NAB 2015: A New Quadcopter from 3D Robotics

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Steven Gladstone, of B&H Photo, discusses the exciting new Solo Quadcopter with Colin Guinn from 3D Robotics. Arguably, the Solo is the first drone to feature a true aerial imaging-centric autopilot system. Many multi-rotors before it, of course, have had failsafes like return home, hover modes, and orbit modes. But what the Solo adds is a linear tracking mode call Cablecam, and Selfie mode, which starts with the camera tight on the subject, then pulls back for a dramatic reveal. It also features Follow Me, a mode seen already on the IRIS+, but which is still very useful to the videographer.

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I have spent a lot of money with B&H. I am now thinking about removing you from my contacts list for selling drones like this! This kind of technology can be used to invade personal property or private lives. I understand it may have photo advances also but, "The Eye In The Sky," is intrusive. it is invasive. If I ever see one around my house, I will do my best to knock it out of the sky! This product should only be used with the highest of caution! 

Wow. Can you be any more childish and full of yourself. IF you really do buy things here then you know the optics on the unit.  You know what a shot from this sstem would like from 20 feet away? 50 feet up? 60? You should know better, any one of your neighbors with an iPhone and window can get much more "invasive" photos / videos. I've met quite a few poeple like you, you always talk high and mighty till you see the unit in person. Then the first thing YOU want to do is go spy on your neighbors. It's happened with EVERY person I've talked to who complains about privacy. 

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I totally agree with you. he is just trying to be the first one to comment on the article! He just wants attention that his wife doesn't give him.... Lol. make everybody aware of him!

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Wow. Can you be any more childish and full of yourself. IF you really do buy things here then you know the optics on the unit.  You know what a shot from this sstem would like from 20 feet away? 50 feet up? 60? You should know better, any one of your neighbors with an iPhone and window can get much more "invasive" photos / videos. I've met quite a few poeple like you, you always talk high and mighty till you see the unit in person. Then the first thing YOU want to do is go spy on your neighbors. It's happened with EVERY person I've talked to who complains about privacy. 

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Imagine how incensed Randy's going to become once someone invents a special lens for making things far away appear closer than they are!

I dread the day!!!! its like one second its faraway and then Zoom! your close. I bet they would call it a "zoom lens"!

Oh what the mind can think of.... 

Randy, I can imagine the same sense of intrusion and outrage from skeptics who first learned about the invention of the camera and that it could be used to capture an image of someone.

It steals your soul!

You're absolutely right. Now I'm hooked on photography.

Pretty ignorant statement, for sure!  You should try to educate yourself before you judge.  I don't have a drone nor do I have immediate plans to purchase one but at least I have educated myself about what they can do before making blanket judgement statements that promote unwarranted paranoia.  The overwhelming majority of camera drones you will see flying around including the 3DR Solo that B&H is advertising here incorporate small GoPro-type cameras with fisheye lenses or very wide angle lenses and from even 30-50 feet away, do you really think these drones can spy on you with any great detail?  These drones would literally have to be within arm's length for them to provide the detail that you think they can provide and if a drone were that close to you on your property, you would have every right to grab it and destroy it.  As for your statement about removing B&H from your contact list, I would encourage you and even implore you to do so as B&H's photo/video community would be better off not having to read any more of your ignoramus comments. 

3 Points: 1. Any photo device can be used to invade personal privacy 3. Telephoto lenses, night vision scopes, lipstick cameras, and high speed film and camera's with low light sensors are especially useful to someone with less then honorable intentions and are already sold by B&H. 3. This isn't the first drone B&H has sold.   
 
So to think that B&H has crossed some line by showcasing this device is arbitrary and naive.

I hope you're stupid enough to knock one out of the sky, so you can go to Federal Prison, Dumbass.  Check the law.

Responsible quad copter users dont do things like "invade your space". I sort of doubt you are that interesting anyway. I have 5 of the best quadcopters made,all from BnH , I have done several interviews for papers and magazines about "drone" use. They offer an awesome new photorgaphy angle. This has younger folks interested in photography at a whole new level,we need to teach proper use.

Get out of the Stonr Age Randy

Are you serious?

