The Camera Drone/UAV market is booming. It can add the extra wow factor to your mid-range video productions. (Account Execs and CD’s go batsh*t crazy for aerial shots. So much so that I can’t stand using them anymore) Even the lowest budget productions have an option when it comes to acquiring quality aerial footage. And the latest technology makes it even easier to fly with not a lot of experience.
I’ve personally flown (I’m not a professional drone op) the new DJI Phantom 4 and the DJI Mavic. The Mavic even has some cool tech like object tracking (so you can track a subject almost automatically). I’d say if you have little to no experience piloting, the Mavic is the better option. The Phantom 4 requires just a little more practice. But both are very easy to get the hang of.
They may not match the image quality of some better drones, but I’m of the mentality that when you have the bigger budgets, you rent the better equipment and in the case of aerial photography, you hire an experienced operator along with it. But drones that can carry a RED or similar camera are in an entirely different league as far as price and maintenance. Most of the big ops I’ve worked with do a lot of custom builds to fly their client’s cameras.
One of the biggest benefits again to the DJI Mavic is it’s size. Smaller drones lead to less questions, and depending on the video shoot that can be a big time saver. Plus if you’re doing a low budget run-n-gun production it basically folds up and can fit in your backpack so you’re not lugging around another pelican case full of accessories.
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Videomaker has an excellent article regarding the latest batch of prosumer drones.