DJI Inspire 1 Drone Review Including Zenmuse Camera Options

DJI Inspire 1 Design, Gimbal and Camera Review

This updated DJI Inspire 1 drone review takes a close look at the features, design, gimbal and camera options on both the Inspire Standard and Professional models.

The Inspire 1 has entered new territory in drone innovation, sleek design and patented motor and gimbal engineering.  The Inspire 1 drone is very versatile with various cameras and sensors options.

In this Inspire 1 review, we take a full look at its design, intelligent flight modes, gimbals and many camera options, along with a number of top Inspire 1 videos.  We answer the many frequently asked questions such as the Inspire 1 range, distance, max height, altitude, frequency, sensors, transmission, WiFi, gimbal, camera and much more.

The DJI Inspire 1 is very close to the perfect quadcopter. The Inspire 1 allows anyone to create great aerial photography and filming shots. There are a number of cameras which can be fitted to the Inspire 1.

The latest camera is the Zenmuse Z3 which is the first integrated aerial zoom camera optimized for still photography. Being able to detach the gimbal on the Inspire 1 allows this drone to be used for more than just aerial filming.

For example, the Inspire 1 Pro comes with the Zenmuse X5 gimbal and 4k micro four thirds camera. This Zenmuse X5 gimbal can be removed and the new Zenmuse XT thermal imaging sensor can be attached giving the Inspire 1 real flexibility to provide solutions in many different sectors.

Fire Departments use drones to get an overall view of the area where they are battling a blaze whether it is a building or a forest.   They are also using thermal vision cameras to get information on the heat of a fire or the heat from a fire which has just been put out.

Or, how about attaching the latest Parrot Sequoia multispectral sensor for farming allowing the Inspire 1 to capture both visible and invisible images of crops, vegetation and ground cover.

The Inspire 1 is designed with adaptability in mind.

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How To Secure Your Drone From Hackers Permanently

Tip and Information To Secure Drone From Hackers

Imagine your drone being hacked into and stolen while in mid flight. Your drone just starts to fly away from you. After you run to see where it has gone, your cannot find it. It has just disappeared.

Or just as bad, you lose control of your drone and it crashes.  You blame your piloting skills or electric interference from a telephone mast. But the problem is, your drone has been hacked into.

Drones are very much like flying computers.  They have operating systems, network connections and hardware which all have programmed code.  So in many ways a drone is just as easy to hack into as a computer.

Someone that can hack into a computer can hack into a drone.  They just have to make the connection to either your remote controller (cellphone, tablet, laptop) or to the drone by intercepting the signal.  But there are ways you can secure your drone from hackers.

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Hyperfocal Distance, Charts And APP for Aerial Photography

Understanding Hyperfocal Distance landscape photos, charts, formula and apps

Understanding hyperfocal distance will greatly enhance the quality of your landscape photography.  Here we explain everything about hyperfocal distance and how to get it right.  Then, you can practice setting the hyperfocal distance on your particular camera.

Below you will find a hyperfocal distance chart, the mathematical formula and where you can download a hyperfocal distance calculator app.  There is also some terrific hyperfocal distance photos as examples.

At the end there is also a fantastic hyperfocal distance video tutorial. 

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Quality Phantom 3 Drone Reviewed And Very Low Prices

DJI Phantom 3 Review of both the Professional And Advanced Model

In this Phantom 3 review we look at its innovative technology and features which make this drone the most popular on the market. In the past couple of weeks the DJI Phantom 3 has become even better value with lower prices.  Further down this post, I have links to where you can get the best prices for the Phantom 3 Professional, Advanced and Standard models.

Even though, there are newer drones from DJI on the market, the  Phantom 3 nevertheless has everything you would want in a drone.  Many of the top aerial landscape filming on YouTube have been filmed with the Phantom 3.

The Phantom 3 is very powerful, highly responsive and will fly precisely to your commands.  The integrated gimbal and camera greatly assist you to take professional aerial photos and film. Without doubt, the Phantom 3 is very impressive to fly and film with.

