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Seagate drones on with new DJI Fly Drive, now in Australia

Launched earlier this year in partnership with DJI, a leading UAV maker, Seagate’s new hard drive for DJI drones has flown into Australian availability at last.

Seagate and DJI have partnered together, taking flight to “solve the data demands of drone users as they are creating more content than ever before.”

As drone cameras gain resolution and drone flight times grow longer, Seagate explains that its “Fly Drive allows users to securely and efficiently store, manage, backup, download and share their photo and video content on location, thanks to its large storage capacity, integrated MicroSD card slot, quick transfer speeds and durable build".

It’s a hard drive in a special enclosure able to withstand the rigours of drones diving out of the sky, or at least, that’s what we’re promised.

So, what are more specifics on the features and benefits?

Up to 2TB of capacity
With this kind of space, Seagate says “Fly Drive can store over 60 hours of 4K 30fps video footage. On a drone like the DJI Mavic Pro, that’s more than 250 flights worth of content” - with that stat backed up by the figure that, “on average, 1 hour of 4K 30fps compressed footage creates 30GB of data.”

MicroSD Card Slot
Managing multiple SD cards, readers and cables in the field is a pain. Thanks to an integrated hub that’s UHS-II-rated, it lets the user be more effective in the field by being able to quickly drag and drop 4K files from the MicroSD card to Fly Drive or the computer.

Protective Bumper
The drive’s integrated, protective bumper helps provide shock resistance against the inevitable in the field, like being jostled around or dropped while packing and travelling. Safely tucked inside of the bumper is its USB-C cable, ideal for on-the-spot file transfers.

USB 3.1 Interface
Compatible with both Mac and Windows, Fly Drive’s USB 3.1 Type-C interface allows for fast file transfers with the latest generation Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 computers.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Fly Drive features two months of complimentary access to Adobe Premiere Pro CC, the industry’s leading video editing software — a US$19.99 per month value based on the annual subscription price — so that users can immediately get to editin.

Equipped with a drone, laptop, Fly Drive, and Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Seagate and DJI say “creatives will have everything they need to capture, edit, and share their content.”

Available for $179, you can buy the Seagate DJI Fly Drive from Officeworks, JB HiFi and Bing Lee.

Seagate and DJI say they’re “committed to uncovering new innovations for drone pilots and their data, so keep your eyes on the horizon for what’s in store".


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