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ProDrone's Ultimate Flying Platform puts DSLRs on consumer drones

ProDrone's Ultimate Flying Pla...
A ProDrone Byrd with a DLSR attached via the Ultimate Flying Platform, on display at CES
A ProDrone Byrd with a DLSR attached via the Ultimate Flying Platform, on display at CES
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A ProDrone Byrd with a DLSR attached via the Ultimate Flying Platform, on display at CES
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A ProDrone Byrd with a DLSR attached via the Ultimate Flying Platform, on display at CES
The Ultimate Flying Platform mounts will work on all Byrd models and are expected to start at under US$100 for the static mount, with pricing for the gimbaled mount yet to be announced
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The Ultimate Flying Platform mounts will work on all Byrd models and are expected to start at under US$100 for the static mount, with pricing for the gimbaled mount yet to be announced
The ProDrone Ultimate Flying Platform mount with an infrared camera
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The ProDrone Ultimate Flying Platform mount with an infrared camera
It's probably just a matter of time before more cameras are fully integrated into the Ultimate Flying Platform
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It's probably just a matter of time before more cameras are fully integrated into the Ultimate Flying Platform

Drone photography just took a step forward with ProDrone's Ultimate Flying Platform line of mounts, which are reportedly the first ones capable of carrying a DSLR on a consumer drone. They're designed to work exclusively with the Byrd line of quadcopters.

By letting people use their own cameras, ProDrone anticipates recruiting new customers and opening up new frontiers in high-quality drone photography. The mounts will work on all Byrd models and are expected to start at under US$100 for the static mount, with pricing for the gimbaled mount yet to be announced.

The number of cameras that are presently compatible with the mount is relatively small, however ProDrone is actively seeking partnerships with major camera manufacturers, so it's probably just a matter of time before more cameras are fully integrated into the platform.

The Ultimate Flying Platform mounts will work on all Byrd models and are expected to start at under US$100 for the static mount, with pricing for the gimbaled mount yet to be announced
The Ultimate Flying Platform mounts will work on all Byrd models and are expected to start at under US$100 for the static mount, with pricing for the gimbaled mount yet to be announced

As of this time, Sony cameras (DSC-RX100M4, ILCE6000, a7RII) and the Ricoh GR2 are fully operational with the Ultimate Flying Platform. The system is also available with limited operations for the Panasonic GH4, Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera BMD and the Canon 5DIII.

ProDrone says that full integration will be available for all these cameras (and hopefully others) by Q2 2016.

Source: ProDrone

3 comments
Bob Flint
Putting $5+k worth of stuff like this up in the air, & skyjacking/aerial protection will take a whole new turn. Not to mention the footage & rights of ownership, if caught spying over my land. May not want to shot it down, but a bigger meaner drone with a net for confiscation. Then since this birdy will most certainly have to be registered, then the owner's also on the hook for trespassing, & a host of other charges.
vblancer
Bob I STRONGLY doubt your property rights extend into airspace. That I know of it has never been thus. Do you own the air aircraft fly in? I am a private pilot do you have the right to take me down if I fly over your land? Not that I ever heard of or it might be open season with people living around airports!! What about things like Google Earth that get quite detailed as to what is on your land? Does your supposed air space ownership go all the way to space? Bob you bring down some else's expensive drone and camera I believe that would be called Grand Theft and you would be looking at a jail sentence. Bob if you are sun bathing nude we probably do not want to see that anyway! What else are you so paranoid about?
Mexoplex 5 Million
I get so tired of people that will "git er done" and "shoot down AN_EE drones over MY properteeee. its my gall-darn right to privaceee". The only people that should be worried about surveillance drones are Habitually Nude Supermodel Backyard sunbathers and meth dealers.