This week, the US Army issued a directive ordering soldiers to not use DJI drones and other UAVs due to cyber vulnerabilities and the potential for spying by the devices on the battlefield. DJI is shocked by the move without consultation. What would be the threat? Leo says that drones have radios and GPS, and often have internet connectivity. So it's possible that drones could be taken over by a third party and used for spying, especially for mapping terrain. But Leo says it's also likely there's could be a certain amount of paranoia at work here.
Mike wants to buy his first drone. Leo says when he's just starting out, he's going to crash a lot. Leo got a cheap Syma and it flew away almost immediately, but it was only $50. That's the kind of drone he'll want to learn and practice on. Once he can get that done figured out, then the DJI Phantom is a good option for starting a business as a professional.
Jay is thinking about getting the , but he's interested in DJI's new Osmo Gimbal based camera. Leo says that it looks like a gimmick. Having said that, the image stabilization features of the Osmo are fantastic for shooting video. Leo says to think of the Osmo as a GoPro with stabilization built-in. It's great for action camera shots, but does he want that for his main photo rig?