Good Commercial Drones 2016?

There have been some very interesting developments for people looking for commercial drones for things like agriculture, surveillance and real estate photography.

The DJI Inspire 1 Pro offers exiting 360 degree photography, and I imagine you can use that footage to create those cool videos you can see somethimes where you can scroll on the screen and see everything in 360 degree angles.

I guess that is what GoPro is going for with their new drone Karma, that is yet to be launched.

Cool technology for sure and useful. In both surveillance and commercial photograpphy.

Another option, but a more prosumer style drone is the 3DR Solo, where you mount your GoPro. Cheaper but still good. DJi Inspire 1 is the best commercial drone for the money right now, in my opinion, in competition with DJI Phantom 3 and 3DR Solo.

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Best Camera Drones

DJI Phantom 2

Lots of new choices right now, and some amazing drones available. 2016 promises to be an exiting year for drones, and anybody who saw the Ehang drone that can carry passengers have gotten an insight to what this technology really is capable of, and that is a lot. It may revolutionize many things in our society, with ambulance drones etc.

Right now the cameras on the drones are getting better and better, and the functions as well, where you can use functions for selfies, (dronies?) orbit and many other functions previously only used in the movies.

Some of the better options right now if you are looking for a camera drone is the DJI Phantom 3 Professional or Standard. Depending on your price range. The DJI can do some amazing stuff, and is quality built. They have gotten a less than great rep when it comes to customer service though. It is not unimportant, and with that in mind you might want to check out the Yuneec Q500 Typhoon, which offers a great alternative to the Phantom. They have one version with a 4K camera, that can compete with the Phantom Professional.

Although I think that the functions of the Phantom are superior, Yuneec offers US based customer service that has gotten great reviews. If something should break that is important.

New on the market is also the Chroma, but I have yet to try that.

 

Mounting a GoPro Camera on Your Drone

There are some things you need to keep in mind if you want to attach your GoPro Hero camera to a drone. Not all drones are well adapted to use the camera, and some are just not strong enough to carry all the extra weight that the camera, camera mount, and gimbal can add.

You need to select a drone that is strong enough to easily carry the equipment you need. If you need to be able to carry the camera, the gimbal and a mount, you need a fairly powerful drone such as the DJI Phantom or the Blade. The Parrot AR Drone struggles to carry a camera, but can do it if you make your own light weight mount.

It may also make you life easier if you select a quadcopter that has an included GoPro mount, this way you will not have to purchase this as an add on. There are versions on the DJI Phanom that has that, as well as the blade.

A gimbal is very important if you want to take video. This is something you can also get as an add on later. You will also want a drone that is safe to fly, like the Phantom which has return to base functions in case something goes bad, that way you will avoid crashing with your cherished GoPro camera.

Here you can get a more detailed review of the best drone for GoPro 2016.

Taking your time to research your choices before running out and getting that drone will pay off, so research your choices, and consider your exact needs first. Remember to always look through drone reviews.

Best Beginner Drones – Selecting Your First Drone

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Image: redit: Ted Eytan / flickr.com/photos/taedc/15730352010

So you are ready for you first beginner drone, but you are confused with the options?

Well, I am here to help.

Budget

The first thing you need to consider is your budget. There are quadcopters that range in price from 50 $ to 3000 $. If you are a beginner, you might want to start small. That way if you crash it is no big deal.

The UDI U818A 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter with Camera is a good choice for the first timer. If you want to get some flight hours under your belt before getting a better one. The UDI has a decent integrated camera, and it is for sale at around 60 – 80 USD. Keep in mind that this is a toy camera drone, and not the most durable.

The Parrot AR drone 2.0 is the next choice. A bit more expensive and has a better camera. It is a small drone, that you can fly both indoors and outdoors. Lots of fun for a beginner, and you can control it with your smartphone, which is easy for the first timer. It will set you back around 300 $.

 

If you have a good budget, and not afraid of potentially crashing and losing 500+ $ then the best choice is by far the DJI Phantom 2  or the newly released. DJI Phantom 3. The DJI Phantom 3 is one of the best selling drones 2016, and delivers great quality at a still reasonable price. You can get great videos and photos with this quadcopter.

