As GoPros turn ‘so 2013’, video drones are becoming the ‘It’ thing to have. But will we be flying them over our beaches and streets anytime soon?
Well, I doubt it, but…
What are they?
Basically, they are flying video cameras, or accessories that can help your camera take flight. They come in various shapes and sizes and some of them have an integrated system that can be pre-programmed to fly a particular route and then land back safely at their owner’s location.
Who’s making them?
Many different companies and inventors are currently testing the waters with these cool gadgets. Our favourite is the AR Drone 2.0 GPS Edition, Parrot (its maker) has created a system that records wirelessly to your Smartphone. You can expect to see this technology advance quickly, however, as many others are trying to perfect the drone through crowd funding.
Why would you need a camera that flies?
For many reasons, actually. Until now, cameras like the GoPro have allowed for a POV (Point Of View) method of filming situations, but these drones will change this completely. For the first time, you can have air shots without the expensive equipment or the need of a helicopter. Think of the surfers tackling large waves or tourists who want to capture the bigger picture. As the price of this technology goes down, the quality and angles of videos and photography will become even better.
How much will it set me back?
Surprisingly, not that much! Parrot’s drones cost around $299 (€219), which is not extortionate considering some of the first printers in Malta cost around Lm500 (approx. €1,160).
Will we be flying them in Malta soon?
Well, in my humble opinion, I think we may see one or two flying over our sandy beaches or Renzo Piano’s gorgeous new staircases this summer, but I doubt they’ll become a hit in Malta for another couple of months or possibly even years.
What do you think of these video camera drones? Would you buy one? Let us know in the comments’ section below.