4 Mobile App:

  • Free – pilots the drone manually while shooting a Hyperlapse video.
  • Circle – automatically flies the drone in a circular pattern around a subject you select to create a timelapse video that captures the action.
  • Course Lock – keeps the camera fixed on shooting subject while the drone flies in a straight direction to create a unique perspective.
  • Waypoint – plans a complex flight path based on both altitude and GPS coordinates to capture complex shots.

ActiveTrack 2.0 offers a combination of autonomous tracking and obstacle sensing capabilities never before seen in a DJI drone. Using the main camera and the front dual vision cameras, the Mavic 2 Pro creates a three-dimensional map of the area in front of it, and uses new trajectory algorithms to analyze motion and predict the subject’s path up to three seconds in the future.

When tracking a target, the Mavic 2 Pro can recognize and avoid obstacles while shooting your target without interruption. It can stay on target, even if your subject momentarily goes behind an obstacle, and can track the subject at higher speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h).

Safer, Smarter and Stable Flight

The Mavic 2 Pro has an upgraded FlightAutonomy system with a more powerful central processor that delivers more accurate obstacle sensing and safer flight. For the first time ever in a DJI drone, Mavic 2 Zoom has 10 sensors on all sides of the aircraft to automatically detect obstacles in its path and help prevent collisions

An improved Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) allows the aircraft to analyze its surrounding environment and automatically fly around obstacles without stopping. In addition, the Mavic 2 Pro has a Bottom Auxiliary Light that turns on automatically to ensure safe and precise landings in low-light situations.

A newly designed OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system enables a more stable connection between the drone and its remote controller. The system features stronger interference resistance and auto-switching capabilities that supports both 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands with the capability to use different frequencies for uplink and downlink data streams.

It delivers 1080p video transmission feeds at a distance of up to 8 km, and original resolution photos in JPEG can be saved directly to your mobile device.

Aerodynamic Design and Extended Flight Time

The new redesigned and more aerodynamic airframe reduces body drag by up to 19% compared to the Mavic Pro, allowing the Mavic 2 Pro to fly at speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h) in Sport mode.

Combined with a more efficient, quieter propulsion system and noise reducing propellers, the Mavic 2 Pro has a maximum flight time of up to 31 minutes.

To ensure crisp photos and smooth, shake-free footage, the Mavic 2 Pro houses an ultra-precise three-axis mechanical gimbal to stabilize its camera even during high-speed motion. Photos and videos can be saved directly to the drone using its 8 GB onboard storage. All DJI users have control over how their data is stored and managed, as part of DJI’s commitment to protecting its customers’ data.

A redesigned remote controller features detachable control sticks for ease of storage and portability. The Mavic 2 Pro is compatible with DJI Goggles with the gimbal (yaw) control range up to -75°¬– +75° in Head Tracking mode, offering users a more immersive FPV flight experience.

 

DJI Mavic 2 Pro Price + Availability

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is priced at RM 6,599 (including SST) / ~US$ 1,649. The package will consist of the drone, battery, remote controller, charger, and four pairs of propellers.

A Fly More Kit, which consists of two additional batteries, a multi-battery charging hub, a car charger, a battery to power bank adapter, two pairs of propellers and a carrying bag, will retail at RM 1,399 (including SST) / ~US$ 350.

A gimbal replacement service for both variants will be available at a later date.

Here are some purchase links for your convenience :

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  • Mavic 2 Pro Kit : RM 6,699 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Combo Bundle : RM 6,999 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Fly More Kit : RM 1,399 (Web | App)

In the United States, you can get them at these links :

  • Mavic 2 Pro Kit (US Version) : $1,499
  • Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Combo Bundle : $1,878
  • Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Combo + DJU Care Refresh Bundle : $2,017
  • Mavic 2 Fly More Kit : $319
  • Mavic 2 Battery (3,850 mAh) : $139

 

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The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Drone Preview + Tech Briefing

DJI just introduced the Mavic 2 Zoom – the world’s first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom capability. Let’s check out the tech briefing by DJI’s Global Director of Communication Kevin On, and our hands-on preview of the new DJI Mavic 2 Zoom!

 

The Official DJI Mavic 2 Tech Briefing

The Mavic 2 Zoom is DJI’s most advanced camera drone ever built, designed for professionals, aerial photographers and content creators who want a drone with optical zoom capability.

Incorporating the iconic folding design of the Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 Zoom features a new gimbal-stabilized camera and advanced features like Hyperlapse and ActiveTrack for easier and more dynamic storytelling.

