30X Optical Zoom for Drones may cause Privacy Issues

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The Aeryon HDZoom30 Imaging Payload is a zoom camera designed to mount on the Aeryon SkyRanger™. This is a small drone platform use  by police and military for surveillance and recon.  This technology will surely hit the consumer drone market soon.  DJI has already partnered in licensing with micro 4/3rds makers, and that means better lenses and probably some zoom options are on the way.  When these zoom options are available, the privacy conversation is going to get tougher.  Don’t expect to see these options come cheap, but I would look for them in the next 6 -9 months if not less.

 

Here is the Aeryon promotional video for their new lens that was released February 23rd between CES and NAB.

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