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Drones for hobby photographers and filmmakers

Whether atmospheric landscape pictures or brilliant snapshots of dreamlike sunrises – everything simply looks more beautiful from a bird’s eye view. It is not for nothing that being able to fly is one of the oldest dreams of mankind.

In the past, camera cranes or helicopters were mainly used to produce such images from the air. They are not only expensive, but also reach their limits very quickly. Fortunately, in the age of drones, we no longer have to resort to these means. The small remote-controlled copters deliver images that outperform their counterparts in most cases. You are much more flexible than a manned helicopter could ever be and can get to places a camera crane will never see.

Even more possibilities thanks to Smart Features

Thanks to high-resolution camera optics, it almost feels to the pilot as if he were sitting in the cockpit himself. Numerous ”smart” features create additional options to produce ingenious recordings. Among others, the Active Track, the panorama function or Hyperlaps are examples of this. Depending on the model, this can be used to create scenes that are absolutely movie-ready. Depending on the application, even a thermal camera / thermal imaging camera can be attached to a commercial drone – filming the area James Bond style with temperature scanner.

Gimbal as one of the most important components of the drone

A gimbal is a camera mount, i.e. a mechanical system for automatic image stabilization. Depending on the application, a gimbal can stabilize on one, two or three or rarely even four axes. Gimbals are mainly found on SLR cameras and on drones. There is a small motor in each axis of the gimbal that fixes the camera on the target object.
Nowadays, most drone owners already have a 3-axis gimbal. Unlike 2-axis gimbals, they also stabilize the X-axis, that is, the horizontal. The advantage is that these stabilized axes create beautiful videos. Photos and videos are always on track, even with wind and fast flight. One has the greatest possible freedom in the choice of motif during the flight.

What else should the drone be able to do?

As a filmmaker, when you buy a drone, you should make sure that it has a good live feed. Because only in this way, you know where you fly during filming. In addition to a good GPS, the drone should be able to stand still so that you don’t have to constantly countersteer. In difficult environmental conditions, an obstacle detection sensor makes shooting easier.

Conclusion – Drones for breathtaking aerial photos

Drones have already almost completely replaced camera cranes, even in the film business. In most cases, helicopters also make little sense for producing aerial photographs. Drones are now mature and clearly superior in almost all disciplines – at significantly lower cost. They offer numerous features to meet any need and are more flexible than a crane or helicopter could ever be, to boot. Whether you are a photographer or a filmmaker, a hobbyist or a professional – drones are the right choice for bird’s eye shots.

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