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Mavic vs. Karma

It’s a crazy week. Last week GoPro unveiled their newest gadget, the GoPro KARMA, to the world and just a couple of days later, DJI comes across with their newest gadget –  The DJI MAVIC Pro!

What meant to be the benchmark of the semi-pro drone market, the DJI Phantom 4, seems to be replaced by the DJI Marvic. For a long time there was no doubt that Phantom 4 is the drone of the drone for semiprofessional users. After last week, when GoPro launched the Karma Pro, it seemed to be a good opponent to fight the Phantom 4 with it’s new drone architecture for better portability. In my latest drone post I tried to compare the GoPro Karma with the DJI Phantom 4, not knowing that there is already a stronger DJI weapon in the pipeline, waiting for it’s launch.

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So next I better hold the KARMA against the MAVIC PRO. So the new segment of foldable drones, which was created and owned by GoPro as of last week, has now to be shared with the market leader DJI. So what are the main differences between both products, keeping in mind that GoPro’s KARMA is much more as a equipment box with the handle grip and removable GoPro camera.

 

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Comparing both drones:

Package Size: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Small size and backpack included but still bigger.

 Smallest drone size on the market so far.

Drone Size: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Convenient backpack but still bigger.

 Almost fits into the pocket of your trouser.

Weight: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Convenient backpack but still bigger.

 743g

Camera: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Attachable GoPro Cameras 4/5. More functions, better quality and fps.

Bolted. 4K Ultra HD Video at 30fps or 1080 / 96fps .

Obstacle avoidance system: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Not available.

 Available.

Follow me funtion: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Not available.

 Available.

Pre-programmed flight paths: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 4 
Able to record and program

Flight time: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 20 min.

 27 min. at 0 wind and 15.5 mph. Normal flight mode 21 min.

Speed: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 35 mph

 up to 65 mph

Controler: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Small and easy to use controller. Bright touchscreen works fine even in sunlight. 

Small controller which works with cell phone as screen. All important functions will be displayed over the controller display while camera and is displayed on mobile screen. Res 1080.

Social Media live stream: Karma/Mavic Pro

 No information 

 Stream to Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube via the DJI companion app

Usage: Karma/Phantom: Karma/Mavic Pro

 The Karma is build on simplicity and easy to use handling. It depends on the consumer needs. Fly paths is a good function to let the drone do the flight job while the consumer can focus on the camera.

 With build in beginner mode the drone seems to be very easy to use, also for unexperienced pilots. During your flight time a beginner mode will turn hard movements into soft and guaranty best picture quality. 

Stabilizer Grip: Karma/Mavic Pro

 Removable stabilizer and handle included..

 Not included. DJ Oslo needed as an extra tool for another approx. 300 $. 

So, it seems that the DJI MARVIC is the better choice of both drones. But, that is hard to tell as it really depends on the consumer needs. The GoPro comes as an entire removable camera equipment set, holding a high performance outdoor camera (Hero5), a handle grip stabilizer and a drone. Where the DJI Marvic is only a drone. In package size smaller, but with the DJI handle grip OSMO close to what GoPro has.

In terms of functions, i.e. Follow me and Obstacle avoidance DJI will the better choice. I assume that GoPro will provide at least Follow me as an update soon where Obstacle avoidance is maybe harder to implement in the first model.

All insides are taken from various test and reviews which came out lately. Hopefully I will own one in the near future. Bookings for both are open by the end of October. That gives me some more time to think about it 🙂

 

 

Casey Neistat had his hands on both. the GoPro Karma & DJI Mavic, lately. Check out his thoughts about the new DJI gadget.

 

 

 

Victim or victim

Parents are often concerned about their babysitters. Some are unhappy as they think their babysitter is too strict. This little baby in India has 4 of the most strict babysitters in the world – cobras. Keeping in mind that those cobras belong to the species of the most deadly animals on the planet, but still, why can they not be protective reptiles to a small baby. 

As dangerous this looks, it’s most probably not dangerous at all. At least not for the baby, as the cobras has most probably their mouth sewn shut and fangs ripped out.

So what comes around as an unbelievable and beautiful story of the relation between animal and human is much more a terrible example of what people are willing to do to raise clicks on youtube.

In this case we should really ask ourself who are the victims of the story.

Thumbs down!

 

 

Looking for Karma?

The new drone on the market, the Karma, designed and developed by GoPro. There are not many reviews out at the moment and information you find on the internet is mostly from the launch event. So, what does GoPro say about their newest tool, which hopefully will help to drive the company into a better future.

