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Typhoon H February 17 2016

Not too long ago Intel invested 60 million USD into Yuneec. It didn't take long for us to see what that would yield. This Spring, Yuneec will be releasing the most technologically advanced prosumer drone to date - the Typhoon H.  It's a very exciting time to be interested in drones. Here's a breakdown of some of the features mentioned. CONTINUOUS ROTATION Unlike the DJI Inspire series, the Typhoon H...

Best drone videography of 2013 May 13 2014

  Drone photography and video have made a big impact over the last year. Everyone from journalists to film makers have been using drones to capture some stunning footage.   Here's our favourites:

Quality Does Matter May 09 2014

"It's identical to an iPad, but it only costs $100." That's what you're told. Do you believe it? "It's the same as a Ferrari, but we're only charging $10,000 for it." Of course you don't believe it. We're not that foolish when it comes to established brands with longstanding positive media coverage for technologies we're familiar with as a society. "Drones kill." Wrong. Guns don't kill either. People do. "Oh,...

H109S Revised Availability April 24 2014

According to Sam Lee, boss at Hubsan in China, the Hubsan H109S X4 PRO will be available to distributors by the end of April. This means that manufacturing and shipping time, these units will hopefully be up on our site by the end of May. Are you excited?

Drones Toronto April 15 2014

We are pleased to announce our latest partnership with Drones Toronto! Danny specializes in pro grade service and will be instrumental in our commercial/industrial business growth. Of course, once he got his hands on our retail drones, he couldn't say no! If you're in Mississauga, swing on by and give Danny a visit.

The Superman in all of us March 19 2014

Generally we use this blog for business only but every now and then a video is just so well thought of, and so well executed, that is has to be shared. If we're honest with ourselves, we all want to be Superman. One drone operator decided to live the dream for us - with the help of a drone and a GoPro.

Zombie Drone March 04 2014

For the most part, I don't buy into the general mass paranoia that many seem to have regarding drones. Maybe it's because we understand the underlying technology used in UAVs, or maybe because like so many other new technologies we realize that fear diminishes with adoption rates. Remember when cell phones with cameras first came out? It was a big privacy deal. Have you heard anyone complain about it in...

Quadcopter 101 March 03 2014

Usually we use our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to share articles from others. However, this particular piece was so informative that we are sharing it here.   http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/quadcopter-a-review

360 Fly March 01 2014

In the past year, we've examined a few different photo technologies that in our opinion would enhance the capabilities of our professional drones.  Thus far, the only one we've been impressed with in practice is the Back-Bone ribcage mod for GoPro. However, now we've come across the 360 Fly. It boasts a custom technology that basically reminds me of the old Quicktime VR plugin that died out, but still, it...

Flock of Drones February 27 2014

Over the last couple of years there have been a lot of videos of "coordinated" drone movements that have wowwed and impressed the masses, myself included. That is, at least, until we started digging behind the scenes and realized that every single one of these videos was employing a bit of smoke and mirrors to get that wow factor. All of these videos were in closed indoor areas, with several...

Droneport.com February 25 2014

Droneport’s mission is simply stated: to help those who build, fly, operate, and maintain drones make the transition from personal experiments to commercial operations for compensation and hire. Impartial reporting, standardized terminology and more are the focus of this new website. Already it's proving to become a valuable resource as the drone industry grows by leaps and bounds out of its infancy.

GPS Tracking your Micro Quad February 20 2014

Has it happened to you yet? Have you lost a drone? Did you lose sight of your Hubsan X4 and it was gone when you looked back? Did you test altitude only to have the wind take it and no matter how many hours you spent searching you couldn't find it? It eventually happens to every hobbyist.  Sure, some of the larger, more expensive units have GPS tracking built in,...

Thank you Star Wars February 20 2014

If you're in the right age demographic, either older or newer, then you can appreciate how science fiction universes such as Star Wars and Star Trek have affected the path of modern technology. To reinforce this point, here's a great article that illustrates just how "science fiction" the latest crop of military drones have become. http://gizmodo.com/military-drones-are-looking-more-and-more-like-star-war-1526164614

Drones Gone Mild February 11 2014

It doesn't matter how many times we say the word in our head, the first thought that typically comes to mind in the drone bombings in the middle east. It's simply what gets the most exposure in the media. But instead of asking the questions "Am I being spied on?" or "When will drones start attacking us?" why not your mind to task on these questions instead: Can drones save...

What's in a Name? February 05 2014

Drones have been permeating the media outlets more and more each day, and rarely with any positive connotations, even many drones are being used in breakthrough ways to benefit humanity. Forbes recently wrote an article Would it help if we stopped calling them drones? in which it's put forward that with all the negative military mentions of drones, that the rest of us would be better off calling them something...

Hubsan Q4/Estes Proto X February 03 2014

Well, the buzz is certainly going around about the Hubsan Q4 nanodrone. Word is this ridiculously small quadcopter boasts the same stability as its bigger X4 brothers, and offers a rugged durability never before offered for a toy grade quadcopter. Add to that the fact that it will bind with your existing X4 controller, and you can certainly see the appeal. All this while boasting a low price tag have...