This Phantom 3 review with videos takes a close look at the flying and filming capabilities along with its features and improvements.  The Phantom 3 flies longer; has a 4k UHD camera; a new Vision Positioning system; stronger GPS signalling and reliability; a totally revamped remote controller; massive improvement in precision flying with much improved responsiveness and performance from both the quadcopter and camera.

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Best Ways To Fix RC Signal Lost On Phantom 3 Permanently

How to fix RC Signal Lost on Phantom 3

A remote control lost signal while flying your Phantom 3 can be quite scary.  If you are not an experienced pilot, it could lead to a crash, wreaking your quadcopter and perhaps causing some 3rd party damage.

If you are having Phantom 3 RC signal loss at the moment, then this post along with videos will assist you in fixing this problem.

Some of the RC signal loss can can be caused by hardware, firmware or even the remote control calibration has moved beyond its thresholds.

This article will cover all of these tips including some great preventative steps you can take to reduce this from happening in the future. The last video will show you what to do in the event of an RC signal loss on your Phantom 3.

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UAVs In The Lidar Applications Sector Increases Substantially

Lidar Applications And Systems Using UAVs

The market for lidar UAVs and their applications is growing fast and and will continue to increase over the next decade.  In 2015, the figure spent on drones using Lidar was around the USD 300 million.

However the lidar market is expected to rise to more than $1 billion by 2020. This is an increase of 20% year on year to 2020.

Many still view airborne lidar applications through the use of fixed wing pilot aircraft.  The high cost or renting lidar equipped aircraft, pilots, lidar trained engineers has kept the use of this extremely useful technology pretty much to the minimum.  Only big money and big budgets could afford to use airborne lidar systems regularly.

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Tips To Fix Phantom 3 Horizon Tilt Problems Permanently

Phantom 3 Horizon Tilt Fix

The Phantom 3 tilt horizon problem is a real nuisance in your aerial film.  In may cases, it can be fixed with some simple steps. While these tips for fixing horizon tilt are for the Phantom 3, other drones have similar technology, so you can use this information as a guide to fixed horizon problems on other drones.

Now, if you already have scenic aerial photos with horizon tilt, you can use software such as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and even Windows Live Photo Gallery to help straighten the horizon.

Using software, fixing horizon tilt would be similar to removing barrel fisheye effect in your aerial photos.

Having no angled horizon is what we really want.  Below, you will find some great tips to fix the Phantom 3 horizon angle problem with some videos at the bottom of this article.

As well all the below information on fixing horizon tilt issues, you can read another terrific article with top drone aerial filming tips and also aerial photography camera settings tips.

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Top DJI Matrice 100 Review – Create New Solutions Drone

Top DJI Matrice 100 Review

The Matrice 100  drone can be programmed using the DJI Special Development and Guidance Visual Sensing System. This Matrice 100 review looks at the technology, specifications and features of this modular and adaptable programmable sensor drone.

This Matrice drone is designed with the developer in mind. It will  allow developers from all sectors to use the Matrice 100 as a platform to create new hardware and software applications and solve real life problems.

The Matrice 100 is a dual system.  You have the quadcopter and also the guidance visual sensing system as an add on.  It’s ready to fly straight out of the box.  The real benefit is in using the interface between the Matrice 100 and the DJI SDK to create new aerial solutions.

This quadcopter has sensors, a collision avoidance system and has tremendous options to customize. Because the Matrice 100 is highly advanced  and very customizable, it gives developers and engineers flexibility to be creative.   You customize and create solutions using the Matrice 100, the Guidance Vision Sensing System and the DJI Special Development Kit.

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How To Update Phantom 3 Firmware To Greatly Improve Your Quadcopter

Phantom 3 firmware update including best practice and tips.

