Does it make sense to use a quadcopter for video?
Recently, quadcopters have risen in popularity, due to their aerial range and also the excellent high definition video that is now available for them, being used for everything from real estate to cinematography. In the real estate world, realtors use the quadcopters to get aerial views of properties for sale, giving the buyer even more insight into the property that they are buying. By having a camera attached to the quadcopter, it gives you the freedom to frame and shoot a video or photo from whatever angle you’d like. You’re no longer bound by where you can physically move.
Major movie producers are being to see the benefit of using unhindered cameras on mutli-rotor quadcopters as well. In the past cameras were mounted on rails or a boom system, but the scenes were always relatively contained within a small space. Anything expanding into greater areas required a larger rail system or a complicated boom system. With aerial photography, they’re no longer locked into the ground and can circle at will. Recently the band OK Go leveraged the mobility of a multi rotor copter for their video “I Won’t Let You Down” with outstanding results!
Hubsan X4 H107C/D (Beginner – $60 – $167)
The Hubsan X4 H107C comes with an integrated video camera in either standard definition or high definition. We’ve written quite a bit about how great the Hubsan X4 H107 line of quadcopters are. They durable, lightweight, and have great stability even outdoors when there’s light wind. They’re easy to control for beginners and allows beginners to “take the training wheels off”, by having two modes of operation, beginner and advanced.
The video that comes out is a little shaky, but then again, it is coming off of a micro quadcopter that doesn’t have video stabilization like the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ has. Also, for the $60 price tag, it’s a great way to start learning how to fly and to get comfortable flying a quadcopter around. There’s nothing worse than seeing a $1000 piece of equipment plummet to the ground because of some silly maneuver you shouldn’t have tried.
The Hubsan X4 H107D also has a First Person View configuration, allowing you to see what the camera sees in real time. It’s definitely more expensive, coming in at about $167, but it gives you the feeling of what it would feel like to actually be inside the quadcopter as it flies through the air.
If you’re a beginner just getting into the hobby, this quadcopter is perfect for you. It has great reviews on Amazon.com and it’s definitely one of the best micro quadcopters on the market.
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ (Enthusiast $600 – $1169)
Currently, on the market, the best quadcopter for video for this type of work for the consumer is the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+. With this quadcopter, there is a built in camera that takes excellent videos and photos. This high quality camera has a removable 4GB micro SD card. It films HD video at 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps, giving you a crisp video at a professional standard and the option to film slow motion shots. Still photos are taken at 14 mega pixels. This makes it optimal for both consumers and professionals when choosing a quadcopter.