Many drone fliers got into the hobby because of interest in aerial photography. This is the practice of taking photographs or capturing video from an airborne platform.
Quadcopters have become a great resource for this kind of image recording since they are able to climb to high altitude to provide a birds eye view of a surrounding landscape and also can hold a stable position at one point in the air, which RC airplanes can’t do.
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Quadcopters nowadays, even inexpensive ones, are able to carry on board cameras that can provide great shots of a large areas. This is great for videographers, who can used this as a tool to capture establishing shots or tracking shots.
There are two main type of cameras that a drone can be equipped with. First there are some drones that have built in cameras. These operate much like the mini cameras that are in smart phones.
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They are small and compact, light enough to be carried by even the smallest quad. However, these cameras are typically not the highest quality. Mid range drones have about a 640 by 480 pixel resolution, which is good, but not professional quality.
High end on board cameras can have up to 1080p resolution, which is very high quality. These cameras typically record footage out to an SD card which can be pulled off the drone after landing.
The main benefit of on board cameras is the ability to live stream video footage to the flier. Many drones are equipped with this feature that allows what they are seeing to be shown on an LCD equipped controller.
This works great to make sure the camera is pointing where you want it to and allows for corrections in position to get the perfect shot.
Its always a pain finding out that the shot didn’t turn out right only after landing the drone and downloading the footage off the SD card.
The other method is an outboard camera, which is one that is not built into the drone itself, but is rather carried by the drone, usually underneath the central housing.
The benefit of having an outboard camera is that you can use a high quality, professional grade camera, that is interchangeable and upgradeable. A great choice for this style is the DJI phantom which we rate as one of the best quadcopters available.
Many mid-sized drones are able to carry a GoPro camera, which provides great quality video. High end drones can carry movie quality cameras, but this is reserved only for larger quads which can carry the larger weight of the camera.
Any time aerial photography is being attempted it is critical that you make sure that you’re flying in an area that is safe to operate.
That means being aware of any potential objects the drone may run into, or any things or people on the ground that may be in harms way in the event of a crash. You also wan to be safe to protect any camera equipment that is costly to replace.
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