Drones, Instagram and a 16-Camera Camera | Photalife Friday Round Up

This is a little round up of the photo news from this past week that I think you'll be interested in. 

Drones, Instagram and a 16-Camera Camera | Photalife Friday Round Up

Drone Sales Exploded 117% in 2016

Photo Credit - Jason Blackeye on Unsplash -  https://unsplash.com/search/drone?photo=pLmNaIqTXJk

Photo Credit - Jason Blackeye on Unsplash - https://unsplash.com/search/drone?photo=pLmNaIqTXJk

Even with various restrictions coming into place sales of Drones in the US is still growing at a massive rate. NPD reported that sales were up 117% in the 12 months leading up to February 2017. 

The fastest selling drones were those priced $1,000+ which includes the DJI Phantom range. 

I don't have the figures for the UK but I wonder if they're growing at such a rate...tell me in the comments do you have a drone? 

Instagram Now Lets You Save and Organise Photos Into ‘Collections’

After the release on Instagram of their save feature they are now adding to it by allowing you to organise these into collections. In a kind of Pinterest style you will be able to have all your 'floral' or 'animal' saves in one place. 

According to Instagram, 46% of users have used the save feature since launch in December. Having never used this feature I can't see it changing anything I do. To read more about it have a read of the Instagram Blog. 

Final Design of Light L16 Camera

After 2 years in the pipeline, it would appear that the Light L16 is a step closer. This is the final design of the camera. 

If you're unaware of what this is, it's a 16-camera camera, which will capture 52MP images. 

From the close up you see that the camera uses 6 x 150mm f/2.4 telephoto lenses, 5 x 70mm f/2 midrange lenses, and 5 x 28mm f/2 wide-angle lenses. This camera raised over $30million in crowdfunding and the company are currently working on building cameras to fulfil their pre-orders.  

They hope to be able to take new orders in late 2017...but remember the pre-order price was $1,699 so it's now a cheap piece of kit. 

You can read more on the LightRumours site