2015 Could Be Year of Consumer Drones

Consumer drones  have indeed come a long way from just being hobby toys to becoming a useful tool for aerial photography services buffs, and as more pricey, sophisticated gadgets with potential commercial applications. Thus it is said that 2015 could be the year of consumer drones.

In the last seven days, two of the more respected companies in the consumer drone industry released products that promise both ease of flight and high-quality videography and photography. Each packs a suite of software tools that not only assist in operating the drone itself but in quickly capturing, cutting, and streaming photos and video to the Web. Though intended for use by consumers, either could make the leap to commercial applications. And critically, both can be had for less than $1,000. – Read more here

DJI, the world’s largest manufacturer of consumer drones, is honed in on bringing professional quality aerial photography to the masses. The Shenzhen-based drone manufacturer today (April 9) unveiled the Phantom 3, the latest ready-to-fly unmanned aerial vehicle to add to the company’s growing fleet of camera-equipped drones. – Read more here

DJI Phantom Quadcopter

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Drones may still be a niche market, but 3D Robotics is betting that won’t be the case for long. The company has spent the last year and a half and about $10 million developing its latest drone, called Solo, which 3DR is calling the smartest consumer drone ever. Powered by two computers, the new drone features new technology that is aimed at making anyone a pro at capturing aerial footage, said CEO Chris Anderson. – Read more here


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