Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

No-Bull Camera Drone Buyer’s Guide for 2017

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This is going to be a very short list this year. Why? Because the raging camera drone industry is collapsing on itself and very few manufacturers can seem to deliver. The bottom line is: making drones is hard! And this is what I would recommend to anyone calling or emailing me to ask what I think they should get if they’re looking to do aerial photography or videography – for hobbyists and professional use.

This is going to be a very short list this year. Why? Because the raging camera drone industry is collapsing on itself and very few manufacturers can seem to deliver. The bottom line is: making drones is hard! And this is what I would recommend to anyone calling or emailing me to ask what I think they should get if they’re looking to do aerial photography or videography – for hobbyists and professional use.

I’ve been involved in this industry since 2012 with the first DJI Phantom that you could attach a GoPro to and get aerial videos and photos almost anywhere. Since then, I’ve seen most every manufactured drone made for photography and videography come to market and have even flown most of them – some before they’ve gone to market. But the list of recommended camera drones has been shrinking, in stead of growing, as technology has advanced so rapidly that few manufacturers can keep up in this industry – let alone, lead in it.

Yes, there are lots of drones out now, ranging from the “Tiny Whoop” micro FPV class all the way up to huge heavy-lifters, capable of carrying a RED Weapon 8K. But there is also a lot of crap out there to sift through and more noise than someone just getting into drone photography/videography can navigate without some guidance.

And no, I’m not going to get into the FPV (First Person View) Racing Drones or DIY maker/builder solutions. Nor toys – there’s tons of ’em out there and easy to find, so don’t ask. Folks who are into that won’t be looking here on ProVideo for those anyway. Move along.

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