Ranging from "tech toys" to entry-level hobby aircraft, these are typically compact, and while many have cameras, they tend to lack gimbal stabilization, optimal for YouTube sharing and first-person view (FPV), as opposed to filmmaking. Not only for fun, they are also popular as trainer aircrafts.
This middle territory encompasses most of the aerial imaging-focused aircraft, especially quadcopters. Generally they are designed to carry a GoPro HERO or similar camera that can be mounted with 2- or 3-axis gimbals to provide stabilized results for a variety of professional video and photo applications.
Professional UAVs will include most hexa-rotors and virtually all octo-rotors and up, as well as some specialized planes and gliders. These are designed specifically to carry hefty payloads, such as DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and even a growing number of compact cinema cameras for use primarily in video production.
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The applications for camera drones are endless. In addition to capturing outdoor adventures, they are used today in pro film, real estate, business marketing, search and rescue, inspection, security, land surveying, and many more industries. Intermediate models are often in the $200 - $1,000 range and come with great cameras, superior stability in the wind, and automatic flight modes (such as Return Home and Hold Altitude) which make flying a breeze. Intermediate drones are sometimes referred to as "prosumer" drones as they are able to be used professionally and personally.
Advanced drones are generally used by professional cinematographers and cost upwards of $1,500. These drones offer unmatched speeds, acceleration, stability, image processing and more. Many support CinemaDNG and ProRes recording. Like many intermediate "prosumer" drones, advanced drones are often ready-to-fly right out of the box, and offer intuitive flight modes.
Many drones are ready to fly, right out of the box! However, some accessories are necessities in order to make your flying experience worthwhile. Extra batteries are strongly recommended as most drones will run out of juice after 25 minutes in the air. Extra propellers are also important so that you can be back in the air quickly if one breaks. If your drone does not have a gimbal, consider buying one to stabilize your images. Finally, a proper bag will keep your equipment protected.
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