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Multicopter almost hits Marcel Hirscher during slalom race

Multicopter almost hits Marcel Hirscher during slalom race

December 23, 2015 14:00 | By | Add a Comment

A hefty camera-toting multicopter crashed on the track of the mens slalom race at Madonna di Campiglio – just a few meters behind Austrian athlete Marcel Hirscher.

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Rumor has it that the operator of this craft, a professional working for an AV production company hired by Italian TV, tried to steer away from the crowd and thus crashed on the slope.

Needless to say, this is not the news we need right now, and it’s water on the mills of those who want to essentially put and end to the entire hobby, except for small toys lighter than 250 grams. The sad fact is that RC models are sometimes involved in deadly accidents, for example back in 2006 when the hungarian military was suspected to have jammed the 35MHz band, causing the plane of a german pilot flying at a competition to kill two spectators, or like the Swiss accident of 2010, when a scale model of an AT-6 plummeted down on a 45-year old man, also lethally injuring him.

The thing to keep in mind here however is that life is full of risks and one cannot have perfect safety. And if it were true that we ought to do whatever is neccessary to curb any risks, then individuals would not be allowed to drive cars, and there would be no inflatable swimming pools sold in stores. We mitigate these risks by driving carefully and by watching over our kids so they don’t drown. It’s not perfect, but we do get the benefit of individual transportation, water playtime in our own garden, and the joy of RC model flight.

Perhaps flying a large and heavy quadrotor at a big sports event is not the best way to go about this though.

Full video footage of Marcel Hirscher’s run and the crash after the break.

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3DRobotics Solo with video-centric features announced

3DRobotics Solo with video-centric features announced

April 13, 2015 17:00 | By | Add a Comment

3DR has just announced the Solo Quadcopter, a new camera drone with 1GHz CPU both inside the copter as well as the remote, and several unique features aimed at aerial videographers.

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The Solo comes with a 5200mAh LiPo battery pack as well as full GoPro remote control capability. In addition to the usual GPS position hold and waypoint features, the Solo not only features HD video streaming but also an intuitive way to set waypoints, with the capability to “play back” camera flights at the touch of a button. The idea obviously is for the pilot to be able to set up a camera flight and then be able to recall the performance, including gimbal orientation and panning, simply by pressing “play”.

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The remote comes with a built-in color OLET screen for telemetry data and setup as well as a tablet/phone mount. The price? $999 for the Solo itself, and another $399 for the gimbal. Not exactly a steal, but 3DR emphasizes the open nature of the product and its extensibility. These are the same guys who brought you the excellent PixHawk flight controller. Sales start in May in the US, and June/July in the rest of the world.

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Blade 350 QX AP adds 2-axis gimbal and HD camera

Blade 350 QX AP adds 2-axis gimbal and HD camera

January 30, 2014 17:20 | By | 2 Comments

Horizon just announced the Blade 350 QX AP, obviously meant to compete with the DJI Phantom Vision, but featuring an actual brushless gimbal with an included full HD camera. This RTF package even features an integrated 5.8GHz video downlink.

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Features:

• 2-axis brushless gimbal with optional pitch control
• 1080/30 camera with 720/30 video downlink to mobile devices
• 3S 3000 mAh flight battery for extended shoots
• New DX4 Transmitter

The 350 QX AP Combo also takes on a host of upgrades to the existing system including:
• New RF chipset with external antenna
• Improved GPS performance and accuracy
• Visual compass error detection to alert the user for calibration
• Simplified radio solution for ease of use
• Included AC/DC charging solution
• White battery hatch for improved orientation

Availability is planned for late May 2014, at a retail price of $1,149.99 – which is quite a lot of money for the convenience of an RTF.  If you don’t mind fiddling with the inner workings a bit, a similar-performing system can be had for a lot less.

Check out the product video after the break.

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360º lens Kickstarter with Oculus support

360º lens Kickstarter with Oculus support

December 6, 2013 9:36 | By | 1 Comment

Check out this Kickstarter for a lens that does 360º images and video for GoPro, DSLR, Video and Compact cameras. The details are a bit sketch as they promise a custom firmware for GoPro3/3+, which makes one wonder what GoPro thinks about this. Also promising Oculus Rift support, this does sound like an interesting piece of kit for your next multicopter payload.

360We should mention that this is not the first such project, the Actioncam360 kickstarter was launched a few weeks ago, but has not picked up quite as much steam. Still, both sound interesting. We like the gopro-compatible mount on top of the 360 (the first one) – but we can’t help but notice that it’s the wrong gender – if you want to attach this whole contraption to the bottom of your multicopter you need the matching opposite.

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Imago H8 1080p FPV camera with dual microSD card slot

Imago H8 1080p FPV camera with dual microSD card slot

December 5, 2013 12:28 | By | 2 Comments

According to Wikipedia, the imago is the last stage an insect attains during its metamorphosis. In FPV flight, the Imago is just a camera: RCTimer is selling the Imago H8, a 1080p capable action camera designed for FPV flight. It features dual microSD slots, taking 2 x 32GB max, maximum framerate is 30 fps at 1080p or 60 fps at 720p.

There’s a 800mAh LiPo battery inside for up to 2 hours of recording time, and a little integrated LCD screen allows you to preview and review your recordings at the airfield. Total weight is just under 70 grams, which is a little lighter than the GoPro 3 black which weighs 76 grams. The Imago H8 supports analog video output via its mini USB port, just like the GoPro 3. It should be noted that the GoPro3+ dropped this feature. There’s plenty of buttons on this device and it looks like it might actually be easier to use than a GoPro, and having that screen on there is a big plus as well.

Sale price is USD $135.- over at RCTimer. Whether this is a good alternative to the ubiquitous GoPro, or the Imago H8 just metamorphed out of a 808 keycam remains to be seen.

Stick around after the break for more photos and specs.

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Remote control camera almost gets eaten by lions

Remote control camera almost gets eaten by lions

November 27, 2013 22:47 | By | Add a Comment

Watch these wildlife photographers strap a DSLR into a lion-proof case on wheels. The result is some mildly amused lions and a bunch of fascinating snapshots.

Video after the break.

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“Black Hornet” mini-drone wows people who never taped a keychain cam to a RC helicopter

“Black Hornet” mini-drone wows people who never taped a keychain cam to a RC helicopter

February 5, 2013 20:20 | By | Add a Comment

Is it a toy? Is it a RC model? No, it’s a $200.000 drone for the military! Read on how these ebay toys suddenly look like even more of a steal.
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Foxtech HorizonHD 2 FPV Camera Review

Foxtech HorizonHD 2 FPV Camera Review

July 29, 2012 13:04 | By | Add a Comment

There’s a new FPV HD camera contender in town. Can Foxtech’s HorizonHD dethrone the sturdy but heavy GoPro, or are you better of sticking to the more established products? Find out in our review!

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