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04-21-2014, 08:38 AM   #16
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The DJI products are toys compared to proper film-making Quads, Hexa's and Octa-copters.

Phillip Bloom has just posted his first attempts with the DJI, using both the DJI camera and the GoPro Black

They are very good 'entry level' Quads, but when you start dealing with larger cameras and wanting to be able to repeat shots with GPS waypoints, the self assembled products become better choices.
The Hobby King website is full of the bits and bobs you need to build a serious aerial camera platform, and at reasonable prices in my limited experience - just like choosing the Pentax route less traveled, I've chosen to go Co-Axial instead of multi-rotor, on the basis that the Co-Axial will lift a greater payload for any given chassis and motor size.
And no, I won't be flying my K-01, I'll be using a GoPro Black with a vari-focal lens replacing the stock M12 lens.

The vast majority of classic rigs don't use any of the above. When you're flying something the mass and value of a 1DC or Red, you're pretty much limited to the bigger gas powered helicopters - a 450 will fly a small MILC rig, the 600's and above are needed for stripped down DSLR's.
However, the skill required to fly a Heli,.. the initial learning curve is much much steeper, and the failures can be extreme, they have occasionally been fatal.

At the top of the range there's a German Co-Axial heli that's about 2 and a half meters long and has a gas turbine engine,... and a 28,000 Euro price tag.

Beyond that, hire a Bell Jetranger

Check out these guys for some amazing footage shot from very cheap to build flying wings - including footage shot in formation with skydivers in wing-suits.


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