Airborne Drones https://www.airbornedrones.org Fly Your Drone Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:32:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i0.wp.com/www.airbornedrones.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/130220-200.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Airborne Drones https://www.airbornedrones.org 32 32 118661094 Top Drone Rental Sites to Consider https://www.airbornedrones.org/drone-rental-sites-consider/ https://www.airbornedrones.org/drone-rental-sites-consider/#respond Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:32:39 +0000 https://www.airbornedrones.org/?p=3587 Considering how expensive drones are, purchasing one is a big investment. A new model can be outdated in less than a year. Therefore, it is not advisable to spend your hard-earned money making a purchase. Instead, it is better to rent one. Renting is a good option for videographers who need to test on the […]

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Considering how expensive drones are, purchasing one is a big investment. A new model can be outdated in less than a year. Therefore, it is not advisable to spend your hard-earned money making a purchase. Instead, it is better to rent one. Renting is a good option for videographers who need to test on the use of drones, people who need one for a project or those who are traveling.

It helps you acquire a drone at an affordable price. Besides, you do not have to worry if the
model you choose does not work to your expectations. You can always get another that suits your needs. However, not all drone rental sites are reliable. Before renting a drone from any site, there are some factors that you should consider. They include:
~Affordability
The point of renting a drone is to minimize the costs. Compare the prices offered by different companies and rent from one whose prices are reasonably affordable. Otherwise, you might end up incurring a higher cost than that of making a purchase.
~Variety
A good rental company has a variety of drones for you to choose from. You should understand your
needs first before making a choice. Drones keep evolving. it is crucial to rent one of the latest models for a better experience and high-quality output.
~Terms of use
The company’s terms and conditions should be customer friendly. Is it possible to contact their
customer support and extend your rental term? How much do they charge if you fail to return the drone on time? If you feel that their terms are favorable, you can go ahead and place your order.
~Knowledge
The company’s personnel should have the knowledge to help you choose a best drone based on your needs. They should also avail free tutorials for first time users.
~Urgency
If you urgently need a drone, it is better to rent one from a company near you. That way, you can receive
your order within 24 hours. Otherwise, if the drone is delivered late, you might incur some extra costs once your project is delayed.

Here are some of the best drone rental sites to consider:

1. American Drone Rental
This company has been providing outstanding drone rental services since 2013. It was the first company in the US to offer drone rental services. It is located in Indiana and ships products to all states. You can rent a DJI drone for any period of between 1 and 90 days. You can save more money by customizing your rental period for the exact period you need the drone. Each package is complete with multiple batteries and other accessories to make your renting experience better. They always stock all the latest topnotch aerial equipment that you can rent for your recreational and professional needs. You can get a DJI Phantom 4 Pro for only $271 for a period of 7 days.

2. Blue Skies Drone Rental
The company has been able to maintain a large and diverse collection of drones. Many drone rental companies have been wiped out within months but Blue Skies Drone rental continues to grow. They keep their collection updated. You can always visit their site for the latest models. They have locations in different states in the country. They can, therefore, ship packages to any location in the US. You can get a DJI Phantom 4 for less than $250 for 7 days. Besides renting drones on their site, you can register as a drone service provider and meet potential clients.

3. Adorama Rental
The company is located in New York City and Brooklyn. With over 35 years of experience in providing
professional video and photography gear, pro-audio and electronics, they are quite reliable. In fact, the company is on the Consumer Reports’ list of the top five best electronics retailers and on Forbes’ “Best of
the Web” . Depending on your location, you can place your order and receive it on the same day. Besides being fast, they ship for free. If you want a drone for tests, they avail free education services, They provide contact details so you can call or email anytime for inquiries.

4. Lens Rentals
This is a rental company based in Tennessee. They have classified their drones and drone equipment in packages. You can easily find the drone you need depending on its nature, the manufacturer, and your needs. Their site is customer-friendly, and so are the prices. You can rent their DJI Mavic Pro for 7 days for $213. They have also introduced VR Headsets and 360 cameras for rent.

