Norway recently jumped to the top of the World's Happiest Country list for 2017, followed by Denmark, Iceland, and Switzerland all very close behind. There are a lot of metrics that lead to this, but the sheer beauty of Norway must play a factor.
Espen Hatleskog is a photographer based in Norway that captures tons of amazing content, aerial and otherwise. "This Is Norway" is a compilation of his best drone footage from his adventures in the Happiest Country in the World.
Click the link above to check out all of Espen's videos, and follow him on Instagram @pilotviking and follow his (extremely popular) Alaskan Malamute @fenris_the_vikingdog
Norway is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains, glaciers, and deep coastal fjords. Oslo, the capital, is a city of green spaces and museums. Preserved 9th-century Viking ships are displayed at Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum. Bergen, with colorful wooden houses, is the starting point for cruises to the dramatic Sognefjord. Norway is also known for fishing, hiking, and skiing, notably at Lillehammer’s Olympic resort. - via Google
It's not news that DJI pretty much rules the drone industry. This is because they are constantly innovating, bringing new solutions to a market that is constantly seeing huge growth.
Looking for a drone to film basically anything? DJI makes it, and they make it better, for a lower cost than any of their competitors (which are few). Their industrial platforms run pretty much the same. The Matrice 100 was their flagship industrial solution. Compatibility with the Zenmuse XT thermal gimbal system (through their partnership with FLIR), the DJI Guidance System, and first dual battery compartments made the perfect system for search and rescue, power line inspection, building inspection, and so much more.
The Matrice 200 series blows the Matrice 100 out of the water. It has improved versions of everything the Matrice 100 has, with a multitude of new features: IP43 water and dust resistance rating, dual downward mounted gimbals or single upward mounted gimbal, and built-in FPV camera, just to name a few.
Of course, DJI is releasing promotional videos focused on different utilities. These videos show just how much can be done with different configurations of the M200.
Search and Rescue The DJI website suggests a Zenmuse XT and Z30 camera and gimbal systems for Search and Rescue use. The XT giving a thermal view of a target area (making subjects stand out from their environment), and the Z30 giving the option to zoom in close if necessary.
For their promotional video, DJI went to Iceland. The open air surrounding the glacier used for example makes the Z30 less necessary, so they opted for the Zenmuse X4S. The X4S has a 1-inch sensor for great resolution and is smaller than the Z30, which will give the M200 a little more flight time.
The self-heating battery system is also highlighted. This system helps for flights in cold (even sub-zero) climates, and can be the difference between getting in the air and finding subjects quickly or having to spend precious minutes warming up batteries before a flight.
We could go on for a long time.. So here's the video.
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DJI is always coming up with new ways to use drone technology to make our lives easier (and cooler of course). Their Agras MG-1S is built on their MG-1 system with a host of new features.
The Agras MG-1S utilizes the DJI A3 Flight Controller, optimized for agricultural utility (aka remaining stable while carrying around liquids that have a tendency to slosh around). The A3 also has redundant barometers and compasses, ensuring maximum reliability.
Three downward facing radar sensors are built into the bottom of the airframe for obstacle avoidance as well as altitude adjustment. This allows the aircraft to maintain a consistent height over crops to ensure an even distribution of its liquids.
An all new spraying system enables more accurate distribution of liquids. The pumps controlling front and rear nozzles act separately, giving the option for forward, rear, or full spraying modes. Pressure and flow sensors monitor the spray rates in real time, making sure to optimize spray speed and amount while in motion, utilizing new nozzles with extended spray booms make better use of the propellers' down draft.
Plan and edit flight paths intelligently with the MG-1S's Operation Planning System. When you set the liquid amount for per area, the aircraft will calculate the remaining parameters for you, enhancing convenience. You can also choose between "Efficient Mode" and "Intensive Spraying Mode" for different operational necessities.
