Aerial Photography and Filming – How to Begin with Drones

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Aerial photography has become a very popular hobby for many people today. Capturing aerial footage of a wonderful landscape or a nail-biting sports match gives a lot of excitement. With the coming of remote control technology to steer RC aerial vehicles or drones and the constant development in cameras has made it easier to capture aerial footage. Read on and know about a wide range of product options that are available today in aerial filming and photography and get started with this hobby.

Flying Cameras, Drones and Quadcopters

Stability is undoubtedly the most important thing that ensures the success of aerial filming and photography. When you are trying to record the best videos or capture the coolest photos while up in the sky, getting your camera knocked about in high wind is the sort of nightmare that you would want to avoid at all costs. The mode of transportation that you choose for your camera will provide you with the control that you require while filing from the air. This is where flying drones are necessary.

Drones or Quadcopters, due to the 4-blade design that they come with, offer greater stability than can be usually attained with an RC helicopter with two blades. It is due to this very reason that drones can be flown so easily. Even in case you are a complete newbie to remote controlled copters, learning to operate drone controls can be pretty easy for you.

Blade 180QX

This is a quadrotor drone which is available with the quadcopter camera EFC-721 RC from the stable of E-Flite. This drone is equipped with SAFE (Sensor-Assisted Flight Envelope) Technology, which allows users to confidently use the HD camera. The SAFE technology makes sure that the 180QX can be completely stable at the time of flight, even in slightly windy conditions. The Blade 180QX is a unique drone which can be ideal for beginner level fliers.

Dromida Kodo

It is excellent for beginner-level aerial photographers. This is a small-sized drone which is equipped with a camera built into the system. The camera has the ability to record videos in 720 x 480 AVI format and capture images in 1280×960 JPEG format. All footages can be stored on a 2GB memory card which is included in the package. This camera comes with a low price-tag and yet offers a superior performance.

Parrot AR Drone 2

The Parrot Drone 2.0 is one drone that comes to the mind of most people interested in aerial photography and filming, and for the right reasons. The Parrot AR comes from the same company and this amazing quadcopter is available with vertical and front high-definition cameras which can capture videos in MPEG-4 format and store them in the device through Wi-Fi. You can also do this manually with USB. The AR Parrot stands out even more due to the fact that it is compatible with Android or iOS device. You can just tilt your tablet or smartphone backwards or forwards and maneuver the drone in its flight. The quadcopter has an amazing range and can offer you a perfect connection for a maximum of 6m range. Its battery can provide you with a maximum flight time of 12 minutes. For aerial photographers, this iPad drone is the right choice.

Blade Glimpse

This is a truly technologically advanced drone which comes from the reputed quadcopter manufacturer Blade. It has a HD video camera pre-installed into its system which is able to capture 1 MP images and videos in HD 1280x720p quality. The most amazing thing about this drone is possibly the fact that it is able to stream FPV (first person view) videos in real-time within an 80 feet (24m) range. By using the Glimpse app, which comes free of cost, you can get downlink videos in 480p quality to your Android or iOS device through WiFi 5.8GHz. You can also see the footage at the same time on more than one device, due to the Team View function in this application. If you want to maneuver your drone with the help of your iPhone, it is best to buy the Glimpse.

Blade Chroma

It is one of the best 4-blade helicopters, again from Blade. It has the all-new CGO3 camera fitted into its system, which can help you to record videos in 1080p quality at 120fps and 4K videos at a speed of 30fps. It comes with a 5400mAh 3S LiPo battery, which lets you enjoy flying time of up to ½ hour. Due to this reason, this is one of the few drones that offer the longest time of flight.

There is an ST-10 transmitter which can control this aerial vehicle, and also has a built-in touchscreen that measures 5.5” in size. The touchscreen lets you see aerial footage via a Wi-Fi downlink in real-time. This is a great value-for-money device which offers as many as 3 varied flight modes.

Blade 350 QX3

The QX3 is the 3rd variant of the 350 QX, the original remote-controlled drone from Blade that was equipped with a camera. This new version offers many things, and is available with a pre-set mount which has been designed specifically for accommodating tiny cameras. You will love to have this drone if you need a quadcopter for your GoPro camera. The device boasts of SAFE technology, as has been noted in the 180QX.

This is an amazing device that is worth every bit of your expense. But if you are in search of something extra, you should love to use an AP (Aerial Photography) Combo version of the camera-equipped RC drone. This version is available with a 60 CGO2, 16MP camera which can record footages at 1080p quality. The camera is set on a 3-axis brushless gimbal, allowing recordings to be stable.

Yuneec Q500 4K

It is undoubtedly one of the most fantastic drones that you can see. The Q500, similar to the Chroma, is equipped with a 12MP CGO3 camera that lets you record photos and aerial footage. It also consists of a “Watch Me” feature. When it is turned on, it can let the camera have a direct focus on an object or person.

It also boasts of a “Follow Me” function that lets the drone follow you or anyone who is holding the radio transmitter. With such flight functions, you can easily imagine the potential in aerial filming opportunities. There is also the free CGO3 app which can allow you to maneuver the Q500 camera from iOS smartphones and tablets. This is similar to having an iOS-powered drone at your beck and call. With a 4K camera built into its system, the drone offers amazing aerial footages.

Verdict

There are various types of drones to be found in the market at present, and these are equipped with high quality cameras to record aerial footage in superior quality and send them to your phone or tablet in real time. You can check online reviews as well as check out YouTube videos for demonstrations and reviews on drones before choosing one that suits your needs and preferences. When it comes to aerial photography, drones have opened up new vistas to even amateur photographers. The going is only expected to get better with time!

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