Karma gives a first positiv impression as it comes in a very convenient box, which will be used as a backpack to take the drone wherever you want and your way leads you to. Everything you need – apart from the camera – is included in the box. The fold-up drone seems to be a smart solution to downsize the volume and pack-size. The Karma works with the GoPro Kameras from the 4th generation (Hero) to the just released GoPro 5. The cameras are mounted with a 3-axis gimbal, which can be swapped between the drone and the Grip handle. That is a huge selling point as it gives you another great tool straight into your hands for stabilized handheld shots. The Grip has a build-in battery that’s said to last almost two hours. More than my GoPro 4 Hero. The controller has an in-build display which – as GoPro says – works well under sunlight. A nice feature is that you can connect up to 2 or 3 (not sure here) devices to the controller, so that one flies the Karma and another person can control the gimbal (camera).

 

 

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One of the most important questions, which GoPro’s will work with the new Karma? The new Hero 5, Hero 5 Session and Hero 4 Black / Silver will fit in the included gimbal mounts.

So what’s about Flight Time? GoPro says it’s good for up to 20 minutes of flight time. It takes an hour to recharge, while the controller takes 2.5 hours and the Grip 2 hours. Only one of the Grip or Controller can be charged at the same time from the battery charger.

That all sounds very promising and gives you even the chance to build the drone into your already existing GoPro gadgets and safe money. But whats about the DJI Phantom 4? Will the Karma be able to fight against the DJI drone? Let’s compare both with the information we have.

 

Apples-to-apples comparison between GoPro’s new drone and the DJI Phantom 4:

Convenient size: Karma/Phantom

Small size and backpack included.

Not foldable. Extra case needed (approx. 200 Euro).

 

Camera system: Karma/Phantom

Removable camera system. Works with GoPro 4 Hero and 5.
Bolted to the drone.

 

Stabilizer Grip: Karma/Phantom

 Removable stabilizer and handle included.
DJI Osmo not included. Extra costs 300 Euro for handle without gimbal.

 

Follow me function: Karma/Phantom

Not included.
Included.

 

Speed: Karma/Phantom

35 mph
 45 mph

 

Obstacle avoidance system: Karma/Phantom

No, obstacle avoidance system.
Yes, obstacle avoidance system.

 

Pre-programmed flight paths: Karma/Phantom

Only 4
More than 4

 

Flight time: Karma/Phantom

20 min
20 min

 

Usage: Karma/Phantom

Easy to use for unexperienced pilots.
More complex because of more features.

 

Controler: Karma/Phantom

Easy to use controller with build in display.
Controller without display. Extra costs for display.

 

Well, the Karma seems to be an appealing package for some adrenalin junkies — especially the ones who enter remote areas. The fact that you also carry a stabilizer grip and removable GoPro, which then also allows to get attached to other GoPro holders and sticks, is a strong selling point. At the end it will depend the pilot which drone is the better one. The DJI Phantom is filled with much more technology and comes with more features in terms of flying and routing the drone. The fact that the camera is bolted to the drone and the extra stabilizer costs another 300 Euro, makes the Karma very interesting from a budged perspective. If you are not limited to space, you are not the crazy outdoor guy climbing up the rocks but you want to use it in a controlled and accessible terrain, the Phantom 4 is maybe the better choice.

I have not made my mind up which one fits better to my needs. It will be interesting to read some professional reviews in the next weeks. But the concept of the Karma I like and it seems to be a perfect solution for my needs. Let’s see and keep an eye on it.

 

 

The Swedish Number

Such nice case. Sweden became the first country to have its own phone number, so tourists around the world could call any random Swede and ask for advice. A truly crowdsourced tourism campaign that caught global attention and just got crowned as the Cannes 2016 Direct Grand Prix.

Wrench Against The Machine

Esquire Network revealed its new competition series, Wrench Against the Machine, will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 15

Some of the most prestigious bike builders in the country put their reputations on the line in the ultimate test of creativity and craftsmanship to impress head judge, Roland Sands, founder of motorcycle and apparel company Roland Sands Design. Rounding out the panel is Michael Woolaway, U.S. director of motorcycle design for Deus Ex Machina and Alan Stulberg, co-founder and chief designer of Revival Cycles and the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.

The 72 hours of round-the-clock wrenching will take viewers deeper into the teamwork, the problem solving, and the creativity of the process that brings these bikes to life. Every episode come with its own unique batch of teams and building challenges, as fabricators are tasked with building café racers, choppers, bobbers and beyond. In the end, the expert judges will test and evaluate the custom rides, crowning the winning team with the coveted “wrench” and the losing team’s bike.

 

 

Wasteland – Another Roadside Attraction

 

Crazy, Mad Max is alive. Seems the Burning Man festival for Mad Max fans. I’m not even sure if this is for custom car builders as the Wasteland people seem a bit over the top. But under a creative standpoint there is great understanding of the event. As crazy it seems, as much fun it would be to experience it once.

 

Landed

The base of our 2 day photo & video shooting – nhow Design Hotel in Berlin. Catching up some missing sleep from the last couple of weeks. 

Looking forward to a fun shoot at Werkloft Studios here in Berlin.