Randy Schmuki wrote:

I have spent a lot of money with B&H. I am now thinking about removing you from my contacts list for selling drones like this! This kind of technology can be used to invade personal property or private lives. I understand it may have photo advances also but, "The Eye In The Sky," is intrusive. it is invasive. If I ever see one around my house, I will do my best to knock it out of the sky! This product should only be used with the highest of caution! 

Randy, the attack on you is organized.  B&H employees? Drone manufactures? They know they're vulnerable. Join PES today and lets "Poke Outthe Eye in the Sky".  Strong legislation, shootdowns, and boycotts are all reasonable countermeasures.

Organized attack?????

Talk about totally cluelless post...

If they don't sell it someone else will and they do. Telephoto lenses can be used for invasion of privacy, how do you feel about them?

If you really want privacy, you should buy an island, and live on the island by yourself.

The most important thing is: don't use internet and phone.

Well By Randy  Sincerialy B&H Photo

You sound like my Grandmother how passed in 1987 at the Grand age of 99. 

If man was meant to fly God would have given him wings. So now it's a sin to collect digital pictures that will steal your very soul, huh?

It would be funny if it wasn't so misguided.

Hi Randy,  Don't you realize that cameras themselves are more intrusive and invasive? A camera is silent, so your neighbor can be shooting into your window or back yard more easily than a noisy UAV. A camera in a stick is more effective for spying on you than a drone with a camera. B&H sells cameras and audio recording devices mostly, and they are the true tools of slying, but I don't see you complaining about that. Maybe you should rethink your anger towards such a helpful tool for videographers before you endanger your neighbors by trying to illegally take one down. 

This Randy fellow is so far into himself. I wonder where he has been to be so very far out of touch with reality? Scary in a way to read this sort of reactionary nonsnese. I suppose I am just taken aback by his sense of entitlement. To see this sort of coment in a discussion concerning new technology is just sad especially as a first comment. Flying these wonders has been a real pleasure for me and the resulting footage and stils never cease to fill me with wonder. We live in an age of wonder, try opening your eyes to what there is all around you. Technology is what you make it we are way past 1984

WOW!!  They look terrific.  I want one!

I am a retiree in Melbourne, Australia and have been researching where my next move should be. I reckon this is it. Have been studying the DJI offerings and a couple of others.  Auto object-centric filming is the future, and I wanna be there.

When will they be available in Australia, and how much are they?

3D estimates them to become available to us in the USA (or at B&H at least) around the end of May or beginning of June of this year.  You may pre-order from us by clicking on the "order now" button at the end of this article, or on the "Items Discussed in Article" section also at the end of this article and we can ship them to Australia.  As to when they will become available in Australian dealers is unknown to us.  You would need to consult with 3D directly on that, or a local camera dealer.
 

This Randy bozo has not considered all the good things that this camera platform can achieve.  Just because you can do something, doesn't mean that you can and will do something nasty with it.  What about finding lost people in the woods with a Flir camera attached?  Flying and dropping food supplies to these lost souls.  I can imagine so many good things that this platform can accomplish -- 

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   I was biking in Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania when I saw a crowd looking up near the Cathedral, I crossed the street and biked over to the site. There was a guy with a drone flying it over the steeple of the Cathedral. At First I thought it was very cool and thought of asking the guy to take an overhead shot of me for the movies I make.

   I came up to him and said " Is that legal " My mind went immediatly into combat mode. I thought of some irrational or hostile being duct taping a little bag of C4 and a detonator with remote access to this thing and flying it into the bell and exploding it. 

   WHAT ARE THE DRONE LAWS? 

 I think they can be a real threat to pric=vacy and safety. We must tread very lightly with this.

How close to my property does it have to come before I can 12-ga it?

Your same arguments are used today in an attempt to restrict photographing police actions in public places.  

If not for our freedom to photograph and document actions in public places there are many social injustices which would never come to light.

People have been flying model aircraft since the '30's. were they invasive?? it's just because some one called it a "drone" OOOO!!!!!

I don't fly mine near anyone's house but mine and even then we have these inventions called curtains that keep drones, passersby or NSA from peeking into my bedroom. Shoot mine down and see what happens!!

And besides, what are you hiding??

You want privacy—that is long gone now.  Just read all your Terms & Conditions you have already signed off on by just being on the internet and using all those great little apps.

The video compression is horrible! You can't see anything. Please improve it. 

