7 Best Aerial Photography Drones At Very Affordable Prices

Aerial Photography Drones And Prices

Flying a top aerial photography drone is the only way to capture stunning landscapes. Here are the best drones for aerial photography, each having 4k cameras, super smooth stabilization, first person view, intelligent flight modes, excellent automatic and manual camera … Read more

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Tutorials For All Active Track, Tap Fly, Flight Modes And Best Camera Settings

DJI Phantom 4 Intelligent Mode Tutorials

These Phantom 4 tutorials will show you how to fly the quadcopter, how to use the intelligent flight modes such as Tap Fly, Active Track, Follow Me and Points Of Interest, Waypoints and more. The instructional tutorials will cover all … Read more

DJI Phantom 4 Firmware Update And Fix Update Failure Problems

How To Update DJI Phantom 4 Firmware

Knowing how to update the DJI Phantom 4 firmware to the latest version is important. These firmware updates contain fixes to solve software bugs, add new features to the quadcopter, gimbal, camera and remote controller.

This article has all the instructions, best practices and tips on how to successfully update the firmware on your Phantoms 4. Instructions include upgrading the Phantom 4 Remote Controller, the DJI Go and Assistant 2 apps. We also have 3 firmware update videos at the bottom.

Also, there are some important tips on what to do if the Phantom 4 firmware upgrade fails during the update process.

There are 2 ways to update the Phantom 4 quadcopter.  You can update the Phantom 4 with the DJI Assistant 2 or the DJI Go app.  It is also very easy to update the Phantom 4 Remote Controller using the recommended DJI Go app.

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Top DJI Phantom 4 Pro Intelligent Flight Modes Reviewed Including New V2.0

DJI Phantom 4 Intelligent Flight Modes

The Phantom 4 Pro intelligent flight modes make flying and producing meaningful aerial imagery so much easier.  Here, we review the Phantom 4 Pro including the new Phantom 4 Pro v2.0 intelligent flight modes, specifications and features.

The Phantom 4 Pro autonomous flight modes, along with new stabilization system and professional 4k camera make this drone an exceptional investment.

For aerial cinematography, the Phantom 4 flight modes allow you the capture film from various different flying angles.

The Phantom 4 Pro is an excellent quadcopter for professional site surveying, 3D imaging of terrain and photogrammetry of structures.

You can read further on these uses in this the article “Introduction To UAV Photogrammetry and Lidar Mapping“.

The Phantom 4 Pro also has many autonomous safety systems such as obstacle detection and smart return to home technology.

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12 Top Collision Avoidance Drones And Obstacle Detection Explained

Drones With Obstacle Avoidance

Drones with obstacle detection and collision avoidance sensors are becoming more prevalent in both the consumer and professional sectors. This year, we have quite a few drones with collision avoidance technology. This obstacle detection and avoidance technology started with sensors … Read more

12 Top Lidar Sensors For UAVs, Lidar Drones And So Many Great Uses

7 Top Lidar Sensors For Drones

Lidar sensors on UAVs capture imagery which only a few years ago needed an aircraft carrying large heavy lidar sensors and a crew to accomplish.

Here, we look at 12 of the best lidar sensors for drones along with the best lidar drones.

We feature lidar sensors from manufacturers such as Velodyne, Routescene, Leddartech, Riegl, YellowScan, Leica and Geodetics.

The lidar drones include quadcopters, fixed wing drones, UAV helicopters from manufacturers such as DJI, Harris, Velos, Vulcan, OnyxStar and many more.

A lidar sensor mounted on a UAV, along with the lidar software can process images very quickly in the cloud, allowing for effective decisions to be made by stakeholders and relevant parties.

The output from these lidar drones and sensors is outstanding.  The pace of development and improvement in the lidar sensors over the past few years has been tremendous and will continue with more entrants into this sector.

Over the coming years, we are going to see most of the lidar sensor work moving from aircraft to lidar drones.

In fact, all the manufacturers of the large lidar sensors for airplanes have developed smaller lidar sensors for drones.

We start off this post with the lidar drones being used for the various sensors, followed by how lidar sensor technology works. Then, we look at the best lidar sensors for drones.  Along the way, we have some terrific lidar drone sensor videos.

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Multispectral Imaging Camera Drones In Farming Yield Big Benefits

Multispectral imaging agriculture drones with sensors

Multispectral imaging camera sensors on agricultural drones allow the farmer to manage crops, soil, fertilizing and irrigation more effectively.

There are huge benefits both to the farmer and to the wider environment by minimizing the use of sprays, fertilizers, wastage of water and at the same time increasing the yield from crops.

