Drones: The Future of Videography – Here’s What You Should Know About Drones

We often see aerial scenes of a city or a town in a movie or film. One thing is for sure, as a kid, we must have wondered how they shoot those scenes, but now after growing up, we know that they used a drone. Drones were invested a long time back. It is not a new technology. It is regarded as a flying robot or unmanned aerial vehicle. They were first introduced for military purposes. The main reason was to safeguard the borders, collect important information, and act as a weapon. But later with time, it is used by us normal people as well for our various purposes. 

What Are the Uses or Applications of Drones?

As the technology continues to grow, the areas of application of drones continue to expand as well.  That is why they have numerous uses. They can be used in a lot of departments or activities. Lets us see some of the main uses of drones:

1. Videography

All aerial shoots that we see in movies or films or pictures are done by drones. Usually, they have an HD camera fixed to them. There are so many things that can be done like taking videos, pictures, live streaming, etc.

2. Security

Drones help for security purposes. Especially in dangerous areas or in emergency situations. The initial reason for introducing these was to protect the borders, so it is very clear that drones are a good tool to keep security in control.

3. Monitoring

A drone is a great tool for monitoring because it can cover a huge area up from the sky. It makes surveillance easier in jammed places such as protests or public gatherings. In places like concerts as well, drones are used to monitor different areas of the hall.

4. Difficult Inspections

There are times when a certain place or equipment requires inspections but it is difficult or dangerous for a human to check it. In those cases, drones are used. Places like dams, power lines, pipelines, etc can easily be inspected using these instead of human risking life.

5. Mapping

Another useful application of drones is mapping. They are used to create 3D maps made by or stored in GSI (Geographic Information system). This is basically a system that captures and stores various parts of the earth. All these maps are used in different fields like agriculture, surveying, etc.

6. Deliveries

When pandemics like covid and floods struck us, drones were so helpful in making deliveries of food and other necessary items. It was a time when technology proved to be man’s friend. A lot of people who were stuck in their homes were able to receive these items because of drones. They are also helpful in transporting cargo by air. This reduces any kind of pollution caused by other transport facilities. It is quick and environment friendly.

7. Research

Drones are capable of recording content from distance (in the sky). So, it is applied by scientists in their research activities. Monitoring incidents like volcanic eruptions, accidents on a higher elevations on mountains, archaeological excavations, wildlife, etc can be easily done with the help of drones.

8. Rescue Operations

Drones proved to be quite beneficial in rescue operations. Because a drone can go to a place where a human can not. 

What Are the Pros and Cons of Drones?

Pros

Let us see some of the pros or benefits or advantages of a drone in general:

  • Drones are very helpful in videography or photography. They can take videos or photos of amazing quality from a higher elevation. It enables people to capture scenes from wide and different angles.
  • Drones are very useful during pandemics as it helps to rescue people and deliver food or other necessary items to them easily. A drone is an aerial object so it doesn’t face any mobility restrictions.
  • They can be used in places where humans can not go. So, they are very helpful in scientific research, rescue operations, and urgent and difficult inspections.
  • Drones are beneficial as a security or monitoring system as they can capture a larger area from a longer distance.
  • They are also beneficial in building 3D maps by GSI.
  • It is a cost-friendly technology.
  • Since they can be used to transport cargo, it also helps in saving the environment as it is an environment-friendly transport option.

Cons

Let us see some of the cons or limitations or disadvantages of a drone in general:

  • It is still a technology that is still growing. It has ample opportunity for growth and improvement.
  • Sometimes general public may face the issue of privacy violations due to drone trolls.
  • If put in the wrong hands, drones may cause accidents as well.
  • Drones can easily be used for spying or stalking which can be very dangerous.
  • There are no strict laws for flying drones. However, there are places where you need a license for flying a drone.
  • There can be software damage or hardware malfunction in the device. It can also be hacked and whatever is filmed can be erased or acquired by the wrong people.
  • Good quality drones can be costly.

What to Check Before Buying Drones?

Buying a drone can be confusing because of the variety of drones available in the market. There are different kinds of drones available: consumer drones, military drones, micro drones, etc. We are gonna see some checkpoints to consider before buying a consumer drone. 

1. Battery Life

The first thing to check is the battery life. Because the battery life determines the flying time of the drone. A drone with a good battery life will fly for a longer time, so it means there is more time to shoot anything that you want. Usually, smaller or low-quality drones fly for a max of 15 to 20 minutes. However, if you level up the size and quality or go for professional drones, then you can get a maximum of 30 to 35 minutes of flying time.

2. Video Resolution of the Drome Camera

If the main purpose of buying the drone is videography or photography, then you will need a drone with good megapixels (more than 20 megapixels) and video resolution. Nowadays, most professional drones can capture 4k video quality. With the increase in camera features, the weight and price of the drone increase as well. 

3. Sensors Installed

While flying a drone in the sky, it is necessary that it has sensors to avoid any kind of air accidents. These accidents can usually happen because of birds or any other aerial object. That is why most drones have sensors to avoid any near objects while flying. Depending on the brand and type of drone the number of sensors and type may vary.  But most professional drones have sensors that can sense objects in 5 directions. They also have audio sensors.

4. Weight of the Drone

Most of us might think that with the increase in weight the battery life and performance of a drone may come down. That might be possible in a few cases but most of the time, the weight of a drone increases due to additional features and technology. That is why professional drones are heavy and costly. They have more weight, good quality, and better battery life. Whereas smaller drones have less weight, low performance, and low battery life.

5. Distance Covered

Some may require a drone that can cover a large distance. In that case, you need to go for high-end consumer drones that can cover 3 to 8 kilometers. A normal drone or a smaller drone can cover an area up to a minimum of 20 meters and a maximum of 400 meters. There are some good quality ones that may cover a maximum of 2 km. But if you need a drone to cover more distance, a professional drone on the higher end (in terms of price) will be a good choice.

Which Brand is the Best in Terms of Drones?

There are several brands in the market that sell drones such as Phantom, Go Pro, Parrot Disco, Airdog, etc. But the best drone in the market is the brand Phantom. This is being said due to a solid study based on the features and performance of the drone. Among the various Phantom products, Phantom 4 is considered to be the best. Phantom 4 drones have all the qualities that should be there in an ideal drone. Let us see some of the qualities that make it the best.

  • It had a 20-megapixel professional camera.
  • It has sensors that help you automatically block or sense objects in 5 different directions.
  • It has amazing battery life that helps the user to fly the drone for 30 to 35 minutes. 
  • It can fly up to 8kms making it suitable for even those people who value distance coverage more.
  • It captures videos or photos in 4k. It has excellent video resolution.
  • It is neither too light nor too heavy. It has an optimum weight that is required for a good quality drone to fly. 
  • It also has audio sensors.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. I Want to Buy a Drone, What Should I Set as My Budget? What is the Minimum Cost of a Drone?

This depends on the type of drone you are going for. If you are looking for some toy drones then that should not cost you much. It should be less than 100$. But in case you are looking for commercial but simple drones then the price range can be between 100$ to 500$. If you are looking for some professional drones with high performance then it can even cost you more than 1000$.

2. Do I Need a License to Use a Commercial Drone?

Not everybody needs a license. Some countries have made it mandatory. However, in countries, it is not. Check your country’s regulations before buying.

3. I Am a Beginner but Want to Shoot High-quality Videos. Which Drone Should I Choose?

You should definitely go for any model of DJI Phantom 4. All these offer great quality videos. But if you are looking for something in less price, Then DJI mini is good too.

4. Are Drones Difficult to Fly?

You need practice. But nothing is impossible. It is not tough.

5. What Happens if the Drone Goes Out of Range?

The latest models of drones use GPS, so they can use those signals to find their way back home.

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