21 Aug 2023

We spoke with DJI about the future of drones

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Drones are the perfect emblem of how technology evolves. A few decades ago, these unmanned aerial vehicles were the remit of science fiction.

But nowadays? You and I can order drones online that are capable of incredible achievements, whether that’s displaying unparalleled feats of acrobatics, or filming the sorts of videos you used to need a camera crew and helicopter to produce.

Sometimes, we need to take a step back and appreciate just how mind-blowing technology can be.

Despite this, it’s been a couple of years since I really explored what was happening with drones, so to discover what’s happening on the cutting edge, I spoke with Ferdinand Wolf, Creative Director at DJI.

What’s happening with drones?

One of the first things Wolf pointed out to me was the recent “major innovation” of adding multiple lenses to drones. This move brings “more visual creativity to aerial photography through compressing the depth of field and depth of focus to highlight the subject.”

They pointed towards their flagship camera drone, the DJI Mavic 3 Pro, as an example. This has a 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad camera, a 1/1.3-inch CMOS medium tele camera, and a 1/2-inch CMOS tele camera.

This allows aerial photographers incredible control over their shots and, for many movie or television creators, has led to drones being a vital part of their toolkit.