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Drone cameras

Posted 1 Week ago by Jet Presto

Putting this in Entertainment & Media because I'm asking this primarily videography purposes. Does anyone have a drone they use for overhead shots? Or have friends that have them? I'm kind of interested in getting one for a few projects, but one that splits a good difference between quality and affordability.

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I have a small simple drone with a basic 720P camera. My intention was to play around with it and eventually get a professional drone camera.

However, they are a pain in the ass to operate and drone laws change every few years. You are also very limited where you can fly them apparently. You also have to register them with the FAA iirc.

Over all its very much a cool device and I have seen several impressive shots with them. If you are cool with potential restrictions, the DJI's are what people recommended I get. The drone I have has a meager flight time of 15 minutes per battery.

1 Week ago

I have the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom, which is definitely on the pricier end of the spectrum. It works great, and it's a lot of fun to fly. The camera is only 12 MP, but that's because I went for the "zoom" functionality so I wouldn't have to fly too close to anything to get a picture. I've taken a couple cool pictures with it, but I have basically no knowledge of photography.

If I were you, I'd look into the Mavic Mini. It's about $400, has a 12MP camera, and doesn't have to be registered/licensed with the FAA because it's under the weight limit. Just be aware that the $400 is pretty much your intro price. By the time you get a couple extra batteries and a carrying case, you're probably pushing $600 total.

You may also want to download the "B4UFLY" app and check if there are any flight restrictions in your area. Almost all drones now utilize geofencing, and depending on where you live this could be a major problem. It's also almost always illegal to fly in national parks and state parks.

1 Week ago
Count Dooku

Very useful information. Thank you!

1 Week ago
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