  

Action Module for Edelkrone Slider

Slider effects are always a nice way to push the intensity of a picture or moment. But, slider control can also become quite difficult in setting up the correct shot or handling later footage. I’m personal using a Konovan Slider Kit with a Manfroto mount for DSLR cameras. The Konovan Slider comes in a handy bag and is fine for most kinds of travel. Still, compare to newer slider models it still feels a bit big. Edelkrone launched the SliderPlus last year. A very small and handy Slider solution with an action module for many different recording modes. The slider itself seems a bit short but with the new sliding technology it will get the most out of your shots. The module comes with different settings such as Slide Control, Time Lapse, Stop Motion and Macro Slide. This is a big package in small size and weight.

The only downside of the Slider seems the limitation of use. It works best and only in full lengths if you using it on a tripod. By using it off the tripod directly on a table or floor, it will give you only half of the sliding action.

For most traveling cinematographer the Edelkrone Slider seems to be a home run and best for most shots. Available for approx. 1100 Euro you can get a package with the large size SliderPlus, a Action Module and all needed attachments including a bag.

Here is another video of the SliderPlus.

 

 

 

BlackEye Shooting

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Here are some impressions of our latest video shooting for RTT Steinert at Zittau. RTT Steinert is one of the leading companies for optical sorting machines such as their newest invention, the UniSort BlackEye. The BlackEye is a worlds first in the recognition and sorting of black plastics.

Powered By PASSION developed a distinctive and unique look for the launch video of the UniSort BlackEye. The entire video was shot on Red Epic 4K footage with different light systems. Over a two day – day & night – shooting at two different sets we worked our way through the shooting booklet and captured the most powerful perspectives and angles of the machine with a strong focus on the technical sorting part.

The intense pictures been shot by Fritz Butze from Hamburg and later edited by myself. The modern electro beat was composed on the edit by Andy Tex Jones, experienced and most talented Music Composer and DJ.

Credits:
Treatment/Idea: Christopher Schmidt // Powered by PASSION
Camera/Light: Fritz Butze

Equipment: Red Epic Dragon

Edit: Christopher Schmidt // Powered by PASSION
Post: Christopher Schmidt // Powered by PASSION
Animation: Christopher Schmidt // Powered by PASSION

Music: Andy Tex Jones

Lean back and enjoy the video!

Nice Slider Tool

Edelkrone stands for high quality photo and video gadgets and holds some cool and handy gadgets in their product portfolio. The Slider Plus is just one of them. For people who try to travel light weight and with small practical equipment this is almost a must have.

Edelkrone PocketRig

The Edelkrone PocketRig is the World’s lightest most portable DSLR rig that addresses all the needs of a professional videographer. With the minimal effort you will shot stable material from all perspectives. With the price of 249 Euro it is still affordable and for the CNC machined highest grade materials a fair deal.

Nixie

 

Nixie is the first wearable camera that can fly. A camera that comes with you everywhere and captures your moment. Nixie is for those moments in life when you really want a picture or video of something you’re doing, but using a standard camera or phone either isn’t feasible or would interrupt the moment. Imagine being able to capture a picture of yourself climbing a mountain or going over an epic jump on your bike. For now, Nixie comes with one mode, but will get further developed to multiple modes in the near future. Within the boomerang mode, Nixie takes your photo or video and flies back to you. It’s all shot in HIGH DEF, 1080p video and crisp images of your greatest moments. As the GRAND PRIZE WINNER at Intel’s Make it wearable award, expectations are high that this gadget will be available soon.

For more information visit – http://flynixie.com/

Wrist Flex

Another very cool idea is the WristFlex.

Always-available wrist-worn gesture recognition. Using an array of force sensitive resistors (FSRs) worn around the wrist, the interface can distinguish subtle finger pinch gestures with high accuracy (>80%) and speed. The system is trained to classify gestures from subtle tendon movements on the wrist

Sensor Tape

How nice is that! Sensor tape seems turning into a product in the near future. SensorTape is modular, it can be cut and joined in an arbitrary order. Ii can get used in a wide playground, such as pose problems (usage in clothes) or for many interactive solutions.

Smile TV

Facial Recognition works improved it’s level of high standard over the previous years. The technology is further developed and works well in complex and light situations. Above is a funny and also interesting project of how interaction can get used. This could get easily used for Comedy Shows, i.e. as long it’s funny the user will see the show/comedian, is he stops laughing the TV takes action and switches programs.

It’s in the detail

 

Pretty complex project by Squint/Opera for the biomedical research centre in New York. The display wall is build from 2800 mini screens set in a grid pattern behind a panel of thousands of circular acrylic discs – a reference to the lenses used in medical research. 

The dual layer construction makes it possible to read the wall from a distance as a single image, and then, up close, each screen has information about medical discoveries and other news from WCMC’s website. The images and stories will be changing constantly.