Cool Operators: New Tech Items

A hyper-responsive, home-flown photo drone, plus the latest new tech finds that make life better (or at least more fun).

DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

If you want to see what all the buzz over drones is about, skip the slew of toylike aircraft that have hit the market and seek out the much more serious model from Chinese firm DJI Innovations. The 2.5-pound quadcopter has a top speed of 33 miles per hour, and once you’ve mastered the dual- joystick remote, the Phantom offers a level of control that smartphone-steered drones simply can’t touch. The flagship model has a 1080p video camera mounted to a three-axis gimbal, which lets users capture the kind of ultrasmooth, sweeping aerial shots more typical of Michael Bay blockbusters than home movies.

Sony Alpha 7

The problem with most pro-level cameras is their size. A good DSLR is usually so bulky and heavy that it tends to get left at home. The Sony Alpha 7 interchangeable-lens camera is light enough to be portable, yet it has something that’s pretty much unheard of in a camera this small: a full-size image sensor, which is key to capturing the level of detail, especially in low light, that pro-grade cameras are known for. And if you want to swap out the included 28-70 millimeter lens for something higher-zoom, the Alpha 7 is compatible with a wide range of full-format lenses, even those by Canon and Nikon.
$2,000, including lens;

McIntosh MHP1000 Headphones and MHA100 Amplifier

McIntosh, whose towering amplifiers famously powered Woodstock, is known for unabashedly huge—and huge-sounding—gear. But its new headphones and accompanying amplifier essentially put a classic “Mac” stack of amps directly on your ears. The pillowy-soft ’phones deliver the ultra-warm open sound that McIntosh is known for—all from a system that’s compact enough to fit on a side table.
$4,500 for the amp and $2,000 for the headphones;


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