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Drone Registration Begins Today, How Camera Gear Was Stolen 2015, Inside The iPhone Camera {Daily Roundup}

By Hanssie on December 21st 2015

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

Drone Registration Begins Today – What You Should Know

Today is the big day. The FAA-regulated drone registration for drone owners ages 13 and up begins today. Amidst quite a bit of controversy, the mandatory registration program already has pages of sign ups from dutiful owners of UAVs. If you are a drone owner or are expecting to get one soon, here are the details you should know:

  • Drones that weigh between 0.55 and 55 pounds need to be registered
  • Cost to register is $5
  • $5 fee is reimbursed if you register within the first 30 days, by January 20, 2016
  • Drones must be registered before February 19th, 2016
  • A drone owner caught having not registered their UAV could face fines up to $27,000
  • Link to register your drone

Last week, it was confirmed by a writer at Forbes that the names, addresses, and registration numbers of drone registrants will be made searchable and publicly available. The FAA stated, “Until the drone registry system is modified, the FAA will not release names and address. When the drone registry system is modified to permit public searches of registration numbers, names and addresses will be revealed through those searches.” This is cause for concern as there will be kids as young as 13 years old registering their drones. The Forbes article further states that the Academy of Model Aeronautics is looking for ways to stop the mandated registration.

Camera Gear Most Stolen From Cars in 2015

LensTag, the company where you can register your gear to help find your cameras and lenses in the case of theft, shows the place that your equipment get stolen from the most is your car. According to a report over on PetaPixel, over half of the thefts in 2015 are from a automobile or home burglaries.


The most stolen camera and lens overall is the Canon 5D Mark III with the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, with the US, UK, and Italy being the countries with the highest reported thefts in the world.

These reports are always a good reminder to get insurance on your cameras and equipment, as well as take every safety precaution to ensure that your gear is protected by keeping track of your gear while you’re out and NOT leaving it in your car, no matter how safe you think the neighborhood is or how secure your car may be.

You can register your gear over at LensTag here and see the full report over on PetaPixel here.

An Inside Look At Apple’s iPhone Camera & the 800 People Working On It

Last night on 60 Minutes, host Charlie Rose got a look inside Apple and took a tour of the camera testing lab in the Silicon Valley juggernaut. It was revealed that a team of 800 engineers and specialists are solely dedicated to the tiny device found in the world’s most used camera (according to Flickr). This fascinating segment shows how Apple tests the camera’s performance in various lighting situations and how the technology corrects for camera shake.


With 200 different parts in the tiny device and 24 billion operations when you take one photo, it’s no wonder that the intricate little camera has its own team and is an important part of the iPhone technology.

You can see the 1:30-minute video here. 

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dave Haynie

    Hmmm… Sony makes the camera for Apple, but Apple has 800 people working on it. I interviewed with Apple once, and coming from nearly 20 years of startup work, I did rather wonder what everyone at Apple does with most of their time. I guess they have to spend most of it just feeling awesome and taking victory laps, then maybe an hour or so a day to work on that one thing with 10 or 20 other engineers that’s usually done by one guy at other companies. Of course, with their volumes, saving one 0.05 cent transistor actually is real money :-)

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  2. Callib Carver

    At the risk of opening a can of worms, I’m not opposed to the whole registration thing. However maybe the information of each person that is registered should be private to law enforcement, state, or federal agents, etc. Perhaps, if it is public records, there needs to be a process for requesting it. Such as when journalist do a request for information for a public record or records. Maybe something should be mailed to people saying your information has been requested. I’m not sure.

    I know when you register a website you have to post your information to a public record, however, you have the option of using a who is guard, which basically mask your information, typically replacing it with the company you’ve registered with. However if something important coems through or say someone in the legal system requested your information then it can be obtained. So maybe something like that.

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    • Taylor Osborn

      The registration isn’t a bad thing if executed properly. People flying irresponsibly need to be held accountable. Just having to type the previous sentence is unfortunate but that’s where we are at. My problem is the privacy issue in regards to the registered pilots. I don’t want some random person finding out where I live so they can either come harass me based on their ignorance of UAV technology or to steal my gear because my home’s address is publicly available. That’s the biggest issue for most of the UAV pilots from my perspective.

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  3. Andy & Amii Kauth

    Make sure all your flight-capable Christmas presents are under .55 lbs., kids! Sigh … “Q13. Do I have to register a paper airplane, or a toy balloon or Frisbee? A. No. Even if these things could be considered “drones” or “unmanned aircraft” and met the minimum weight threshold of 250 gm/0.55 lb., the registration rules also require that they be a part of an “unmanned aircraft system.” An “unmanned aircraft system” includes the communication links and components that control the small unmanned aircraft along with all of the other elements needed to safely operate the drone. Paper airplanes, toy balloons, Frisbees, and similar items are not connected to such control system.”

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  4. Taylor Osborn

    I take back my initial statement (from a previous post) about being fine with registering my UAV with the FAA for now. From what I’ve read they may make registered UAV pilots names and addresses available to the public. That I am not ok with. Per the AMA’s recommendation I’m going to hold off until I see how this pans out. On a positive note I do like what the FAA is doing in regards to local legislation with the release of the FAA Fact Sheet on State and Local UAS Regulations. That’s a possible step in the right direction. Things are about to get really interesting…

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