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10 drones on sale: Try your hand at aerial photography and more

Mashable

When you use a drone to take pictures, you can capture a bird's eye view of the mountains or stunning ocean-scapes without having to strain for the perfect shot. As of July 18, these 10 drones are all on sale to help you capture images and memories you can hold on to for life. If you want a drone that's super customizable, the Micro Drone 3.0 combo pack is the way to go. Get this micro drone for over 39% off, with a price drop to $129.97 (regularly $215) for a limited time. With FHD video shooting and real-time video transmission, you'll be primed to capture the perfect shot.


Take 4K photos and videos from the sky with this drone on sale

Mashable

TL;DR: Capture cool aerial shots with the Stealth Dragon 240 headless FPV drone on sale for $119.99, down from $199 as of July 2. That's a savings of 40%. Ever wonder how people capture mind-blowing city or nature shots without risking their lives? The key is to get a camera tool that can take flight for you. With the Stealth Dragon 240 headless FPV drone, you can become one of those incredible photographers you admire. The Stealth Dragon lets you view real-time images and video footage in 4K HD quality, which means you can watch it on its journey as it flies around the city or your neighborhood. By connecting it to your smartphone, you can view videos and images as they're captured and be in total control of the drone itself -- without having to purchase extra accessories.


Drone cameras record social lives of killer whales

BBC News

A new study led by the University of Exeter and the Center for Whale Research suggests killer whales may socialise with each other based on age and gender, with younger whales and females more sociable than other groups. The research used drone cameras to study one pod of southern resident killer whales off the US coast of Washington State, in the Pacific Ocean. Around 10 hours of footage was captured over 10 days.


DJI unveils the Air 2S drone with 20-megapixel camera

Engadget

It's barely been a month since DJI unveiled a new drone, and the company already has another to show. Note the absence of the Mavic branding, indicating we might be seeing more of a shift in how the company pitches each level of quadcopter it offers. It's not clear if the "S" branding here is an Apple-style upgrade to the previous model, but the Air 2S certainly looks like someone gave the previous model a light facelift. The design seems near-identical bar a few smoother lines and an extra pair of front obstacle avoidance cameras. But what's important here is the camera it seems.


Best photography drone in 2021

ZDNet

Increasingly the line between the two is blurring, with prosumer and sub-$4,000 drones delivering commercial-level quality and advanced flying features that just a few years ago were exclusive to the highest-end equipment. The best aerial hardware and technology stacks for keeping an eye on operations, individuals, and valued assets from above. It can be daunting wading into the deep roster of drones designed for enterprise photography and video. Sure, DJI, long the market leader, makes some truly fantastic devices, but before you go out to buy the first Mavic you come across for your business photography needs, take a moment to appreciate the nuanced diversity of UAV hardware out there and understand the strengths and weaknesses of the current offerings across a variety of applications and budgets. To help, we reached out to video and photography professionals to hear what they had to say.


Sony's first drone packs an imaging punch for pro content creators

Mashable

During its keynote at CES 2021, Sony gave us a glimpse at its very first drone: Airpeak. And, since Sony is essentially synonymous with sharp and cinematic image quality, it makes sense that Airpeak will first cater to professional photographers and videographers when it launches this Spring. The drone project was initially announced back in November via press release, but Sony clearly wanted to wait for a special occasion like CES to debut it in all its glory. Details are still scarce, but Sony did reveal that the Airpeak is the smallest drone yet for mounting and flying a DSLR or mirrorless camera (specifically its own lineup of Alpha mirrorless cameras). With Sony's drone, content creators can use more heavy-duty cameras to capture aerial footage rather than having to rely on built-in cameras that come equipped with most drones.


AI, drones and 4K cameras: New tech boosts security systems in Japan

The Japan Times

An increasing variety of technologies such as artificial intelligence, drones and high-quality 4K video cameras is being introduced in the field of security amid a serious shortage of personnel in the field. A virtual "AI guard" developed by major Japanese security firm Secom Co. was tested at Ogikubo Hospital in Tokyo in late October. An animated character displayed on an electric panel at the hospital entrance takes visitors' temperatures and then welcomes those without fevers into the facility. The character has been programmed to respond verbally to basic inquiries and can tell visitors where the bathrooms are located and what time their buses will arrive. It is also able to make eye contact with visitors and lean down when approached by children or people in wheelchairs.


12 cool drones for photography and more — including some on sale

Mashable

To snap the photo of your dreams, you might have to get creative. You know, like climbing to the roof, flying over a cityscape, or scaling buildings. Here are 12 drones on sale as of Oct. 31, including drones designed specifically for photography, micro drones, and drones suitable for beginners. The E88 Four-Axis High-Definition Aerial Photography Drone is both lightweight and durable. This drone is on sale for 21% off for a limited time, making it just $59.95.


The popular DJI Mavic Mini Combo drone is $100 off for Prime Day

Mashable

SAVE $100: The DJI Mavic Mini Combo FlyCam Quadcopter Drone is on sale for $399 in this Prime Day deal. If you've been getting into vlogging lately or if you just want to boost your photography skills (literally), a camera drone will give you all the sweeping landscape footage and aerial views your heart desires. Camera drones nowadays range from glorified selfie machines to expensive professional photography equipment, but if you're a hobbyist or are just looking to make some sweet side photo and video projects, you're probably looking for something in between. This DJI Mini Combo FlyCam Quadcopter gives you a lot of features in a tiny, lightweight package, and is $100 off in an exclusive Amazon Prime Day deal. At about half a pound, the DJI Mini Combo Drone weighs about as much as your smartphone.


Amazon's Latest Gimmicks Are Pushing the Limits of Privacy

WIRED

At the end of September, amidst its usual flurry of fall hardware announcements, Amazon debuted two especially futuristic products within five days of each other. The first is a small autonomous surveillance drone, Ring Always Home Cam, that waits patiently inside a charging dock to eventually rise up and fly around your house, checking whether you left the stove on or investigating potential burglaries. The second is a palm recognition scanner, Amazon One, that the company is piloting at two of its grocery stores in Seattle as a mechanism for faster entry and checkout. Both products aim to make security and authentication more convenient--but for privacy-conscious consumers, they also raise red flags. Amazon's latest data-hungry innovations are not launching in a vacuum.