Pattern Flying for Aerial Video, WLToys V262 Quadcopter Drone
Quadcopter Drone $90 ($80 for US customers, click on US warehouse to get price ) & Camera $68. 1080p aerial video from a Mobius camera attached to a WLToys V262 quadcopter.http://www.banggood.com/WLtoys-V262-Cyclone-2_4G-4CH-6-Axis-RC-Quadcopter-With-Camera-RTF-p-77720.html?p=RB0922217402201307U3
Compare the cost to that of a DJI Phantom and GoPro. If you’re a beginner, I highly recommend that you start here before you considering purchasing, and possibly damaging/losing, higher end equipment. The little Mobius camera definitely does provide very high quality video in a small package. It’s low cost (~$68) makes it perfect for high-risk applications such as aerial video as seen here. The WL262 quadcopter drone (~$80) is relatively easy to fly, and is big enough to carry most newer lightweight cameras. And it flies very well as seen here.
New to quadcopters? Then please visit http://quadcopter101.blogspot.com. A great source for what you’ll need to know.
Consider venturing beyond hover when taking aerial video. By including some forward movement, you can add some interest to the video. But before taking to the skies, it’s always a good idea to first imagine your flight before launching. Take note of the sun’s position, and plan a flight pattern in the sky that you will attempt to fly while avoiding crossing the sun and losing sight of your quadcopter. An excellent flight pattern for aerial video is the cloverleaf. It can provide video coverage of a large area for your flight. Remember to modify it as needed to avoid crossing the sun. Here’s an illustration of the cloverleaf pattern (as used by equestrian competition, but also useful for aerial video 🙂 http://caaequestrian.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/pattern1.jpg