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The Best Camera Drone for Wedding 0

The Best Camera Drone for Wedding

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), also called drones, are becoming more popular at weddings because they can better capture events. The image-capturing machines employ latest technological developments to provide better footages, thus capturing the special occasion in all its glory. We will consider a few UAVs that are best suited for the purpose, out of the lot in the rapidly expanding industry.   

Before we pick the best drone, we would consider some certain arguments before making a choice. It is important to know that there are regulations in the industry, so the flying toys cannot be used anywhere and anyhow. 

First, to successfully enjoy the latest trend in the bridal market, the wedding venue has to be friendly. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), on the drone policy, advises that the unmanned devices should not be flown over people and above 400 feet. Experience also shows that it isn’t best to use the units in indoor and tented venues, areas with lots of trees, and places with overhead wires or many poles. Also, some locations bar drones, so it is important to get approval. Hence, we will consider the most versatile machines with auto-avoidance technology.   

Weather consideration is another. High winds can stop the drones from functioning well. UAVs don’t do well in water, so we will consider the best drone that works in the worst climatic condition. We want the couple to be the center of attraction, so we want unmanned systems that are least disruptive as drones make a lot of noise with their propellers and engines and with advanced subject tracking features. Finally, we will consider drones with the best camera, control range and longest flight time. We also want the footage to be of the best cinematic quality under budget. So, here is our lists of the best drone camera for weddings.

5. HUBSAN H502S

Considering the big wedding costs, the HUBSAN H502S is a great buy with amazing features. The device is under US$200 but comes with 720p HD Front Person View (FPV) camera. It has altitude hold, decent battery life, 300-meter flight range, GPS, and back-to-home feature. The HUBSAN has one of the best camera drones for a low budget wedding ceremony. 

4. BLADE CHROMA

The Blade Chroma is one of the best for aerial photography and videography. The range of this flying machine is 400 meters. It uses SAFE technology for stability and reliability and has an impressive camera. It is under US$600. 

3. DJI Phantom 3 Professional

The Phantom 3 Pro was the flagship product until this year. The flight time of this flying robot is 23 minutes, and it can travel for a distance of up to 500 meters. It remains one of the best under-US$1000 machines in the market. 

2. YUNEEC Q500+

This unit from YUNEEC is one of the best long-range drones in the market. Its control range is a remarkable 2km. It flies for 22 minutes before requiring a change of battery or recharge, and the 16MP camera ensures the best video quality. 

1. DJI PHANTOM 4

The latest product in the Phantom series wins the battle due to its incredible combination of features. Of course, anything good comes with a price with a price. The price of this drone is US$1399. The flight time is almost half an hour, and the subject tracking feature is improved. It uses an advanced stereo Vision Positioning System (VPS), and the Sports Mode feature gives it more agility and speed, making it the best camera drone for any wedding. And the Obstacle Sensing System (OSS) helps it avoid collisions when everyone is enjoying the ceremony.  

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Parrot AR Drone 2.0 VS Parrot AR Drone 3.0 0

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 VS Parrot AR Drone 3.0

With demand for quadcoper drones on the increase, the French company Parrot comes in the forefront of the big players, especially with their Parrot AR Drone 2.0 and the Parrot AR Drone 3.0. When Parrot AR Drone was launched in 2012, its great features enticed many drone enthusiasts. But, unknown to them, Parrot had even a more advanced version in mind – the Parrot AR Drone 3.0. Not that the new version has come to erode the previous one though, but there are some high-performance features infused into the new model which makes drone flying, either for pleasure or business, a memorable experience. 

In terms of size, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is a little heavier than its successor. With its hull in place, the version 2.0 is measured at 57x57 cm, but without the hull, it is 45x45 cm. In contrast, the Parrot AR Drone 3.0 is a featherweight that’s easier to use indoors. It’s 38x33 cm with its hull, and 32x28 cm without it.

Although there’s really no issue landing the Parrot AR Drone 2.0, the Parrot AR Drone 3.0 has been fortified with updated motor and propeller mounts that ensure the drone is safe from being completely shattered in case of rough landing. However, that depends on how it’s controlled. 

As for the controller, both the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 and the Parrot AR Drone 3.0 are equipped with iOS Android App for functions like taking off and auto-landing, direction movement adjustment and taking photo snapshot and recording video. However, the Wi-Fi range for each model is different. While the version 2.0 has a paltry line-of-sight of 200 feet range, that of the Parrot AR Drone 3.0 is 525 with line of sight and Wi-Fi of 802. 

The new version 3.0 also comes standard with a sky controller and a Wi-Fi antenna array of 36dBm, which makes it defy the limited strength of normal wireless. With this, the drone can fly as high as 2 kilometers away while still being controlled with an effective joystick for easier piloting. It's just an 18 MIPS AVR CPU per motor controller for the Parrot AR Drone 2.0.

Superior video quality is another feature that differentiates Parrot AR Drone 3.0 from its predecessor. It boasts of 8GB storage space and can record up to 1080p of flight. It's 2.0 version, on the other hand, can only record 720p with a storage of 4GB. Similarly, the Parrot AR Drone 3.0 is incorporated with a huge 14 megapixels with fisheye lens of 180 degrees, which means that it can conveniently look to its side and up at the sky and down at the ground without it physically moving while its 2.0 version has only a wide angle lens of 92 diagonals. 

In December 2015, the US government noticed a trend of people buying and flying drones in large number, mostly for pleasure, and so asked that each drone be registered. Interestingly, by February 2016 alone, about 325,000 drones had been registered. This shows that the drone industry is fast growing. And, of course, Parrot is a force to be reckoned with in the market. So, are you looking to buy a remote-controlled video that can record your activities perfectly and give you a memorable experience? Look no further. With its enhanced videography system and a flexible autopilot option, the Parrot AR Drone 3.0 is most likely your best bet. However, if you only demand to fly for fun, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 might be the most suitable.  

 

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INSPIRE 1 VS INSPIRE 1 PRO 0

INSPIRE 1 VS INSPIRE 1 PRO

The DJI Inspire 1 stands as the best professional drone around for professional videography. The drone comes in two variants: the entry-level Inspire 1 v2.0 and the advanced Inspire 1 pro. Both versions have similar features with few disparities. Some of the basic features similar to both variants are as follows:

  • Both are made out of carbon fiber frame for lightness
  • Adjustable carbon fiber legs 
  • 360° camera 
  • Gimbal technology 
  • Visual Position System (VPS) for indoor flight and maneuver 
  • Dual GPS (Global Positioning System) and GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System) 
  • Incompatibility with external cameras
  • Multiple remotes: one for the pilot and the other for the videographer 
  • Both can reach a maximum height of 4.5km
  • Both features a 22v Li-Po 6S battery

Expectedly, both variants differ in some aspects. Some of the aspects where the two versions differ are explained below:

  1. Camera: The Inspire v2.0 comes with a Zenmuse X3 camera which can spot a 12mp, while the Pro variant comes equipped with a 16mp Zenmuse X5 camera. The Zenmuse X3 in the v2.0 features a f/2.8 iris, a 20mm lens, and up to 4k resolution. While the Zenmuse X5 in the Pro uses an adjustable iris of f/1.7 – f/1.6, a 30mm lens and the same 4k resolution. The Zenmuse X5 camera on the Pro version uses a micro -4/3 sensor, while the X3 on the v2.0 uses a 1/2.3 sensor. The Inspire Pro produces a more optimal footage than the Inspire v2.0. This is because the Zenmuse X5 possesses a retractable aperture and an added frame-rate option which makes videography more flexible in shooting. However, the v2.0’s Zenmuse X5 camera is upgradable to the Zenmuse X5.
  2. Maximum flight time: The v2.0 can fly for a maximum of 18 minutes, while the Pro variant can fly for a lower maximum of 15 minutes.
  3. Speed: The v2.0 is faster at a speed of 49mph compared to the Inspire Pro's 40mph maximum speed. 
  4. Payload capacity: The Inspire v2.0 can carry an extra payload up to 1.7kg, whereas the Pro variant's payload capability is lower at 0.63g. 
  5. Weight: With battery included, the entry-level Inspire variant weigh 2935 g which is heavier than the Inspire Pro's 2870g.
  6. Price: At a price of $1,999 - $3,299, the v2.0 is cheaper than the Pro variant which is sold at a $3,999 - $4,699.

For a videographer looking for something to use for his videography, the Inspire 1 variants easily are the best professional drones around. Both the v2.0 and Pro version offer flawless performance. The Inspire 1 v2.0 gives more than enough for commercial applications and produces video quality sufficient for a videographer's needs. On the other hand, the Pro variant offers perfect video quality for every videography situation, especially when capturing fast-moving objects at low-lightings, an advantage that the entry-level version does not have. The Inspire 1 drones are strictly for the professionals. They can only do better where higher altitudes come to play. 

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Firefighting Drones 0

Firefighting Drones

Across the globe, the demand for firefighting drones is on the increase. According to DRONELIFE, many public safety departments in the US, including Washington, are setting aside a budget for UAV drones purchase. This is because firefighting drones are very effective in combating fire outbreak. With real-time data sent to firefighters by drones, experts can detect the severity of a blaze. It also helps firefighting agencies to know how many crews can be deployed in order to halt the destruction of lives and properties. As such, saving lives has become fast and easy. Below are the drones with features that can aid firefighting activities: 

Indago

This is an unmanned aerial system drone equipped with endurance and quick deployment abilities. With its huge payload options and ground control software, this drone is very effective for firefighting. Indago is rugged, fit for all weather, and easy to assemble. Weighing Less than 5lbs, this flying machine can be unfolded in 60 seconds and airborne within 2.5 minutes. It has a super sharp camera that can defy smoke, flame, wind or dust helps to collect high-quality images and real-time data to detect people and property trapped during a fire incident. Also, with a flight time of 50 minutes, 200 grams of payload capacity, the line-of-sight range of 2.5 kilometers and an operating altitude of 10-500 ft., the Indago drone can meet your firefighting needs. 

