The high end drone market has been fielding some impressive developments as of late, and the Walkera Voyager 4 is certainly one of them. Competing in a realm occupied by such stunning products as the Powervision Powereye, the Voyager 4 enters that tight circle of flying robots available to us "regular folks" that costs an arm, a leg, and another extremity of your choice. But for all of those metaphorical limbs, you'll get an aerial film-making device of nearly unparalleled quality.
The loudest boast Walkera makes regarding its Voyager 4 is the optical zoom-enabled camera -- capable of magnifying a shot up to sixteen times the original zoom. Yes, you read that right -- 16x magnification. Granted, that's not a standard feature, but it's probably the coolest paid add-on to a professional grade drone presently available. Even without the hawk-like artificial eyesight, the standard camera shoots in beautiful, pristine 4K -- though that's basically standard issue for the upper crust of aerial image capturing these days. Another interesting feature is the capability to fly the Voyager 4 using 4G instead of WiFi -- with a prominent issue, of course, being the kind of creepy behavior one could theoretically engage in with a flying telescope that you can fly almost anywhere. Thankfully, the FAA is here to get on such creeps like white on rice, thereby making the most likely uses of this incredible machine perfectly innocent and legitimate.
Drones have come a long way since appearing in the public consciousness. A simple search in your friendly neighborhood search engine reveals the degree to which the flying robots have infiltrated human life -- from alternative schools having their kids tinker with drones instead of assigning them homework (jealous), to drones that follow you around with an open umbrella in a rainstorm, to serious practical applications in agriculture and environmental research. These unmanned flying machines will only continue their rapid ascent to widespread social use, as more and more of them literally ascend into the sky above.
On board is a gimbal-stabilized camera system that’s capable of capturing 360-degree visuals in 1080p and contains a ridiculous optical zoom range.
Boasts WiFi connectivity that has a range well over 1km, and when the distance is too far, 4G has you covered...can potentially go anywhere you receive phone service.
Along with the camera, the Voyager 4 has another killer feature, particularly from a surveillance standpoint. It can be configured to operate using its own Wi-Fi network.
Not only does it give filmmakers more creative options to explore, there are also plenty of potential commercial applications. One of those is surveillance.
Can shoot footage quality to rival the Phantom 4 from up to a kilometre away...offers a 16x optical zoom lens with a maximum focal length of 1500mm.