The controller for the MG-1S utilizes the same screen system as the Phantom 4 Pro+, giving a crystal clear and bright display for outdoor use. This system keeps everything in one package and prevents users from having to use a separate phone or tablet as the monitor (which can be partially interrupted by texts, phone calls, or other notifications).
DJI provides a comprehensive spraying management platform along with the MG-1S. Use the platform to supervise the flight status of every aircraft in your fleet, master spraying status, and manage your spraying team to improve working efficiency. You can also assign fields to each operator and check on deployed fields. By sharing intelligent planning to operators, management for spraying operations will be more efficient and economic, as operators can avoid repetitive spraying.
The frame arm of the aircraft is detachable, and landing gear optimized, to lower potential maintenance expenses. The ESCs are covered by a water-resistant film to give added protection. The liquid valve has been placed on the side of the delivery pump, which is above the spray tank to make overall operation and maintenance convenient and straightforward.
The MG-1S uses a 12,000mAh intelligent flight battery offering a maximum hover time of 22 minutes with no payload. A high strength protective shell and dampers surround the battery as well as additional protection for the cables to ensure safety and reliability.
All images courtesy of DJI
The only thing this aircraft needs is a Zenmuse XT for thermal crop inspection, then it would be an all-in-one agriculture drone solution!
The third annual New York City Drone Film Festival will take place on March 18, 2017. This film festival is huge for the drone world. The NYCDFF showcases some of the most innovative and beautiful drone filmography in the world. There are so many talented creators out there, and NYCDFF gets drone operators great publicity.
There are many different categories for NYCDFF. For a full list of categories and the top 3 nominees CLICK HERE.
You can watch the top 3 nominees for the Landscape category below. Enjoy!
Australia - Wild Pacific Media
Everyone knows Australia is a beautiful country. If you didn't, you're about to find out. Wild Pacific Media put together a show reel of awe-inspiring wildlife footage from around Australia. Incredible aerial footage together with creative editing and a soundtrack punctuated with sounds of the wild, and at least one creepy crocodile all come together for an amazing video. Check it out!
You can see more of Wild Pacific Media's film work on their Vimeo channel.
For more about the company itself, check out their website.
Perspective - Jay Worsley
Two of the top three videographers in the landscape category come from Australia. Jay Worsley's Perspective is a beautiful journey through "the desert, forest, ocean, winter, summer, and more all from unique perspectives," all in the United States. "The film challenges the audience to view things in more than one way. To see that just by changing your perspective, something can come to life and become beautiful in a new way." - Jay Worsley
For more amazing videos from Jay Worsley, check out his Vimeo. For more about Jay, check out his website.
An Aerial Perspective of Nordland - Michael Fletcher
"I have recently returned from two trips to the Nordland region of Norway, specifically Lofoten. This time of the year is influenced by the Midnight Sun or Midnattsol. The days don't end with the sun never disappearing below the horizon. I always wondered what it would be like to fly around and film these mountains when I first visited this place and on this trip I finally got the opportunity to do so." - Michael Fletcher. The result is some truly breathtaking footage.
Have you ever wondered how people are capturing such great nighttime photos from their drone? Look no further, YouTuber Billy Kyle has your answer. In this quick tutorial, Billy breaks down the meanings of the camera settings and informs you why they're important to change. Most of all, he shows you how to get some amazing drone photographs at night, and it only takes a few minutes. Check it out!
As he mentions in the video (and you can see the high wind warnings on his screen recording) there was a LOT of wind when he took this video. So the photo in this instance does end up a bit blurry. But in a lower wind situation where your drone isn't getting pushed around, this should come out pretty crisp.
For more from Billy Kyle: YouTube ► https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIExVohZChd5Z40z8uqdz6A Gaming Channel ► https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoccOFu8nz1Z-bG7pq0sukQ Instagram ► https://instagram.com/billykyle Twitter ► https://twitter.com/bkyle003
Get out there and try it for yourself, then share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram! And always fly safely.