More than a year a go, DJI released their Phantom drone designed for GoPro cameras. The Phantom made it possible for ultra-low budget filmmakers to get sweeping aerial shots never before possible. Now, DJI has shoot up the low-budget aerial world once again with their S1000 octocopter designed to fly the Canon 5D Mark II or Mark III.
The DJI S1000 is, of course, larger than the Phantom. It’s several feet across when all of the arms are extended, but the arms fold up in to the base when not in use for easy travel.
This octocopter can keep a Canon 5D in flight for 10-15 minutes, depending on the battery pack. The Phantom could only keep a GoPro in flight for about 8 minutes, so that is an improvement in flight time.
DJI has currently not released pricing for the S1000. They also do not have an official release date, but say it should hit the market sometime during the first quarter of the year.
UPDATE: WATCH OUR VIDEO WITH THE S1000 DSLR OCTOBER AT NAB