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The Fly Drive is a storage solution optimized for backing up drone footage

By Bryan Chan & Liu Hongzuo - on 12 May 2017, 2:56pm

The Fly Drive is a storage solution optimized for backing up drone footage

DJI Fly Drive (bottom) with the DJI Mavic Pro drone (top).

Even the best drones come with very limited flight times and storage space. Having to re-shoot footage when either one conks out can be a real pain, which is why DJI and Seagate partnered up to bring the DJI Fly Drive to life. This external hard drive lets drone users back up precious flight footage while they’re out in the field.

The non-flying DJI Fly Drive is slightly different from a typical portable hard drive, as it’s designed to quickly receive and unload 4K footage from your drone. As such, it has 2TB storage (enough for about 60 hours of 4K drone footage shot at 30 FPS) and a MicroSD card slot that can take cards rated at UHS-II and below. A UHS-II SD card is capable of file transfer speeds of up to 312MB/s (half duplex).  

To connect the Fly Drive to a desktop or laptop, there’s a USB Type-C cable within the storage device’s bumper. That cable supports both USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 transfer profiles. The bumper not only hides the USB cable, but it also protects the Fly Drive with added durability against jostling and dropping.

This external backup solution also comes with two months of free access to Adobe Premiere Pro CC (originally US$19.99/month).

While its local pricing and availability aren't officially out yet, we know that the DJI Fly Drive retails at US$199.99 (~RM870). We’ll update this coverage once Seagate releases more information.