The DJI Phantom Quadrocopter, coupled with a GoPro Hero 3 camera, makes an easy, inexpensive way by which to capture incredible aerial views of our world. Traditionally this would require the rental of a helicopter or a crane, often costing thousands of dollars for just few hours. Now you can get this footage using equipment that costs $1000-2000… and you get to KEEP the equipment to use whenever you want! Don’t believe us? Here’s everything you need available right on Amazon:
The videos below were filmed using a GoPro Hero 3 Black Series mounted on a DJI Phantom quadrocopter and using a Zenmuse H3-2D gimbal for image stabilization. Of course there are even cheaper alternatives out there. Check some of the Amazon links below or just do a quick search yourself and you’ll quickly realize how many options there are out there to achieve this.
The main video shows Bodie just before sunset, affording us a nearly shadowless and perfect view of Bodie’s main street and abandoned buildings, including the mining machinery that made it a thriving place back in the 1860s. It played host to all of the usual cliched characters of the old West: miners who had recently struck it rich, stagecoach robbers, denizens of the opium den, brothel madams and outlaw doctors. Then, within the span of sixty years, Bodie was a ghost town with a population in the single digits.—the ruins of which are explored in this incredible video created using the Phantom Quadrocopter.
These days Bodie is a National Historic Landmark and receives its share of tourists every year. Here it is captured like never before by two California videographers named Russell Brown and Aaron Grimes.ARVE Error: need id and provider
However, this view is probably the most artsy take on what can be done using a drone. Recently we’ve seen local filmmakers using drones to film parties in LA:ARVE Error: need id and provider
And surfers in Santa Cruz:ARVE Error: need id and provider