DJI is rapidly becoming the biggest name in drone photography and videography, and they’ve just announced their next high-end photography drone. Here’s what you need to know about it, and why you might want to buy one.
1. Staggeringly Light
DJI does a good job with its drones, especially when it comes to keeping them light, and this is no exception: It’s made almost entirely out of carbon fiber, to ensure it’s both tough and light.
2. Very, Very Stable
The Spreading Wings S1000 is an octocopter, which offers a few advantages. The most basic is that it’s a much stabler flight, as it has eight rotors to lean on. The second is that it’s got a lot of redundancy: If for some reason you lose a rotor in midflight, you still have seven to get the shot and land the drone. The arms are carefully angled to give you maximum stability, even when you’re pitching and rolling for a shot; by angling it makes the drone a little more balanced.
It also has a fairly high maximum take-off weight of 11 kg, which means you’ll get in the air faster. Keep an eye on your watch, though: The maximum flying time is fifteen minutes.
Space, especially for pro photographers and videographers, is always a major concern, and DJI wants to make this as space efficient as possible. The arms all lock in place and can be folded, making this a lot more portable than your average drone. It also reduces the amount of prep time before you get in the air, which is always an issue with drones; DJI claims launch can happen in as little as five minutes.
4. Built For Professional Photography And Videography
To give you an idea of just how committed DJI is to getting your camera into this rig, they ship it with a gimbal that’s specially designed for the Canon 5D Mark II and Mark III. Just set up your camera, fire it up, and get it into the air.
Especially considering the rapid growth of the drone market, it’s nice to see a company building more for professional use than for the novelty of getting a camera in the air.
5. The Gimbal Helps Stabilize The Flight
DJI has a new, surprisingly space efficient design for the S1000; for example, the battery is incorporated into the gimbal to help reduce vibration and give the gimbal a little more stability, which in turn offers you smoother shots and more usable footage. Another nice touch is that the landing gear will retract, meaning the gimbal has more room to move and it’s easier for you to get the shot with your drone.
It also means that your footage will be more usable, meaning you won’t have to worry about expensive, time-consuming retakes.
In short, if you’re looking for a drone, the DJI Spreading Wings S1000 looks quite a bit like the drone you’re going to want. Expect it to be on the market within a few months.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.