With an impressive flight time of up to 31 minutes and a more stable video transmission system, the Mavic 2 Zoom offers an expanded flight experience for capturing even more epic shots.

 

The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

The Mavic 2 Zoom is DJI’s first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom. Its camera combines a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with a 24-48 mm lens, with 2X digital zoom. This allows it to simulate a 96 mm telephoto lens capable of capturing lossless video in full HD resolution.

Exclusive to the Mavic 2 Zoom is a new Dolly Zoom Quickshot mode that creates an incredible perspective by automatically zooming in, as it flies away from its subject. This keeps the subject the same size while the full background of the scene is revealed. This feature used to be reserved to professional cinematographers with serious resources and time to setup the shot.

4K HDR Videos With H.265 Encoding

The Mavic 2 Zoom captures 4K video with a maximum bitrate of 100 megabits per second using the H.265 compression codec. For photographers, new Enhanced High Dynamic Range capabilities blend a sequence of photos for ghost-free high dynamic range photos. This gives the Mavic 2 Zoom up to 13 stops of dynamic range.

New Intelligent Tools For Cinematic Shots

The Mavic 2 Zoom offers new intelligent flight modes for almost effortless professional-quality results. Hyperlapse produces shots that show the passing of time. You can also choose between Circle, Course Lock, Waypoint or Free mode to create timelapses with a simple tap of a button in the DJI GO 4 Mobile App:

  • Free – pilots the drone manually while shooting a Hyperlapse video.
  • Circle – automatically flies the drone in a circular pattern around a subject you select to create a timelapse video that captures the action.
  • Course Lock – keeps the camera fixed on shooting subject while the drone flies in a straight direction to create a unique perspective.
  • Waypoint – plans a complex flight path based on both altitude and GPS coordinates to capture complex shots.

ActiveTrack 2.0 offers a combination of autonomous tracking and obstacle sensing capabilities never before seen in a DJI drone. Using the main camera and the front dual vision cameras, the Mavic 2 Zoom creates a three-dimensional map of the area in front of it, and uses new trajectory algorithms to analyze motion and predict the subject’s path up to three seconds in the future.

When tracking a target, the Mavic 2 Zoom can recognize and avoid obstacles while shooting your target without interruption. It can stay on target, even if your subject momentarily goes behind an obstacle, and can track the subject at higher speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h).

Safer, Smarter and Stable Flight

The Mavic 2 Zoom has an upgraded FlightAutonomy system with a more powerful central processor that delivers more accurate obstacle sensing and safer flight. For the first time ever in a DJI drone, Mavic 2 Zoom has 10 sensors on all sides of the aircraft to automatically detect obstacles in its path and help prevent collisions

An improved Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) allows the aircraft to analyze its surrounding environment and automatically fly around obstacles without stopping. In addition, the Mavic 2 Zoom has a Bottom Auxiliary Light that turns on automatically to ensure safe and precise landings in low-light situations.

A newly designed OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system enables a more stable connection between the drone and its remote controller. The system features stronger interference resistance and auto-switching capabilities that supports both 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands with the capability to use different frequencies for uplink and downlink data streams.

It delivers 1080p video transmission feeds at a distance of up to 8 km, and original resolution photos in JPEG can be saved directly to your mobile device.

Aerodynamic Design and Extended Flight Time

The new redesigned and more aerodynamic airframe reduces body drag by up to 19% compared to the Mavic Pro, allowing the Mavic 2 Zoom to fly at speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h) in Sport mode.

Combined with a more efficient, quieter propulsion system and noise reducing propellers, the Mavic 2 Zoom has a maximum flight time of up to 31 minutes.

To ensure crisp photos and smooth, shake-free footage, the Mavic 2 Zoom houses an ultra-precise three-axis mechanical gimbal to stabilize its camera even during high-speed motion. Photos and videos can be saved directly to the drone using its 8 GB onboard storage. All DJI users have control over how their data is stored and managed, as part of DJI’s commitment to protecting its customers’ data.

A redesigned remote controller features detachable control sticks for ease of storage and portability. The Mavic 2 Zoom is compatible with DJI Goggles with the gimbal (yaw) control range up to -75°¬– +75° in Head Tracking mode, offering users a more immersive FPV flight experience.

 

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Price + Availability

The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is priced at RM 5,699 (including SST) / ~US$ 1,425. The package will consist of the drone, battery, charger, remote controller and four pairs of propellers.

