PowerVision has announced the launch of global pre-orders for its PowerEye professional-grade cinematography drone. This drone features Dual Viewing for both subject matter view (SMV) and first person view (FPV) streaming at the same time, something made possible via a gimbal-mounted camera and another camera housed on the drone’s nose. PowerEye also features PowerVision’s Object Detection technology.
Two different PowerEye drone models are being offered: the ‘PowerEye Professional’ and the ‘PowerEye Thermal.’ The Professional model features a 4K-capable 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor that offers Raw DNG capture and Panasonic Lumix G 14mm F2.5 ASPH lens while the Thermal model has a switchable thermal/natural light camera with two different lenses and sensors. Operators toggle between the natural and thermal cameras using the PowerEye App.
Overall, PowerEye weighs 3.9kg / 8.7lbs including its propellers and battery; the design includes 4-point landing and liftoff and collapsible rotors and legs for a folded transport size of 340 x 285 x 296mm / 13 x 11 x 11.6 inches. The battery claims a flight time of up to 29.5 minutes on a charge, about 10 minutes longer than the DJI Inspire 1, and operators can control the drone from distances up to 5km / 3.1 miles. The drone’s max payload is up to 3kg / 6.6lbs. The full spec sheet is available here.
The PowerEye Professional is available for pre-order now for $3,988, which includes the Panasonic camera, base station, the battery and charger, propellers + an extra set, a rolling case, and a remote control + an extra remote control for pre-orders specifically. The thermal camera variant is not currently listed on PowerVision’s website, however, and pricing is unclear.