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.

Drone tornado footage from Kansas shows unbelievable devastation

Drone Tornado kansas drone

A small drone shows a tornado in Kansas like you’ve never seen before.

Kansas, famous for its tornadoes since the Wizard of Oz, is no stranger to the devastation caused by the meteorological phenomena. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen drone footage of a tornado quite like this before with large houses pulled right out of the ground and thrown hundreds of feet into the air shown as clear and steady as a Hollywood film…

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DJI’s Active Track 5.0 on Mavic 3 gains ground on Skydio

The DJI Mavic 3 Pro flagship prosumer drone shipped installed last year without the company’s tracking software (as well as a bunch of other stuff we’ve come to know and love about DJI products). Earlier this year, DJI released firmware that enabled tracking called Active Track 5.0. Naturally, we took it for some testing and compared it to the king of tracker drones, the Skydio 2.

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DJI Mavic 3 vs. Mavic 2 Pro spec sheet

For those considering a DJI Mavic Pro 2 vs. the newly announced Mavic 3, we’ve put together a comparison of the specs. The big differences are in flight time at 31 mins for Mavic 2 vs 46 for the Mavic 3, a whopping >50% improvement (!) multiple lenses on the Mavic 3 and of course ProRes on the Cine version (which weighs 4 grams more). Lots more little details in the numbers below…

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DJI teases ‘Mavic 3’ in new launch page, scheduled for Nov 4 10 p.m. ET

The DJI Mavic 3 launch teasers keep coming from inside and outside the company. DJI Global just teased the Mavic 3 launch event with a teaser including a blurred “Mavic 3″…

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DJI Mavic 3 pricing previewed and oh boy I hope you are sitting down

The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom and 2 Pro debuted in 2018 at  $1,249 and $1,449 respectively (the Pro was updated to $1499 a month later). So even with the global chip shortage, inflation, and everything else, the DJI Mavic 3 should pull in pretty close to that, right? Uhh well, you might want to have a seat…

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DJI Air 2S live discussion: Join DroneDJ and special guests 9:45ET

Hey all, you might have heard that DJI launched the Air 2S today ($999) and of course in addition to a launch review, we’re going to go on Youtube and Facebook to answer some of your questions as well as highlight some of the finer points of the new drone.

The video links are embedded below or here for YouTube and Facebook.

Edit: That’s a wrap but if you want to watch the 45 minute video recap, click either of the above links!