Multispectral camera remote sensing imaging technology use Green, Red, Red-Edge and Near Infrared wavebands to capture both visible and invisible images of crops and vegetation.

The multispectral images integrate with specialized agriculture software which output the information into meaningful data.

This land telemetry, soil and crop data allow the  grower to monitor, plan and manage the farm more effectively saving time and money along with reducing the use of pesticides.

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12 Top Drones With Excellent Cameras, GPS, Autopilot And Low Prices

Walkera Scout X4 With Drone GPS Autopilot and 4k Camera

The top drones reviewed here all have excellent 4k cameras, GPS and autopilot systems giving you many options when it comes to flying, aerial filming and photography.

These drones have incredibly low prices due to the competition in the drone sector.

Along with excellent low prices, these top drones all have 4k cameras and can be flown by pilot manually or on autopilot. A drone flying on autopilot has big advantages over manual flight.  A drone on autopilot can fly a programmed route, called waypoints and take aerial photos or video much better than any pilot can.

This is especially true in difficult weather conditions.  A drone flying in autopilot mode is monitoring and adjusting its position thousands of times per second.  Manual flying will never be able to achieve this flight accuracy.

For aerial photography, it is great to let the drone fly on autopilot on a given route, while you concentrate on working the camera capturing the best of video and stills.

Having a drone with a GPS autopilot flight system and a 4k camera is very  essential for aerial photogrammetry, 3D mapping and multispectral imaging in the agricultural sector.

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12 Best Follow Me Drones And Follow You Technology Reviewed

Follow Me GPS Drone Technology and Best Follow ME UAVsw

With Follow Me drone technology, the UAV is programmed to automatically follow you around, giving you plenty of opportunities to film unique aerial shots.

At present there are 2 types of drone Follow Me technology.  Here, we look at the technology used in drones that follow you.

Then, we review the 12 best follow me drones on the market right now, with some terrific videos along the way.

We review drones which follow you from DJI, Walkera, Yuneec, AirDog, Hover and more including Skydio and Autel, which are pretty new manufacturers of tracking follow drones.

Drones that follow you came on the scene in 2016 and the follow me innovation has continued ever since. Generally, drones with follow me GPS mode, also have other intelligent flight systems (Orbit, ActiveTrack, Points of Interest, Waypoints, Circle, Terrain Follow etc) giving you even more flying and filming options.

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Calibrate The Compass On Phantom 4 Drone To Fix Flight Issues

How To Calibrate The Compass On DJI Phantom

Knowing how to calibrate the compass on the Phantom 4 drone is very important. Also, the compass calibration is the same for both Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Pro.

You should calibrate the Phantom 4 compass if the DJI GO 4 app or the status indicator on the Phantom 4 prompts you to calibrate.

For example, you would calibrate the Phantom 4 compass if you are flying the quadcopter in a new area. Also, if you feel the the Phantom 4 drone is not flying correctly or is not reacting to your touch as it should, then calibrating the Phantom 4 compass may fix the issues.

This article covers the steps to calibrate the Phantom 4 compass along with information on status indicator lights and what to do if the calibration fails.

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Drone Gimbal Design, Parts and Top Gimbals for Aerial Filming

Drone Gimbal Components, Parts and Design Technology

Having a top quality drone gimbal is essential to capturing great aerial film, photography, 3D mapping, lidar, photogrammetry and other sensor driven imagery. For drones to be widely used across different sectors, it is essential that UAV gimbal stabilization technology … Read more

15 Top Drone Photography Tips To Capture Stunning Aerial Photos Every Time

Top Drone Photography Tips

Here is 15 of the best drone photography tips to ensure you capture great aerial photos every time. The drone photo tips cover lens filters, filming in RAW format, the thirds grid, UAV forecast, auto exposure bracketing, counterpoints, juxtaposition, lighting, … Read more

10 Best FPV Drone Goggles For A Terrific Flying Experience

Best FPV Drone Goggles

Flying using FPV drone goggles is a terrific experience. To have the best flying experience, it is important to choose the best FPV glasses, which are correct for you.

Knowing about field of view, IPD, glass optics, resolution and digital head tracking will help you pick the right drone goggles.

A number of drone manufacturers now have their own drone goggles.  DJI, Parrot, Walkera And Yuneec now manufacture their own FPV drone goggles.  This makes choosing an FPV headset very easy.

Now if you own a DJI or Yuneec drone etc, you don’t have to buy their goggles as many drone goggles from the various manufacturers will work on the latest top drones on the market.

It is important to fly using the correct drone goggles for your eyes. If you choose an incorrect fitting FPV headset, then you won’t enjoy the experience as much as you should.  Most drone goggles on the market now have many adjustable settings and are very comfortable.

