While drones today can be used for everything from disaster control to pizza deliveries—not to mention military and other clandestine endeavors—another aspect that can’t be taken too lightly is what type of video we’re able to stream from these machines as they are in flight. While your drone may be on an important mission, very often the greatest enjoyment is living vicariously through its journey, indulging that enduring human fantasy in wishing we could too could take flight on our own.
The PowerEye professional cinematography drone is all about the visuals, and it’s just been announced through manufacturer and UAV leader PowerVision Technology Group that it is now ready for pre-order, around the world, with shipping slated for December 2016.
If you don’t have good visuals, there’s not much point in flying one of these drones. PowerVision not only understands that, but they’ve positioned themselves to set a new standard altogether in the following:
- Video quality
- Video control
- Special effects
- Professional cinematography capabilities
The dual viewing feature means that users have comprehensive control over their UAVs in terms of visuals, with both a first person view and a subject matter view. A first person view camera can be placed on the front of the drone, while another gimbal-mounted camera can be set to watch the action on the ground, or elsewhere. This feature can be managed by one person or two, whether using one mobile device with a split screen or two with different devices managing FPV and SMV.
Users can choose from either the PowerEye Professional model (featuring a Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH camera) or the PowerEye Thermal (with a thermal/natural light switchable camera). And of course, there’s an app to match with the PowerEye App that allows for the settings to be switched in just a click. It’s important to note that in the thermal mode, those operating the drone will be able to see light spectrums that are not otherwise visible.
“PowerEye takes professional focus, special effects, and control to the next level. It exceeds past only what the eye sees and can capture something magical.” said Wally Zheng, CEO of PowerVision Technology Group. “We are excited to extend our years of expertise in UAV technology to today’s professional and aspiring cinematographers with PowerEye. By combining powerful new features and state-of-the-art aeronautics in a robust and collapsible form, we believe PowerEye sets the stage with new standards leading the market forward.”
Other features include:
- PowerVision Object Detection Technology – uses a range of integrated sensors to detect flight path obstacles and sound an alert within 10 meters
- Stable 4-Point Landing/Lift-off Design – eliminates the need for dangerous hand-held take-offs and catch-landings common with 2-point and/or T-bar designed drones
- Highly Portable 600mm Class Aircraft – integrates collapsible legs and rotors for quick and easy transport, folding to a mere 340 x 285 x 296 mm
- Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System Compatibility – enables users to connect a variety of lenses based on their personal preferences
- Maximum Flight Time – up to 29.5 minutes
- Control Range and Real-Time High Definition Video Stream: Up to 3.1 miles (5 kilometers)
- Weight 8.7 lb (3,950 g) with battery and propellers included
- Maximum PowerEye payload – 6.6 lbs
The PowerEye Professional drone will retail for $3,988, including the aircraft with all of the following:
- Full set of propellers
- Panasonic Lumix G 11mm F2.5 ASPH camera
- Rolling carrying case
- One remote control (one additional is included with advance payment)
- One extra pair of propellers
- Base station
- Battery and battery charger
You can pre-order your drone through the PowerVision Online Store, and if you are interested in further information as well as pricing on the PowerEye Thermal 2-in-1 thermal light/natural light integrated camera option, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 2009, PowerVision acts as a leader not only in UAV technology and services but also in robotics, data visualization and forecasting, and virtual and augmented reality. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, the company employs almost 500 individuals in the following countries: China, the US, Canada, Australia, Germany, and Finland. You can also follow them on Facebook and YouTube. Discuss further in the PowerEye Drone forum over at 3DPB.com.