5. SkySnap
It is Canada’s only specialized drone rental service provider. They have been availing a variety of drones in Toronto since 2014. Their drone rental packages are designed for both beginners and professionals. Whether you are a hobbyist, professional filmmaker or representing a corporation, you have the chance to experience customer-friendly drone rental services with SkySnap. You can rent a DJI Phantom 4 for $185 per day.

6. Heliguy
This is a reputable, UK-based company. Besides providing pilot training and drone repair services, they have excellent drone rental services. However, they rent drones to professional pilots only. According to
Heliguy’s Paddy Davies, you need a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) to rent a drone from them. They have a wide variety of customers who include photographers who need specific images, videographers who create a variety of videos for clients, industrial workers who need drones for short periods of time, and public sectors looking to avoid the high costs of purchasing drones.
They serve customers from all over the UK. Their professional technicians setup, check and service the drones before renting out. They have daily, weekly and monthly rental periods.

7. Fat Lama
This is a drone rental company based in London, UK. They offer competitive daily, weekly and monthly rental rates. They also give you the opportunity to negotiate a lower price for longer-term rentals. They have insured all their drones to ensure that they give you the best. You can get their DJI Mavic Pro
Drone + Extra Battery for 27 Euro a day.

With these drone rental sites, you can rent a drone at an affordable price and save your hard-earned money. All you need to do is choose the site that suits you best and place your order.

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Drones with Longest Flight Time https://www.airbornedrones.org/drones-longest-flight-time/ https://www.airbornedrones.org/drones-longest-flight-time/#respond Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:15:07 +0000 https://www.airbornedrones.org/?p=3518 Drones have been the latest trend when it comes to small nitty devices. Within a short span of time, different companies that specialize in producing and improving this device have managed to create huge advancements that could make anyone in awe. The potential for improving these drones are still endless but the ones that they […]

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Drones have been the latest trend when it comes to small nitty devices. Within a short span of time, different companies that specialize in producing and improving this device have managed to create huge advancements that could make anyone in awe. The potential for improving these drones are still endless but the ones that they have created are surely noteworthy.

One of the things that these companies improve is the drones’ flight time or how long the drones can fly without exhausting its battery. This feature is as an important key feature of drones for both professionals and enthusiasts alike. Some companies try to package the drone with two batteries in order for customers to use them longer. Other companies, however, took both time, effort, and funds to create drones with longest flight time.

The Traxxas 7908 ATON

The Traxxas 7908 ATON is a newly released drone on the market. The Traxxas 7908 ATON is made up of durable plastic that allows it to remain intact after it landed on the ground. Aside from that, the drone is also one of the most stable drones that one has seen on the market. This product, though can last for 13-15 minutes flying, does not come with a camera.

MJX Bugs 3

Another drone with a long flight time is the MJX Bugs 3. MJX Bus 3 is another quadcopter that can fly for 18 minutes and has a control distance of 500 meters. If one is looking for a drone that is sturdy and is aesthetically pleasing, then this must be one of the choices. However, one should take note that the MJX Bugs 3 does not come with a camera attached to it, so one must attach their own cameras in order to record videos and/or take pictures.

The DJI Phantom Aerial UAV

The DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone is one of the popular drones on the market as of date. The DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone is a ready-to-fly drone that has a maximum speed of 10 m/s. The drone’s flight time is a maximum of 15 minutes, which is astonishing considering its average price-point.

Parrot Bebop Drone

Another drone that lasts for 18 minutes is the Parrot Bebop Drone, which is available in two versions. The Parrot Bebop Drone weighs only 31 grams but is made from hard and sturdy plastic that allows it to survive a few crashes. This drone also has a camera that allows the controller to record 720 pixels of an event.

The DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Drone

If these two drones did not satisfy the minds of the readers then maybe another drone from DJI – one of the leading drone manufacturers – will astound you. The DJI Phantom 3 Advanced is one of the high quality drones on the market. It is equipped with a 1080 pixels camera for breathtaking pictures and videos and also has an FVP or live streaming. This drone can reach until 6000 meters and lasts for 23 minutes straight.

