Aerial video filming

Aerial video and aerial photography equipment

Aerial video film and aerial photography equipment using a drone has just stepped up another gear with the DJI Inspire 1

Aerial video filming with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), more commonly none as drones for commercial aerial photography and aerial video filming use within the UK is legislated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The legislation allows for pilots to be qualified up to a maximum drone weight of 20Kg but within this qualification there is a dividing point at 7Kg. This is where the DJI Inspire 1 drone comes in with it’s ultra high 4K aerial video filming capability.
aerial videoAs an aerial photographer, I’m most concerned with picture quality of the final aerial image and aerial video. As such Aerial Media Scotland uses a heavy lift Octocopter carrying a Sony NEX 7 camera, as mentioned in a previous article, which weighs 9.5Kg at take off. The new DJI 1 inspire weighs just under 3Kg at take off.
Compared to other drones where you have to match the camera to the gimbal and then match it all to the drone, the Inspire 1 comes complete with camera, gimbal and Drone / UAV. This gives a very comprehensive aerial video and aerial photography platform to work with.

Aerial video filming camera equipment

The complete kit is very impressive with the onboard built in camera capable of taking 24M pixel RAW DNG files, 1080, 720 HD video and the incredible, though storeage busting 4K video format. The drone can be flown by one person or by a pilot and separate camera operator which helps to ease the workload on the pilot and improve safety.
Additionally the controllers also allow for a 1080HD output to s speaker screen or for a live feed to the client!
Have a look below at the specifications of this very effective drone.

DJI Inspire 1 specification

Dimensions           438 x 451 x 301 mmaerial video filming in 4k drone
Weight                    2.95Kg
No. Motors              4
Battery                    1 x 5,700Ah LiPo battery
Flight time               18 minutes
Payload                   DJI X5 camera and gimbal

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