In this article with videos, we show how to choose the best FPV glasses along with looking at some of the most popular FPV headsets on the market.  FPV goggles from Fat Shark, Skyzone, Epson, Oculus, Zeiss, Yuneec and Walkera along with both of the latest DJI FPV goggles.

Nearly all the FPV goggles featured in this article can be used for flying drones, watching movies and playing games.

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10 Thermal Vision Cameras For Drones And How Thermal Imaging Works

Heat Vision Camera Sensors And Imagery

A thermal imaging camera on a drone turns it into a powerful tool, which can be used in many sectors from construction, mining, electrical, surveillance, firefighting, search and rescue. Thermal drones which use vision imaging cameras have so many positive … Read more

Introduction To UAV Photogrammetry And Lidar Mapping Basics

Using UAVs for photogrammetry and aerial LiDar mapping

UAV lidar and photogrammetry imaging applications are increasing rapidly. This is not surprising as using GPS enabled UAVs for aerial surveying is very cost effective in comparison to hiring an aircraft with photogrammetry equipment.

Because UAVs are relatively inexpensive, organisations will have their own UAV fleet, allowing for rapid surveys over large land areas and infrastructure projects where required. 

With GPS equipped drones, digital cameras and powerful computers, surveys have an accuracy right down to 1 centimeter.

This post takes an overall look at this drone mapping technology. We also take a quick view at the sectors benefiting from using UAVs for photogrammetry and lidar mapping.  We also look at some of the best mapping drones on the market along with the compatible software.

Another closely related sector is using LiDAR sensors mounted onto drones.  It’s another growing sector and you can read further regarding drone LiDAR use here.

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12 Best Photogrammetry Software For 3D Mapping Using Drones

Best 3D Mapping Photogrammetry Software For Drones

When it comes to 3D photogrammetry software for drones, there is quite a choice.  There are many 3D mapping software companies, which provide a free version or free evaluation period, allowing you to try the software first before any purchase.  … Read more

Drone Gyro Stabilization, IMU And Flight Controllers Explained

Three And Six Axis Gyro Stabilization Drone Technology

For a drone to fly perfectly, the IMU, gyro stabilization and flight controller technology is essential. Drones today use three and six axis gyro stabilization technology to provide navigational information to the flight controller, which make drones easier and safer … Read more

DroneDeploy Review Of Apps With Tutorials, Pricing And More

DroneDeploy App And Platform Review

This DroneDeploy review takes a look at the app and platform features, including pricing of their excellent solutions used to create meaningful aerial data in the cloud. Below, you will also excellent DroneDeploy tutorials and closer to the bottom, we have … Read more

Best 4K Camera Drones To Create Stunning Aerial Film

Top 4k Drones For Aerial Filming

The aerial footage from a 4k drone is without doubt just stunning. Today, we review the 12 best 4k drones on the market.  We also take a quick look at 4k camera technology and the real benefits to filming with a 4k drone camera.

 These 4k drones equipped with ultra high definition video cameras are capturing spectacular videos.

All of the 4k drones featured below have advanced features such as precision stabilization along with autonomous flight modes such as follow me, orbit, waypoints and active tracking to make filming easier. There are also a number of 4k drones with obstacle detection and collision avoidance.

4k video recording cameras on drones is becoming the standard entry point for professional aerial filming. In 2016, we started to see the first of the 4k drone cameras coming to the market. 2017 and 2018 produced a number of 4k video recording drones.  Now, in 2019, we have many drones with 4k cameras including the latest DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom drones.

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DJI Phantom 4 Drone Films Beautifully in New England, Jamaica, Mauritius And NYC

Beautiful DJI Phantom 4 Drone Scenic Landscape Videos

These Phantom 4 drone scenic videos are just stunning. The Phantom 4 flies exceptional smoothly and it has the very best stabilization technology of any drone released to date.

To go with the best gimbal stabilization, the Phantom 4 has many autonomous flight modes to make flying and filming real easy. It also has an exceptional camera.

DJI released the Phantom 4 Pro and this has an even better camera than anything released previously. DJI have improved every part of the camera including the sensor size, resolution, image processing technology, and more, making it the most powerful Phantom camera ever.

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Neutral Density Filters For Great Aerial Landscape Photography

Fantastic Aerial Landscape Photo Using A Neutral Density Gradient Filter

A quality neutral density gradient filter is one of great tools used by top aerial photographers to capture the perfect photo and film.

Here, we’ll explain what a neutral density gradient filter does and how it will add that extra bit of quality to your aerial landscape photography.

Along with this information on graduated neutral density filters, there is a couple of videos at the end on this subject. Also, if you have time, check out our other aerial photography articles.

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