DJI Spreading Wings S1000 Review and Test
When it comes to unmanned aerial systems (UASs), nothing develops and manufactures them the way DJI does. And, with the Spreading Wings S1000 Premium, the global leader didn’t disappoint. There are many reasons why this should be the next best gadget to get your hands on. Not only is it a great improvement from the Spreading Wings S800, it also boasts of the following features:
Almost made entirely out of carbon fibre, with a few parts made of aluminium, there’s very little doubt that the S1000 is very light. Then again, DJI have been known to keep their drones light. This octocopter weighs an approximate 4kg, which is surprising considering its multiple components. What’s even more impressive is that it has a maximum takeoff weight of 11kg, which means it can carry other equipment as heavy as a 5D mark.
Compared to an S800, which stability is limited only to professional level photography, the S1000 is very stable because of its 8 rotors. It can handle certain levels of aerobatics, allowing you to try a few hair-raising manoeuvres. The rotors also provide several redundancies. If one rotor fails in midflight, the other seven would still work to capture the shots and then land the drone.
The bulk and the amount of space a photo and video equipment occupies has always been a problem for professional photographer and videographer. DJI, however, has removed such concerns when they built the Spreading Wings S1000 Premium. Its arms are foldable and neatly lock in place, transforming it into a portable and space-saving UAS. The battery is incorporated into the gimbal, which is not only a space-efficient idea, but also helps reduce vibration. This offers smoother shots and more usable footage, minimising the possibility of time-consuming and expensive retakes. With this device, how and where to store it, won’t be much of a problem.
Plus, it can be ready to fly in five minutes, as what DJI claims. You only need to lift the red clips that lock the arms in place, power up the system and voila! The drone will be up and running in no time. This saves you a lot of prep time prior to the flight.
New power distribution
With the S1000 frame, DJI built a new power distribution board (PDB), where all the ESCs are connected to a central hub through a proprietary plug. The plug is designed to withstand vibration, which means it won’t easily come off. There are a total of 3 power sources that can be used to fire up other components, such as A2, iOSD, Z15-5D, Zenmuse, etc. No need to use a Y harness to tap power, which was the norm with the S800. The female XT60 connectors are also soldered straight on to the board, eliminating the possibility of a short due to power wires rubbing against each other.[youtube height=”500″ width=”780″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u73unuV1Kn0?rel=0[/youtube]
The Spreading Wings S1000 Premium is built and designed for professional aerial photography and videography, similar to its predecessor S800. In fact, it uses the same high quality motors and ESCs. The main difference is that the S1000 is an octocopter, while the S800 is a hexacopter. Moreover, DJI made sure that it will be very easy to use the S1000 with your camera. In fact, a gimbal is one of the things that you’ll find in the box, which is specifically designed for use with the Canon 5D Mark II and III. Suffice to say that it only takes 3 steps to get everything working; just (1) set up your camera, (2) fire up the S100 and then (3) get it up into the air.
Frame Arm Length
Frame Arm Weight
Weight(with Cooling Fan)
30Hz ~ 450Hz
Drive PWM Frequency
Foldable Propeller (1552/1552R)
High strength performance engineered plastics
6.0Kg ~ 11.0Kg
Max Power Consumption
Hover Power Consumption
1500W (@9.5Kg Takeoff Weight)
15min (@15000mAh & 9.5Kg Takeoff Weight)
-10 °C ~ +40 °C
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I ordered this from EP last week and it arrived next day. I havent got a camera on it yet, I am practicing flying first and have picked this up really fast. I will be using this for some fast action production films. I use this alongside the smaller Vision 2+ ( which is great for the money). This s1000 will be mounting my Lumix GH4 eventually. If you are a serious pro film person this is one of the best investments you can make.
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