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Camera Drones and Birds' Eye Entertainment

Drones are great for flying as a hobby and for getting photographs; they can be used for recreation or professional efforts. For many purposes, camera drones are highly suitable. This guide will show you what to consider when you shop for these devices.

What Types of Camera Drones Are Available?

Drones can be designed with two types of cameras:

  • First-person view ("FPV"): With these devices, the pilot can watch the obstacles blocking the way of the drone and avert them accordingly. Usually, you will be able to see the path of the quadcopter on a screen on the controller or on your smartphone. FPV cameras are typically used for racing.
  • Photography cameras: These cameras are usually positioned below the drone to enable you to see the view from above. Most are equipped with features that allow you to capture excellent pictures.

What Photographic Quality Should You Expect?

The quality of photography is primarily be determined by the resolution of your camera. Good cameras have a 4K video resolution. These are mainly used by professional photographers. You do not have to obtain this specific resolution in order to take decent videos. If this drone is going to an amateur or will only record recreational videos, you can find some lower resolution cameras that are suitable but still take brilliant pictures.

What Features and Specifications Should You Look For?

  • Removable cameras: In some models, users can remove the cameras and fly the drone without the camera attached, excellent if this is a gift for a beginner who still needs to learn to fly. This helps to reduce the weight of the drone, thus enabling longer flights. More importantly, this feature enables camera upgrades when there are advances in the technology. Perhaps your gift to mom or dad next year will be just such an upgrade.
  • Flight time: Most drones can only fly for limited periods. Drones with cameras have less flight time since they carry extra weight. This drains the batteries much faster. Try to find one that can run long enough for racing or shooting extended videos. Alternatively, consider adding extra batteries to someone's stocking to extend the flight times.
  • Stability: It is hard to shoot pictures and videos on a shaky device. You should look for drones made with 6-axis gyroscopes, as these are usually highly stable.
  • Range: People can only control a drone within a certain radius. A wider range is particularly important for people intending to race with their camera drones. If you want it to take pictures and videos from higher altitudes, range will also factor into the selection.
  • Hovering: Some drones are designed with a hovering feature. Typically, these drones will stay at one position in the air if you let go of the controls. That way, you can focus your camera and take sharper images.
  • Ease of operation: If you are shopping for someone who is not experienced in flying drones, you should consider getting one with simple controls. For example, some quadcopters can be landed with the push of a single button. With some models, the drone will be able to trace its way back to the controller if it goes out of the range.
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