DJI's latest drone can't fly... but is built like a tank!

DJI RoboMaster S1
(Image credit: DJI)

Best known for its camera drones, DJi is continuing to branch out into new product areas. It now already dominates the gimbal stablizer market, and is making a name for itself in the action camera market... and now it is making programmable robots.

The RoboMaster S1 has been on sale in North America for a little whitle, but now this strange device that looks like a bomb disposal unit will be available in Europe. It features lots of the same features as its best-selling drones - in that it allows remote-controlled movement, it can take pictures and video, and has a built-in gimbal. But it can't fly. 

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.