Thanks

As an Emergency Management coordinator I find the drones very useful. Over a year ago a man on a canoe trip got caught in a fast water situation fell out of his canoe and drown. He was in an isolated area and by the time the Police helicopter arrived it was to late and the man  was lost. Had we had a drone available this may not have been the case. In the area where we live we are very isolated and can think of many ways a drone would be useful and lifesaving.

Can anybody tell me the type of camera shown,I´m looking for somebody

who sells ilook + cameras in lower manhattan

Pretty cool devise.  Seems a bit childish to make an image capture specfic quad and then sell it without a camera mount.  Seems the real "up and running" minimum price is $1400 and with an extra battery it will be $1525.  It is still a good price and much more honest than the $999.95.  Glad they son't sell the props seperate.  So much for the venting.

My questions: 1. Does it come in the traveling case or a cardboard box?  2. What kind of warranty and tech support are available?

It comes with a nice rigid-type box/packaging which could be used as a transport case, I wouldn't however rely on it to be shipped via postal services or checked into the belly of a plane with just that one box.  The quadcopter comes with a standard 1-year warranty and 3D Robotics are very good about supporting their customers who have issues etc.

Rather than being concerned about a drone that you can actually be totally aware of, you should be far more concerned about the privacy invasion by Google and other internet companies, retailers and "big data" companies who mine your credit and debit card data and most of all, the U.S. Government, who attempts to monitor every phone call and email that you make.   That's where the real privacy invasion is.

I think B&H should stop selling all photography equipment because some people use photography to take photos/videos of naked women and I object to that morally.      I also think they should stop selling TVs because many TV shows are violent.    And they shouldn't sell any audio equipment because I also object to the lyrics of Rap songs.    And they shouldn't sell any products that use natural rubber because that hurts the Rain Forest.   See how this works once you start objecting to what a retailer should sell?

Drones don't invade privacy, people (and companies and governments) do.

Had to reply to Randys comment. If you are concerned about privacy then you must also be against small remote security cams that could be used in a bedroom or other place of privacy. Cell phones have been used to take upskirt photos. Any camera can be used for any number of nefarious uses. Drones with cameras are no different than those other tools used to capture images. While were at it don't go outside because big brother has a satelite with super telescopic capability. Hope you see how rediculous your opionion, geez. 

Really Randy what do you have to hide?

The 3D rep Steven Gladstone spoke with at NAB really nailed the distinguishing features of their new camera platform.  It is clear that the company has learned from the experiences of their rivals.  CableCam and Orbit really expand the possible uses of their platform in comparison to comparable DJI and Yuneec products. Being able to RTH even when camera control has been lost is another desirable feature.  The relatively small size of the airframe makes it easy to take along.  These are really good selling points.  3D Robotics was not even on my radar before this release.  The simple fact that they flew their demo inside a cage at NAB told me that they were serious about selling this quad as a camera platform rather than offering it as just another toy that can lug a camera.  Their demo put their product at the top of my shopping list.

En Chile la DGAC (Dirección General de Aeronautica Civil), generó una nueva Ley donde establece que los drones con un peso menor a 3 kilogramos, deberán usar paracaidas y además, debemos registranos con ellos para poder volar en áreas urbanas donde existan personas circulando, además de varias otras normas que no afectan mucho, ¿que se está haciendo al respecto en las empresas fabricantes de estyos drones?, yo compré un Phantom 2 vision plus en B&H y ahora no lo ***** volar porque necesito un paracaidas, ¿como ***** saber si DJI o SOLO harán algo al respecto?

Cada país tiene o va a salir con su propio tipo de leyes y reglamentos sobre el uso de drones . Desafortunadamente DJI y otros fabricantes de drones no pueden hacer productos que se ajustan a las normas de todo el mundo . No hay paracaídas que tenemos actualmente que serían suficiente para satisfacer la ley que su país está imponiendo . No dude en contactar a DJI directamente sobre esto y ver si tienen alguna recomendación para usted. También recomendaría buscar grupos de drones y aficionados de aviones de control remoto en su área. Por lo general este tipo de grupos tienen los usuarios de todos los niveles de habilidad y experiencia que puede ser capaz de ayudarle a estar con las regulaciones o aconsejarle cómo modificar su drone personalmente para ajustarse a la ley . A continuación se muestra un enlace para contactar DJI directamente desde su página web para obtener más ayuda de ellos.