drone photography

DJI breaks new ground with $500 Spark flying camera drone

It wasn’t that long ago that DJI amazed everyone by shrinking its Phantom drone platform down to a portable and more-affordable unit, the Mavic Pro. I love my two Mavics, and they are a great place to start if you know you want to get serious about drone photography. . But if you’re a little daunted by the whole process of setting up and flying a drone, or about the $1K price tag, DJI has done it again. It’s new . Or you can get a . DJI & B&H are estimated that shipments will begin in mid-June. You don’t get the 4K video or a few of the other features of the Mavic Pro, but the Spark is even smaller and easier to get flying.

Serious photography fun with DJI Mavic Pro portable drone

I’ve been having a blast with my DJI Mavic Pro drones. They are amazing pieces of technology, and DJI has packed most of the best features of the much-larger Phantom drones into this folding version. I’ll be writing a lot more about using drones for both fun and serious photo and video projects, but if you’re curious about what’s possible, I’ve written up my first experiences and notes in an . When you’re ready to fly, you can pick up a , or get a more .

EI2017 talk: Future challenges in measuring image quality

New technologies like multiple-sensor cameras, multi-frame noise reduction techniques, and new platforms like drones mean that we'll need to totally-overhaul the way we assess the quality of a camera for its intended purpose. I was privileged to be invited to give a talk on the topic – sharing my perspective as a professional photographer, tech journalist, and camera reviewer with a room full of interested imaging scientists that will need to be creating the needed solutions. For those curious about where we’re heading, you can follow along with my presentation: