Once you have a Gopro hero camera in hand, one of the first things you will want to do, is to get it airborne remotely for some cool shooting. However, until now most flying machines are either difficult to fly or completely out of budget, or both (think radio-controlled airplanes or helicopters…).
The DJI Phantom quadcopter is truly an amazing piece of equipment, designed to fulfill this exact dream:
Cheaply and easily fly your gopro camera!
this quadcopter is inherently stable, allowing novices to expertly fly the machine, even without any training. At less than $ 500, this lightweght, solid and sleek device is also quite cheap.
Mounting a GoPro camera allows you to capture footage from the air as well as convert your Phantom into an full first-person view (FPV) aerial solution. They were designed each with the other in mind, and we have seen some quite breathtaking shots made possible by this mesmerizing combination. The Gopro Hero camera and the DJI phantom quadcopter are therefore bound to be together, and the phantom becomes a mandatory element to your Gopro arsenal.
Here is an example of the capacities of a Gopro camera attached to a phantom quadcopter, flying at different altitudes, including water landing, and submarine travel.
Makes you salivate of the endless possibilities for shooting. Enjoy!
To make the full of your gopro, some tips will help you a great deal:
- Never use the built-in Wi-Fi on the GoPro while it is attached to the Phantom 2. The GoPro’s Wi-Fi operates on the same frequency as the transmitter and receiver system (remote control) used to operate the quadcopter and harmful interference may result.
- image stability and gelo is going to be one of your major concerns once you get used to shoot. Always use an anti-jello isolator. More on this topic below. Do not use cheap neophrene and scotch tape. It will work, but for about 5 minutes until the whole thing comes crashing down…
- don’t forget to use waterproof cover. Even if the added weight limits the flying range, the risk of your camera finding it’s way underwater is not negligible, and you will want to recover it!
- bring a pair of batteries, both for your gopro hero camera and for your DJI phantom. You will want enough play time…
One thing you might also want to consider, is to purchase a hard case for your phantom, for safe and easy transport. Some DJI phantom kits come fully featured, and turn out generally to be a great value pack. They do not include however any anti-vibration mount, so you will need to add this.
One special add-on you might want to add, is a brushless gimbal. This is a 2 or 3-axis camera stabilization device that supports tilting, canting, and panning of the camera in relation to the flying machine. It enables lateral and angular shots, and not only frontal shot of the camera. Most already includes anti-vibration gummies, so that the overall cost stays reasonable. Electronically, the gimbal is designed to operate plug and play with the Phantom, and doesn’t requires any added controller.
All in all, for well below $1000 this is a great solution for fly-and-shoot, easily surpassing any other option/kit we have seen. Do not expect to shoot full-length action movies and car chases with it, but this little marvel can really surprise. Just see here some amazing examples: