Capture Movies and Still Photos From Unexpected Angles With DJI Phantom 4 Camera Drones

When you make movies or take still photos with a drone, such as the DJI Phantom 4 camera drones or the DJI Phantom 4 Professional, you can shoot from above or below, capture the entire scene from a distance, circle the action, or follow the action as it moves from place to place. Choose the shot that best captures the story and mood that you want to tell.

Features of a DJI Phantom 4 drone camera

Many vloggers on YouTube are switching to 4K cameras like the ones on the DJI Phantom 4. The cameras on the DJI Phantom 4 are specifically designed for YouTube videos. You’ll want a 4K camera if you want to show your videos on a 4K TV. Full HD cameras with resolutions of 1080p remain an accepted standard, though.

You’ll also want to consider the following capabilities for the camera:

  • Control of all of the camera's video and photography functions remotely from an app
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Isolation of single frames of video for use as a still photos
  • Burst mode that captures a series of still images in a single quick burst
  • Time-lapse photography that captures a series of still images over a selected period time separated by a selected interval of time
  • Wind noise reduction that improves the sound quality of your videos
  • Image stabilization corrects for vibrations
How do you determine the durability of DJI Phantom 4 camera drones?

To determine the durability of the camera, check the Ingress Protection Marking, also called the Ingress Protection Code (IP Code). The numbers and letters in the code rate the camera on protection from solid objects and liquids and provide information about the testing. A “W” indicates that the camera was tested under various weather conditions.

Should you buy a drone with a gimbal?

In addition to optical image stabilization on the camera, some drones also protect the gimbal, which is the camera platform, from vibrations. Other drones carry the camera within a compartment inside the drone.

Installing the camera within the drone’s body stabilizes and protects the camera from both vibrations and crashes, which is a consideration for beginning pilots. Having the camera housed inside the drone also eliminates the need for beginning pilots to try to aim the camera while flying the drone.

If you’re a more advanced drone pilot, you’ll want to be able to maneuver the camera, turning it to the left, right, up, or down. You also may want to use your own camera with the drone. If that’s the case, you’ll want a drone with a gimbal.

If the drone has a gimbal, you still should check how far it allows you to turn the camera.

Purchasing a drone camera if you are a beginner drone pilot

If you are new to drone photography, you should look for drones with the one-button launch and return, headless mode, pause, and hover mode, a choice of three flight speeds, follow me, GPS, automatic return, and low battery and out-of-range signals.

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