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CES 2016: ProDrone introduces new DSLR capability for Byrd drone

January 8, 2016  - By
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ProDrone has announced its new Ultimate Flying Platform line featuring a static mount capable of lifting and integrating with several DLSR cameras. The company stated in a news release it will be demonstrating the new system at CES 2016 in booth No. 25417, held Jan. 6–9 in Las Vegas. The new mounts will be available for sale in Q2 2016, with new features and capabilities being added in Q3 2016.

“This marks the first time a consumer drone has been able to integrate with heavier DSLR cameras, increasing the ease and value of producing super high quality aerial photography,”ProDrone stated in the news release.

The ProDrone Byrd, best known for its unique ability to fold up to the size of an iPad for hyper portability, has now added another unique ability by introducing a static mount for DSLRs. The new mount is integrated with several Sony cameras — DSC-RX100M4, ILCE6000 and a7RII — and the RICOH GR2. The system is also available with limited operations for the Panasonic GH4, Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera BMD and the Canon 5DIII. Full integration will be available for all these cameras by Q2 2016, the company says.

“With the drone market maturing, it becomes obvious that a flying platform that integrates with the world’s best cameras is the best option for the most people,” said Joseph Haagensen, community manager for ProDrone. “A lot of people have been asking for integration with the top cameras they already use for photography. This was the basis for our Ultimate Flying Platform line that we’ll continue to expand with more cameras and stabilized gimbals. At the end of the day, the ProDrone Byrd will be the only drone anyone will need to buy.”

With each of the Sony cameras, users may view footage via the ProFlight app. The DSC-RX100M4, ILCE6000, a7RII and GR2 have the ability to take photos and video via the ProDrone controller.

ProDrone also has a new partnership program, and is seeking to expand relationships with the world’s leading camera manufacturers to develop the best solutions and options for the drone market. Camera manufacturers interested in learning more about the partnership program can contact

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About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.