Sightseeing is a staple for people traveling to new and exotic places. Whether going for business or for leisure, everyone wants to take a piece of the experience back home. The most convenient way for people to preserve memories of the trip is through a camera’s lens. Usually, people who travel can only bring standard cameras to capture the scenery.
But what more can you do when you have taken every picture imaginable from your point of view?
An Eye in the Sky
Most people opt for a mobile phone’s built-in camera to do the job. Mobile phone cameras come with a wide range of specs and specializations, and it comes with all the perks one can have on a phone. A DSLR camera is also an option, but may not be friendly to newer users, along with being bulky and fragile to travel with. While higher-end phones and digital cameras boast great features, they still have the same vantage point as you do – on the ground.
That is where drones come in. Drone technology gives us an exciting new perspective on the world around us. A new world we never knew existed – all at the tip of our fingertips.
Drone Aerial Photography
For drones, they offer something more than a camera. In its essence, a drone is a flying camera that can act on its own. It is able to take dynamic and breathtaking photographs and videos from a point of view that no other camera can offer. Apart from renting your own helicopter for photos, a drone is your best bet for affordable aerial photography.
That is the main selling point of drones. Since not everyone can shell out millions of dollars for their own personal helicopters and planes, drones make that dream slightly closer to our reach. These flying machines pack a punch. They can fit a number of accessories that fine-tune their purpose. You can add the basics like a high definition camera, or go crazy with robotic arms. The possibilities are endless.
Before you dive into your wallet for this purchase, ask yourself this: what are you looking for in a camera drone? Most of us have specific and individual needs that play a role when picking your drone.
Here are some things to consider before you purchase that drone that will accompany you to your destinations.
Money Makes the World Go Round
Price for example is a very big factor – one that can make or break a transaction. Like most things in life, price directly correlates to quality. An expensive drone has better features than that of a cheaper model. This difference may show in battery life, camera quality, or features like autonomy or tracking.
The first major decision you have to make is setting up a price range – a budget that you can follow while looking. The name of the game at this point is to create a middle ground between what you are looking for and what you can afford.
Camera Above Everything Else
For aspiring photographers wanting the best image possible, a top quality camera mounted on a drone is a must. A number of factors can affect a camera’s shot. It is not just about the pixel capacity. Sometimes, one must also consider the ability of the camera to take clear photos even under bad lighting conditions. Weather, time of day, or even location can easily affect lighting conditions and can create a heavily-distorted photograph.
Another camera feature one might look for is its ability to keep a steady recording when you are on the move. It needs to keep up with your movement. For runners, bikers, or adventurers wanting footage, this is a necessary option. This involves zoom capabilities, wide-angle shots, as well as maintaining a good resolution while recording.
Those requiring traveling (on foot) a lot might want to look into portability features.
Can you carry it with you without hassle the entire way? Will you be regretting bringing it along halfway through the rip because it is so heavy or bulky? Find one that you can take anywhere without it being a burden. Tons of starter drones sold on the market offer portability features like being lightweight, while also not being bulky – so you can easily place it in a bag.
Getting the perfect shot for your memorable vacation moment is easy. All you need is to take your drone out of its bag and let it fly. Features such as ‘follow mode’ and ‘return to owner’ make drone flying less hands-on, so you are free to do what you want. Autonomous drones are also available now, which gives even less micromanagement for the busy owner.
While these may sound like a lot, doing your research gives you the best chance of getting a drone that suits your needs. The best thing to do is to breathe and take your time before hitting that ‘purchase’ button. Consider your pick’s strengths, weaknesses, and limitations. Can it do what you are asking? Is it able to accomplish what you need at a satisfactory manner? All these factors are necessary before you get to the fun part of flying one to the endless clouds above you.