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Joe Farace  |  Oct 02, 2015  |  0 comments

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officially refers to quadcopters as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) but they obviously have more in common with the kind of hobbyist’s radio-controlled aircraft that have been around since I was a member of the Poly Aeroneers in high school. Yet tech blogs and social media endlessly refer to quadcopters as “drones” when the only thing a General Atomics MQ-1 Predator and a DJI Phantom 1 have in common is that they’re capable of flight. But they’re not without some controversy.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Apr 07, 2015  |  0 comments

By now, drone assisted cinematography (and photography) is really noting new but the people at the Brain Farm have just taken it to an entirely new and very exciting level. The idea behind this innovative experiment was to move beyond the usual “GoPro-style” set up by equipping a large pro quality drone (an Aerigon UAV model) with a massive Phantom Flex4K slow motion camera, at a total price tag of about a quarter of a million dollars worth of airborne gear.

Dan Havlik  |  Jul 23, 2015  |  0 comments

If you’ve ever flown a drone, you know these flying eggbeaters are prone to crashing…sometimes in very hard-to-reach locations.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 13, 2015  |  0 comments

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: it’s not nice to buzz wildlife with aerial drones. In the latest incident of “when animals attack drones,” a chimpanzee at the Royal Burgers’ Zoo in the Netherlands can be seen swatting a pesky drone out of the air with a big stick in the below video.

Dan Havlik  |  Jan 02, 2015  |  0 comments

Lots of people do dumb things with their imaging drones but this is one of the dumber – though oddly satisfying – clips we’ve seen.

Dan Havlik  |  Jan 05, 2015  |  0 comments

Will people ever get the message that it’s not polite to buzz wildlife with a flying drone? Last week we shared a video of a pride of a male lions chomping and chewing up a crashed Phantom imaging drone.  Now’s here’s a similar clip involving a group of seven kangaroos.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 05, 2018  |  0 comments

Here’s a harrowing wildlife video with a (spoiler alert) happy ending that went viral today. If you haven’t seen it yet, it shows a mother bear and her cub trying to reach the top of a snowy slope. It also offers an important lesson about drone operators not flying their drones too close to wildlife scenes.

Dan Havlik  |  Dec 13, 2018  |  0 comments

Now this is really beautiful if more than a bit heart-stopping. In the incredible video below shot from above by a drone off the coast of New Zealand, you can see a group of orcas (aka killer whales) closely follow a lone swimmer near to shore.

Dan Havlik  |  Jan 12, 2015  |  0 comments

If you haven’t seen this epic drone video yet, it should help you get over the Monday blues. (And even if you’ve already seen it, it’s definitely worth watching again for a few laughs.)

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 12, 2018  |  0 comments

Don’t you hate it when this happens? You’re out flying your drone over a large body of water when the battery starts dying mid-flight and you have to dive in to rescue it before it’s too late.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 29, 2015  |  1 comments

I can’t understand the current love affair between photographers and drones. Like all kids I made paper airplanes which I anonymously launched toward unsuspecting substitute homeroom teachers, sure. Sometimes with uncanny accuracy. Is the current drone rage the ultimate technological evolution of the balsawood P-51 Mustang? Or are we channeling our inner Wright brothers? 

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 09, 2015  |  0 comments

DJI launched its new Phantom 3 drone to much fanfare yesterday with potential pilots most jazzed about the surprisingly reasonable price ($1,259 for the Pro model, and $999 for the Advanced) and the new features (4K video and live streaming) of this UAV.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 02, 2017  |  0 comments

The new Yuneec Tornado H920 Plus hexacopter is a major upgrade to the company’s previous H20 flagship model, offering all the bells and whistles necessary for capturing professional quality stills and video. The company has also introduced the new CGO4 interchangeable-lens camera with a host of advanced features.

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