Hopefully it’s simply a matter of tweaking the firmware to have the S2 optimize for cinematic quality vs “clear the hurdle as fast as you can and get back to your subject as fast as you can”. I can see that the sacrifice would then be a recommended lower limit on the speed of the subject. But this could be an offered option toggle.That was a good review, always enjoy Billy's videos... this one was nice since it focused solely on the main area of discussion, the object avoidance. It's clearly a superior avoidance system, and impressive how it avoids striking branches, and how small twig strikes don't appear to effect it's flight or props...another impressive feature.
Although, this and several other videos do indicate tracking can be a little less than I had assumed from write-ups. It does have areas where it'll go high or distant with an outcome not optimal for the video and not ideally desired; other times it'll fall way behind while it processes it's flight path & current situation. Again, very impressive technology but cinematically not functional. Billy's video displayed more detailed footage of the drone loosing track or falling way behind. If it was a downhill ski or bike... it'd probably not noticed until way behind. A section within BIlly's video that was at the end of 1st trail... where it totally lost him in video frame, off to the side of track, but appeared to be moving forward like it was still tracking the bacon signal.
I'm looking forward to playing with the S2, looks like a very nice piece of technology. But it may require a few Firmware updates after a larger base provides collective data and identifies areas to improve.
I saw a couple videos where it’s good it was on they were running down sidewalks allowing the Skydio to buzz innocent passers by. Letting it go to 4’ could have been dangerous or would scare the crap out of people at minimum.That does sound like an interesting mode... so instead of hunting upwards, which if in trees is normally problematic, it'd drop below the small branches. After clearing branches does it attempt to regain it's higher position above subject?
I'd like to see that mode in action on the last several videos... they all had similar hang-ups in the low lying branches.
Wow, that bumps it out to Sept ~ there after.Someone posted on DP Review that Skydio told him no deliveries until third quarter of next year.
That’s tough for a startup.
by then DJI may have new models out and the gap in photo and video quality may just widen.
hope they can hang on bring some much needed competition to this market.
DJI is similar to Samsung, they both have an amazing speed ability to react with new release product that competes or retakes market... allowing DJI an extra 6 plus months to react isn’t a tactful marketing move by Skydio allowing market leader additional reaction time...
Product is now officially out in consumers hands, and you can easily bet that DJI has a few in their labs dissecting & examining. Bad for Skydio, but will be intersting to see how DJI reacts...
On the delays of the S2, why? Is it a lack of IC or electronics? Where are all these S2 components made... it’s assembled in USA but what manufacturer is making the components? USA, Korea, Japan, etc... they too have relationships with China.DJI outsources software, this where the magic of the Skydio is implemented with the hardware. I doubt that DJI will have this level of OA within six months. that is not to say that the M3 won't make a leap forward in OA but can it close the huge gap that quick?