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Quadcopters.com July Newsletter

This month, once again, we have a great cross-section of articles and drone reviews for you. We’ve managed to dig out the ideal drone for you if you are more into photography than hobby drone flying, a great entry-level drone, and one of the more successful ‘follow’ drones that is on the market today. Where the news is concerned, we report on the incidents involving drones armed with a shot gun and a flamethrower, and the polarizing effect it is having on the drone community. We have also found one of the safest drones available if you have concerns about rotor blades, and we have a great article where you can also get to watch people who are clearly mentally unstable jumping off cliffs in a sport, to be more politically correct, called base jumping.

When a young Connecticut teenager posted a video of a shotgun mounted on a drone, and another video showing a drone with a flamethrower ‘roasting’ a turkey, the drone community was pretty quick to disown him. However, when the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) started to poke their nose in, all of a sudden allegiances changed and now more people are keen to see the FAA leave the teenager alone than feel his actions have been irresponsible. Read more…

We are all now becoming spoilt with a wealth of images taken from drones. Aerial photography has become one of the most popular forms of photography and the results can be quite spectacular. Witness a group of base jumpers on Kjerag Mountain in Forsand, Norway. Where before we have either watched base jumpers disappearing off the edge of a cliff and been unable to follow their descent, or been treated to footage taken from a helicopter hovering at a safe distance, thanks to drones we can now get up close and personal with these death-defying sportsmen. Read more…

Not so much a drone review as an article on a specific drone, we have written about Zero Zero Robotics’ entry into the drone market with their Hover Camera. A lot of lateral thinking went into the creation of this ultra-safe drone that folds easily into something the size of a VHS cassette. This is definitely the drone for those of you who have concerns about the dangers of rotors as everything is enclosed in an extremely compact carbon fiber cage. Read more…

For our drone reviews we have three very different models on trial. The FLYPRO XEagle FPV with 4K HD Camera caught our eye, principally for the fact that this is a ‘follow’ is drone, and that rather than having to deal with strapping a smart phone or tablet to your arm, or using its camera to lock onto you, everything you need is neatly wrapped up in a ‘watch’ you wear on your wrist. Our favorable impression is that this is one of the most reliable mid-priced follow drones on the market at the moment. Read more…

We were very taken with the entry-level MJX X102h Quadcopter with camera mounts. At under a hundred dollars, the basic model comes without a camera but, usefully, the camera mounts are included. As a consequence, you get $100 worth of drone as opposed to $50 worth of drone and $50 worth of camera, neither of which work particularly well. Robust, nicely designed and enjoyable to fly, this drone will be responsible for many a novice pilot getting bitten by the drone bug. Read more…

Talking of bugs, for a long time now we have been wanting to do a review of the Elanview Cicada K flying camera. Part of the reason for this is because we were excited to see a drone manufacturer being totally honest about the nature of the drone they have brought to the market. We describe the Cicada as a flying camera as all the expense been channeled into a camera designed for the highest quality aerial photography; the drone is very much secondary and only there to transport the camera around so it can take great aerial shots. Read more…

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