X4 Drones Commercial Systems January 31 2014

Thank you for your ongoing participation in our X4 DRONES VIDEOGRAPHY SURVEY. Your feedback continues to help us explore more commercial applications we can be involved in. Earlier today, a happy X4 Drones customer and I were discussing the possibilities of LiDAR systems with the upcoming H109S X4 Pro unit. "Anything's possible." I replied with a grin, and an enjoyable conversation ensued. What is LiDAR and of what use is...

The Why of Drone Videography January 30 2014

As you may or may not, we're looking to expand what we do here at X4 Drones to include drone videography: for real estate, sports, events, you name it! In fact, would you please take a few moments and fill out our survey to help us better define exactly what we want to do?   But this post is about drone videography. The video below, while not our demo reel,...

Hubsan Q4 January 30 2014

The Hubsan Q4, or the Estes Proto X as it is licensed in North America, is the world's smallest manually flown drone. It's very stable, and has the same good design sense that has made Hubsan a success. We don't carry it at X4 Drones. It's toy grade and we specialize in the hobby grade Hubsan X4 series. Having said that, there have been some positive reviews surrounding the Q4,...

Bitcoin Payment January 24 2014

WHAT IS BITCOIN Well, according to the Bitcoin Wikipedia entry, a bitcoin is a peer to peer payment system and digital currency. Bitcoins are created by a process called mining in which participants verify and record payments in exchange for transaction fees and newly minted bitcoins. Users send and receive bitcoins using client software on a personal computer, mobile device or web application. Bitcoins can be obtained by mining or in exchange for products, services, or other currencies....

The Future of Flight Time January 23 2014

The single biggest obstacle all electric powered aerial vehicles face is flight time. The current battery of choice for most R/C aerial vehicles is Lithium Ion Polymer (Li-Po). They have a nice lower weight with increased capacity and power delivery. For our microdrones that equals about 10 minutes flight time with a 380 milli-amp (mAh) battery. The next "big thing" is a Lithium Sulfur battery (Li-S) which promises 4x the...

The Magic of Marketing Micro Drones January 21 2014

As much as I don't like the Parrot AR Drone, I have to be envious of their marketing money. They really know how to promote their product. In fact, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) recently, they "unveiled" the "world's first consumer microdrone". It's so small that it fits in both of your hands! Waitaminute. Don't all of the current X4 Drones fit in just one hand? Why yes, yes...

Insightful FAQs January 20 2014

During this last holiday season, I was reminded hundreds of times that consumers still don't really understand what drones are about. The top questions/concerns can be boiled down to these things: quality between grades understanding technology creating hobby relationships Let's investigate these items a little more, shall we? QUALITY BETWEEN GRADES "How much is that? $15?" he asked, enthralled with the hovering microdrone in front of him. "That one is...

H109S Shipping Date January 17 2014

A quick update on the highly anticipated H109S. Originally, we were told end of January for shipping of the product. Now our Hubsan rep is telling us mid-March for pre-orders. This is very typical Hubsan, and I adore them for it. You may be saying "What?" at this point, as Hubsan is notorious for underestimating its time to market, and it frustrates a lot of hobbyists and retailers. For me,...

Real Estate Video January 11 2014

Once the H109S is released, we're pleased to announce that X4 Drones will also be offering a video production service. Got a wedding coming up? Or a family event? Maybe you're a realtor looking for a fresh perspective to sell that property! Including full post-production services via Adobe After Effects, we're looking forward to doing even more for you and our community. http://bc.ctvnews.ca/drones-getting-buzz-in-vancouver-s-real-estate-market-1.1632914

Hubsan X4 H109S FPV January 06 2014

Well, there's some bad news and some good news ... BAD NEWS HUBSAN X4 H109 Remember this picture I posted not too long ago of the H109? Hubsan has officially stated they will no longer be developing this product. (insert sad face here) GOOD NEWS HUBSAN X4 H109S The official reason they will not longer be producing the H109 is due to the fact that they have upped the ante...

Why we love or hate drones December 15 2013

  How can we get people to stop thinking drones are cool?   Found an interesting article on the perceptions of the masses regarding drones:   http://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2013/12/13/why-do-we-love-or-hate-drones/   We're afraid of them: afraid of revolution a fear of removing humans from the equation a fear of the power they give us (and we give them)   How can we get people to stop thinking drones are evil?  

Amazon Prime Air December 02 2013

We've been saying drones are the future for companies such as delivery for over a year. Now, it would seem Amazon is ready to publicly agree. AMAZON AIR PRIME Read the full article above to see Amazon's new plans for drone delivery of packages in under 30 minutes, hopefully in effect across the USA by 2015. That means up here in Canada we'll be a little behind the curve with...

Hubsan X4 H109 November 21 2013

It would seem that after completely dominating the micro quadcopter market with superior product, the good folks over at Hubsan have now focused on the larger mainstream quadcopter arena, competing against the likes of products like the DJI Phantom Vision. While not a lot of details are known as of yet about the 109 (or the Cylon as it's affectionately known already), here's what we do know: Completely Ready to...