Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
Tech News 5th March 2015 1672

Camera Drones Open New World For Aerial Filmingdrone

Despite having said here last week that flying drones over Solihull needs Air Traffic Control permission, the prospect of taking aerial photos or film in more remote, and scenic, countryside is still an attractive one. So, what are the options?

The three brands that get the most recommendations in ‘best drone’ lists on the Net are DJI, Hubsan, and Parrot.

The costs of popular models range from as little as £50, for instance the Hubsan X4 LED Mini Quadcopter, to more than £4000 for professional standard devices like the DJI S1000.

Not everyone needs to film at the quality we often see on the BBC, but price is a good indication of how good the camera is.

Lower price devices are more easily destabilised, less resilient to crash landings and much lower in battery life.

The lowest price models typically only have about five to ten minutes flight time before a recharge is needed.

Whilst many, even low cost, drones come with their own controller, replete with joysticks, some, particularly Parrot models, are smartphone controlled, which can be harder to master.

There is much to look for when comparing specifications.

The more megapixels, the more rotors, the more built in stabilising, the longer the flight time, the more channels on the controller, then the better is the drone.

There are also some great features to look out for in higher budget models.

Auto land functions have a drone ease its way slowly to the ground before turning off the rotors.

Then there are GPS enabled versions, which allow pre-planning of flights and return to base commands.

For the video enthusiast, camera drones open a new world.

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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