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Eyes in the Sky
Commercial drones have become a popular way for people to engage in aerial or extreme photography. Being able to attach a digital camera to a quadcopter has enabled professionals and hobbyists alike to capture unique scenes from the sky.
Whether you're interested in recording high-definition aerial footage, or you just want to experiment with capturing high-flying views, here are some of the coolest camera-carrying drones available on the market.
DraganFlyer X6Slide 2 of 17
The DraganFlyer X6 helicopter is an easy-to-fly system designed to capture high-resolution aerial photos and videos. The drone can reach up to 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) above ground level and can fly uninterrupted for roughly 15 to 20 minutes (though specific countries may have agencies that regulate the use of air space).
An accompanying controller provides aircraft control, camera control, live video downlink and real-time aircraft telemetry. The durable, carbon-fiber helicopter has been used for real estate and wildlife aerial photography, industrial inspection, video production, educational research and public safety, according to company officials at Draganfly Innovations, Inc.
Individuals interested in purchasing a DraganFlyer X6 are encouraged to seek a quote from Draganfly Innovations, but these drone systems can cost nearly $15,000. The price also includes a two-day flight training program at the company's factory in Saskatoon, Canada.Slide 3 of 17
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Storm Drone 4
The Storm Drone 4, designed by Helipal, is a quadcopter designed to carry a GoPro camera to capture aerial photos and high-definition videos. The small but durable drone can fly for six or seven minutes. The drone is also equipped with two white LED lights in the front and two red LED lights in the back, which can create an interesting effect at night, according to company officials.
The Storm Drone 4 is targeted at people interested in experimenting with aerial photography, or hobbyists looking for a versatile drone to fly for fun. The vehicle retails for $359.90.Slide 5 of 17
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The AR.Drone 2.0 is a smartphone-controlled drone, developed by Parrot, that can capture high-definition photos and videos. With Parrot's app, users can control the vehicle's takeoff, or command the drone to hover or flip.
Users can switch between the drone's two onboard cameras, or stream live footage on their smartphones or tablets. The vehicle's onboard technology includes automatic stabilization features and sensors to provide pilots with precise control over the drone. The AR.Drone 2.0 retails for $299.99. [BUY the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 >>>]Slide 7 of 17
Phantom 2 VisionSlide 8 of 17