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.
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:
And surfers in Santa Cruz: