12 Top Aerial Shots, Skypixel Photo Contest With Big Prizes

Fantastic Aerial Shots Of Dutch Tulip Fields

These magnificent aerial shots from SkyPixel prove how much drone aerial photography took a giant leap forward in 2015.

The quality of drones coming to the market has been phenomenal with new innovation in flight systems, sensor technology, gimbal stabilization and cameras. 2016 will also be a terrific year for drone innovation.

2015 was the first year where we have seen cameras specifically designed for aerial photography and filming with the result being absolutely stunning aerial shots.

Below, we feature 12 terrific aerial shots from SkyPixel and give you some details about the SkyPixel aerial photography competition which has some terrific prizes.

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6 Beautiful Garden Videos Filmed By Drone Designed To Calm

6 of the most beautiful gardens filmed by drones

Here are 6 beautiful gardens filmed by drones. These beautiful garden videos are from Washington, Rome, Netherlands, Singapore, Israel and Ireland.  There are perhaps thousands of great gardens on this planet with Earth itself being the greatest.

Below is just a selection of best drone videos of gardens filmed at the moment.  Over the coming years we will see plenty more.

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How To Update Phantom 3 Firmware To Greatly Improve Your Quadcopter

Phantom 3 firmware update including best practice and tips.

Keeping your DJI Phantom 3 firmware updated is extremely important. Firmware updates contain fixes for bugs, add new features and make improvements.  With the Phantom 3, you update both the quadcopter and remote controller with the same firmware file.

Since the release of the new Phantom 3 Professional and Advanced models in April, there are been 4 firmware releases.  Each of these firmware releases fixed bugs, issues and added new features.

In this post, all the instructions, best practices and tips on how to successfully update the firmware on your Phantoms 3 along with the Remote Controller.

Please note that the Phantom 4 firmware update uses an easier process using either the DJI Go or DJI Assistant 2 app.

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Phantom 3 IMU Calibration Reset Fixes Flight Errors And Bugs

Phantom 3 IMU Calibration to fix flight problems

The Phantom 3 IMU calibration procedure is simple and takes between 5 and 10 minutes. The IMU calibration will fix most of the Phantom 3 issues including erratic flying, no signal and compass errors.

The IMU calibration will fix excessive warm up times, off horizon viewing issues and the usual yellow and red flashing lights after completing the normal Phantom 3 compass calibration. This post shows you how to calibrate the IMU on the Phantom 3 along with some tips.

While the Phantom 3 is great value and a beautiful quadcopter, a crashed quadcopter is of no value.  Take a few minutes to examine your quadcopter components before flying.  Make sure the motors and props are running freely and that there is no sign of any physical damage.

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Phantom 3 And Inspire 1 Waypoints And Ground Station Options

Phantom 3 Waypoints Navigation and Ground Station Alternatives

The Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 now have DJI waypoint navigation by a firmware and Go App update and not through the Ground Station app.

Both drones are pretty impressive. However, when these drones were first released they didn’t come with waypoint navigation which was certainly a big disappointment.

Not having waypoints took most people by surprise as the Phantom 2 Vision and Vision+ had waypoint navigation from the Vision App.  Also the original Phantom 2 uses the Ground Station app as an add on for waypoints.

This post looks at the new Inspire 1 and Phantom 3 waypoints, along with other waypoint navigation and ground stations alternatives and options.

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Top 3DR X8 Quadcopter For Mapping And Aerial Filming

3DR Robotics X8-M Quadcopter For 3D Mapping

The 3DR X8 quadcopter range is without doubt top notch. In this X8 quadcopter review, we look at this powerful, reliable and easy to fly drone along with its options and uses.  We review both the X8+ for aerial photography, the X8-M for mapping and the Mission Planner software.

What the X8 quadcopter gives you in abundance, is options in its use. It is an autonomous drone which can take off, fly the path you have programmed in and land again.  3DR who are at the forefront in drone innovation have created a very robust platform for both aerial filming with the X8+ or creating sophisticated 3D maps and models with the X8-M quadcopter.

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DJI Ground Station App And Setting Up Phantom 2 Waypoints

DJI Phanton 2 Ground Station App For Setting Up Waypoint Navigation

The Phantom 2 Ground Station app allows for the setting up of autonomous waypoints. What this means is that your Phantom 2 quadcopter  will fly autonomously from takeoff, then through its programmed points to its destination and also land safely.

