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Christmas Gift Guide: Presents for Drone and VR fans

Christmas Gift Guide: Presents for Drone and VR fans

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Take to the skies this Christmas with some great drones from Parrot. Whether it's flying high, at speed, or steady and stable for taking video and photos there is bound to be something to suit. And if the idea of going out doesn't sound up your street,... Read more

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian review: Packs a punch that's worth its cover price
4.5 stars

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian review: Packs a punch that's worth its cover price

By Cam Bunton

DJI has revamped most of its drone series' this year. None more so than the Phantom series. We saw replacements for the Phantom 4 and a new Phantom 4 Pro.While the original Phantom 4 Pro looked very much like the original Phantom 4, the Obsidian Edition... Read more

Parrot Bebop 2 Power adds advanced manoeuvres and battery boost to make your aerial footage so much better

Parrot Bebop 2 Power adds advanced manoeuvres and battery boost to make your aerial footage so much better

By Chris Hall

Parrot has taken its Bebop 2 drone and made it even better with the latest version of this quadcopter, boosting the battery and making a sweeping selection of software changes.The Bebop 2 Power is designed to make the experience of capturing unique video... Read more

Parrot Mambo FPV brings first person thrills to minidrone racing

Parrot Mambo FPV brings first person thrills to minidrone racing

By Chris Hall

When the Parrot Mambo launched in 2016 it did so as a modular beastie. Adding to the appeal is a new camera module and all bundled up into a new package - the Mambo FPV.FPV of course means first person view with the addition of a camera meaning that you... Read more

Your DJI Spark drone won't work if you don't install this firmware soon

Your DJI Spark drone won't work if you don't install this firmware soon

By Elyse Betters

DJI has issued a new firmware update you must install on your Spark.If you don't install it, your Spark drone will not be able to take off. Somehow - presumably using some form of dark magic - the Spark features a lot of the same technologies as the... Read more

DJI Spark review: The tiny drone that makes you feel like a Jedi
4.5 stars

DJI Spark review: The tiny drone that makes you feel like a Jedi

By Cam Bunton

The drone market has one leader: DJI. This fiercely secretive company is able to bring more high tech features to competitively priced products than any competitor. With drones like Mavic Pro already showcasing technologies - not only is it high-tech,... Read more

This racing drone just set a Guinness World Record for flying 179 mph

This racing drone just set a Guinness World Record for flying 179 mph

By Elyse Betters

Drone racing is a thing - and drones that compete in these races can fly at super fast speeds. Need an example? Just check Guinness. The team behind the Drone Racing League (DRL), which is in the middle of its second aired racing season, has set a Guinness... Read more

Dronestagram's 2017 contest: Here are the winners' best drone photos

Dronestagram's 2017 contest: Here are the winners' best drone photos

By Elyse Betters

We've reached Peak Drone.Dronestagram, a social network for sharing images captured by drones, has announced the winners of its annual International Drone Photography contest. This is its fourth contest ever, and although thousands of images were entered,... Read more

Amazon wants to fly drones out of a massive tower it designed for cities

Amazon wants to fly drones out of a massive tower it designed for cities

By Elyse Betters

Amazon's fulfillment centers of tomorrow look like something out of a dystopian sci-fi movie.The online retail giant has filed a patent application for a "multi-level fulfillment center" - and it basically looks like a massive cylindrical tower filled... Read more

DJI Spark is a very smart, tiny drone that fits in your hand

DJI Spark is a very smart, tiny drone that fits in your hand

By Cam Bunton

DJI has introduced a brand new drone to the world, and this time, it really is for the masses. The DJI Spark is a small, colourful drone that can take off from your hand.Once it's in the air, you can control it just using hand gestures. In other words:... Read more

SpaceX wants to launch its internet satellite system in just two years

SpaceX wants to launch its internet satellite system in just two years

By Elyse Betters

Knowledge is power.We've all heard that idea before but take it for granted. Internet, for instance, provides unfettered access to information, and yet, for many reasons, internet is still slow, costly, and for some people in the world, unavailable.... Read more

DJI sends out invites for 24 May event likely for tiny new drone

DJI sends out invites for 24 May event likely for tiny new drone

By Elyse Betters

DJI has invited the media to an event in New York City.The event will take place on 24 May. Other than that, we don't know much else. The invite states "seize the moment" in all caps, and then asks journalists to join the drone-maker for a "big" (again,... Read more

This DJI/Hasselblad camera drone doesn't have a price yet, you probably couldn't afford it anyway

This DJI/Hasselblad camera drone doesn't have a price yet, you probably couldn't afford it anyway

By Max Langridge

Drones are primarily used for aerial photography and videography, and some of DJI's latest have 4K cameras mounted to them for super-sharp images and videos. Best drones to buy in 2017, whatever your budget At the top of DJI's Phantom 4 range is the Pro,... Read more

