Drones, multi-rotor helicopters, and quad-copters are extremely popular and bring exciting possibilities in many fields. However, photography is arguably the field that has been affected the most by drone technology. Applications exist for drone photography in both amateur and professional realms. Photographers use a camera, that is either built into the drone or added on, and capture rarely before seen vistas from high above.
Drone photography can be incredibly affordable. Most discount models run the same cost as a cheap webcam and capture low-resolution video. However, there are also sophisticated models that capture high-definition videos and have the ability to connect to an HD camera.
DJ Phantom 4
With 4K video and an easy controlling system, DJ Phantom is a favorite among drone enthusiasts.
The Typhoon H 4k
Rated as one of the best drones for photography, the camera on the Typhoon H 4K can swivel 360 degrees, allowing for a seamless capture in any direction. Additionally, the drone’s landing gear folds up while in flight for an uninterrupted view.
The solo makes capturing stunning aerial shots possible, even for less experienced pilots. However, the large price tag proves an obstacle for many drone buyers.
Easy to fly, highly responsive to remote controls, and able to fly autonomously, the 4K GoPro is preferred by many drone enthusiasts for these reasons and many more. However, the price of the add-on gear is prohibitive. Although, not cheap, the additional camera gear and gimbals for the 4K GoPro are worthwhile.
The GoPro Karma boasts a number of unique features, including a detachable gimbal arm, a no-fly-zone feature, and an app with an accessible footage feed from the camera. The camera must be purchased separately with this model.
The egg-shaped design of this drone boasts an unimpeded view from the sky as the legs retract while in flight. In addition to a traditional joystick controller, the drone comes with a one-handed motion controller, making the nimble drone easy to use with a Wii-like experience.
The Inspire 1 offers photography enthusiasts a camera that is capable of 4K video recording and 12MP stills. The gimbal can be removed, and the arms retract during flights for a clear 360° view of the world below. The drone includes a separate controller for the gimbal and camera.