Keeping your DJI Phantom 3 firmware updated is extremely important. Firmware updates contain fixes for bugs, add new features and make improvements.  With the Phantom 3, you update both the quadcopter and remote controller with the same firmware file.

Since the release of the new Phantom 3 Professional and Advanced models in April, there are been 4 firmware releases.  Each of these firmware releases fixed bugs, issues and added new features.

In this post, all the instructions, best practices and tips on how to successfully update the firmware on your Phantoms 3 along with the Remote Controller.

Please note that the Phantom 4 firmware update uses an easier process using either the DJI Go or DJI Assistant 2 app.

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Phantom 3 IMU Calibration Reset Fixes Flight Errors And Bugs

Phantom 3 IMU Calibration to fix flight problems

The Phantom 3 IMU calibration procedure is simple and takes between 5 and 10 minutes. The IMU calibration will fix most of the Phantom 3 issues including erratic flying, no signal and compass errors.

The IMU calibration will fix excessive warm up times, off horizon viewing issues and the usual yellow and red flashing lights after completing the normal Phantom 3 compass calibration. This post shows you how to calibrate the IMU on the Phantom 3 along with some tips.

While the Phantom 3 is great value and a beautiful quadcopter, a crashed quadcopter is of no value.  Take a few minutes to examine your quadcopter components before flying.  Make sure the motors and props are running freely and that there is no sign of any physical damage.

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DJI Ground Station App And Setting Up Phantom 2 Waypoints

DJI Phanton 2 Ground Station App For Setting Up Waypoint Navigation

The Phantom 2 Ground Station app allows for the setting up of autonomous waypoints. What this means is that your Phantom 2 quadcopter  will fly autonomously from takeoff, then through its programmed points to its destination and also land safely.

It is exciting technology and shows us the potential of drones in everyday life.

The Ground Station app makes complex waypoint flying as simple as a few taps on a screen.  Before trying out waypoint navigation, watch the below DJI Ground Station tutorials a couple of times. Become familiar with the app and go through the below checks before flying using waypoints.

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Improve Phantom 2 Vision+ GPS Signal With This Drone Tip

Drone DIY to improve the GPS Signal On The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ drone

Problems with the GPS signal or loss of GPS on your Phantom 2 Vision is a worry and can lead to fly away issues or in the worse case, your drone crashing. This article and drone diy video below will show you how to improve the GPS signal on your Phantom 2 Vision+. You can look to use this solution on all Phantoms.

Loss of GPS signal appears to be a problem not just on Phantom drones but on all consumer drones. The problem can vary slightly and may not be entirely the manufacturers fault.

The Phantom really is a top quality quadcopter.  Some of the best videos of beautiful scenery and adventure on YouTube are filmed using the Phantom And GoPro combination. Being outdoors and flying your Phantom should be an enjoyable past time. If your Phantom is having GPS problems regularly, it takes the fun out of flying and limits you to flying your Phantom close to where you can keep your eyes on it.

I hope this Drone DIY procedure is easy enough for you to implement and fixes the GPS issues. Then you can fly your Phantom and enjoy the experience which is what it is all about.  Having fun flying your Phantom.

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Top Business Drone Reviews For Aerial Filming And Mapping

Article reviewing the best drone for aerial view, UAV cinematography and photography

Drone use for aerial view, photography and cinematography is on a big upward trend.  More importantly there is a business opportunity for owners of the best quality drones and camera equipment to be hired for specialized work.  Using drones or renting drones along with professional pilots and photographers is a new sector with plenty of growth potential.

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What Are Drones, Quadcopters And UAVs Answered For Newbies

Article describes what exactly are drones, quadcopters and unmanned aircraft vehicles systems

For someone new and wants to learn about drone technology, it can get quite confusing. Today I’ll explain what are drones, quadcopters and UAVs as these names get thrown about quite a bit.

By reading and learning a bit about drones, purchasing and flying your first drone you will swiftly move away from a newbie to drones and start becoming an expert.

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