I just got back from two weeks in the Utah desert, with a few days in Moab and about a week climbing in Indian Creek.Â This time I left the Cinestar 8 at home to mess with a new DJI Phantom, and the early prognosis is that it’s pretty amazing.Â It flies a GoPro Hero 3, which has some limitations, but it’s still very capable of producing incredible photos.Â For now video looks wobbly and problematic – it’s plagued by rolling shutter problems, and the fixed mount gives it a very un-cinematic feel.Â DJI is on the verge of releasing a stabilized gimbal, which should drastically improve the capabilities of the whole setup for video, which is very, very exciting.
In any case, it’s super easy to fly, has a bunch of advanced GPS capabilities, and with its tiny size, can fly from anywhere with virtually no assembly time.Â It was great for climbing photos from crazy, otherwise impossible angles – it’s easy to hand launch and land from the base of the crag, and in good light the GoPro shots look great:
If any at GoPro is listening, can we get a RAW file output on the still photos? That’d take the Hero3 to a whole new level for stuff like this and it seems like it’s just a firmware upgrade away…
As for DJI Innovations, they’re an amazing new company with an innovative foundation and a bright future: