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The new UAV con­trol func­tion of Ray­ma­rine’s Ax­iom and Ax­iom Pro MFDs is com­pat­i­ble with these video drones.


The af­ford­ably priced Spark mini-drone (not shown) in­cludes Ac­tiveTrack, which can au­to­mat­i­cally rec­og­nize and track ob­jects. PalmCon­trol mode al­lows you to con­trol the Spark’s move­ments and take pic­tures with hand ges­tures, with a sta­bi­lized two-axis gim­bal for smooth video footage. You can choose from pano or shal­low-fo­cus modes to get the shots you want. Re­turn-to-home mode en­sures you won’t lose your Spark when the bat­tery runs low. With flight speeds up to 31 mph, it of­fers 16 min­utes of max­i­mum fly­ing time on a sin­gle bat­tery charge. $399;


Among the Mavic se­ries is the Mavic Air (shown left). De­signed to fold for easy trans­port, it fea­tures top-of-the-line flight and video per­for­mance. The three-axis gim­bal, three-di­rec­tional en­vi­ron­ment sens­ing, and 4K cam­era of­fer the ca­pa­bil­ity of 32-megapixel sphere panora­mas and 100 Mbps video cap­ture. Gim­bal damp­en­ers cre­ate steady shots. It in­cludes a re­mote, but you can also use hand ges­tures to launch and con­trol this drone in SmartCap­ture mode. With flight speeds up to 42.5 mph, it of­fers 21 min­utes of max­i­mum fly­ing time on a sin­gle charge. $799;

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