A Fly More Kit, which consists of two additional batteries, a multi-battery charging hub, a car charger, a battery to power bank adapter, two pairs of propellers and a carrying bag, will retail at RM 1,399 (including SST) / ~US$ 350.

A gimbal replacement service for both variants will be available at a later date.

Here are some purchase links for your convenience :

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  • Mavic 2 Zoom Kit : RM 5,699 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Fly More Combo Bundle : RM 6,999 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Fly More Kit : RM 1,399 (Web | App)

In the United States, you can get them at these links :

  • Mavic 2 Zoom Kit (US Version) : $1,249
  • Mavic 2 Zoom + DJI Care Fresh Combo : $1,388
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Fly More Combo Bundle : $1,568
  • Mavic 2 Fly More Kit : $319
  • Mavic 2 Battery (3,850 mAh) : $139

 

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The Official DJI Mavic 2 Pro + Zoom Tech Briefing + Q&A

DJI today introduced two additions Mavic drones – Mavic 2 Pro, the world’s first drone with an integrated Hasselblad camera, and Mavic 2 Zoom, the world’s first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom capability.

DJI’s Global Director of Communication Kevin On flew in to give us a tech briefing on the new Mavic 2 drones. Check it out!

Updated @ 2018-09-17 : Added new US and Malaysian prices and purchase links.

Originally posted @ 2018-09-07

 

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro + Zoom Tech Briefing + Q&A

The Mavic 2 (Price Check) is DJI’s most advanced camera drone ever built, designed for professionals, aerial photographers and content creators.

Incorporating the iconic folding design of the Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 features new gimbal-stabilized cameras and advanced features like Hyperlapse and ActiveTrack for easier and more dynamic storytelling.

With an impressive flight time of up to 31 minutes and a more stable video transmission system, the Mavic 2 offers an expanded flight experience for capturing even more epic shots.

DJI is offering two variants – the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom.

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro : Superior Image Quality with Hasselblad

Co-engineered with Hasselblad, the Mavic 2 Pro is the world’s first drone to feature a Hasselblad camera. The Hasselblad camera features a 1-inch CMOS sensor with a 10-bit Dlog-M colour profile that allows it to capture four times the colour levels per channel of the Mavic Pro camera.

Its camera can also capture 20 MP photos using Hasselblad’s Natural Colour Solution (HNCS) technology, with an adjustable aperture from f/2.8 to f/11. It also records 4K HDR videos with 10-bit colour and Hybrid Log-Gamma.

We will have a preview of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro out shortly.

The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom : Optical and Digital Zoom

The Mavic 2 Zoom is DJI’s first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom. Its camera combines a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with a 24-48 mm lens, with 2X digital zoom. This allows it to simulate a 96 mm telephoto lens capable of capturing lossless video in full HD resolution.

Exclusive to the Mavic 2 Zoom is a new Dolly Zoom Quickshot mode that creates an incredible perspective by automatically zooming in, as it flies away from its subject. This keeps the subject the same size while the full background of the scene is revealed. This feature used to be reserved to professional cinematographers with serious resources and time to setup the shot.

For more information, catch take a look at our DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Preview!

 

DJI Mavic 2 Price + Availability

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is priced at RM 6,599 (including SST) / ~US$ 1,649. The package will consist of the drone, battery, remote controller, charger, and four pairs of propellers.

The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is priced at RM 5,699 (including SST) / ~US$ 1,425. The package will consist of the drone, battery, charger, remote controller and four pairs of propellers.

A Fly More Kit, which consists of two additional batteries, a multi-battery charging hub, a car charger, a battery to power bank adapter, two pairs of propellers and a carrying bag, will retail at RM 1,399 (including SST) / ~US$ 350.

A gimbal replacement service for both variants will be available at a later date.

Here are some purchase links for your convenience :

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  • Mavic 2 Pro Kit : RM 6,699 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Combo Bundle : RM 6,999 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Kit : RM 5,699 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Fly More Combo Bundle : RM 6,999 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Fly More Kit : RM 1,399 (Web | App)

In the United States, you can get them at these links :

  • Mavic 2 Pro Kit (US Version) : $1,499
  • Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Combo Bundle : $1,878
  • Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Combo + DJU Care Refresh Bundle : $2,017
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Kit (US Version) : $1,249
  • Mavic 2 Zoom + DJI Care Fresh Combo : $1,388
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Fly More Combo Bundle : $1,568
  • Mavic 2 Fly More Kit : $319
  • Mavic 2 Battery (3,850 mAh) : $139

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DJI Mavic 2 Common Key Features

Both Are Powerful Camera Options

Both cameras capture 4K video with a maximum bitrate of 100 megabits per second using the H.265 compression codec. For photographers, new Enhanced High Dynamic Range capabilities blend a sequence of photos for ghost-free high dynamic range photos. This gives the Mavic 2 Pro an impressive 14 stops of dynamic range, and Mavic 2 Zoom up to 13 stops.

