Camera Drones

Video effects specialist Robert McIntosh wanted a tiny but powerful camera drone, so he built himself the world’s smallest high-definition drone. It’s a drone that can squeeze through the smallest of spaces, as you can see in the unusual 2-minute video above. “This is without a doubt the world’s smallest HD camera carrying drone seen […]

There’s nothing more annoying than a dad with a camera. I know this not only because I’m a father with a smartphone always one swipe away from a photo shoot, but because my old man documented much of my 1980’s — for better or worse — with a shoulder-mounted camcorder. But later in life, when […]

Two years ago we first heard about the Splash Drone, a floating quadcopter that can land on the water to get underwater shots via a user-supplied GoPro camera. Well, the just-announced Splash Drone 3 features its own motor-stabilized 4K/25fps camera, along with improved flight control and propulsion systems, plus the return of a Payload Release […]

• Shoots up to nine minutes of 1080p video, or up to 200 13-megapixel photos. • Maximum speed of 10mph; can fly in winds up to 17mph; 10 minute claimed flying time • 197 grams, with battery (my scale) • Fits in a jersey pocket • Controlled via smartphone: iOS and Android apps available • […]

Hollywood movies such as ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ have used aerial track shots provided by drone helicopters with cameras. However, those shots require careful planning to avoid collisions, and separate operators for the drones and cameras.   But MIT researchers have developed a camera-equipped, autonomous drone that can maintain a shot’s […]

Who doesn’t love drones, right? Once the playthings of the wealthy, they’re now some of the coolest toys around. And the ones with cameras on are the most fun. Today we’re showcasing is a silver-dollar sized drone with full video recording capabilities. The Cheerson CX-10C launched as the World’s Smallest Camera Drone, and we’ve been hard […]

Image: MIT Movies filmed without human involvement could show up in cinemas sooner than you think. While you’re unlikely to see a bionic Spielberg anytime soon, a new type of drone being developed at the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) could potentially put camera operators out of work… albeit way, way in the future. Labelled […]

Shooting professional quality video with a drone is not an easy task, and often requires multiple human operators. Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) think they’ve found a way to take humans out of the operation part of the equation altogether. The team teased a system this week that they plan […]

In recent years, a host of Hollywood blockbusters — including “The Fast and the Furious 7,” “Jurassic World,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” — have included aerial tracking shots provided by drone helicopters outfitted with cameras. Those shots required separate operators for the drones and the cameras, and careful planning to avoid collisions. But […]

Specifically, it lets operators specify where an object or face should be in the frame, which direction it should face and how large it will appear, while also accounting for obstacles in the environment. That way the drone can calculate an appropriate flight path on its own, weighing the various factors against each other to […]

In recent years, a host of Hollywood blockbusters — including “The Fast and the Furious 7,” “Jurassic World,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” — have included aerial tracking shots provided by drone helicopters outfitted with cameras. Those shots required separate operators for the drones and the cameras, and careful planning to avoid collisions. But […]