If you want to take unique aerial shots or video of your boat or cruise regions, you need a good drone. Fortunately, quality drones are becoming more affordable, which is why Yachting World has teamed up with TrustedReviews.com to thoroughly test the latest drones for quality yacht footage.
5 best drones for filming your yacht
Over the past few years, drones have really moved forward, and now everyone can try their hand at piloting a device. Mini drones - This is a great first training session, during which you can experience a lot of driving pleasure. Large quadcopters fly almost autonomously, thanks to a variety of automatic flight modes.
Many drones are equipped with fantastic cameras for capturing stunning aerial photographs that would not be possible with any other device - just look at the footage The Ocean raceto verify this. The video quality also grows with every new model.
However, you need to be able to fly intelligently, so be sure to read Drone code, which contains all the information you need to fly safely - courtesy to the yachts around you at anchorages is important!
This rating contains models that have been tested by time and thousands of users, some of them have recently come out with some kind of upgrade, but they should be guided by when choosing a quality drone for your boat:
- Compact, foldable design
- 4K video / 12MP images
- top speed 40 mph
- forward collision detection
- 27 minutes flight
DJI Mavic Pro is currently one of the best drones on the market. It is incredibly comfortable to carry with you thanks to its flexible design. It folds very compactly to the size of a water bottle.
DJI Mavic Pro
All this in addition to several advanced automatic flight modes that allow for truly stunning cinematic shots, plus fantastic 4K video quality and 12MP images. A battery life of about 27 minutes is a very good result for a drone.
If you want a combination of agility in flight and fantastic image quality, then DJI Mavic Pro - the best drone on the market, although now available and DJI Mavic Pro 2, and more compact Mavic Air.
ParrotBebop 2 PowerFPV
- New control system and FPV goggles
- 2 batteries included - each provides 30 minutes of cordless use
- GPS and GLONASS
- 1080P video / 14MP images
Parrot Bebop 2 Power FPV - this is an update to the original model Bebop 2. "Power" in the title indicates that battery performance has improved. Now 30 minutes of continuous flight, it is easily replaced by the next 30-minute flight with an additional battery that comes immediately in the kit.
Parrot Bebop 2 Power FPV
Parrot included other accessories as well, including a new remote control system and FPV gogglesthat really create an immersive experience giving you a top-down view.
There are also automatic shooting modes, including object tracking, for more battery life when needed. Unfortunately, the image quality is not as good as that of other drones, but Bebop 2 power is still one of the best options.
- Takeoff from the palm of your hand
- Gesture controls and quick shots
- GPS and GLONASS
- 1080P video
- 13 minutes flight
Dji has extensive experience in creating miniature drones, which can confirm DJI Mavic Pro. DJI Spark - technically the smallest drone of the company - but only in comparison with the disclosed one Mavic Pro.
Thanks to its small size and light weight, it can take off right from the palm of your hand, so you don't have to look for a suitable takeoff point. It also has return functions that bring it back to its take-off location at the end of the flight.
To make it even easier to operate your device, you can use the gesture controls to trigger many automatic shots and capture great shots with minimal effort.
Standard package DJI Spark does not include a remote control device, so you will have to use your phone for piloting. There is a combo package "Fly More"which includes a controller and other accessories that you will surely want to purchase for a better experience.
- Mini drone
- HD camera and VR headset
- Bluetooth control from a smartphone
- 9 minutes flight
Although there are many cheap ones on the market mini drones from unnamed brands, in this case, you know you are getting a quality device from Parrot.
Mambo tiny and lightweight, making it ideal for indoor entertainment, but it will fly well outdoors as well if it's not too windy. The flight is controlled via your smartphone, and the remote control is an optional accessory.
The battery life of about 9 minutes is short enough, but it only takes 30 minutes to fully charge the device. There is a 0.3MP camera that points downwards - so this is not the best drone for taking photos.
- Includes drone Karma, camera GoPro HERO6, 3-axis gimbal for camera Karma grip, compact case
- 4K video / 12MP images
- 20 minutes flight
- top speed 35 mph
Debut GoPro the quadcopter market has not been without mistakes, but fortunately, the company has ironed out the problems. A number of updates have also improved flight, including the addition of more automatic flight modes.
GoPro Karma now also available with the latest action camera GoPro Hero 6 Black... The Hero 6 Black is the ultimate action camera, so this device is capable of capturing fantastic videos and photos.
There is also a detachable 3-axis gimbal Karma grip for the camera to provide the most stable picture, which you can use separately from the drone. It took a while, but GoPro finally caught up with all the features that can be seen on other similarly priced drones.
Renowned marine photographer Richard Langdon provides five basic tips for piloting a drone:
- Practice, practice, practice until all controls are second nature
- Never fly close to people
- Taking off a drone from a moving boat, even if it moves slowly, always brings surprises. In the mode Gps the drone will instantly want to hold position and can fly straight into someone's head, backstay or antenna VHF.
- Monitor the battery level
- When you return your drone, especially if you have no eye contact with it, fly it forward so you can see what is happening through the drone's camera
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