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Our Centers of Excellence for Consumer Photography Drones

Best photography drones
DJI

DJI is on track to sell more than $1 billion in drones in 2015.  The explosion of the market has just begun.  As the run away market leader, DJI is on track to continue to dominate a  smart drone market that will reach $52 billion within a short time. 

DJI Phantom is fun to use.  Users can take to the sky and capture the world in video in beautiful 4K or 1080p HD.   The Phantom 3 is an easy to use, fully integrated package with an intelligent system that helps the drone fly.  It can fly up to 1.2 miles (2km)* away with built-in lightbridge technology.   Every significant camera retailer offers it:   Adorama, Amazon , B&H Foto are some of the leading retailers.  Photography software companies including  Adobe have tailored offerings to it.

Parrot

The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 is available for $299.  It features a front camera with a resolution of 1280 x 720.  The unit can write to an on-board SD card or USB stick, or directly to a Android or iOS device controlling the drone.  The drone comes with two hulls, a slim one for outdoor use, and one with foam bumpers to protect the rotors for indoor use.

Controls include a Flip feature, which causes the drone to do a barrel roll or a loop in the air.  In Absolute Control mode, the user doesn’t have to worry about the orientation of the drone as it relates to the controls.

AeroVironment

AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) was selected by BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. to provide mapping, Geographic Information System (GIS) and other commercial information services at its Prudhoe Bay oil field, the largest oil field in North America.

The unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) perform routine commercial services over land in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.  AeroVironment deployed a comprehensive information solution incorporating its proven Puma AE UAS, equipped with either a custom integrated LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) or its standard electro-optical and infrared sensor payload.  The sensor payloads produce imagery and data for processing into 3D computerized models.

3D mapping is done of roads, pads and pipelines.  3D is used to collect actionable information, including precision volumetric measurement and topographic analysis.  In this case it is used to map gravel pits at the North Slope field.

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