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      Benefits of Selecting Action Gear as your Drone Partner

      Benefits of Selecting Action Gear as your Drone Partner

      Written by Warrick Kernes

      Buying a drone is not just about searching shop to shop for the best possible deal, this is the foundation of an ongoing partnership. You're not buying a box of cereal here, you're investing in a wonderful piece of technology and you're going to need great advice before your purchase, help with selecting the best accessories for you to get what you want from the drone, and you're certainly going to need post-purchase support when you're learning to fly or if you need servicing, maintenance and repairs once you start using your new drone. 

      You're not looking for a drone supplier, you're in need of a drone partner and here are some reasons why we want to be your partner in this journey. 

      Quick links: 

      1. Best customer service in eCommerce
      2. Get 10% Discount off booking your RPL (remote pilots license)
      3. Get 25% Discount off drone maintenance or repairs
      4. Full Warranty Support as an Approved DJI, Parrot + GoPro Reseller
      5. Finance your drone purchase using Mobicred
      6. Approved eBucks and Discovery Miles partners
      7. Well crafted bundle packages
      8. Drone Industry Opinion Leaders
      9. Advice on Drone Laws
      10. Learn to Fly with us
      11. Collection or Free Nationwide Courier Delivery
      12. Established 2010 

       


       

            1. Best customer service in eCommerce 

        Action Gear was selected as the 1st place winners of the Best Customer Service Award in the 2015 South African eCommerce Awards. Runners up included Superbalist, Takealot and Yuppiechef so you can rest assured that you're in good company. 

           

        2. Get 10% Discount off booking your RPL (remote pilots license) 

        Action Gear is proudly partnered with the leading drone license schools in South Africa. If you buy your drone from us you will automatically qualify for a 10% discount off your booking fee when signing up to get your RPL with one of our partner schools.

        *Valid for purchases from May 2017 onward.

           

        3. Get 25% Discount off drone maintenance or repairs 

        We are also partnered with SA's drone repair specialists SkyFix. If you've bought your drone through Action Gear you automatically qualify for a 25% discount off any servicing or repairs with SkyFix. Hopefully you won't need this but if you do it can save you a fair amount. You can use your Order Number as a reference when booking your drone in for repairs.

        *Valid for purchases from May 2017 onward.

             

        4. Full Warranty Support as an Approved DJI, Parrot + GoPro Reseller 

        Occasionally we see fly-by-night operators selling drones which are grey-imported. While there's a chance to potentially save a few Rands this is not a recommended place to buy your drone as you'll have zero warranty support if something goes wrong. Action Gear is an approved partner of DJI, Parrot, GoPro and more so we back up our sales with 100% warranty support. Unfortunately some people only find out the value of this when it's too late. 

             

        5. Get Finance for your drone purchase using Mobicred 

        Action Gear is partnered with Mobicred which is a SA based service which will let you buy your drone on credit. If you would like to do this simply sign up on their site and then come back to us and we'll guide you through the process. 

             

        6. Approved eBucks and Discovery Miles partners 

        Do you have some extra eBucks or Discovery Miles laying around? Why not use them to pay for a part or full payment of your drone purchase? Action Gear is very proud to be one of the few stores in South Africa to be partnered with both eBucks and Discovery Miles. 

             

        7. Well crafted bundle packages 

        As one of the first companies in SA to sell drones, we're not only interested in giving you the best deals available; we're also interested in supplying you with the right drones and accessories that suit your needs. We've crafted our bundles specifically with this in mind. There are some dealers who sell products in their bundles which outright void your product's warranty 100%. Please be careful of such dealers as you won't be able to get warranty support when you need it down the road. 

             

        8. Drone Industry Opinion Leaders 

        The experience mentioned above also means that we are looked to by many people in the drone industry to help shape the future of how drones are to be used in SA. We deal directly with the SACAA to help guide safe and responsible use of drones. 

           

         9. Advice on Drone Laws 

        If you have any questions on the drone operation laws in South Africa or if you need to know which licenses to get (and where from) then we can help. This is a partnership remember so when you buy your drone from us, you gain access to our advice too :) 

             

        10. Learn to Fly with us 

        If you want a lesson on flying your drone safely and securely then you're welcome to book an appointment with us and we'll spend an hour or so with you for this.

        *Hosted in the Randburg (Johannesburg) area. 

             

        11. Collection or Free Nationwide Courier Delivery 

        Whether you're based in Kathu, Alldays, Joburg or Cape Town we'll cover the cost all of the door-to-door courier costs to get it to you on our express courier delivery service.

        You can more about the delivery / collection services here.

        *Free delivery on all orders over R1000. 

             

        12. Established in 2010 

        We've been running strong since 2010! There are only a few drone specialists who have been around so long. If you'd like to read more about the history of Action Gear then click here

        Still not sure?

