How do you choose a camera drone? What should you look out for? Get great tips for beginners in this article (plus infographic) from videographer and drone enthusiast Paul Archer.
This week Skytango hosts a special guest post by Paul Archer, photographer, drone enthusiast and founder of DronesGator.com, on how to pick a camera drone.
There are many ways to get yourself into the hobby of flying and taking beautiful imagery along the way and then graduating to flying and shooting professionally.
But if you want to do it right and not lose a bunch of money in the process…you better take some notes.
I’ve not only been in your shoes but also made a lot of mistakes along the way! But what’s more important is that you know the basic principles of what makes a good camera drone.
The infographic below will illustrate in more detail what I’m talking about (you also have the option of checking out my top 10 camera drones right away).
Before taking a look at the infographic, here’s a brief rundown on what I find most important of all:
Obviously important for staying long enough in the air to capture the shots you want.
- The battery life of 20+ minutes in some good camera drones listed below is usually good enough, but if that’s not enough, you can always get a second battery.
- In my experience as a wedding videographer, I had to just wait in the air a couple of minutes for everyone to gather for a picture or for the brides to get out of the church. Having enough battery life was life-saving.
These are a great help if you are a novice pilot and will allow you to do very precise flight programming that will turn out amazing videos.
As underlined in the infographic, my favourite modes are
- Point of Interest
- Course Lock.
The image you can capture simply rotating around an object is way more impressive than it sounds.
Camera quality and resolution
The drones we’re talking about are really flying cameras, so this should be a very important topic.
- Image stabilization is of great importance, be it in the form of a gimbal or electronic stabilization (I prefer gimbal)
- In terms of resolution, I almost always shoot in 2.7k, which I find to be the perfect balance between the detail-lacking Full HD and the hard-to-edit 4k.
- Sensor size and lens quality can make or break your shot, especially when talking about low light situations. So, first, check out some YouTube comparisons between the ones you like.
Less talking, more doing!
So here’s the promised infographic with some actual real-life drone examples that in my experience just work: