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Many Monstrous Notes at CES 2017

While wandering around CES 2017, I was reminded of that scene in Amadeus, in which the Emperor Joseph II decides that the new opera by Mozart had “too many notes.” (The actual quote is “monstrous many notes” and referred to Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio,” but I digress.) That’s what I felt about CES—monstrous […]

The Two Big Headwinds Still Facing the Camera Drone Market

After a period of uncertainty and prolonged debate, the Federal Aviation Administration finally clarified the regulations governing consumer and commercial drone use over the summer. While a few finer wrinkles still need to be ironed out, the general guidelines are clear enough to seemingly open U.S. skies to wider camera drone use. And manufacturers have […]

Video Recording Formats: Are We Done Yet?

While attending a corporate video shoot last week, I was a taken back by the recording gear sitting atop the videographer’s two tripods: not sophisticated prosumer models from Canon or Sony, not a couple of standard consumer beer can-style camcorders, not even a pair of GoPros. No, what these professional video makers were using to […]

Could Drones-With-Cameras Soar Past Action Cam Sales?

At an atypical press event last week, dominant drone market leader DJI announced its new advanced Phantom 4, a $1,400 model with a 4K camera mounted underneath. What was atypical was the broad-based press event itself, something the company has not been known for. Also atypical is its sales partnership with Apple, where the Phantom […]