        If you're still not convinced, then here's another 16 reasons why we think you should buy your drone from us. In closing, here's a few words from Action Gear's Sales Director Dave Davies about the Do's & Don't of purchasing your drone. 

        Did you see these new DJI products?

        Did you see these new DJI products?

        Written by Daryl-Leigh Preuss

        We've seen some interesting new product releases from DJI via their Facebook page. Unlike the previous release(s) announcing the Matrice M200 series, Inspire 2 & Phantom 4 Pro range, or even the release of the Mavic we've had to keep our eye on social media for these new additions. Take a look at these new products (listed in order of the most recent): 

        DJI Goggles:


        See the world through the eyes of a drone using the new DJI Goggles! Amazing views as if you were right there. Turn the camera by turning your head with the option of 720p/60fps and close range 1080p/30fps viewing.

        • Type: FPV (First Person View)
        • Ultra high quality screens
        • Long range
        • Low lag wireless connectivity
        • Photo and video capture
        • Intelligent Flight Mode support
        • Immersive experience
        • Ergonomic design
        • Up to 6 hours operation time
        • Compatible with Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 series and Inspire series

        You can read more about the Goggles here. Get yours at Action Gear!


        DJI Tracktenna:

        Released roughly 6am 24 April 2017 via DJI Facebook


        Signal loss is a common problem when it comes to obstructions and magnetic interference. With the new DJI Tracktenna, it gives you perfect signal strength with boosted gain and automatic repositioning.

        • Signal reception is 32 times stronger
        • 100 times reduced interference
        • Long distance flying can now reach up to 10km
        • Compatible with the Cendence remote controller (see below), Matrice 200 Series and Inspire 2

        You can see the full specs on the DJI product page.


        DJI Cendence:

        Released roughly 5am 24 April 2017 via DJI Facebook


        With over ten customizable buttons, five analog control channels and antenna interchangability, the new DJI Cendence, along with the DJI Tracktenna, can augment the power of DJI Lightbridge technology increasing overall anti-interference and video downlink quality.

        • Multi-drone compatibility
        • Flexible and Efficient design
        • Customizable buttons
        • New LCD display

        You can see the full specs on the DJI product page.


        DJI Ronin 2:

        Released roughly 4am 24 April 2017 via DJI Facebook


        Able to support a wider range of cameras, the Ronin 2 can resist high winds and moves smoothly when mounted to a car. A detachable grip allows the Ronin 2 to stand on it's own as well as enhanced intelligence to make professional shots easy. (Panorama; Timelapse; CamAnchor)

        • Compatible with cable cams; drones; cranes; Steadicams and more
        • Dual battery system
        • Effortless transitions between scenes

        You can see the full specs on the DJI product page.


        If you see anything else being released, feel free to get in touch or tag us on Facebook! You're also welcome to let us know how you feel about these latest releases from DJI in the comment section below & if you're keen to get them.

        The new FPV Goggles from DJI

        The new FPV Goggles from DJI

        Written by David Russel Davies

        The new DJI Goggles

        They're finally here!! The DJI Goggles boast the new Ocusync transmission system,  pair of  large high quality HD screens, long range transmitters, low latency (110ms), built in touch pad and intelligent flight modes. 

        You can also read about the release of the Ronin2, Tracktenna & Cendence here.

        Compatible with the Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 Series and the Inspire Series.

        The DJI goggles will give you that amazing immersive birds eye experience. With a South African recommended retail price of R9,099.00 make sure to pre-order your DJI goggles now. 

        Shipping  & Delivery dates to be confirmed.

        Contact us as per details below:
        Email: sales@actiongear.co.za
        Tel: 011 781 1323

        I’m surprised its taken DJI this long to bring out their own FPV goggles. Its something we expected with the release of the Inspire 2. Yes they’ve taken their time but when you look at the DJI Goggles closely you appreciate why. From the built in touch pad to the head tracking feature they are pretty dam impressive! Well done DJI you’ve rocked our rotors once again!

        Touchpad:
        Choose a menu & confirm

        Power Button:
        Turn the Goggles on & off

        Function Button:
        Enter Focus Mode & Other

        Normal 2K drone goggles are two screens split into two 1280 X 1140 screens, one for each eye. When you view this in 16:9 some parts of the image are cut off leaving only a quarter of the pixels. DJI goggles have two 1920 X 1080 providing twice the resolution of normal screens.

        With the new Head tracking feature your head movements control the camera yaw and tilt. You just need to turn your head left or right to move the camera. In head tracking gimbal mode only the camera move without changing the yaw.

        The goggles work perfectly with DJI’s new intelligent flight modes. In fixed wing mode the aircraft doesn’t turn left or right but instead flies forward with enough rotational movement for a realistic flight simulation.

