Given the FAA’s heightened regulations regarding the use of civilian drones over land, some aerial cinematographers have taken to the sea where fish don’t complain as much. Of course, capturing amazing footage of bird and fish migrations, the wild antics of surfers or that nude beach by the nuke plant does not come without risks. Dropping an expensive cameraship on the ground from serious altitude is expensive; dropping it into the ocean or a swiftly moving river is a write-off. Not that entertaining footage of drone splashes doesn’t exist in abundance, just that recovery is never a given. Fortunately, GoPros and the like are waterproof, so even the users' catastrophic failures can be enjoyed by all.
But if the water calls to you, there are ways to fly there. For novelty, impracticality and sheer licensing goodness, the Wltoys Q202 is a 4-rotor aircraft carrier/aircraft that can land on and take off from water. Not to be underbid, the Gptoys H2O is an X-wing quad that can land in water, sink to its rotor-bottoms and, with sufficient battery charge and the appropriate human insistence, extricate itself. While these are amusing to splash around with, those possessing photographic aspirations and some serious money to float will want to look at the Quadh2o HexH2O and its really expensive kin, the Quadh2o.
These don’t just look like they’d survive getting wet – they look like they'd jump into the water on their own. The Quadh2o is bright yellow with an elongated fuselage and a convex lens at the front, which houses the camera. The Quadh2o is equipped with a Sony FPV camera mounted behind the dome, and has a waterproof, 2-axis gimbal set to receive a GoPro as an option. As is always the case, using the camera and gimbal reduces flight time -- in this instance from 15 minutes down to about 8. The NAZAV2 transmitter has a 7-inch Black Pearl color monitor with an integrated diversity receiver and transmits using ImmersionRC Spironet and Patch antennas. The controller is clean and intuitive, making it easy to operate. GPS keeps the Quadh2o well positioned, and it will barrel along at 45 mph when opened up.
The frame is hollow and buoyant, and all of the electronics are completely sealed inside. Heat sinks used for cooling.
Great for capturing water sports...has a built in heat sink that makes sure that the drone does not become too heated since it has an enclosed casing.