The Yuneec Q50 Typhoon Quadcopter

The Yuneec Q50 Typhoon Quadcopter is another amazing drone created by Yunees. Its selling point, as stated earlier, is its camera. This camera also allows one to take slow motion videos with 30 frames per second. The Yuneec Q500 Typhoon Quadcopter can fly for 25 minutes and can reach 121.9 meters high.

Chroma Flight-Ready Drone

Possibly one drone with the longest flight time, lasting a solid 30 minutes in mid-air, is the Chroma Flight-Ready Drone. This drone seems like an ordinary drone (aside from its amazing flight time) – its design is mediocre and has all the other necessary systems that most drones already have in order to make user-friendly SAFE and GPS systems. This drone only weighs 49.4 oz and has a control distance of 500 meters.

Throughout different generations in the passing of time, it is with absolute certainty that technology will always improve. If you are patient enough, you sure will find the perfect gold for every occasion.

 

 

 

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DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Drone Action Camera https://www.airbornedrones.org/dji-phantom-3-advanced-drone-action-camera/ https://www.airbornedrones.org/dji-phantom-3-advanced-drone-action-camera/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:11:14 +0000 http://www.airbornedrones.org/?p=3502 There’s actually three different types of the DJI Phantom 3- standard, advanced, and professional and there are all quit different from the DJI phantom 4, you can read all about that on the DJI phantom 4 review page. I’m going to focus on the advanced option. So, what’s the big deal about the Phantom 3 […]

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There’s actually three different types of the DJI Phantom 3- standard, advanced, and professional and there are all quit different from the DJI phantom 4, you can read all about that on the DJI phantom 4 review page. I’m going to focus on the advanced option. So, what’s the big deal about the Phantom 3 Advanced professional drone? I am more than happy to tell you!

Operating
The actual body is much the same as the Phantom 2 Vision+ it still has the convenience of color coded propellers that self-tighten which allow for easy installation and replacement, there’s also a slot loading battery but that has been redesigned, so I’m afraid it’s not compatible with the previous model’s batteries.

The Good, The Bag and the Ugly
There are plenty of safety features to prevent beginners from causing any real damage, plus there’s sensors and additional satellite navigation so you can fly indoors, as well as outside. It produces high quality full HD video.
The battery life is a bit of a bummer, but it’s the same as any other drone in its class so there isn’t much to complain about, in all honesty. You can’t remove the camera from the drone either.
There really isn’t anything ugly- it is pretty pricey, but the high quality HD videos it produces and the easy to navigate controller make it easy to recommend this bad boy, because it is so simple to fly.

The Camera
The advanced camera just happens to feature a Sony made 12-megapixel CMOS sensor with a lens that’s equivalent to 35mm equivalent. It gives a 94-degree field of view which might be narrower than its predecessors camera, but it actually results in less distortion. What the camera can do is tilt 90 degrees to capture action directly below it. The gimbal on its belly is a 3 axis so is will stabilize the camera in any direction, even if there has been a gust of wind or you’re just a bad flyer.
Everyone knows that when you buy a drone that’s the main thing and the camera is just secondary, it’s never the greatest quality and it’s always a bit of a bummer. DJI doesn’t just make drones, though, they make cameras, too. So with the Phantom 3 the camera is so much more than the cameras you will find on other drones. DJI took the feedback from its Vision+ drone camera and managed to remove all of those pesky problems to produce a truly incredible product this time around. It was designed to be an aerial camera and when you factor in the shooting mode options you’ve got a pretty handy tool on your hands.

Overview
So, maybe they didn’t go all out redesigning the body, but the camera quality and the handling that make all the difference. It’s hassle free and it shoots super video, because the first person view has been upgraded and allows you a clear view of your drone.

