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DJI Announces H4-3D & Handheld mount for Inspire 1 Camera

Discussion in 'Other DJI Multi-Rotors' started by harryb, Jan 5, 2015.

  1. harryb

    Aug 29, 2014
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    Apologies if this has already been posted elsewhere. Source: http://www.cnet.com/news/dji-makes-the- ... -handheld/

    LAS VEGAS -- In November of last year, drone manufacturer DJI announced the Inspire 1, a quadcopter with a 4K-resolution camera for capturing aerial videos and photos.

    While that's sure to result in some impressive shots, it's a lot of camera to be used solely for up in the air. Enter the Inspire 1 camera mount announced at CES 2015.

    The Inspire 1's camera is actually a camera and gimbal, a motorized device used to stabilize the camera when moving. Since the camera and gimbal can be removed entirely from the drone, DJI developed a mount to turn them into a handheld camera.

    You simply plug the camera into the top of the handle and under your thumb are controls for shooting photos and video. There is a built-in microphone -- since the camera itself doesn't have one -- and there's a jack for adding an external mic.

    The camera also doesn't have a battery of its own, so there's a removable rechargeable one in the handle that's good for up to 70 minutes of shooting.

    The handle works in two different modes. One fixes the camera direction so that no matter how you move, it stays on target. Mode two lets you smoothly pan and tilt the camera while tracking your subject.

    Pricing and availability weren't announced, but it will be out in 2015.

    DJI also announced Zenmuse H4-3D gimbal for the GoPro Hero4 Black to use with its Phantom 2 drone.
  2. QYV


    Apr 1, 2014
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    Re: DJI Announces H4-3D & Handheld mount for Inspire 1 Camer

    that "removing the camera and using it handheld" thing is really cool. negates one of the "why gopro is better" arguments :)
  3. MuseumMatt

    Jul 14, 2013
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    DJI Announces H4-3D!

    What can anyone tell us about the H4-3D? DJI website has nada. Very exciting news if it's true. (No more coins taped on the 3d)
    Any details besides assumed native support for Hero4?
    Will the H4-3D be Phantom 2 only or will they be releasing "standard" version? Was going to get a h3-3d for my f550.
    When will they be shipping?

    At this point, educated speculation or "unofficial" information is better than nothing.
  4. ianwood

    ianwood Taco Wrangler
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    Jan 7, 2014
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    Re: DJI Announces H4-3D & Handheld mount for Inspire 1 Camer

    I am sure the H4-3D will come in both Phantom and non-Phantom flavors. Let's just hope they have found a way to accommodate an ND filter without messing around with counterweights otherwise there's really no point in upgrading.

    The handheld gimbal is very cool. That's a one up on GoPro but you can expect GoPro is working on the same. And the Inspire camera needs A LOT of tuning before it is even close to the H4B.
  5. garrock

    Apr 29, 2014
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    Portsmouth Ohio USA
    Re: DJI Announces H4-3D & Handheld mount for Inspire 1 Camer

    Something to potentially unfold in 2015:

    Market Position:

    • The Inspire 1 more-so integrates two key things to purportedly accommodate camera subsystem swapout/upgrades:

      • * Camera Control (record on/off, snap pic, etc.)
        * Gimbal Control
      As gimbal/camera technology rapidly changes, the vehicle platform can adapt which should extend the useful life of the air frame. Afterall, the Inspire 1 market segment is about quality video and images; not necessarily the flying machine.

    DJI's Gimbal Stick:

    • DJI's gimbal stick logically does not need its own gimbal mechanism since its camera subsystem is already integrated with a gimbal.
      That "should" mean DJI can reduce the total cost of ownership for the whole solution.
      Also... remotely controlling the camera-gimbal-stick can be a key feature too.

      A single connector connect scheme makes swapouts faster; less technical.

    GoPro (or other start-up entity) should also be thinking in these terms: "Payload as Implement"