DJI Goggles fully revealed, now available for preorder

DJI Goggles fully revealed, now available for preorder

By Elyse Betters

DJI announced a pair of goggles last year, and now, it has finally shared full details on the device.Called DJI Goggles, naturally, it is meant to work with the Mavic Pro, Phantom 4, and Inspire series drones. It looks a lot like a traditional VR headset... Read more

Seagate's new HDD for DJI drones lets you backup data on the fly

Seagate's new HDD for DJI drones lets you backup data on the fly

By Max Langridge

Seagate and DJI have formed a strategic partnership, and the first data solution to come out of it is the Seagate DJI Fly Drive. The Fly Drive is an external, portable hard drive that lets drone pilots backup photos and videos as soon as they're taken... Read more

Facebook's latest internet-beaming drone is a tiny tethered helicopter

Facebook's latest internet-beaming drone is a tiny tethered helicopter

By Elyse Betters

Facebook wants the entire world to have internet. And as part of that quest, it has developed a small helicopter drone.Here's the thing: the more people there are with internet, the more people it can get to sign up for Facebook. Naturally, Facebook... Read more

PowerRay underwater drone can explore the murky depths up to 70 metres

PowerRay underwater drone can explore the murky depths up to 70 metres

By Max Langridge

PowerVision Technology Group has announced its PowerRay underwater drone is now available to pre-order. First shown off at CES 2017, the PowerRay drone has been designed to be used by anyone, whether it be professional videographers or water sports athletes,... Read more

DJI Phantom 4 Advanced replaces the Phantom 4, is almost as good as the Phantom 4 Pro

DJI Phantom 4 Advanced replaces the Phantom 4, is almost as good as the Phantom 4 Pro

By Max Langridge

DJI has introduced the Phantom 4 Advanced as the latest drone in the Phantom 4 series. The 4 Advanced, and 4 Advanced+ will replace the regular Phantom 4, and sit beneath the Phantom 4 Pro.  DJI Phantom 4 Pro preview: Smarter, longer-lasting pro-level... Read more

DJI's next drone basically looks like a much smaller Mavic Pro, leak reveals

DJI's next drone basically looks like a much smaller Mavic Pro, leak reveals

By Elyse Betters

DJI is probably coming out with a new drone, and it's super tinyLeaked images of a new device, supposedly called the Spark, have appeared on Chinese DJI forums, though the site is now down. It appears to have the same foldable design of the Mavic Pro,... Read more

Parrot's new Bebop-Pro drone pack lets you scan and develop 3D models

Parrot's new Bebop-Pro drone pack lets you scan and develop 3D models

By Elyse Betters

Drone-maker Parrot has introduced what it describes as an "all-in-one aerial imagery and 3D-modeling solution".Dubbed the Parrot Bebop-Pro 3D Modeling, it's a pack that includes a Parrot Bebop 2 drone with a Parrot Skycontroller 2 remote control. They... Read more

Ford wants its electric self-driving delivery vans to launch drones

Ford wants its electric self-driving delivery vans to launch drones

By Elyse Betters

Last week, UPS revealed it is testing drone-launching delivery vans, and now, Ford is upping the game by unveiling its own electric self-driving delivery van that can launch a fleet of drones.The company unveiled its new concept, called Autolivery, at... Read more

Watch UPS test its new delivery van that spits out parcel-carrying drones

Watch UPS test its new delivery van that spits out parcel-carrying drones

By Elyse Betters

OK, so this isn't your typical drone delivery service-type story.We've heard that every company, from Amazon to 7-Eleven, is developing drones for delivering their goods, all in effort to wipe-out the middle man (aka delivery man) and related costs, but... Read more

GoPro Karma drone is available again with fixed design flaw and all

GoPro Karma drone is available again with fixed design flaw and all

By Elyse Betters

Three months after recalling Karma, GoPro is selling its drone again.The company announced in a press release that it has fixed the issue that caused the quadcopter to lose power during operation, and that you can buy Karma again at GoPro.com or via select... Read more

Are drones in trouble? Now Lily autonomous drone is shutting down

Are drones in trouble? Now Lily autonomous drone is shutting down

By Elyse Betters

Yesterday, Google killed its Titan Aero-based drone program, and now the crowd-funded Lily camera drone has shut down.The two are unrelated, but we're beginning to wonder if the drone market is consolidating or simply dying. It's too early to tell, of... Read more

Google shuts down Titan drone program in favour of Project Loon

Google shuts down Titan drone program in favour of Project Loon

By Elyse Betters

Technology is an ever-changing industry -- just look at Google.Startups are founded and collapse on a seemingly daily basis -- and Google's moonshots are no different. Alphabet confirmed to Business Insider it is killing its solar-powered drone project. 9to5Google first... Read more