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Drone Action Camera

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Parrot Bebop 2 Quadcopter Drone Review: Everything You Want To Know https://www.airbornedrones.org/parrot-bebop-2-quadcopter-drone-review/ https://www.airbornedrones.org/parrot-bebop-2-quadcopter-drone-review/#respond Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:05:59 +0000 http://www.airbornedrones.org/?p=3461 With the popularity of drones in recent years; drone manufacturers are virtually fighting for the control of the market which is leading to an increase in spectacular drones with unique features and capabilities. One of such drones that are making waves in recent time is the Parrot’s Bebop 2; this drone is one of the […]

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With the popularity of drones in recent years; drone manufacturers are virtually fighting for the control of the market which is leading to an increase in spectacular drones with unique features and capabilities.

One of such drones that are making waves in recent time is the Parrot’s Bebop 2; this drone is one of the least intimidating camera drones you will ever find, it comes with so many features including taking off and landing on its own. It as well has no trouble hovering in place indoors or outdoors.

In this article, we are going to do an in-depth review of Parrot Bebop 2 Quadcopter Drone to find out how it measures against other drones such as DJI Phantom 4 and other popular drones in the same category.

Parrot's Bebop 2 unpacking

 

Parrot Bebop 2

Parrot Bebop 2 is a quadcopter with a difference. It comes with a forward mounted camera. This drone is the latest in Parrot’s ever-growing list of consumer level drones. This drone will certainly bring out the action movie director in you with its 1080p video camera.

 

Control

You can control Parrot’s Bebop 2 through Parrot’s SkyController accessory. However, most people prefer to use more urbane control solution such as their smartphone.  You can definitely control this drone just by installing the FreeFlight 3 application on your smartphone and control the Bebop 2 from the touch screen of your phone.

 

Wi-Fi (emitting from the Bebop 2) is used to connect the phone to the drone. Most novice and intermediate pilots will be fine with touch screen control but not for experienced pilots, most of whom prefer a more nuanced control solution.

However, the phone control with the SkyController is still a great option; It provides you with a better interface for settings and tricks and also add the first person view.  You can easily interact with settings.

You can still use the SkyController option if you are not comfortable with using phone – this option is fine and it provides price movement control and extended range which makes it perfect for those who want the quadcopter to travel further away from the controller.

 

Aerial Photography with Parrot’s Bebop 2

Without a doubt, Bebop 2 is an excellent drone to take aerial shots; it has a flight time of about twenty-five minutes. It is also comes with a 2700 mAh battery which provides you enough time to take some awesome aerial photography. Every video and shot you take is stored on an on-board flash drive with capacity to store up to 8gigbyte video.

 

In the night sky, you can locate Parrot Bebop 2 with a flashing light conveniently placed on the rear of the quadcopter. It comes with 4 blades, all flexible and locks on contact for extra safety. If you experience any issue with the blade, you can easily purchase another one online from many retailers.

 

Video

Parrot Bebop 2 has you covered if you are looking for video quality from a quadcopter that is easy for beginners to use. The camera has the capacity to shoot 30 frames a second video at a resolution of 1920x1080p. Another awesome feature of this quadcopter is that it is equipped with a fish-eye camera which allows you to move the camera using special software instead of a physical moving gimble.

The video footage from Parrot Bebop 2 looks smooth and professional, the image quality does not disappoint, and it is clear and just like you would want it.

 

Pros

  • Lightweight and durable
  • Extended flight time (25 minutes)
  • It is stable and has good 3 axis video stabilization
  • Comes with unique features with optional app purchase
  • Flexibility to fly with smart device or with SkyController
  • Parts are cheaper than DJI Products

 

Cons

  • SkyController is heavy and bulky
  • Fewer accessories

 

No doubt, if you are looking for the best entry quadcopter, Parrot’s Bebop 2 is highly recommended for you. It comes with top quality features you can expect in a camera drone in such category

Verdict

Parrot Bebop 2 is a great improvement over the already great entry level flying camera.  You will enjoy this camera if you are looking for a simple camera drone that performs optimal level and give you value for your money.

