Here's Journalist, a lovely new folding camera copter from Germany (use Google Translate for English, or see the English one-pagerhere). Pixhawk or APM-based. The build quality looks outstanding (it's probably not cheap, however) and the form factor seems perfect for this kind of camera. 

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Comment by Randy on August 4, 2014 at 5:55pm

The basic shape is similar to the safeflight copters.  The build materials are different but I wonder if it might suffer from the same instability that the safeflight copters had which I think was caused by having a lot of surface area far out from the COG.  The video shows it flying indoors and if you look at the video here I think it's possible to see it's a bit wobbly.

I don't want to be negative of course, it's very sweet looking and I'd love a copter with prop guards, just want to point out the little tidbit I learned from my experiences with the safeflight copter.

Comment by robert bouwens on August 4, 2014 at 10:46pm

yes we all know - apm and pixie do not wobble :-)

maybe you need to change the sw.

but for shure the mass out of the center gives it it's flight characteristics.

the same applies for the ar.drone.

safecopter seems to be out if bussiness.


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on August 4, 2014 at 11:20pm

Very polished arrival on the scene though. I like the handle the most along with Asctec camera type mounting.

Comment by Jack Crossfire on August 5, 2014 at 12:34am

In addition to "journalist" & "hobby" quads, there need to be "his" & "her" quads.

Comment by Hans H. on August 5, 2014 at 1:32am

Is the intended customer journalists?

Drones are complicated technical stuff and journalists often have problems with the simplest forms of mathematics and physics. Calculating percentage is far beyond journalistic knowledge. Fly a drone?

Comment by Bobby on August 5, 2014 at 3:40am

I think the multirotor is for everyone using. Not just for journalist.

Battery: Gens Ace 8000mAh.

Have you use this battery?

Comment by Lester Haines on August 5, 2014 at 5:21am

@Hans H: I'm a journalist and must protest your outrageous slur against our mathematical abilities. If I had a euro for every time I've heard that we can't do maths I'd have, er, hold on, I need a calculator, what's five times six again.....?

Comment by Ian on August 5, 2014 at 6:59am

As VP for the PSDJ ( http://www.dronejournalism.org/ )  I applaud the move to specific job aircraft, it may not be perfect yet, but there are a lot good things in the design. What is important is that not all journalists can spend the time learning even the basics of flying. The simpler the control systems the better, tablet way points are probably the best although lack the fine tuning of stick flying it's easier for journalists to pick up and operate in the field.

Comment by Alex Lee on August 5, 2014 at 7:21am

if you removed the prop shields, and if the arms could hinge where they meet the main hinge, the thing could fold flat enough to put in a tube. Then you could carry it and the camera on your back.

Comment by David Hennes on August 5, 2014 at 8:05am

I hope it fit into a guitar case

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