3 Things to Consider Before Buying a Drone for Photography
A flying machine with a high-definition camera can capture images from above to help you research an area before you hunt or fish it
Drones in the sporting world are controversial enough that many states have rightly passed laws regulating their use for hunting, fishing, or scouting. However, there is no denying that a modern drone in the hands of a good pilot can capture images of the outdoor world in ways thought impossible only a decade ago. That opens new creative horizons for outdoor filmmakers, amateur videographers, and any sportsman who just wants a bird’s eye view of the outdoor experience. Check local laws before deploying a drone in your area, and then consider some of these features before making a purchase.
Early drones were not only larger, they were most often single-body crafts with a rigid construction. But the miniaturization of fuselages, blades, batteries, electronics, and on-board cameras has led to modern mini drones that fit in the palm of your hand. Foldable wings or struts makes any drone all the more portable.
The last thing you need when piloting a drone is for it to fail mid-air and nosedive into oblivion. Most low-end drones have a flight time of about 15 minutes or less, while flight times on the high-end models push 30 minutes or more.
Even drones that sell for under $300 are capable of shooting 1080p HD video, a resolution high enough to do everything the average person needs. But a serious amateur videographer or prosumer can expect to pay ten times that much for the most feature-rich, compact models boasting maximum flight times and 4K high-definition cameras.