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3D Robotics Solo Review: What You Need To Know https://www.airbornedrones.org/3d-robotics-solo-review-need-know/ https://www.airbornedrones.org/3d-robotics-solo-review-need-know/#respond Sun, 11 Dec 2016 21:48:48 +0000 http://www.airbornedrones.org/?p=3421 Drones have made aerial videography and photography more accessible now more than ever before. However, getting a professional shot is still a little bit tricky. Unless you have years of experience, it is somewhat difficult to fly a UAV and control a camera at the same time. This is why 3D Robotics Solo excels. This […]

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Drones have made aerial videography and photography more accessible now more than ever before. However, getting a professional shot is still a little bit tricky. Unless you have years of experience, it is somewhat difficult to fly a UAV and control a camera at the same time.

This is why 3D Robotics Solo excels. This drone was designed specifically for shooting aerial video. It comes with a range of autonomous flight modes witch make it extremely easy to capture smooth, professional-looking cinematic shots.

SEE: Parrot Bebop 2 Review

Design and Build

3D Solo has an awesome design; it has a guise that’s a little more formal than other models you can find in the market today. It was designed to give users access to self-tightening props that makes it easy for transportation. If you love drones with military look, then you will definitely love 3D Robotics Solo.

This drone comes with a smart pad that allows you to attach Apple and Android devices like iPad and smartphones. However, you need to have iOS 8.0 or Android 4.3 and upwards before it can work.

3D Robotics Solo comes with a 5200mAh battery that gives you a flight time of about 25 minutes. However, this time can fluctuate depending on whether you want to go for extras that include a Gimbal and GoPro camera.

 

Flying 3D Robotics Solo

The controls of 3D Robotics Solo was designed to be very easy to use. The buttons are intuitive and responds really fast meaning that you will never miss any important shot nor crash your drone into a tree unguided. In fact, it has a small LCD screen on the pad which shows the user information relating to the drone’s precise angle.

When you use this drone to shoot a video, you will have access to crystal-clear feeds while your drone is in motion.

One great thing about 3D Robotic Solo is that it was designed to be smarter than your average drone. It comes with a dual computer which works to ensure that your drone never goes AWOL. The manufacturers put one 1GHz computer in the drone and another one in the controller; in a situation where this computer stop communicating, the drone will hover while the computer reboots. In case where the computer fails to connect, the drone will return back to where it started.

If you want, you can add a GoPro and optional gimbal to hold it in the case you want to use the drone to capture steady footage. If you add the camera, you can control the camera using the controller. There are two buttons for controlling smart shots and paddles on the shoulders to control the camera angle.

3D Robotic without a doubt is made for aerial photography. The shots you can take with this camera can be anything from a 360-degree wraparound “orbit” to options made for action footage like “Follow Me”.

The autonomous flight modes that include Orbit, Cable Cam, Follow Me and Selfie are designed to make it easier to get professional-looking aerial video. Another great thing about 3DR Solo is that the drone handles all the flight allowing you to focus solely on capturing a great shot. Additionally, this drone has a number of flight modes which offer an advanced pilot with full manual control over the drone’s flight.

Pros

  • Control works with Android and iOS
  • Repeatable Smart Shots
  • Gimbal stabilizes powers GoPro
  • Return-to-home safety feature
  • Capable of smooth, automated gimbal tilt adjustment

 

Cons

  • Spotty GPS
  • Drifts when hovering

You can buy 3D Robotics for _ see price.

 

Verdict

3D Robotics Solo is an ideal drone for aerial photography if you want to get stunning shots with a GoPro action camera.

 

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DJI Phantom 4 Review: What You Need To Know Before You Buy https://www.airbornedrones.org/dji-phantom-4-review-need-know-buy/ https://www.airbornedrones.org/dji-phantom-4-review-need-know-buy/#respond Wed, 16 Nov 2016 07:06:51 +0000 http://www.airbornedrones.org/?p=3418 The drone market for amateur flying has been growing over the past years. We’ve seen lot’s of drones hitting the market, most of them are good, and others are not so good. DJI Phantom is just about the best camera drone at the moment in terms of specs and features. Most people refer to DJI […]

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The drone market for amateur flying has been growing over the past years. We’ve seen lot’s of drones hitting the market, most of them are good, and others are not so good. DJI Phantom is just about the best camera drone at the moment in terms of specs and features.