It is exciting technology and shows us the potential of drones in everyday life.

The Ground Station app makes complex waypoint flying as simple as a few taps on a screen.  Before trying out waypoint navigation, watch the below DJI Ground Station tutorials a couple of times. Become familiar with the app and go through the below checks before flying using waypoints.

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Prevent Phantom GPS Signal Loss And Failsafe Mode Tips

How to prevent GPS Signal loss on Phantom Quadcopters

When your Phantom loses GPS signal and enters failsafe mode, their are always some anxious moments as you are unsure whether your quadcopter will return to its home point.

If the Phantom is out of sight, the anxiety is even greater until you see your Phantom coming back to you.  It’s not a good feeling at all.

If your Phantom is losing the GPS signal regularly, you lose the enjoyment of flying and with each GPS signal loss, there is always a chance of your Phantom crashing.

This article with videos will give you some tips, checks and pointers to prevent GPS signal loss on your Phantom. A lot of the tips here are very practical and you can use this information to guide you in troubleshooting any drone not just a Phantom.

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Improve Phantom 2 Vision+ GPS Signal With This Drone Tip

Drone DIY to improve the GPS Signal On The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ drone

Problems with the GPS signal or loss of GPS on your Phantom 2 Vision is a worry and can lead to fly away issues or in the worse case, your drone crashing. This article and drone diy video below will show you how to improve the GPS signal on your Phantom 2 Vision+. You can look to use this solution on all Phantoms.

Loss of GPS signal appears to be a problem not just on Phantom drones but on all consumer drones. The problem can vary slightly and may not be entirely the manufacturers fault.

The Phantom really is a top quality quadcopter.  Some of the best videos of beautiful scenery and adventure on YouTube are filmed using the Phantom And GoPro combination. Being outdoors and flying your Phantom should be an enjoyable past time. If your Phantom is having GPS problems regularly, it takes the fun out of flying and limits you to flying your Phantom close to where you can keep your eyes on it.

I hope this Drone DIY procedure is easy enough for you to implement and fixes the GPS issues. Then you can fly your Phantom and enjoy the experience which is what it is all about.  Having fun flying your Phantom.

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Aerialtronics Altura Zenith Drone Co-Founder Lucas Van Oostrum Interview

Interview With Lucas Van Oostrum Of The Aerialtronics Drone Company

Very informative interview with Lucas Van Oostrum, CTO & Co-Founder of the Aerialtronics Drone Company. Aerialtronics produce the Altura Zenith drones, which are high tech, have long flight times and can carry heavy payloads.

If you’re looking at starting a drone business or trying to understand why the drone market is growing, this interview is very insightful.

When companies approach Aerialtronics, they don’t look for a drone. They look for a solution to a problem. Aerialtronics provide a full solution from consultancy, training, selection of drone, the payload and software.

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3DR Chris Anderson Interviews – Startup To Top Drone Company

Leading drone company 3DR CEO Chris Anderson speaks with Emily Chang of Bloomberg taking us from his kitchen table in 2007 to the major drone company they are now. Chris gives us some ideas on the future of drones in this interview.

Listening to the interview, it’s hard to believe that in 2007, the drone industry was so small. Only 8 years ago. Such a short time ago. In 2014 the drone industry seemed to be innovating at lightning speed.

Note: This article is quite old now and 3DR no longer manufacture drones and work mainly in the Photogrammetry and Mapping software.  Please feel free to continue reading this article or view the latest drone news here. These articles are right up to date covering from the latest innovations, technology and company news.

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Caribbean Golden Beaches And Tranquil Blue Seas By Drone

Very best drone Videos Of The Caribbean

Here are 4 beautiful drone videos of the Caribbean.  What a combination. The Caribbean is famous for its natural beauty and drone videos are the best way to capture magnificent scenery.

These beautiful and best drone videos of the Caribbean are filmed in the Virgin Gorda, Saint Martin’s, Dominican Republic and on the Island of Curacao. I could watch these top drone videos forever.  Enjoy.

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Top Business Drone Reviews For Aerial Filming And Mapping

Article reviewing the best drone for aerial view, UAV cinematography and photography

Drone use for aerial view, photography and cinematography is on a big upward trend.  More importantly there is a business opportunity for owners of the best quality drones and camera equipment to be hired for specialized work.  Using drones or renting drones along with professional pilots and photographers is a new sector with plenty of growth potential.

