Aerial Photography: Common Questions
I usually get the same questions. Actually, why don't I answer the questions that I always get, right? These are the questions I get every single time I go flying, it's like everyone that flies gets the same questions, we should just get business cards made up, but okay, so. Has that got a camera on it? Yes. How far does it go? (laughing) These are questions you always get, right? So for the camera on these ones can shoot 1080p, it can shoot 14 megapixels, they can shoot RAW, or they can shoot JPEG. Maximum height, legal height is 400 feet, so you know, if they can go higher than that, I wouldn't know. If you asked me afterwards, I could tell you (laughing). As far as range, range, I've had my Phantom Vision Plus up to 2200 feet away. I fly over the water pretty much all the time, I barely ever fly over land anymore. So I just go out there and I'll get to the beach, and launch and then just, whomp, take it out to sea, and as you saw in some of those videos, chasing boats and whatever. ...
There's a lot of interesting things out there some days, other days, there's not. So I've had it out to 2200 feet, and at that point, it loses contact. And it doesn't fly away, it has satellites, usually I have at least nine satellites before I fly, 12 is better. And so you have a satellite lock its position, and then when it breaks the signal, it comes back to home. So you know, you always make sure you calibrate it, and you know, there's a lot of this stuff, and I'm just, I'll just tell you, because I'm not gonna get through all this, I have some free videos on photoshopcafe.com, and I'll give you a slide, and it's actually forward slash creativelive, where I'm linking to videos, and I'm calibrating on the beach, and going through all of that stuff that we're not gonna have the time for now, but so you can see all that. So I can get to about 2200 feet away. When the signal breaks it comes home, it has a fail-safe. If the battery gets low it does come back, I mean there's all kinds of things like that. If the transmitter completely breaks, it just comes back home, so it's very safe in that aspect. As far as battery time, if you have the original Phantom you get about eight minutes, more or less. With the Phantom Vision, the Vision Plus, you get about 25 minutes of flight time from the battery, it's a 5200 mega-ramp I think, battery. Lipo batteries, always keep them in a lipo sack, they explode, and it's actually kind of funny, because my video guy, I like to mess with him with the batteries. I've got him terrified of these batteries, 'cause we did a video, right? So we did a video on this copter, the aerial handbook, and so we did stuff in the studio, and then we started talking about batteries, and I did this whole thing about battery safety, and I showed him videos of batteries exploding while being charged, and things like that, you know, and the poisonous gases coming out of them, all kinds of things. So you know, when the battery gets puffy and swelly, then you know it's not good. So I would go up to Mike and I'd mess with him, and I'll take a battery out, "Oh this one's a little puffy," and I'll squeeze it in front of his face, and he's like, "Ahh!" You know, freaking out. You know, the battery's not gonna explode by squeezing it, normally if it goes too low, gets in trouble, you charge it, it can. So when you charge, make sure that you charge it on concrete in a safe place, or in a lipo bag. I bought a lipo sack, it was like, 20 bucks, and all my batteries are in there, and if they explode, they don't explode, it's not like a bomb going off, you know, it's a battery. But anyway, so there's battery safety. I talked about batteries, what else did I need to do for common questions? Will it cut your finger off? No, it will not cut your finger off. That's one, you know, when the blades spin on the little Phantoms, 'cause there was a thing on the news, I don't know if you guys watch the news, but they are all over this in really weird, ridiculous ways, right? So, you know, some kid in New York City had his head cut off, and they always talk about that, right? And you know, they had some guy from Fox News recently, this guy was demonstrating, he couldn't even fly, he crashed into a cameraman, live on Fox, this was the expert, and he goes oh yeah, there was a kid that was decapitated by one of these, and as he does it he crashes into the cameraman, and the cameraman's not even hurt, so like, okay, that was awesome. So the kid in New York was a nitro-powered helicopter, it was a model, you know, quarter scale, whatever helicopter with huge carbon fiber blades, and yes, it did kill him. These things we're flying with the little soft blades are not going to kill anyone. It would probably hurt if it hit you, it's not going to decapitate you, it's not going to cut off any limbs or anything like that. Then, there's the privacy, people always ask, are you spying on me? And I do get that, and it's like, frankly lady, no, there's more exciting things to film than like, you in your backyard, you know, you're not that exciting, I hate to break it to you, but you know, there's much more exciting things. And so people are, oh, you're gonna fly, you know, you'll fly outside my window and spy on me. One, you can hear them coming. Number two, guess what? I lived in downtown LA, I had a loft in downtown LA. In a high rise, I look out, I can see my neighbors. Hey, if I had a telescope or binoculars, I would see way more of my neighbors than I would see through this little drone with a GoPro on it. The other thing is, if you're really paranoid about that, just do what people did for centuries. Close your curtains. End of story, they can't, we don't have, They don't even have audio on them, (laughing) for a start, you know, the GoPro might, but what you hear is (buzzing noises), and then the other one, the Phantom, the Phantom Plus, don't even have audio. So I can't hear you, it doesn't have x-ray vision, I can't see through your windows, and through your roof, and it doesn't have, you know, tracking, or anything like that. People get so paranoid.