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Media Update 02 April 2019

News   •   Apr 02, 2019 11:30 BST

Using Drones to Save Kenya’s Elephants

The fact is well-known: Tens of thousands of elephants are slaughtered every year to supply the illegal ivory trade, and some researchers even estimate an average of one elephant being killed every 15 minutes.

The Mara Elephant Project, a non-governmental organisation that works to mitigate this conflict in Kenya, is now enhancing its results by using DJI drones for precise and cost-effective elephant management.

DJI’s M200 series is being used during the day to spot poachers from a distance thanks to the 30x optical zoom of the Z30 camera, while in the night it is possible to capture their movements with the XT2 thermal camera. Furthermore drones from the Mavic series are being used to herd the elephants. Given that the engines sound like a swarm of bees, the animals change course to avoid the sound moving to safer lands.

The full video is available here to share with your readers

Osmo Pocket Microphone Adapter Available Now

The 3.5mm Microphone Adapter for Osmo Pocket is available to buy now. 

For those vloggers looking to capture audio from an external microphone the USB-C adapter gives users a 3.5mm socket to connect an audio recording device.

This new accessory is now available from store.dji.com priced 39 EUR/ 35 GBP

Freezing Dragonflies in Flight with Hasselblad

Photographing butterflies from as early as ten years old, Ghislain Simard is now known as an expert of high-speed photography, especially when it comes to capturing insects in flight.

Shifting his focus to dragonflies, he designed his own high-speed tools in order to freeze these agile fliers in motion.  Using the H6D-100c and various HC lenses combined with a home-made laser system to trigger the flash, Ghislain created elegant, painting-like images of dragonflies frozen in time.

His stunning photos can be shared with your readers by directing them to the Hasselblad official website.

If you would like any further information please contact charline.maillet@hasselblad.com

Accuracy of the DJI Phantom 4 RTK Revealed by Heliguy and Terra Drone Europe

To increase efficiency and reduce costs in the construction industry many have turned to unmanned aerial vehicles.  Drones are becoming a common place tool on construction sites where they are utilised to create site maps and conduct surveying missions faster than older methods while still providing high levels of accuracy.

Traditionally site surveyors needed to go through the laborious process of laying numerous ground-control points (GCPs) however a study carried out by DroneDeploy has proven the accuracy of the DJI Phantom 4 RTK – showing it can meet survey-grade requirements without the need for time consuming GCPs.

Take a look at the full report here

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