Video Marketing, Top 3 Camera Drones – Review 2015 by Doug Via



Hi, I 'm Doug Via This year's NAB had a ton of cool, new production
gear and toys. What I noticed to be the BIG thing this year
was Drones, camera stabilizers and Sliders. It's no secret that video is booming NOW,
more than ever before. The times are finally catching up with the
capabilities, and the capabilities NOW, are almost unbelievable. Let's start of with drones, or un-manned aircraft
system, referrer as UAS, or UAV for un-manned Aerial Vehicle. I like to call them remote controlled helicopters
to avoid the "D" word which, can make some people freak out. I attended the Aerial Videography Field-Trip
at NAB 2015 that took us an hour from the strip on an all-day adventure to Eldorado
Canyon inside the Gold Mine tourist attraction. I got to speak to some of the leading experts
in the aerial videography business, plus we got a chance to fly a number of different
drones, both one-man and 2-man rigs. I learned a lot about safety considerations,
maintaining your drone, the do's and don'ts on the legal side, plus hear from about 40
professionals, some of whom are pioneers working with major networks using their aerial video
services. Luckily, the FAA has granted 397 Section 333
petitioners as of May 15th, which is about 377 more than in March before NAB, which only
had 20 companies that were approved to fly drones for commercial video use. You can click here to go directly to the FAA
page on Section 333. Scroll to the bottom to see current exemption
requests from shooters and media companies, and, authorizations granted under the Section
333 exemption. They even give instructions for filing an
exemption request. I encourage anyone wanting to buy a drone,
or has a drone, and wants to make money shooting aerial video for their customers legally,
to read-up on the FAA.gov website. There are some new drones that were unveiled
at NAB that caught my attention. Since most independent pros are on a tight
budget, I focused on the sub-$2000 price range. First up is the Typhoon Q500+ 4K quadcopter. It's got a built in No-Distortion 4K camera
on a 3-axis gimbal, a 5 and a half-inch touch-screen remote, or ground station, plus the ability
to view on your smart phone. It has auto-landing, a follow-me feature and
a ton of intelligent technology built-in to make flying a breeze get it, breeze? Nevermind. The Typhoon Q500+ PRO is priced at $1100 on
the Yuneek website, and includes their Steady-Grip, that allows you to use the camera and gimbal
on the ground. It's shaped like a gun and looks pretty cool
if you want to try some steady shots while walking. This $1100 does NOT include extra batteries
or SD cards. The next 2 I'm counting as 1 since they're
both made by DJI, who's leading the pack in affordable drones. I chatted with a few folks at NAB that despises
DJI because of their limitations for replacement parts and poor customer service. It might be a consideration if one of your
motors goes out, you update the firmware and your drone becomes useless, or you just need
to talk to someone who cares about helping you. All of this chatter can be seen on the DJI
website forum. I haven't personally tried calling DJI, so
take it for what it's worth. It sounds like they have temporarily won the
popularity contest for the past 3 years, but others are on their tail, get it on their
tail, like drone wars or something? Any-who, the Phantom-3 Advanced Quadcopter
with built in 1080 HD camera, and the Phantom-3 Professional Quadcopter with 4K cameras. Both look pretty much the same with the 4K
camera being the differentiator. They both use the DJI Pilot app for your Android
or iOS smart phones that snap onto the controller for viewing what your camera sees, GPS navigation,
auto take-off and landing, gimbal stabilizer, and also, a lot of technology and features
that look pretty impressive. The cost for the 2K Phantom is around a grand,
and the 4K is $1260. You can find them on Amazon, B&H, and the
DJI web site. My last Drone I witnessed at NAB was the 3DR
Solo. "The first drone with a brain" is their first
bullet of features on the, "store.3Drobotics.com" web page. This is the one I've got my eye on. These guys are taking a completely different
approach, compared their competition. Ok, so, The Solo is: Powered by twin computers The Only drone to stream live HD video from
a GoPro direct to your smart phone Some pretty unique safety features, remember
safety comes FIRST! There's In-flight GoProAccess: with Start/stop
recording and adjusting the camera settings from the ground that's helpful! And, the remote control, or "ground control
to Major Tom" is build like a video game controller, with user friendly buttons like FLY, pause,
Home, and A/B buttons for presets just like my old Nintendo controller! The folks at 3DR are really focusing on the
future by designing the Solo with upgrades and ad-ons in mind, sending your drone back
for a motor repair, or having to buy a whole new drone in a year or 2 to get all the latest
goodies just seems silly to me. I must say it's good to see companies like
3DR thinking about things, that make flying easy and safe first, while partnering with
an innovative camera giant like Go-Pro. The Solo is priced at $999.95. NOT $1000, whew, good thing, I'm not sure
folks could handle seeing a 4-figure number! The catch is you'll need to have or buy a
Silver or Black Edition Go-Pro at 4-500 bucks, The Solo Gimbal at $400, an extra battery
for $150, and a spare set of propellers for $15. All in all you're out about $2 grand. A bit higher than the Typhoon Q500 and Phantom
3's, but I definitely think they're worth checking out, if you're in the market. Well, there are my top 3 drones under $2000. I personally like the DJI Inspire 1, but that's
around 3 grand. If you got the money, definitely check it
out! Please comment on any of your drone knowledge,
or questions you may have below. Thanks for giving me your most valuable possession
your time! Until next time, I'm Doug Via "The Video Guy". Remember. Fly under 400 ft., fly safely, and, watch
out for power lines, will ya!

