About the Author

Seth Weintraub


Founder, Publisher and Editorial Director of the 9to5/Electrek/DroneDJ sites.

Seth Weintraub is an award-winning journalist and blogger who won back to back Neal Awards during his three plus years  covering Apple and Google at IDG’s Computerworld from 20072010.  Weintraub next covered all things Google for Fortune Magazine from 2010-2011 amassing a thick rolodex of Google contacts and love for Silicon Valley tech culture.

It turns out that his hobby 9to5Mac.com blog was always his favorite and in 2011 he went full time adding his Fortune Google followers to 9to5Google.com and adding the style and commerce component 9to5Toys.com gear and deals site. In 2013, Weintraub bought one of the Tesla’s first Model S EVs off the assembly line and so began his love affair with the Electric Vehicle and green energy which in 2014 turned into electrek.co.

In 2018, DroneDJ was born to cover the burgeoning world of drones and UAV’s led by China’s DJI.

From 1997-2007, Weintraub was a Global IT director and Web Developer for a number of companies with stints at multimedia and branding agencies in Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Madrid and London before becoming a publisher/blogger.

Seth received a bachelors degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California with a minor in Multimedia and Creative Technology in 1997. In 2004, he received a Masters from NYU’s Tisch School of the Art’s ITP program.

Hobbies: Weintraub is a licensed single engine private pilot, certified open water scuba diver and spent over a year traveling to 60 cities in 23 countries. Whatever free time exists is now guaranteed to his lovely wife and two amazing sons.

More at About.me. BI 2014 profile.

Tips: seth@9to5mac.com, or llsethj on Wickr/Skype or link at top of page.

September 24

“Always Home Cam” isn’t Amazon’s delivery drone but will deliver piece of mind… in 2021

Today at its new product event, Amazon debuted a new $249 drone that’s job is to patrol your home when you aren’t there. Will people invite Bezos Inc drones into their homes?

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June 15

DroneDJ reader Scott Lee was flying his Mavic Pro recreationally in western Pennsylvania when he heard a shot from a rifle not too far away.

At the time, he was hovering, adjusting his camera angle at 389 feet. After the shot, all systems appeared to be normal. He continued to fly the drone. However, when he decided to bring it back, he noticed a big difference in his drone…

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April 27

DJI Mavic Air 2 live chat, join us for an hour discussion, ask questions and see it live

Hey everyone, today is Mavic Air 2 launch day (check out the announcement and our review) and we’re here live to discuss the new drone. Head below for the YouTube embed or follow this link. (Buy your Mavic Air 2 $799)

All the rumors were true: The DJI Mavic Air 2 is now official, and we’ve had a few days head start evaluating the new $799 wunderkind. (Buy at DJI or Adorama/$988 Fly More)

Talk about big numbers in a small (570g) package: 48 Megapixel camera which shares the Sony IMX586 sensor with recent flagship smartphones. Add the ability to record 4K video at 60 frames per second, which is double the framerate of the big brother Mavic 2 Pro.

There’s a lot more to this, so read on as we bring you exclusive footage and takes below:

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April 14

Save $270 on DJI’s Mavic Air Fly More Combo at one of the lowest prices yet

DJI’s official eBay storefront offers its Mavic Air Fly More Combo for $699 shipped. Also available for $1 more at Best Buy and $499 refurbished at DroneNerds. Typically fetching around $970, today’s offer saves you $270, beats our previous mention by $20, and marks one of the lowest prices we’ve seen to date. Mavic Air features 4K video recording, an HDR-compatible 32MP sensor and slow-motion video capture. It brings 21-minutes of flight time, a 43-mile per hour top speed and 3-axis gimbal-stabilized camera to a folding drone design. The Fly More Combo includes additional propellers, a carrying case, other accessories to round out your kit. With Mavic Air 2 slated to be officially announced this month, now is a great time to save on the original. Over 825 customers have left a 4.8/5 star rating and you can dive into our hands-on review for an in-depth look. More details below.

December 4, 2018

Apple now selling LaCie 2TB DJI Copilot BOSS drive for easily transferring files from drones & more

Apple today has started selling the LaCie 2TB DJI Copilot BOSS Hard Drive. Apple is selling the accessory via both its online store as well as its retail stores. The hard drive costs $349.95 from Apple and serves as an accessory designed for cameras, DJI drones, and more.

