Devon Aerial Media are currently using a DJI Phantom 3 professional drone. After studying the options of the ever growing number of drones available, we were really impressed with the quality of the 4k high definition camera alongside the versatile manoeuvrability of this model.
Todays UAV's (unnamed aerial vehicles) operate on the GPS (Global Positioning System) provided by satellites orbiting the earth, as well as the in-built Vision Positioning System.
A number of different electronic circuits and flight modes enable the drone to hover in a constant and stable position. Most modern drones operate on either a 2.4GHz or 5.8GHz connection.
The drone transmits constant, live data to the hand held control panel, enabling the pilot to monitor its height, distance, orientation, power levels and speed. The drone operates on 4 individual motors, with each one connected to a propeller, producing lift and thrust.
A rechargeable Lipo battery gives approximately 23 minutes of flight time in an operating temperature range of between 0-40 degrees and in winds of up to 22 mph. These high tech cells have a voltage range from 3.2V to 4.2V with a nominal voltage of 3.7V.
The drone is unable to fly in rain or snow and must always be kept in a visible line of sight (VLOS) and therefore cannot fly in foggy or misty conditions.
The 4K high definition camera uses a 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor to capture 4K video and 12 megapixel stills. The camera operates on a 3 axis gimbal, ensuring videos are stable and of the highest quality possible. Drones are technical and at times complex aircraft, but, they are also a way for us to see the world from an unusual and interesting perspective. Within the industrial and commercial sector, drones are making complex and high risk projects, such as roof and wind turbine inspections, quicker, safer and affordable.
Their place in both the commercial sector and the leisure industry is about to take off.