New Intelligent Tools For Cinematic Shots

The Mavic 2 offers new intelligent flight modes for almost effortless professional-quality results. Hyperlapse produces shots that show the passing of time. You can also choose between Circle, Course Lock, Waypoint or Free mode to create timelapses with a simple tap of a button in the DJI GO 4 Mobile App:

  • Free – pilots the drone manually while shooting a Hyperlapse video.
  • Circle – automatically flies the drone in a circular pattern around a subject you select to create a timelapse video that captures the action.
  • Course Lock – keeps the camera fixed on shooting subject while the drone flies in a straight direction to create a unique perspective.
  • Waypoint – plans a complex flight path based on both altitude and GPS coordinates to capture complex shots.

ActiveTrack 2.0 offers a combination of autonomous tracking and obstacle sensing capabilities never before seen in a DJI drone. Using the main camera and the front dual vision cameras, the Mavic 2 creates a three-dimensional map of the area in front of it, and uses new trajectory algorithms to analyze motion and predict the subject’s path up to three seconds in the future.

When tracking a target, the Mavic 2 can recognize and avoid obstacles while shooting your target without interruption. It can stay on target, even if your subject momentarily goes behind an obstacle, and can track the subject at higher speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h).

Safer, Smarter and Stable Flight

The Mavic 2 has an upgraded FlightAutonomy system with a more powerful central processor that delivers more accurate obstacle sensing and safer flight. For the first time ever in a DJI drone, Mavic 2 has 10 sensors on all sides of the aircraft to automatically detect obstacles in its path and help prevent collisions

An improved Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) allows the aircraft to analyze its surrounding environment and automatically fly around obstacles without stopping. In addition, the Mavic 2 has a Bottom Auxiliary Light that turns on automatically to ensure safe and precise landings in low-light situations.

A newly designed OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system enables a more stable connection between the drone and its remote controller. The system features stronger interference resistance and auto-switching capabilities that supports both 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands with the capability to use different frequencies for uplink and downlink data streams.

It delivers 1080p video transmission feeds at a distance of up to 8 km, and original resolution photos in JPEG can be saved directly to your mobile device.

Aerodynamic Design and Extended Flight Time

The new redesigned and more aerodynamic airframe reduces body drag by up to 19% compared to the Mavic Pro, allowing the Mavic 2 to fly at speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h) in Sport mode.

Combined with a more efficient, quieter propulsion system and noise reducing propellers, both models have a maximum flight time of up to 31 minutes.

To ensure crisp photos and smooth, shake-free footage, the Mavic 2 houses an ultra-precise three-axis mechanical gimbal to stabilize its camera even during high-speed motion. Photos and videos can be saved directly to the drone using its 8 GB onboard storage. All DJI users have control over how their data is stored and managed, as part of DJI’s commitment to protecting its customers’ data.

A redesigned remote controller features detachable control sticks for ease of storage and portability. Both models are compatible with DJI Goggles with the gimbal (yaw) control range up to -75°¬– +75° in Head Tracking mode, offering users a more immersive FPV flight experience.

 

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The DJI Spark Pocket Camera Drone Launched!

KUALA LUMPUR, 5 JULY 2017ECS ICT Berhad today unveiled the DJI Spark from DJI, the world leader in unmanned aerial technology. The DJI Spark is the first pocket camera drone that users can control by using hand gestures alone, which successfully removes the barriers between the user on land and the camera in the sky.

Speaking at the launch event today, Chief Executive Officer of ECS, Mr. Soong Jan Hsung shared, “We are very pleased with our continued partnership with DJI in sharing their products, making it easily accessible to our local consumer market. This is a testament to the group’s established reputation as the leading ICT distributor in Malaysia.”

Within its ICT distribution portfolio, ECS already offers different products from DJI including the Phantom 4 Professional, Phantom 4 Advance, Phantom 4, Goggles, Mavic Pro, Phantom 3 Standard, Advaenced and Professional, Osmo +, Osmo pro, Osmo Raw, Osmo Mobile, Inspire 1 and Inspire 2, which have been well-received by local customers.

