Website Dronestagram has announced the winners of this year’s aerial photography competition with some very impressive entries from around the world. Winners in different categories hail from a wide range of locations, from Denmark and Italy to Australia and Utah, and beyond. The shots are strikingly beautiful and breathtaking, providing bird’s-eye views that are truly inspirational.The ability of camera-quads to get into places unreachable to conventional photographers has shown drones to possess virtue beyond simple amusement and novelty. While most still struggle to capture that smooth, broadcast-quality video so coveted, they have proven themselves to be worthy as still photographers.
Whereas industry standard bearer DJI continues to push the boundaries of quality and expense in their team-up with photo giant Hasselblad, the GoPro is still the go-to camera for the consumer market. The DJI T600 Inspire 1 raises the camera-quad bar with the proprietary 3-axis gimbal and retractable landing gear for full 360-degree filming. The DJI Phantom 4 dances close to AI with 5 camera systems for 3D mapping and an on-board processor which assesses situations and makes corrections autonomously. As a modular hexcopter, the Walkera QR X900 can heft a 22-lb. payload and even has an emergency parachute.
The AEE AP11 clearly faces some qualified competition. An FPV quad, this one adopts the popular Phantom white fuselage. Equipped with a GPS receiver, 6-axis gyro and a multi-directional 3D compass, the AP11 features position-hold hovering, fail-safe return-to-home and even Follow-me with a wristband tracker. Promoted for all skill levels, the 2.4-GHz controller is intuitive and has a mount for a smartphone. The key to its consumer draw is its camera system. Using their own AEE S61 camera, the AP11 can shoot 1080p at 60 fps and 16 MP stills, single or bursts. To keep it smooth, it has a 3-axis gimbal with a tilt range from zero to 90 degrees. For recording, it comes with a 64 GB micro SD card, and Android or iOS delivers FPV to smartphone or pad. With a flight range of over 3000 feet and 25 minutes of flight time, the AP11 seems ready to fly with the big kids.
Great quadcopter! Very easy to fly and does great in windy conditions as well.
Bottom line, after weeks of churn and head scratching, web surfing and emailing, I have a drone that is very hard to fly without a workable camera and no support.
The directions are a little hard to follow. As with any remote control device, it best to practice with it going forward. Worth the money, very well built, strong and durable.