Splash Drone

Splash Drone is also one of the firefighting drones with high-end features. With its waterproof camera gimbal and GoPro video transmitter, it can transmit live video feed directly into the video transmitter. Also, the flying machine has the ability to transmit undistorted video signal for up to 1 mile while flying at an altitude of 300 ft. Equipped with a 7-inch video monitor and 4.8 GHz video receiver, Splash drone is an efficient quadcopter for fire emergency. Besides, it comes with reliable LED lights with low battery warning, self-tighten carbon fiber propellers, and 8-channel remote controller, which can be used to capture actual happening of a fire incident. 

L3 Communication Viking's 400s

As an unmanned aerial system, L3 Communication Viking’s 400s is designed with features that make it an efficient tool in the hands of emergency responders. Equipped with autonomous takeoff and landing technology, this flying robot can detect a fire outbreak from afar on its own. The drone comes with a payload of 100 pounds and can operate for up to 12 hours capturing images of affected areas. These images are then sent automatically to emergency responders' command center where they are analyzed. Firefighters can also use this drone to know the severity of the incident as well as the number of crew and resources to deploy. 

DJI Phantom 3 Professional 

If you're looking for a drone with perfect features for firefighting, try the DJI 3 Professional. With such powerful features as a vision positioning system, automatic flight logs, and an amazing propulsion, the flying machine processes real-time information, automatically remembers every single detail of incident recorded and is fast, agile, and responsive. The flying machine also comes with an unmatched camera with a point of interest function that allows you to direct the drone to focus on a specific location and records real-time footage of happenings there. 

 

In the past, firefighting was a hazardous engagement that usually endangered both the rescuer and the victims because of inadequate logistics. All thanks to drone technology, it is now possible for emergency responders to respond to fire accidents while saving time and money often spent on investigations. In sum, firefighting drones have revolutionized the public safety profession.

 

 

 

  • Alex R

Farm and Agriculture Drones 0

Farm and Agriculture Drones 

Drone technology has been in commercial existence for at least three decades now, and it has evolved and given birth to several applications in almost any sphere of life. Agriculture, one of the mainstays of man’s life, has benefited immensely from this development in drone technology. In recent years, due to increased investments in drone technology and support from government — regulation-wise — custom-specific drones are developed for many subsets of Agriculture. 

The population in the world is always increasing, and it has been projected to hit nine billion in thirty years. Farm practices have been modernized to increase food productivity as agricultural consumption is set to increase by almost seventy percent over the same period. Hence, government, agriculture experts, and technology developers are closer collaboration to ensure agriculture gains as much as possible with the developments in drone technology. There are a lot of ways in which drone technology are being deployed in farms currently, with latest improvements set to help with revolutionary strategies in agricultural production. 

Crop production and management: One of the key issues in commercial agriculture is crop monitoring. Drones with the capability to help with issues in monitoring, especially in big farms with harsh weather conditions, provide a real avenue for a reduction in field management costs. It is also a better alternative to the risky human field management. 

In large businesses, satellite imagery was adopted in crop monitoring, but farm drones provide a much better service as real-time videos are obtained, unlike ordering possibly imprecise images in advance in previous methods. 

Also, with the use of advanced technologies such as ultrasonic echoing and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), agriculture drones can manage altitude changes. This auto-avoidance technology feature helps the drones in spraying chemicals. A review of latest improvements in aerial drone sprays informs that the farm operation can be accomplished up to five times compared to the traditional means, with improved efficiency in preventing them from penetrating into groundwater.  

Health analysis: Agriculture drones are fitted with visible light (VIS), and near-infrared light (NIR) features that help them in the health analysis of crops. They are used in managing bacterial and fungal infections on trees, as they scan and identify variations from the norm. 

Usually, plants reflect different quantities of visible green and NIR light and multispectral images are obtained. These images can be used to track variations to indicate how healthy they are. This feature has helped in saving a whole orchard as farmers were able to move in time. As treatments are applied, the drones allow for better monitoring and documentation, for knowledge and insurance purposes. 

Soil analysis: Farm drones are now being deployed from when the crop cycle starts as they can be used in the early soil analysis when developing seed planting patterns. Also, the drones supply data that are crucial for irrigation and nitrogen level management. After the analysis for irrigation, the sensors help them identify why crops need additional moisture. 

 

Conclusively, farm and agriculture drones have developed from only being military aviation technology. Currently, the market is estimated at over US$32 billion, according to experts. It has played and is still playing a huge part in ensuring we continue to exist.

 

 

  • Alex R