Best drone photos ever: Stunning images taken from up high

Best drone photos ever: Stunning images taken from up high

By Max Langridge

Drone photography has soared in recent years, with the public getting just as involved as professionals. The number of and quality of drone photos has now received enough attention to start up an official awards programme.In 2014, the National Geographic... Read more

Propel X-Wing battle drone: The ultimate toy for Star Wars fans

Propel X-Wing battle drone: The ultimate toy for Star Wars fans

By Cam Bunton

Drones are the hot tech gadget at the moment. They come in all shapes and sizes, whether it be the high-powered, high-tech DJI Mavic Pro quadcopter with foldable arms, or the mammoth fixed-wing Parrot Disco drone which looks more like a mini aeroplane.... Read more

7-Eleven of all places is first to trial US commercial drone deliveries

7-Eleven of all places is first to trial US commercial drone deliveries

By Elyse Betters

The 7-Eleven convenience store chain has just shed some new details on its drone delivery project, and apparently, 77 customers in Nevada have now received drone-delivered items from 7-Eleven to their doorsteps.The company has been testing drone flights... Read more

Parrot Swing drone review: Tiny, smart and lots of fun
4.0 stars

Parrot Swing drone review: Tiny, smart and lots of fun

By Cam Bunton

Parrot has been building quadcopters for years, hence it long been regarded as one of the go-to drone makers in the market. That's especially true for consumers on smaller budgets.Recently, the company announced its first huge fixed-wing drone. But it... Read more

How does Amazon Prime Air work and where is drone delivery available?

How does Amazon Prime Air work and where is drone delivery available?

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has announced that its Prime Air drone delivery programme is now making deliveries in the UK.It's already delivered to two customers and will expand to more customers soon. But the trial is restricted to rural farmlands and will only deliver small... Read more

Amazon Prime Air launches in UK: Watch the first drone delivery here

Amazon Prime Air launches in UK: Watch the first drone delivery here

By Elyse Betters

Amazon's drone delivery fleet has crossed the ocean. Sort of.The Seattle-based company has announced that its Prime Air drone delivery programme is now making deliveries in the UK. It's already delivered to two customers and will expand to more customers... Read more

Ehang Ghostdrone 2.0 VR review: The drone with first-person view VR goggles
3.5 stars

Ehang Ghostdrone 2.0 VR review: The drone with first-person view VR goggles

By Adrian Willings

There are a few smartphone-controlled drones out there, but the Ehang Ghostdrone 2.0 VR is unusual because it comes with a set of goggles to pump the drone's view to your eyeballs whilst it's in flight. The goggles also control the drone's camera on its... Read more

DJI Phantom 4 Pro preview: Smarter, longer-lasting pro-level drone

DJI Phantom 4 Pro preview: Smarter, longer-lasting pro-level drone

By Cam Bunton

It wasn't that long ago that DJI wowed us with its first collapsable, ultra-portable but high-end Mavic Pro drone. For the first time, very high end technology was available in a product that cost less than £1000. It could have spelled the end for the... Read more

DJI Phantom 4 Pro packs magnificent smarts in a flying machine

DJI Phantom 4 Pro packs magnificent smarts in a flying machine

By Max Langridge

DJI has unveiled the latest drone in its repertoire, the Phantom 4 Pro. The name gives away that this new Pro model is based on the Phantom 4, but features a few notable upgrades and some new flying modes. DJI Phantom 4: The drone that won't crash and... Read more

These crazy videos show recalled GoPro Karma drones crashing hard

These crazy videos show recalled GoPro Karma drones crashing hard

By Elyse Betters

GoPro won't like these videos.The camera maker recently recalled all 2,500 Karma drones it has sold since launching the device just two weeks ago. It’s investigating reports that a small number of them lost power during operation. If your Karma lost... Read more

GoPro recalls Karma drone due to loss of power

GoPro recalls Karma drone due to loss of power

By Max Langridge

GoPro has announced it is recalling all 2500 Karma drones sold since October 23rd because some units have lost power during operation. GoPro has said only a small number of drones have been affected, but is recalling all of them to be safe. GoPro Karma... Read more

Parrot Disco preview: You can be my wingman any time

Parrot Disco preview: You can be my wingman any time

By Chris Hall

Most of the talk about drones has focused around quadcopters. Parrot has a fair number of those, like the Bebop 2, but the Disco is a different proposition, taking to the skies as a fixed-wing drone.In reality there's been no shortage of those, from balsa... Read more

DJI Mavic Pro review: One insanely powerful, portable drone
4.5 stars

DJI Mavic Pro review: One insanely powerful, portable drone

By Cam Bunton

DJI made a big statement launching the Mavic Pro drone.For the first time the company's best and most useful technological advances are available in a product that costs less than £1,000. What's more, that product is easily the most portable and user-friendly... Read more

These stunning drone photos kick off 400ft Britain competition, can you do better?

