A couple of weeks back I spent the morning helping some youngsters at Stevenage Boro Football Club by giving a demonstration of my Aerial Photography system in practice. The club have today finalised the press release and posted it on their website.
How often have you tried to gain access to a property to obtain the ‘killer shot’ that will help get you the quickest sale, only to be caught by an obstacle such as water or something in the way of a pole camera? The thing about aerial drones is that they can get to places that these other systems cannot. If you are selling property at the top end of the market you owe it to your clients to use the latest technology to obtain the best images for them so why not use drone photography?
When you think about it, there’s quite a bit of technology involved in getting these quad copters or multirotors up in the air. In the early days of remote controlled planes and helicopters people would fly on 35Mhz frequency with different coloured crystals to make sure that there was no interference from other flyers in the same area. The Phantom transmitter runs on 2.4Ghz which is the new frequency for remote controlled vehicles.
The first thing I noticed when I started using the GoPro camera with the Phantom was the fact that being attached directly to the underneath of the craft, every time it banked (tilting or leaning ) or turned then the video or photograph was at an angle. I did some research and found that there was a gimbal available. The gimbal consists of a frame containing 2 motors and a small circuit board with a gyro attached. This means that the gyro detects the aircraft turning or banking and sends a direction to the motors to compensate for the movement and keep the camera level with the horizon.
At the end of last year I became aware of a new gadget which really caught my interest. The DJI Phantom Quadcopter. This is a remote controlled 4 blade helicopter with the ability to carry a GoPro camera. It looked amazing. I saw videos on YouTube showing aerial shots of fantastic place around the world; flying over Niagra Falls, action sports like surfing or wake boarding, as well as wonderful new ways to show off familiar things like towns and cities. The birds eye view makes even the most well known places look completely different.