August 23, 2018

We’re at the DJI Mavic 2 launch event and are updating as we learn more. Update Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom page is now live.  Livestream below. expand full story

July 5, 2018

Just now, DJI pushed back to an undisclosed date its July 18th “See the Bigger Picture” event due to what seems to be the (drone) technology not being ready… Needless to say, DJI’s announcement comes as a big surprise less than two weeks away from what would have been a global product launch on July 18th. The drone maker told us that they are working on establishing a new date and will announce that as soon as possible.

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May 21, 2018

We were just passed along an interesting short documentary video by Dezeen below on how drones will change city life and in the words of one expert “will be more disruptive than the Internet”… expand full story

March 13, 2018

From Electrek:

The flying taxi company Kitty Hawk last night launched ‘Cora’, a Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) personal airplane/helicopter drone hybrid that will carry a passenger. Kitty Hawk is funded by Google co-founder Larry Page and CEO-ed by Sebastian Thrun, the self-driving car pioneer who is the founding director of Google’s X lab. expand full story

March 6, 2018

From 9to5Google:

Google is not only applying machine learning across its products, but also encouraging other developers to adopt it in third-party services and other use cases. It has now emerged that one of the latter examples is for drones from the U.S. government.

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January 31, 2018

DJI’s Mavic Air was announced last week to a flurry of great reviews. We’re currently putting together our review but spoiler: We can say that this is the drone to get in the ~$800 price range.

A short recap on specs:

  • Capture 4K Video and 12MP Photos
  • 3-Axis Gimbal-Stabilized Camera
  • GPS- & Vision Position-Based Navigation
  • 8GB of Internal Storage/up to 256GB via microSD
  • FlightAutonomy with Obstacle Detection
  • Top Speed of 43 mph in Sport Mode
  • ActiveTrack Subject Tracking Modes
  • Up to 21 Minutes of Flight Time
  • Foldable, Portable Body

One way to save money is buying the Fly More combo but that’s not saving money off the original DJI Mavic Air, it is saving over $200 on accessories when purchased at the same time. 

The good news is that we’ve done some digging and negotiating to get the lowest price offers from various resellers on the Mavic Air. Head below for the breakdown…

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January 23, 2018

We’re on location in NYC for what we believe will be the DJI Mavic Air Announcement. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube as we blast out live updates throughout the event and after where we’ll have some hands on time. Check below the fold for updates.

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January 16, 2018

We’ve had many clues that point to a new DJI Mavic Air drone to be released on January 23rd in New York City. We documented and explained our “Mavic Air” theory on this very website, but many people still had their doubts. Well, today we have found yet another piece of evidence that will bolster our case. Follow along.

Go to your browser and type in the following URL (or simply click it) dji.com/mavic-air. It redirects you to the official DJI.com homepage.

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November 26, 2017

Save on RC drones today only at Amazon: Tenergy Quadcopter for $28, more

Amazon, as part of its Cyber Monday week deals, is offering discounted drones from just $13.29 Prime shipped for this Syma R/C Helicopter. Also, you can find this Tenergy TDR Phoenix Mini RC Quadcopter Drone with HD Video Camera for just 27.99 shipped. That’s $12 off the original listing and the lowest we’ve seen it go. Rated 4.6/5 stars by Amazon shoppers. 

October 27, 2017

In the not so distant future, not only will cargo move on the ground on autonomous trucks but more valuable time sensitive goods will move through the air with automated UAV transport as well. China is ahead of the game here and this week tested what is believed to be the largest capacity civilian drone in northwest Shaanxi Province Thursday. expand full story

October 26, 2017

Deal Alert! Grab a DJI Phantom 4 with 4K camera from the official store for $800

Act quick, I don’t think this is going to last. DJI’s official Ebay store is offering the DJI Phantom 4 Drone for $799.99 shipped. That’s 33% off and the lowest price we’ve seen. Specs below:

October 16, 2017

Deal Alert: Grab a 200GB SanDisk MicroSD card for $63 at Amazon

From 9to5toys:

Amazon is having a big Gold Box on much of its storage but the standout is the SanDisk Ultra 200GB MicroSD with 100MB/second transfer rate for $62.99 shipped. That’s 25% off and the lowest price we’ve seen on this card which gets impressive 4.5/5 star reviews from Amazon customers. Check out the whole sale for more including the 256GB monster

October 11, 2017

Are you excited for tonight’s DJI event? We’ll have live coverage here so come back at 5PM PT/8PM ET.

But…Spoiler alert: we have what we think are some images and specs of what is to be revealed. We saw a sneak peak earlier this week but this is the real deal. Only click below if you don’t mind knowing a lot about the sick new DJI Zenmuse X7 cinematic 6K camera… expand full story

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