Everyone remembers the DJI Mavic Pro. At the time of its launch, there simply wasn’t a drone like it in the market. I mean, yeah there was technically the GoPro Karma, but I’d argue that even that drone is nowhere near as polished as the Mavic Pro.
Not only did the Mavic fold smaller, it also flew better and had all of DJI’s excellent intelligent flight systems and computer vision — it was much better as a standalone product. Meanwhile, the Karma was designed to fit into GoPro’s ecosystem — and I have to say they did a good job there — leveraging the company’s existing action cameras while also adding a touch of modularity with the Karma Grip. At least they were doing a good job, until Karmas started falling out of the sky.
So, I’d argue that the Mavic Pro was definitely in a class of its own. And when you’ve got such a game-changing device, the question becomes: How do you follow it up? Well, DJI thinks the way forward to is to have two versions of the Mavic 2.
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Love to capture drone footages of yourself and your environment without the hassles and dangers of flying an actual drone? The Hover Camera Passport could be the device you’re looking for.
This portable contraption can be folded in half and there are no exposed propeller blades, which makes it safer to use compared to other drones. If you’re interested, the Hover Camera Passport is finally coming to Malaysia via Gadget Goods Asia and they are offering 20% off to those who pre-order.
When I hear the words “DJI” and “drone”, I often picture a fairly competent flying contraption that can be used to record epic aerial cinematography — because that’s the kind of reputation DJI has built for themselves. Even their tiny entry-level drone, the DJI Spark, has a 2-axis mechanical gimbal and a myriad of intelligent flight features.
The latest DJI-powered drone I got to try out, however, is a little different. It is called the Tello and as far as I can tell right now, it’s a lot more toy than it is film-making tool.
The DJI Mavic Air is now officially available in Malaysia and it retails for RM3,499 for the standalone kit and RM4,299 for the Fly More Combo. If you’re looking for a cheaper deal, you can now get the Fly More combo for less than RM3,800, which is more than RM500 off its recommended price tag.
UPDATE: The total savings is RM700 as the original RRP is RM4,299.
The DJI Mavic Air is the most advanced compact drone yet and it’s coming to Malaysia as early as next month. A couple of retailers have started accepting pre-orders for the new drone and now there’s an interesting offer on Shopee. Not only you can get it with a significant discount, it’s also an official DJI Malaysia unit via authorised distributor ECS ASTAR Sdn Bhd.
For those who haven’t flown a drone before, the Tello is a compact drone that smaller than a Spark and it costs about 1/4 of the price. It’s made by a startup called Ryze Tech and it’s powered by both Intel and DJI. On top of that, the Tello is also programmable, making it an educational tool to get kids started with coding.
With a price tag of less than RM500, it’s rather affordable and it’s now available for pre-order in Malaysia.
2017 was a fascinating year for smartphones and mobile tech in general. There were a lot of ups, a lot of downs and some pretty weird stuff along the way but there’s no denying that it was an eventful year.
Now that we’re on the cusp of the next wave of new products for 2018, we thought it’d be cool to take a look at some of the highs and some of the lows in 2017.
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UPDATE: The free drone offer is no longer available.
GoPro is going through a rough time and they have clipped the wings of its foldable Karma drone. If you’re still interested in this drone, a Malaysian retailer is offering it for free if you purchase a GoPro HERO5 Black with a Karma Grip bundle.
The DJI Mavic Air is probably the best compact drone right now as it packs the best features from both the Mavic Pro and the Spark into a sleek and compact form factor. It was announced recently and if you’re interested, you can pre-order one right now in Malaysia.
If there was any doubt that DJI are the king of consumer drones right now, let that be washed away with their latest flyer, the DJI Mavic Air. They wow-ed the world with the Mavic Pro‘s folding and great video capabilities. They shocked everyone with the ease and portability of the Spark. Now, the company is taking pretty much the best of both worlds and combining them into a killer new drone.