        In head tracking mode you’ll be able to fully control the Mavic Pro for a real flight experience, much like 360 flight experience.

        An AR trajectory feature in fixed wing mode allows safer flight in more complex environments.

        Over and beyond hobbyist needs there’ll certainly be some commercial applications. Getting clearer live pictures when inspecting electrical lines, roofs, surveying mines might provide that extra edge and save you that second flight.

        Specifications:

        Weight

        Goggles: 495 g
        Headband: 500 g

        Dimensions

        Goggles: 195×155×110 mm
        Headband(Folded): 255×205×92 mm

        FOV

        85° (single screen)

        Screen Size

        5 inch×2

        Interpupillary Distance Range

        58 – 70 mm

        Refresh rate

        60 Hz

        Screen Resolution

        3840×1080 (single screen: 1920×1080)

        Operating Frequency

        2.4 GHz

        Max. Transmission Distance

        Same as the aircraft connected

        Video Downlink Resolution

        1080p30, 720p60, 720p30

        Video Downlink Latency at least

        (Near field and free of interference)

        110 ms (Mavic Pro, 720p60, video format: 720p120)
        150 ms (Phantom 4 series, 720p60, video format: 720p60/720p120)
        140 ms (Inspire 2+X5S, 720p60, video format: 1080p120)
        190 ms (Inspire 2+X4S, 720p60, video format: 1080p60)

        Battery Capacity

        9440 mAh

        Battery Energy

        35.44 Wh

        Max Operating Time

        6 hrs

        Operating Temperature Range

        32°F (0°C) - 104°F (40°C)

        I/O Interface

        Micro USB, 3.5mm audio jack, HDMI type-D, Micro SD card slot

        HDMI Supported

        HDMI 1.4b, HDCP 1.4

        Sensors

        Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor

        Charger

        Input: 100-240VAC, 50/60 Hz. 0.5A
        Output: 5V,3A ; 9V,2A;12V,1.5A

         

        For more information contact us sales@actiongear.co.za or phone us 011 781 1323

         

        The New GoPro Fusion - Taking 360° Footage to the Next Level

        The New GoPro Fusion - Taking 360° Footage to the Next Level

        Written by Daryl-Leigh Preuss

        We're still in awe with the release of the GoPro Hero 5 Family & the Karma drone but the new GoPro Fusion is sure to start turning heads (ba dum tss)! 

        In their announcement "The Newest Member of the GoPro Camera Family" (made on 20 April) they introduced us to the Fusion. Fusion is meant to embody all the best in GoPro, from the quality, mountability and durability into one compact product.

        In my opinion, the GoPro Fusion is the coolest camera GoPro have released to date! This awesome gadget can film / take shots from all angles giving you 360° footage. With the Fusion's 5.2K video, you can relive your bucket-list moments over and over again!

        “Fusion is just that, the ability to capture every angle simultaneously…as though you had six GoPro cameras fused into one. Whether filming for VR or traditional fixed-perspective content, Fusion represents the state-of-the-art in versatile spherical capture.” - GoPro founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman.
        • Type of camera: OverCapture camera (Records all angles)
        • Camera: 5.2K
        • Release date: 20 April 2017.
        • Expected date of arrival: End 2017
        • Compatibility: It's compatible with a large range of GoPro mounts and handheld accessories.

        We will keep updating this blog as soon as information is released regrading the price and date of arrival.

        Why do we like it so much?

        Imagine being able to capture the moment as you live and enjoy it from all angles and having the ability (and flexibility) to choose your composition at a later stage (this is called OverCapture / Reframing).

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          Check this video to see the amazingness of the Fusion:

          We would love to know what you think! Leave your thoughts in the comment section.

          DJI Firmware Update for Phantom Series

          DJI Firmware Update for Phantom Series

          Written By Daryl-Leigh Preuss

          It is always best to keep your drone updated with the latest DJI firmware to ensure your drone is working at it's best. Not only does your drone need the updates but your remote needs them too!

             

                         

          With regards to the DJI Phantom 3 Professional / Advanced and Phantom 4 remote controllers, we would like to ask you to please do the following if you're using one of the above models:

          • Please ensure your remote controller is at least 50% charged
          • Launch the DJI Go App
          • You will see either a doctoral hat or 3 lines icon on the upper right corner of your screen. (The DJI Go App will show a "doctoral hat" but the DJI Go 4 App shows 3 lines instead.)
          • Hold the doctoral hat / 3 lines icon for a couple of seconds 
          • This will direct you to the download link.
          • Now update your firmware to V1.8 (Please do so even if you've updated to V1.8 before, this latest firmware version number has remained the same)

          This update will improve your image transmission giving you a better view for safe flying!

           

          If you're curious about other firmware updates or news, select the "firmware" tag below. You can also sign-up to our newsletter to stay up to date with the latest news.