 

DJI Spark Price & Availability

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The DJI Spark drone will be available at authorised ECS Dealers across Malaysia for the retail price of RM2,288 (including GST) / ~US$ 539, and the “Spark Fly More Combo” will retail at RM3,188 (including GST) / ~US$ 759.

ECS is the authorised distributor for DJI products locally, and the Group’s resellers are primarily IT retailers, hobby shops, large format electronic channels, mobile stores, and also camera and photography equipment retail channels. ECS is also the authorised service centre for DJI products, and will offer both warranty and after-sales services.

“With this new compact and easy-to-command drone, now anyone can fly a drone even without prior experience as the only remote controller that you will need is your hand. We believe that the popularity for consumer drones will continue to experience rapid growth, and this will help to improve the Group’s sales and subsequently, contribute to improving the Group’s financial results for the second half of financial year 2017”, Mr. Soong added.

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DJI Matrice 600 Drone Preview & Flight Demonstration

DJI launched the Matrice 600 (M600) drone in April, but an actual working unit has been hard to come by. That’s not surprising since it is an expensive drone designed for professional aerial photography and industrial applications. Thanks to DSC World, we had the opportunity to check out an operational DJI Matrice 600, and even watch photographer Eddie Putera take it out for a spin!

Yes, that’s Miss World Malaysia 2010, Nadia Heng, with the DJI Matrice 600 drone. This demonstration unit was equipped with the Ronin-MX motorised gimbal mount, which supports cameras up to 4.5 kg (10 lb) in weight. At under 1 kg (2.2 lb), the Pentax K-3 II DSLR it’s carrying is considered “lightweight”.

 

The DJI Matrice 600 Preview

Before the DSC World event kicked off, we had the opportunity to get a close-up preview of the DJI Matrice 600 drone, with the Ronin-MX mount. Check them out up close!

The DJI Matrice 600 is a hexacopter drone that can carry a payload of up to 6 kg (13 lb). This allows you to mount the Ronin-MX gimbal and a range of camera from Micro Four Thirds systems to the RED Epic. With 6 intelligent batteries, it has a flight time of up to 32 minutes (depending on payload weight). It even has the capability to wirelessly stream HD video at distances of up to 5 km!

 

The DJI Matrice 600 Flight Demonstration

Veteran drone photographer Eddie Putra then took the DJI Matrice 600 out for a flight demonstration. You will also see the smaller DJI Inspire 1 V2.0 drone streaming a live feed of the Matrice 600 in flight. Unfortunately, the Ronin-MX gimbal was not charged, so Eddie couldn’t use it to take a picture of us!

Very impressive, isn’t it? All that capability comes with a hefty price tag though.

The DJI Matrice 600 costs US$4,600 while the Ronin-MX gimbal costs US$1,600. That US$6,200 price tag does not include accessories, and of course, the camera to actually take those awesome photos and videos! 😀

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Eddie Putera Shares DJI Drone Photography Experience

On October 13, 2016, DSC World announced that they were appointed by DJI to import and distribute the entire range of DJI drone and photographic products. To celebrate the occasion, they invited Miss World Malaysia 2010, Nadia Heng, to emcee the event; and veteran photographer Eddie Putera, to share his DJI drone photography experience and tips with us. Check it out!

Later, Eddie would actually take out an operational DJI Matrice 600 out for a spin! Check it out here!

 

DSC World Is Now An Official DJI Distributor In Malaysia

DSC World Managing Director, Jeffrey Ng, kicked off the event with a short speech about DSC World and their appointment as an official DJI distributor in Malaysia.

DSC World will initially import and distribute the DJI Phantom 3, the DJI Phantom 4, the DJI Inspire 1 V2.0 and the DJI Matrice 600 drones. The recently announced DJI Mavic Pro drone is being shipped in, and should be available by the end of October, 2016.

They will also offer the DJI Osmo and Osmo Mobile stabilised camera systems. The DJI Osmo+ with zoom lens will come in later, sometime in November.

 

Eddie Putera’s DJI Drone Photography Experience

Eddie Putera is famous, not just for his photography, but also his frank opinions. He gladly shared his personal experience with drone photography, especially with the DJI drones he has been using for his professional work. This is a very engaging and enlightening talk.

Eddie has extensive experience of using drones in his videos, and he regularly conducts workshops on drone photography and videography techniques. So this is a must watch for drone photography hobbyists and professionals… or those who plan to be one!

Don’t forget to check out his flight demonstration of the DJI Matrice 600!

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