These stunning drone photos kick off 400ft Britain competition, can you do better?

By Rik Henderson

VisitEngland and the Civil Aviation Authority have teamed for a photography competition to find the best aerial shots of the British countryside.Drone pilots are encouraged to take to the UK skies and grab amazing images of what makes Britain great, and... Read more

DJI Mavic Pro is a mean-looking, feature-rich and super-speedy new drone

DJI Mavic Pro is a mean-looking, feature-rich and super-speedy new drone

By Cam Bunton

DJI has unveiled the latest drone in its arsenal, and has done so with something of a new form factor. Rather than have a large, rigid quadcopter design, the Mavic Pro is foldable, and is small enough to fit in your bag.According to DJI, the new drone... Read more

Drone surfing is here! This drone is so powerful it tows people on water

Drone surfing is here! This drone is so powerful it tows people on water

By Elyse Betters

Drone surfing is a thing now.What's that even mean? Well, watch the video below to see a person riding the waves while tethered to a high-powered drone from Washington-based drone manufacturer Freefly Studios. It has made an $18,000 drone that can tow... Read more

This is what GoPro's Karma camera drone looks like

This is what GoPro's Karma camera drone looks like

By Elyse Betters

GoPro is getting ready to unveil its Karma drone, so of course the company's teasing the heck out of it, including giving us a quick, first glimpse. GoPro has published a new Karma teaser to both Twitter and YouTube, and in each version of the teaser,... Read more

Sky to show Drone racing on Sky Sports Mix channel

Sky to show Drone racing on Sky Sports Mix channel

By Max Langridge

Sky has announced it has invested $1 million in the Drone Racing League (DRL) and agreed on a deal that will bring the new sport of drone racing to the Sky Sports Mix channel. Sky Sports Mix is free for all Sky TV customers and shows a mixture of live... Read more

DJI sets 27 September event likely for foldable 'Mavic' drone

DJI sets 27 September event likely for foldable 'Mavic' drone

By Elyse Betters

DJI has sent invites to the media for a press event, following a series of leaks that seem to suggest it is working on a foldable drone.The drone maker's invite, which is for a 27 September event in New York City, teased things like "adventure at your... Read more

PowerEgg is a £1290 drone offering gesture controls

PowerEgg is a £1290 drone offering gesture controls

By Chris Hall

PowerVision has officially launched PowerEgg, a rethinking of consumer drones, offering a dramatically different design, along with some innovative features. The PowerEgg itself has a design that explains the name, with the legs and arms folding to the... Read more

Nissan drone can go 115mph, watch it race the 2017 Nissan GT-R

Nissan drone can go 115mph, watch it race the 2017 Nissan GT-R

By Rik Henderson

As part of the launch of the new, 2017 model of the Nissan GT-R, the Japanese car manufacturer built one of the world's fastest accelerating first-person view drones.The Nissan GT-R Drone is capable of a top speed of 115mph (185kph) and can accelerate... Read more

Take a stunning 4K flight in VR thanks to this drone's 360-degree cameras

Take a stunning 4K flight in VR thanks to this drone's 360-degree cameras

By Luke Edwards

Shooting video in 360-degrees to create virtual reality footage is becoming readily available on many cameras, but very few that fly. The Exo360 drone not only flies but also films for VR at 4K quality.The Exo360, currently at crowd funding stage, uses... Read more

Watch Hugo Barra unbox Xiaomi's first Mi Drone quadcopter via livestream

Watch Hugo Barra unbox Xiaomi's first Mi Drone quadcopter via livestream

By Elyse Betters

Chinese company Xiaomi entered a new category today: drones.Xiaomi has unveiled its first quadcopter, and it's called Mi Drone. It features a three-axis gimbal, 4K camera with a detachable module, replaceable 5,100mAh battery that provides 27 minutes... Read more

Watch Xiaomi tease first Mi Drone in new video ahead of 25 May launch

Watch Xiaomi tease first Mi Drone in new video ahead of 25 May launch

By Elyse Betters

Xiaomi quietly revealed a few days ago it was about to unveil a drone, and now the Chinese company has posted a teaser video for the product.The drone will be the company's first, and it's thought to be called Mi Drone. We know this because Xiaomi published... Read more

Xiaomi is getting into drones now, will launch first 'Mi Drone' next week

Xiaomi is getting into drones now, will launch first 'Mi Drone' next week

By Elyse Betters

Xiaomi's been a busy little bee lately, but that isn't stopping the Chinese company from announcing yet another product in a whole new segment.9to5Google noticed that Xiaomi has started teasing a launch event on its official forum. The company published... Read more