Aerial Video

by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 11/04/2021
DJI just unveiled its latest flagship drone, the highly anticipated Mavic 3. Credited with putting “Imaging Above Everything,” the Mavic 3 features a dual-camera setup that includes a massive 20MP 4/3" Hasselblad sensor capable of shooting up to 5.1K video, as well as a 12MP tele lens that shoots 4K video and offers up to 4x digital zoom. Those impressive camera stats, combined with an overabundance of flight features and modes, hint that DJI’s newest flagship might just be
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 10/08/2021
Autel Robotics has launched two new drone series: the EVO Nano and the EVO Lite. Each new flyer is intended for pilots of a specific skill level. The ultra-lightweight EVO Nano looks to be one of the most capable beginner-class drones ever made, while the mid-range EVO Lite is a larger bird, with more sophisticated hardware, additional features, and broader
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 08/10/2021
Less than a year after DJI released what was arguably the best beginner drone on the market, the company is back with the Mini SE. This brand-new, ultra-compact flyer weighs about as much as the average smartphone, yet includes several features that far exceed its diminutive frame, including a 1/2.3" CMOS camera capable of shooting 2.7K
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 02/23/2021
In our recent introduction to first-person view (FPV) drones, we went over the basics of FPV flying. Specifically, we focused on aircraft requirements, necessary equipment, and FPV use cases. Now, we’d like to expand upon that primer with a glossary of terms and abbreviations commonly associated with FPV drones. Knowing these terms, and understanding why they are important, will benefit you if and when you decide to become an FPV drone pilot. Acro: Short for
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 01/15/2021
First-person view (FPV) drones have increased in popularity in recent years, evolving from a niche collection of specialized flyers to a robust category of remotely operated aircraft designed for specific-use cases and applications. In this primer, we’ll cover the basics of FPV drones, including what they are, how they’re used, and the equipment you need to become an FPV drone pilot. What Are FPV Drones? The first thing to know about FPV drones
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted 12/01/2020
If you haven’t flown a drone yet, you are seriously missing out. Drones are now far from just toys. A good drone can deliver cinema-quality video that you never would have been able to capture before. Aerial photography and video can elevate almost any production. We are going to take a look at the best drones for videographers and filmmakers in 2020. Best for Beginners: DJI Mini 2 Drones are intimidating. There are rules and regulations and there is always a danger that an
0 Views ·Posted 11/04/2020
Just in time for the holidays: DJI announces the highly anticipated Mini 2. The follow-up to last year’s popular Mavic Mini, the Mini 2 arrives with several impressive upgrades that should once again make it a hit this shopping season. Here’s everything you need to know about DJI’s latest miniaturized flyer.
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 07/22/2020
Chris Burkard wears many hats. He’s an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, author, and public speaker. He’s the founder and creative director of his own studio and art gallery, a world-renowned traveler and adventurer, and, at the young age of 32, has already established himself as a prominent global influencer. We were lucky to talk with Chris about one of his many award-winning passions, aerial photography, and discuss the ever-developing role of
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 10/20/2020
Two years ago, Autel launched its EVO drone, a consumer UAV that was heralded as a potential “Mavic killer” and legitimate challenger to the DJI throne. In 2020, Autel has returned with the EVO II, its most powerful and ambitious drone to date, and without a doubt one of the most impressive flyers of the year. When Autel launched the EVO in 2018, it was immediately seen as a direct challenger to the DJI Mavic. It had a similar (but
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 12/10/2019
Military Grade. Maximum Strength. Ford Tough. These are words and phrases we’ve all seen a million times. They’re used to characterize our gear, our gadgets, the pills we take, and the cars we drive. In many cases, they don’t really mean anything. They’re metaphorical marketing, hyperbolic hype words. They’re meant to convey the quality of a thing without being held to any particular standard. And lately, another one of these questionable qualifiers has popped up: Pro. Look around. Pro is everywhere. It’s in the names of our consumer
by Staff Writer ·Posted 07/31/2019
With the release of the Digital FPV System, DJI takes a step into the growing world of drone racing. The Digital FPV System is sold in two bundles, the DJI FPV Experience Combo and DJI FPV Fly More Combo. The system is a reimagining of what FPV can be, with an all-in-one solution for racers that’s designed to provide highly detailed, low-latency HD digital
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted 09/06/2018
Drones have never been as inexpensive and capable as they are today and, because of this, we are starting to see some brand-new features pop up in the latest releases. Among these functions is the implementation of optical and digital zoom, which promises no loss of quality during use. This is a huge advance in tech for consumer aerial image acquisition, providing more options for photographers and videographers, and delivering a different perspective into their images. Making the biggest splash in the past few months is the
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 08/23/2018
Today, DJI unveiled the highly-anticipated follow-up to its groundbreaking Mavic Pro quadcopter: the all-new Mavic 2 series. This latest iteration comes in two separate configurations—the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. Starting with the Mavic 2 Pro: This variant features
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted 08/28/2018
The DJI Ronin-S is a great thing! However, it is not a miracle worker. I feel the first thing new gimbal users need to understand about these relatively affordable models is that they still require good form and technique to deliver maximum efficiency. DJI’s entry in the single-handed gimbal world is quite respectable, though it is perhaps the heaviest “one-handed” option out there. Realistically, two hands are needed for the smoothest
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 07/24/2019
Ask any pilot and most will tell you that the act of flying a drone is an adventure in itself. However, to make our list of best adventure drones, we came up with some added criteria. First, it has to be portable. Adventuring often involves travel, so you want something that is easy to carry. Second, it should feature strong target tracking technology. Third, the drone should be built to withstand the rigors of whatever adventure you throw at it. Using those criteria as a guide, here is the list of our favorite adventure drones. DJI Mavic 2