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How To Pick A Camera Drone (Plus A Complete Infographic Guide)

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How do you choose a camera drone? What should you look out for? Get great tips for beginners in this article (plus infographic) from videographer and drone enthusiast Paul Archer.


This week Skytango hosts a special guest post by Paul Archer, photographer, drone enthusiast and founder of DronesGator.com, on how to pick a camera drone.

There are many ways to get yourself into the hobby of flying and taking beautiful imagery along the way and then graduating to flying and shooting professionally.

But if you want to do it right and not lose a bunch of money in the process…you better take some notes.

I’ve not only been in your shoes but also made a lot of mistakes along the way!  But what’s more important is that you know the basic principles of what makes a good camera drone.

The infographic below will illustrate in more detail what I’m talking about (you also have the option of checking out my top 10 camera drones right away).

Before taking a look at the infographic, here’s a brief rundown on what I find most important of all:

Battery life

Obviously important for staying long enough in the air to capture the shots you want.

  • The battery life of 20+ minutes in some good camera drones listed below is usually good enough, but if that’s not enough, you can always get a second battery.
  • In my experience as a wedding videographer, I had to just wait in the air a couple of minutes for everyone to gather for a picture or for the brides to get out of the church. Having enough battery life was life-saving.

Flight modes

These are a great help if you are a novice pilot and will allow you to do very precise flight programming that will turn out amazing videos.

As underlined in the infographic, my favourite modes are

  • Waypoints
  • Point of Interest
  • Course Lock.

The image you can capture simply rotating around an object is way more impressive than it sounds.

Camera quality and resolution

The drones we’re talking about are really flying cameras, so this should be a very important topic.

  • Image stabilization is of great importance, be it in the form of a gimbal or electronic stabilization (I prefer gimbal)
  • In terms of resolution, I almost always shoot in 2.7k, which I find to be the perfect balance between the detail-lacking Full HD and the hard-to-edit 4k.
  • Sensor size and lens quality can make or break your shot, especially when talking about low light situations. So, first, check out some YouTube comparisons between the ones you like.

Less talking, more doing!

So here’s the promised infographic with some actual real-life drone examples that in my experience just work:


Paul Archer is a passionate videographer and drone enthusiast who dedicates a lot of time creating useful quadcopter articles on DronesGator.com
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How To Pick A Camera Drone (Plus A Complete Infographic Guide) was originally posted at https://skytango.com/how-to-pick-a-camera-drone-plus-complete-infographic-guide/ by Marco Mancosu

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$1,000 is Up for Grabs Every Week – AirVuz Drone Video of the Week Contest!

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AirVuz is the top spot for drone videographers to show off their work.  Show off your best with a chance to win $1,000 every week in the AirVuz Video of the Week contest!

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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TWITTER:@spaldingbarker

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$1,000 is Up for Grabs Every Week – AirVuz Drone Video of the Week Contest! was originally posted at https://dronelife.com/2018/04/08/1000-grabs-every-week-airvuz-drone-video-week-contest/ by Miriam McNabb

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The Alliance for Drone Innovation

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Manufacturing giant DJI has announced the launch of the Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI), an effort to broaden the support for the goals of the former Drone Manufacturers Alliance originally formed 2 years ago by 3DR, GoPro, DJI and Parrot.

The new organization will address the same issues – but the coalition has now expanded to include suppliers and software developers of both personal and professional drones “as well as the innovative Americans who fly them for recreational, artistic, and business purposes,” says the Alliance.

Led by Jenny Rosenberg, former Department of Transportation Acting Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, the group’s focus is on legislative and regulatory activity: matters of critical importance right now to stakeholders in the recreational drone industry.  Recent arguments over the repeal of Section 336 in the next FAA Authorization package – a move which would grant the FAA broad authority to impose laws for recreational drones – could threaten the growth of the sector.  Recreational drone manufacturers and advocacy groups are committed to keeping the law in place, which would mean that recreational droners do not have to get a Part 107 license or additional training to fly as long as they fly within the framework of a community-based flight organization, such as the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) or the Drone User Group (DUG.)

“ADI is focused on promoting innovation and the growth of the unmanned aircraft industry for both personal and professional use,” says ADI.  “…ADI promotes awareness among policymakers, media and the general public of how drones help society, ensuring that government policies allow everyone to achieve the benefits of safe and responsible drone flight.”

“We look forward to working with Congress, the administration, and other stakeholders on policies that promote innovation and allow the drone market to flourish in a responsible and safe manner,” said ADI Executive Director Jenny Rosenberg.

In addition to legal protections for recreational operators as mentioned above, the ADI supports a micro-drone classification exempting very small and lightweight aircraft from certain laws, and the preservation of FAA preemption.  FAA preemption refers to the idea that the FAA should maintain ultimate authority over the airspace, preventing state, tribal and local governments from passing their own drone laws.

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
Email Miriam
TWITTER:@spaldingbarker

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The Alliance for Drone Innovation was originally posted at https://dronelife.com/2018/04/07/alliance-drone-innovation/ by Miriam McNabb

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Firefly Drone Shows: The Team Behind That Viral Video Expands Their Fleet

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Press Release: Firefly Drone Shows, founded by Kyle Dorosz and Ryan Sigmon, is expanding their fleet to 200 custom-built drones and booking for a variety of outdoor events this summer. They are the third company in the United States to gain approval for performing across the country, and one of the few in the world to also possess a night waiver from the FAA for drone shows. Routines are pre-programmed, choreographed, and automated by a computer to create any design imaginable in the sky. This level of customization makes light shows an ideal alternative to traditional fireworks for corporate, private, and special events.

Firefly recently made headlines in regional news outlets, including MLive and ABC 12, after a video of their first test performance, recorded by Grand Blanc resident Kaylin Adams, went viral. Dorosz was operating 30 drones at dusk, from Holly Cloud Hoppers flying field, which piqued the curiosity of Adams plus 10-15 other drivers who parked on the shoulder of the I-75 highway to safely view the synchronized light show.

Traditional fireworks are loud, costly, can be used only once, and emit various harmful toxins. Drone shows don’t leave a carbon footprint and can be executed repeatedly, something co-founder Dorosz believes will appeal to to eco-conscious industries including music and entertainment. “We are able to create bright, impactful displays in the sky without the significant pollution or steep costs generally associated with fireworks.”

A light show can last up to 20 minutes. However, additional drones can be launched to replace drones with depleted batteries, creating a seamless and continuous light show. Anyone attending a music festival, county fair, or corporate event this summer will be relieved to know that if they spot groups of lights performing mesmerizing routines, it’s likely a Firefly Drone Show at work and not a visit from extraterrestrial beings.

Firefly is currently booking summer events across the nation. View more of their shows, and follow along, on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, or visit fireflydroneshows.com.

About Firefly Drone Shows

Firefly provides synchronized drone light shows for corporate and private events, as well as custom applications. One of the only FAA-approved companies in the world, Firefly offers the latest technology operated by the most experienced pilots.

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