3D Robotics’ new modular drone will photograph and map your house

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The drone wars are heating up, and I don’t mean robots battling it out in the sky. Today, 3D Robotics revealed the X8+, a drone with swappable parts that is equally comfortable taking photographs, carrying a small package and mapping terrain. It doesn’t have the total photography package the new DJI Inspire 1 is shaping up to offer, but its modularity will make it appealing to anyone who needs that extra flexibility and control.

At $1,350, the X8+ is less than half the price of an Inspire 1, though it doesn’t come with a camera. Instead, you can attach whatever camera you would like. That includes GoPros but also light professional cameras (including plenty of choices that allow for higher quality images than the 12 megapixels the Inspire 1 can manage).

The X8+’s biggest strength over the Inspire 1 is its software. Like any 3D Robotics drone, it can follow you around…

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