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Thread: 3D Robotics' new drone can follow you around, carry a mirrorless camera

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    3D Robotics' new drone can follow you around, carry a mirrorless camera

    The 8-prop UAV is designed to carry GoPro or lightweight mirrorless cameras, while offering a fully automated flight control system starting at $1,350 (without a gimbal or camera). That price may tempt pro or semi-pro users away from DJI's (admittedly cool), retractable gear model, which runs$2,900 with a built-in gimbal and 4K camera. But unlike DJI's turnkey drone, 3DR is positioning the X8+ as a customizable ship aimed not only at cinematographers, but surveyors or miners too.

    The X8+ is an upgrade on the X8 model in nearly every way. It'll carry 800 grams (1.76 pounds) and fly up to 18 minutes, but if you're willing to sacrifice endurance, you can carry up to 2.2 pounds with, say, a mirrorless camera. 3D Robotics says it'll fly Blackmagic Design's Pocket Cinema Camera, for instance, which is rather heavy for its size at 350 grams (0.78 pounds). That means it'll easily work with Sony's mirrorless NEX cameras or compact models like Panasonic's LX100. For an extra $350, you can also kit it with an FPV GoPro liveview kit for easier scouting and aerial photography.

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    That looks pretty bad a$$ Thanks for sharing!

    Jay - Comments, Questions, and Critiques always welcomed and encouraged!

    Current Everyday Gear: Sony A7r, Sony A6400, Sony Nex-6, Sigma 56mm f/1.4 Lens, Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Lens, Sony E 18-55mm, Sony E 55-210mm OSS Lens, Sony E 16mm f/2.8 Pancake, Rainbow Imagining MC/MD Lens Adapter w/ Minolta MD 50mm f/1.4 PG Rokkor Lens

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    Drones actually replaced a lot of videography cranes... some of the higher end ones cost in the range of $8000 with a 10kg weight limit. Butter smooth in terms of movement and handle like a dream... once the A7s get's IBIS, videos shot from them will rock. The popular choice is to remove the stock camera and use a GoPro though. You need to have a lot of confidence to pilot one of these and keep your product intact let alone tacking on $3500 of camera gear underneath it. I wonder when we will see more wedding videographers use these... ; )

    Thanks for sharing Cin : )!
    (Insert list of camera gear that lets others know how much money you have here.)

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