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Update Firmware On The Phantom 2 Drone For Better Flying

Article and video on how to update the firmware on a Phantom 2 quadcopter

Updating the firmware and DJI App on the Phantom 2 drone to the latest version will solve multiple issues and add new features.

You can expect better flying, longer battery life on your drone and added improvements to the Phantom Vision app on your laptop.

This article and video will show you how to update the firmware on your Phantom drone.  You can print off this article or watch the below videos a couple of times.  At the time of writing, the latest Phantom 2 firmware version is 3.08.

The process of upgrading the firmware will be the same for later versions.

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Reset And Re-calibrate The IMU Compass On Your Phantom

How to reset the IMU GPS compass on the DJI Phantom Drone

A reset or re-calibration of your Phantom’s IMU Compass will need to be completed if you are still receiving yellow and red flashing lights after using the normal compass calibration process.

The problem occurs because the drone’s compass has come close to a strong magnetic field. This problem only happens in GPS mode and not in altitude mode.

Follow the instructions in this article and or scroll straight down and watch the video which shows you how to re-calibrate the compass on your Phantom 2.

If you own an new Phantom, read and follow these instructions for the Phantom 3 IMU calibration and Phantom 4 calibration procedures.

Another great article with video is on how to improve the gps signal on your Phantom 2.

The Phantom 2 is a terrific quadcopter.  The best and most beautiful drone videos on YouTube have been filmed using the Phantom and GoPro Hero combination.  I hope this article and video instruction gets your compass calibrated again so you can get back out doing what you love best. Flying your Phantom.

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How To Calibrate The Compass On Phantom And Prevent Fly-Away

Article on how to fix fly-away issues on Phantom 2 drone and calibrate compass

Calibrating your Phantom Compass is one of the most  important steps to prevent Fly-Away issues. This article with videos explain the issue of fly-away along with how to prevent this from happening in the first place.  The first video also discusses what to do when fly-away occurs.  The Phantom has very fluid movement.

You move the sticks and the Phantom makes that movement straight away.  If it is slow or unresponsive, then you have a problem.  If something is weird going on, bring your Phantom in straight away and troubleshoot.

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What Are Drones, Quadcopters And UAVs Answered For Newbies

Article describes what exactly are drones, quadcopters and unmanned aircraft vehicles systems

For someone new and wants to learn about drone technology, it can get quite confusing. Today I’ll explain what are drones, quadcopters and UAVs as these names get thrown about quite a bit.

By reading and learning a bit about drones, purchasing and flying your first drone you will swiftly move away from a newbie to drones and start becoming an expert.

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Scary Drone Videos Of Asylum, Old Cemetery and Death Camps

Drone Videos of Mental Asylum, old cementery and death camps

Drone cinematography is just getting better.  The below scary drone videos are from very solemn locations, all of which have dark histories.  The skill of the of these quadcopter pilots is top notch and they capture each of these dark and eerie locations with breathless ease.

These drone videos are of the eerie and haunted Denbigh Mental Asylum, old Loughinisland Cemetery, the solemness of  the Auschwitz death camp and Rummu which was a Soviet era prison and labor camp in Estonia.

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Top Mother Nature Beauty Spots Captured By Drone Video

Best drone videos of beautiful scenery including Scotland, Montenegro, Ice Caves and Niagara Falls

Here are 4 tremendous top drone videos of Mother Nature at its most beautiful.

Below we have a birds eye view of Montenegro, known as the pearl of the Mediterranean, an ice cave adventure with the sun glinting off the glaciers, the mighty Mountains of Scotland Devil’s Ridge, Ben Nevis and more.  The final drone video is of the Niagara Falls which needs no introduction.

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3 Drone Volcano Videos Showing Lava Flowing And Exploding

Exploding magma and lava spilling into the ocean in these drone videos

These are the best drone videos of Volcanoes you will ever see. Watching volcanoes is mesmerizing.  We’re watching mother nature at its most powerful. Then out of the destruction comes something new.

Below we have 3 videos with top drone pilot skills to capture these images.

The first 2 videos come from the Bardarbunga Volcano and the Kilauea in beautiful Hawaii.  The last volcano video shows you what it takes and what can go wrong when filming a Volcano.

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