DJI is the main identify in drones, and we’ve favored their prosumer Phantom and Mavic traces fairly a bit — nevertheless it appears like the corporate has additionally quietly constructed knowledgeable cinematography drone that’s so high-end, it’s not even on the market. You’ll rent DJI to ship out a flowery van with a devoted group of execs, presumably to fly the drone for you.
As DroneDJ notes, the DJI Storm was quietly revealed in a YouTube video that appears to have flown underneath the radar (so to talk), and we’ve confirmed it exists on DJI’s Chinese language web site as nicely. It certain feels like a beast: an eight-rotor plane that may carry as much as an 18.5kg (40.8lb) payload. That’s sufficient to hold an sizeable filmmaker’s rig like an Arri Alexa LF digicam, full with lens, one in all DJI’s wi-fi comply with focus programs, and DJI’s Ronin 2 gimbal for stabilization.
As you may see within the video, it’s a means beefier drone design than DJI’s present $5,000 Matrice 600 for execs, a drone that may solely carry a 6kg payload by comparability. And it’s roughly 10 miles per hour sooner too, with a high pace of 80 kilometers per hour (roughly 50mph). DJI’s web site says it might fly for 15 minutes with a 12kg payload, although which will depend upon the batteries you utilize.
For sure, this may be a really dear drone, contemplating that DJI’s Ronin 2 gimbal runs north of $8,000 by itself, and different heavy carry drones just like the xFold Dragon X12 can price $30,000 and up. However as you may see within the video, DJI appears to be at present reserving it for its DJI Studio Customized Aerial Cinematography Service, which is why it comes with a van, crew, and presumably units of DJI’s fancy Grasp Wheels and Drive Professional distant management programs, each of which permit cinematographers to maneuver the drone’s digicam extra like they’d in the event that they have been truly shifting it on the bottom.
DJI Studio isn’t a brand new enterprise for DJI, by the way in which — it’s been working with cinematographers in Asia for not less than a pair years from what we will inform, however its Chinese language web site exhibits that its choices have been restricted to the DJI Matrice 600 paired with a Sony A7S II digicam, or a DJI Encourage 2. Now, it’s apparently acquired a rig prepared for purchasers who want a bit of bit extra.
Notice that none of that is essentially obtainable but, and it’s not clear it is going to be obtainable within the US in any respect. Once we reached out to DJI’s representatives in the US to verify the existence of this drone, they mentioned they’d must verify with abroad groups first.