GoPro

Many like to  mount their GoPro cameras on to the quadcopters, it really gives you great video and photos. The best GoPro drones at the moment are the Blade QX3 and the DJI Phantom 2.

The reason for this is their stability and safety, and you can mount gimbals on them to get really smooth video and awesome photos.

More info on Drones here:

Fly Longer With Your Quadcopter

DJI Phantom 2

Credit: Alistair Young / flickr.com/photos/ajy/15661674055

You love the time you get flying, but you feel like it is never enough… You want more, right?

Some drones have a flight time of less than 10 minutes, this is often the case with the toy quadcopters, like the Hubsan X4. Which is good, but not professional grade.

A step up from that are the quadcopters like the Parrot AR Drone, which has a flight time of around 10 minutes.

The best drones for sale in 2016 has a flight time of around 30 minutes. An example of this is the DJI Phantom, you can read more about that here.

What can you do to fly longer?

There are actually some tricks  that you can do that will make your drone fly longer

Basically the lighter you make it the longer it will fly.

1 Avoid Bad Weater

Strong wind and rain makes it tougher for your quadcopter to manoeuvre and this will make the battery drain faster. For optimal flying fly when there is little or no wind, and no rain. That way your battery will last as long as possible.

2 Upgrade Your Batteries

Your drones comes with batteries, and there is a chance that they are now not the most powerful choice any more. Have a look online to see if you can find a more powerful version of the battery that was delivered with your quad. This will give you longer flying time.

3 Leave Your Camera at Home

Not the most fun option if you like to take picture, I know. But it is good to know that by removing your camera you will gain a couple of minutes in flying time. Any weight removed means increased fly time.

4 Remove Extras

If you fly without the extra protective gear or the stickers that are on your drone, you will gain extra flying time. Only remove propeller guards if you feel like you are an experienced flyer and will not crash. Skins and stickers can of course be removed, and you will gain a little flying time.

As a last tip you can remember to bring a fully loaded extra battery. So that when it is time to land, you can easily replace your used battery with this one, and you are ready to take off again!

 

Take Better Photos With Your Quadcopter

Credit: Jason Thien / flickr.com/photos/thienzieyung/16130057207/

Credit: Jason Thien – flickr.com/photos/thienzieyung/16130057207/

Taking photos with your quad, or videos, is pretty awesome and fun. But how to get them to the next level, and really make them stand out?

There are a couple of things you can do to improve your aerial photography skills.

– Getting the right camera

The quality of the pictures depend on the camera, no doubt. You will want a camera with a good resolution, such as the GoPro Hero3 or GoPro Hero4. This is a camera that you can use anywhere you go, not only when you fly. You just attach it to you motorcycle, your helmet or your pet, and you will get stunning videos! The GoPro Hero4 takes photos in 12 MP, which is very good. The Hero3+ in 10.

If you like the DJI phantom you can get the DJI Phantom with Integrated Camera, the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+. It is costly but you get really great photos, and the drone is very stable. Probably the best choice for the money right now.

– Do not fly in bad weather

Bad weather makes the camera movement more shaky. Drones such as the DJI Phantom have a gimbal that helps reduce the bumpiness, but the better weather you fly in the better photos you probably will take.

Most other quadcopters, such as the cheaper models of the Parrot, do not come with a gimbal, and then flying in the right weather is very important.

– Get high up in the air

When you fly higher up you will often get a better perspective. And you can take the kind of photos that really shows off all that you can do with aerial photography. Basically you will get more in your picture and that makes for a more interesting photo.

-FPV

Do you have a first person view system? When you see exactly what you are taking a photo of, it will of course be much easier to get a great photo. The camera drone DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ has FPV, which is a great help when you are taking pictures, if you want to use a Phantom drone with you GoPro camera you will need to purchase and extra FPV system, as that is not included in the price. The Phantom series is probably the best camera drones available right now.

There you go, 4 tips to help you on your way to get better pictures! Not advanced stuff, but hey, this is drones for dummies :).