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Amazon Sells $3,000 Drone

Douglas A. McIntyre

Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) may start to deliver packages via drones. The huge e-commerce company also sells them. Among those listed as available is the most expensive one at Amazon.com. It sells for $3,015.61

The DJI Image Professional Inspire 2 Filmmakers Drone, Gray (CP.BX.000166) has high-tech features that allow it to literally fly itself:

Efficient workflow
Sense and avoid
Spotlight Pro
Intelligent flight modes
Smart return to home

The manufacturer's own description of the product:

The Inspire 2 takes everything that was good about the Inspire 1 and improves it. An all-new image processing system records at up to 5.2K in CinemaDNG RAW, Apple ProRes and more. It goes from 0 to 50mph (80kph) in just 5 seconds and hits a maximum speed of 58mph (94kph) and has a max descent speed of 9m/s for unheard of speed and agility in an aircraft this size. A dual battery system prolongs the flight time to a maximum of 27 minutes (with an X4S),while self-heating technology allows it to fly even in low temperatures. FlightAutonomy has been revised and developed specifically for the Inspire 2,providing two directions of obstacle avoidance and sensor redundancy. Increased intelligence adds multiple intelligent flight modes, including Spotlight Pro, giving even single pilots the ability to create complex, dramatic shots. An upgraded video transmission system is now capable of dual signal frequency and dual channel, streaming video from an onboard FPV camera and the main camera simultaneously, for better pilot and camera operator collaboration.

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