--FILE--A DJI Phantom 4 drone hovers during a demonstration flight at a launch event in Shenzhen city, south China's Guangdong province, 5 March 2016.Xiaomi Corp., the Chinese smartphone maker that challenged Apple Inc. with sleek designs and low prices, is planning to introduce its first drone at a price more than 20 percent below a comparable product from market leader SZ DJI Technology Co., according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The drone, made by FIMI Technology, will record high-resolution 4K video and cost about 4,000 yuan ($610), the person said, asking not to be identified as the details are private. That compares with $799 for the Phantom 3 4K device on DJI's website.
--FILE--A DJI Phantom 4 drone hovers during a demonstration flight at a launch event in Shenzhen city, south China's Guangdong province, 5 March 2016.Xiaomi Corp., the Chinese smartphone maker that challenged Apple Inc. with sleek designs and low prices, is planning to introduce its first drone at a price more than 20 percent below a comparable product from market leader SZ DJI Technology Co., according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The drone, made by FIMI Technology, will record high-resolution 4K video and cost about 4,000 yuan ($610), the person said, asking not to be identified as the details are private. That compares with $799 for the Phantom 3 4K device on DJI's website. Shui guotang

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THE Civil Aviation Safety Authority has been slammed over new regulations that allow unlicensed individuals and organisations to fly commercial drones with a maximum take-off weight of less than 2kg.

The new laws, which come into force today, also allow landholders to operate drones of up to 25kg on their properties without the need for approvals.

Calling for the laws to be scrapped, Australian Federation of Air Pilots president David Booth said drones could cause a huge amount of damage if they hit a helicopter's tail rotor or flew into a plane engine.



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