About the Author

Scott Simmie

Scott Simmie is a career multi-platform journalist now specializing in drones and other technology content creation.

He’s worked at senior levels for CBC National News and the Toronto Star, reporting from such locations as China, Russia, Thailand, Ethiopia and more. While at The Star, he covered the X Prize in Mojave – the competition that led to Virgin Galactic and sparked space tourism. He has reported from multiple conflict zones, as an EMMY Nominee, and is the co-author of three best-selling, non-fiction books.

Scott has been working in the world of drones since late 2014. His clients have included DJI.

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Scott Simmie's favorite gear

DJI Mavic Air 2

DJI's awesome new drone is a winner, packing in high-priced features at a reasonable retail price. You will love this drone.

DJI Mini 2

At 249 grams there's no registration or license required – and it captures 4K video!

Insta360 ONE R

Rock star 360 action camera with 1" sensor and Leica glass! This is an *awesome* camera.

Hybrid drones grab eyeballs at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL conference


A couple of drones have really caught our eye at the at AUVSI XPONENTIAL conference in Orlando, Florida. They’re hybrids, using hydrogen and gasoline to create electrical energy to run the motors. And there’s a very good reason for that.

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Wild heavy-lift cargo UAV debuts @AUVSI, uses gyrocopter principle for lift

On the crowded floor of the AUVSI XPONENTIAL conference – the biggest drone show in the world – it takes something pretty unusual to stop you in your tracks. But literally three minutes after getting on the exhibition floor, I kinda had to stop in my tracks and check out the Aergility ATLIS. You’ll soon see why.

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New BETAFPV Pavo360 drone with Insta360 technology

This is actually about two brand-new products, intended to work together as a pair. They are the BETAFPV Pavo360 drone, along with the SMO 360 – an ultralight, twin-lens 360° camera. If you’re into CineWhoops and 360 footage, it looks like an interesting combination.

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Insta360 Black Friday deals go live!

Insta360’s Black Friday deals are now live! Hop in and take a look, there are some great deals here.

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Insta360 Black Friday deals coming soon!

Insta360, arguably the world’s leading company specializing in consumer and pro 360° cameras and accessories, has announced its annual Black Friday sale. It will start November 24 at 6 a.m. PT, and it looks like a good one. We’ll ping you a reminder when it goes live, but you might want to bookmark or email yourself this article.

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Top 10 reasons to buy the DJI Mavic 3 Standard drone

Well, after what feels like the world’s longest drumroll…the DJI Mavic 3 is here. We’ve had our hands on the standard Fly More Combo and have had some time – albeit limited – to check out this drone’s capabilities. It has a lot going for it…so let’s dive in with our Top 10 reasons to consider buying the DJI Mavic 3 drone.

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