Most people refer to DJI Phantom 4 as “a drone everybody can fly” this drone is a slick, feature-packed drone. One great thing about DJI’s Phantom series is that each new model is easier to fly and better for aerial photography than the last. This is mostly the reason why so many people prefer DJI’s Phantom series to the rest. They adopted the Apple-inspired incremental updates that make company sell new products like hell. I can still remember my first drone experience, it was phantom 2; it was relatively easy for me to fly for a person who have no prior drone experience before. However, it broke and crashed.

With introduction of Phantom 4 into the market, DJI have done well to include features that suppose to make the new Phantom 4 very easy to fly and even harder to crash. The previous Phantom series has always lacked the autonomous flight features that most drone pilot may like to have which include obstacle avoidance and more advanced computer vision which would help the drone to follow any object.

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DJI have now incorporated these lacking features in Phantom 4; the new drone comes with front-facing cameras to prevent it from hitting walls and trees. It also comes with a feature they refer to as “ActiveTrack” which will allow any user to keep the camera focused on specific object.

 

Design

If you are one of die-hard fan of Phantom 3, then there is not much difference between the Phantom 4 and 3. However the props have now changed. I think DJI wants the Phantom 4 to look a bit sleeker and less bulky by making each of the four motors to sit outside the fairings over the propeller arms. Note that there are no prop guards so you should be careful not to mess up the new object avoidance system by snapping the guards on.

Another major upgrade is the integrated gimbal and camera. You will be immediately drowned to this part of design if you have flown or owned a Phantom 3 before. They placed gimbal motors on both sides of the camera instead of just one centrally located part.

The camera is placed inside the drone and not just stuck on the outside like the Phantom 3. The Micro USB and SD slots are integrated and centered beautifully on the left hand side of Phantom 4’s chassis.

The flight controller is pretty much identical to the Phantom 3 in terms of its form. The differences are in the switches and buttons of the Phantom 4 controller. This new drone has the switches for “P-S-A” next to the video record button instead of “P-F-A” on previous versions.

 

The company also changed up the “Play/Pause” button on the top right hand corner of the controller. It has now been replaced with just a “Pause” button. You can use this button to make the drone hover in place. The button also allow for manual control like normal in “P” mode.

 

Phantom 4 has two major enhancements which include: the automated flight control and the collision avoidance system. The automated flight control makes it extremely easy to fly although it is not yet a fully autonomous drone that you can command to do your wish with just a snap of your finger but things are sure heading that way.

 

Collision Avoidance System in Phantom 4

We want to take a look at this feature because it was one of complaint customers make in the Phantom 3 that leads to introduction of this feature with Phantom 4.

Collision avoidance system in the new Phantom 4 is a cool feature; it will help you avoid colliding with any object when you are flying no matter your skill level. However, note that his work only when you are flying forward since the cameras are mounted forward. The cameras cannot warn you when you are flying in other directions like backing up, going left, right, or slightly off center.

This does not mean that collision avoidance system isn’t useful; it is still great considering the price of this drone. It works best on large dark objects and will also save you from hitting power lines.

 

Battery Life

When we tested the new Phantom 4, the battery life averaged above 25 minutes which is better than comparably sized camera drones. You can fully charge it within an hour. You can as well charge the remote control at the same time as the battery and can last three full flights without any problem.

 

Automatic for the People

One of the most talked features in the Phantom 4 is the Active Track. This feature works with “Vision” sensors to make you feel more comfortable letting the drone take control when you have lock onto something. When you combine this feature with Collision Avoidance System, you can easily lock on object, follow the object and the drone will be able to evade obstacles such as trees and power lines.

