Drones may be getting smaller, but they’re still yet one more thing that needs to be lugged around on location. The new Copilot, a joint offering from LaCie and DJI, gives drone pilots the option of leaving the laptop behind and instead backing up their aerial files to the smaller, more durable Copilot. The device offers 2TB of storage housed in a tough rubber bumper.
The Copilot sports an SD card slot with an included microSD-to-SD adapter with support for the speedy USH-II memory specification. It can ingest your drone footage and display its status on its built-in display. You can navigate the Copilot’s contents using a free iOS or Android app. The Copilot BOSS app also lets you play back videos, copy, rename, delete and move files. Your smartphone connects to the Copilot through one of its bundled cables (USB-C, Lightning and micro-USB). When not used for backup, the Copilot can be used to charge mobile devices. While it’s ostensibly aimed at drone owners, the Copilot can really serve as an all-purpose field backup device. The unit’s internal battery can ingest about 30 hours of 4K footage on a single charge.