Parrot isn't a company that specializes in drones, but it does make some pretty good ones. The company has just released an app called FreeFlight Thermal, which is the official companion application to the Bebop-Pro Thermal drone, which uses the FLIR One Pro camera that we reviewed earlier this year.
DJI has been a leading name in drones for some time, with a large lineup with entries at various price points. We've actually reviewed the more budget-oriented DJI Spark and found it to be a great product overall. But if you're looking for something a little more upscale, the Mavic Pro is being discounted in anticipation of Black Friday.
If you're in the market for a new drone, then this deal is for you. The DJI Spark is on sale for $399.99 on Amazon, B&H, and Best Buy. That means you get a respectable savings of $100 off the original price.
Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending a few days with DJI's latest and smallest drone, the Spark. The Spark is a remarkable piece of engineering. Weighing in at just 300 grams it's diminutive and dare I say, rather adorable. Everywhere I took it during our long weekend together people stopped to gawk at it, most with stupid grins on their faces. No one was intimidated by its small form or its bee swarm-like sounds, and everyone was astonished that such a small drone could fly so fast and stable and take such clear, sharp videos.
I have seldom had as much fun, or experienced as much stress, testing a new product.
While I may be more interested in the rather stunning-looking Zik wireless headphones, Parrot has also gained a reputation for making very good consumer drones, and the company has just announced an upgrade to its most premium model. The Bebop 2 Power can fly for longer than its predecessor, takes smarter photos, and now comes in a stealthy black paint job.
DJI, producer of popular drones such as the Mavic and Phantom 4, has just pushed a substantial update to its oft-maligned DJI GO 4 companion app. The app is integral to operating the drones' built-in cameras, which can be used to transmit close-to-real-time HD images and video back to your phone. This update introduces some interesting new features such as Find My Drone, audio recording for cached videos, and more.
DJI, purveyor of premium-brand drones to the poor and the gentry, has a new app on the Play Store. It's a companion app for the recent entries in the company's lineup, mostly focused on the built-in still and video cameras. The app has a livestreaming function (but not remote control) and editing built in. But something odd is going on here: why is version four of the GO app getting a separate listing on the Play Store, despite the fact that both of them are free? The older app mentions support for Inspire, Phantom, and Matrice 100 drones, while the new one drops the Matrice in favor of the Mavic Pro.
The competition in the world of drones is getting fierce these days, and to edge ahead, companies need to come out with innovative features. To compete with the DJI Mavic Pro's stunning abilities, GoPro announced an app called Passenger, which allows one person other than the pilot to see what the drone's onboard GoPro is seeing and control the camera. Now, Passenger is available for download in the Google Play Store.
Are you in the market for some new drones? Even if you're not, Parrot's new releases are still worth taking a look at. Parrot, maker of various wireless products and drones, has released two new models - the Parrot Swing and Parrot Mambo.
The Parrot Mambo is close to your typical quadcopter drone, but with a few extra goodies. You can attach a cannon to the top of the Mambo to take down your friends' drones, try to aim the balls into a goal, or continuously fire the balls at the back of your friend's head.
If firing tiny balls isn't your thing, you can also attach a grabber arm to the bottom of the Mambo.
As easily the most recognizable brand of consumer-grade drones, DJI has carved a huge chunk of the burgeoning drone market for itself by producing high quality, easy to operate drones at reasonable prices.