 

Sport Mode is Fun

Phantom 4 comes with a feature known as sport mode that allows you to fly at speed up to 45mph (72kph). You can also ascend at 6 meters (20 feet) per second and descent at 4 meters (13 feet) per second. This new feature lets you get to your target location faster to get the shot you want.

 

Pros

  • Very easy to fly even for amateurs and first-timers
  • Moving and action shots is now much more feasible thanks to Active Track mode
  • Comes with an integrated gimbal and camera for smooth, consistent footage
  • Raw video/pictures for good post production color correction
  • Great price for all the features it comes with
  • Sport mode makes it possible to get to location faster
  • It comes with a carrying case

 

Cons

  • Visual navigation can only see obstacles directly ahead
  • Form factor is almost the same with earlier modes
  • YouTube and Facebook live streaming output quality is limited to 720p

 

You can buy this drone for just $1298,  [easyazon_link identifier=”B01CFXQZD0″ locale=”US” tag=”chubbypen-20″]See Price[/easyazon_link].

Verdict

DJI Phantom 4 is a great camera drone. The sports mode, the Active Track and Collision Avoidance System makes this drone a must buy for every entry drone lover.

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How to register a Drone in the USA https://www.airbornedrones.org/how-to-register-a-drone-in-the-usa/ https://www.airbornedrones.org/how-to-register-a-drone-in-the-usa/#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:33:53 +0000 http://www.airbornedrones.org/?p=3408 Drone sales have exploded in recent years, with estimates of sales figures in the US alone in the region of 1.5 to 2 million units, according to the Motley Fool. From recreational racing and photography to commercial applications including land surveying and even crop spraying, these machines are proving to be entertaining, practical and game-changing […]

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Drone sales have exploded in recent years, with estimates of sales figures in the US alone in the region of 1.5 to 2 million units, according to the Motley Fool. From recreational racing and photography to commercial applications including land surveying and even crop spraying, these machines are proving to be entertaining, practical and game-changing in a variety of settings.

However, this trend is not without its problems. And in spite of the call for drones weighing over 0.55lbs (250g) to be registered with regulators at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), just a fraction of buyers have actually taken steps to do so.

Complying with the regulatory requirements of drone ownership is important for private and commercial users alike, both in order to avoid legal issues and to ensure safety standards are maintained. So here is a quick overview as to how to register a drone in the USA which should be useful for current or prospective owners.

Eligibility
Firstly, it is worth noting that, as previously mentioned, only drones weighing over 0.55lbs need to be logged with the FAA’s National Drone Register. This ruling applies to drones, as well as all small unmanned aircraft including remote control planes and helicopters that exceed the minimum weight requirement.
Both civil and criminal penalties can be enforced against any owner who fails to comply, with fines of up to $250,000 applicable in the event that someone is caught flying an unregistered drone.

Registration

To register your drone, head to www.nationaldroneregister.com and select the relevant usage model; either personal or business. In both cases you will be required to provide your name, address, contact number, the make and model of the drone in question and the serial number supplied by the manufacturer.
The registration form is fairly simple, but also requires that those who complete it agree to adhere to the safety guidelines laid out by the FAA. These include committing to flying the drone below 400ft and within visual line of sight of the pilot at all times, while also meeting the regulator’s airspace requirements.
Flying directly over people, stadiums and sporting events, or anywhere in the vicinity of on-going emergencies, such as forest fires, is not permitted. Owners must also agree not to fly drones whilst under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicating substances, in addition to keeping their drone away from airports and any other airborne craft.

Additional Commercial Requirements

When registering a drone for commercial use, there are some other requirements to consider, some of which relate to the pilot themselves. For example, a commercial drone pilot must be aged 16 or above; must hold a remote pilot airman certificate; and must pass any TSA vetting relevant to the intended deployment. The supervision of an experienced, certificated individual is also acceptable in cases where the pilot has yet to complete their training.

Ultimately, the registration process is not just about ensuring that the regulators have an idea as to how many drones are owned and operated in the US. It is also intended to provide pilots with legal information and safety guidelines, ensuring that they fly in a responsible manner.

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