The S1000 Octocopter: The latest flagship drone from DJI

The S1000: DJI’s latest flagship drone

In early 2013, DJI Innovations graced us with the unveiling of its successful and highly accessible quadcopter drone, the DJI Phantom. The Phantom was very well received after its inception, and has become one of the more popular quadcopters on the market. It is pretty much the choice drone for ambitious videographers on a budget looking to get their hands dirty in the drone game. Paired with the GoPro Hero3 and the ZenMuse H3-2D gimbal, this little device has the potential to produce some stunning results, as seen in this Vimeo video.


The success of the Phantom has led to the updated Phantom 2 quadcopter, that’s fitted with its own camera system which sends a signal to your phone as a FPV (first person viewer) and has been given a boost in flight time.

DJI has been in the business of making drones for a long time, and they’ve just released their latest flagship, the S1000. Some key features of this octocopter are its retractable landing gear and ability to fold up and be stowed away in relatively tight spaces. For those of you trying to make the jump up to DSLR drone flying, this could be what you’re looking for.

Most large drone systems are kits that you assemble yourself, and can run you up to $15k before you’re even able to get any footage from it. The S1000 will start at just around $4,000; but don’t get too excited about that price just yet. You’re going to need an 8-channel radio system, a battery, and a charger before you can get it into the air. You’re also going to need a gimbal if you’d like to fly your camera with the best results, and the ZenMuse Z15 gimbal will run you another $3,000. Including your camera, at the end of the day you could be looking at a $10,000 rig.

Whether it's a quadcopter or octocopter or something in between, there's a lot of risk when flying a drone, but it also comes with a huge reward of a unique shot that puts your work above the competition (pun intended). You may find yourself asking, “is the juice worth the squeeze?” We say yes.

Jordan Claverie is a freelance videographer, photographer and Videomaker's web analyst

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Thu, 02/20/2014 - 9:53am


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Ron West's picture



Cheers for a fairly complete, informative article on an interesting new piece of gear. 


That's all well and good, however, but what about the legality of using a UAV? Last I heard, it's completely out of bounds, legally. How does one cope with that?


Thanks for any thoughts.

What's legal: Drone video

Hi, Ron.. thanks for your comments. The legalities of shooting with drone cameras is a subject we're following. Basically, each state in the U.S. has different rules... even county by county, in some areas. But the fed rules, set by the F.A.A. states fly height limits and says you can't fly them for commercial purposes. [In other words, you can't earn income on it, you can use it for hobby purposes only.] We know of several real estates video producers using drones to show off large high-end properties, and they need to consider shooting into the neighbor's backyards - provay is a big issue. This story Videomaker ran a ew issues back has more:


Anyone else want to add comments, please do. It's a new market and, as always, the waters are mudy!


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I'm researching airworthiness

I'm researching airworthiness risks of the S1000 for a client.  Anecdotal evidence suggests there have been some uncommanded flight controls for this machine (not lost link, but moving away when uncommanded).  15 minutes flight time could send the S1000 off some distance.  DJI doesn't quote a max speed, so how far could one of these go on one charge?


tomtom78's picture

I'm looking to find an octocopter that can lift up to 10 pounds. And drop it off too