DJI has announced its first consumer drones to the function of obstacle-detection sensors on all the sides of their bodies.
The Magic 2 aircraft use 10 sensors to avoid collisions with the objects above and below them, as well as the threats of in front of or behind and to the left or to the right.
The folding of the aircraft also offer improved cameras over their predecessors, including a zoom lens on one and a better color through the other.
Many of the details had been leaked.
The Chinese company had originally planned to launch the product in July and its decision to postpone came too late to avoid many of the details that are printed on the retailer Argos catalog.
It also faces competition from two other models whose rotor blades can also be hidden away when not in use – Yulee Mantis Q and Parrot, Naive.
However, Gore announced earlier this year that he would not sell a successor to its foldable Karma drone, which competed with the Magic of the original models.Accident concerns
Shenzhen-based DJI have a 74% share of the global drone market, according to data published by the analysis firm Skylogic earlier this month.
But it still faces a growing challenge in the total size of the market.
Safety concerns play a role in the limitation of demand, with no-fly zones imposed over many urban areas and parks.
“The airspace restrictions are the number one complaint people have about their drones,” he said Skylogic chief executive Colin Snow.
“But in the US we are making improvements – the aviation authorities understand the problem.”
The uk is one of the countries that are considering the possibility of requiring landlords to register their models and to pass a test prior to its use, as well as the possibility of a minimum age.
And although the additional obstacle sensors is unlikely to deter the politicians from the introduction of such measures, which demonstrate that the DJI is aware of your concerns.
They can also help to avoid more controversy, as when, in London at the beginning of this month, 10 fire officers were called to dislodge a drone caught in a tree.
DJI says that the algorithms used to make the aircraft to adjust its flight path to move around obstacles, have been improved, and the drones now automatically at the bottom of the lamp with the help of the shots in low light conditions.
It is recognized, however, that its “Omni-directional obstacle sensor” technology does not really provide 360 degrees of coverage, and it works when planes fly at the maximum speed of 44 km/h (27mph).
“The sensors should help to put the owners mind at rest, especially to new pilots who do not have experience in the use of an unmanned aircraft,” said the film-maker Philip Bloom.
“But I don’t think it will make a big difference to the regulatory bodies.
“And, personally, I don’t use the feature much because the majority of my flight involves passing between the things and the system [goes] too far away from the objects.”Zoom v Pro
Two models of the Mavic 2 have been announced.
A Zoom version, with a cost of £1,099 – features a 2x optical zoom lens with the ability to get even closer to a subject through a digital effect,
This is used to provide a “dolly zoom”, which consists of the zoom camera as the plane flies away. This keeps the subject the same size, even as the perspective changes to reveal more of the background.
It is based on a camera shot was made famous by films like Alfred Hichcock’s Vertigo, and the Steven Spielberg film Jaws and has been relatively difficult to get through to a drone until now.
A Pro version, with a cost of £1,299 – lacks this function, but instead uses a larger image sensor housed in a camera co-developed by the Swedish manufacturer Hasseblad, in which DJI bought a majority share in the last year.
It uses 10-bit color technology in place of the eight bits of the files used in the original Pro, that gives the owners much more scope to adjust their images in edit.
“DJI has focused on what matters most – the projection of image,” Mr. Snow told the BBC.
“They’ve packed in a lot of technology in the interior and surpassed all the others.”
Mr. Bloom has tested the Pro version and it said that it compares favourably with Parrot, Anafi – that costs about half the price, as well as before drones DJI.
“The picture is incredibly beautiful,” he said.
“There is better detail, better performance in low-light conditions, and the adjustable aperture gives you a better control over the exposure.
“The image now looks as good as DJI Phantom 4 Pro, which is too big for me to take for all sides.”