Our review of the top 3 camera drones found at NAB 2015. All priced under $2,000; these are perfect for any novice videographer looking to get into the aerial or drone shoots.

FAA Section 333:

In the video we cover these three models:

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Typhoo Q500+
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DJI Phantom 3
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3DR Solo
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Check out the DroneFly channel where the NEW 3DR Solo is unboxed by Taylor. He does a great job at showing and describing the awesomeness of this revolutionary drone.

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32 comments on “Video Marketing, Top 3 Camera Drones – Review 2015 by Doug Via

  1. Fz Lopez

    i just got my 3DR dolo with extra battery and gimbal for 299 on bestbuy ( special offer ) plus i had my gopro 3+ .. better deal ever and the drone is really nice. i learned how to fly and now i have it on advanced mode. recommended 100%

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  2. teknofil007

    Best drone fore Money moust be Yuneec Q500 4K. You get drone With good 4K camera, 2 battery, hard case fore travell, sender With 5 Inch build in screen on sender-Android, Doubell sett propell, sun hatt fore sender, loader, eaven you can load from car sigarett tenner. Stedy Grip so take off camera from drone and use it. All this fore 1000 UD Dollar!! No Company can make a better deal. I own first Dji Phantom but I sold It and bouth Yuneec drone!!!

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  3. RedPillRevival

    The 3dr solo didn't seem too safe when it crashed into the US Open and the dude got arrested, seems like they've had lots of flyaway problems. Q500 is cool but its huge, the range sucks, and the camera doesn't look as good as DJI imo. Phantom ftw.

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  4. real3tron3

    boo, you forgot the parrot Bebop sold at apple stores throughout the world. My Parrot flys out a mile with its focal antenna and comes home automagically. 800 bux. although the 3dr solo is on my hit list. DJI will disable all drones 5 minutes after the chinese declare war on the US and they will not answer their customer support phone calls. As if they do now.

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  5. Curt Loesch

    It should be noted that the 3DR Solo has come in to the market with some negative feedback. The gimbal was not available for a long time. Also, as far as I know (based on YouTube videos) the GoPro control doesn't even work. No offense but I'm pretty sure this guy didn't fly a 3DR prior to this review. If you did, by all means please mention it.

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  6. Luis l

    great video , i think solo is the best in the market right now and im not saying that just because i work in the company , people can tell, anyways i will be watching your videos (:

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  7. Marnix Verschraegen

    The big problem for 3DR is selling points in Europe main land.
    Have no idea who got it here.
    Perhaps one dealer in the UJ
    We european like to buy from a store not online, certainly a device costing almost 2000 Euros (USD becomes more expensive in euros, or as a lot of americans say Euro Dollar)

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  8. ReniVision

    I am torn between the solo and the phantom. I did a quick overview with the phantom 3 and loved it (you can check out the video on my channel ) but the solo seems like it has so many more features but I worry that sometimes to many features might be too much to handle and there might be glitches.

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  9. Darren Parry

    One of the biggest selling points of the 3DR is the fact if you have a fly away and it is proven to be a fault of either the drone or the remote. 3DR will replace it free of charge.
    How is it proven? You email the telemetry back to 3DR.
    What if it goes in the water and you cant retrieve it! No problems they will still replace it as long as you can send the telemetry.

    I can not wait for the Solo to finally land in Australia.

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  10. Bobster986

    The Phantom 3 (either version)  is the best quad on the market to date. The Solo is nothing more than a big white (or in this case Black) elephant, regardless how many computers it has. Its design is all wrong and its look and weight is that of a brick. The battery blocks the GPS antenna and can cause it to loose control. My predictions are, look to see all the fly aways to come. Happy flying! ;-

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