I‘m currently working on a couple of photography trip posts. But since the recent announcements from two big names in the drone industry got many excited – Karma from GoPro and Mavic Pro from DJI, maybe it’s a good time to share my favorite drone videos.

Fall has arrived also here in California, and it is a great time to chase fall foliage. And that is exactly what I did last week, and I plan to drive back out to the Eastern Sierra soon again for more.

Meanwhile, besides the presidential election debates, what was exciting in the last week or so was the announcements of Karma, from GoPro, and Mavic Pro, from the current leading maker DJI.

The compact size of both, particularly, Mavic Pro’s incredibly small size, got me excited. I am sure that you’re very excited about it too if you’re sort of lurking around the drone hemisphere and interested in purchasing one.

I am sure you may have watched them, but if you haven’t, I’ve embedded the links below. Check them out.

Here’s the official video for GoPro Karma, along with the newly released Hero5 camera.

Cool, right? You can pre-order it at B&H or buy the Hero5 first at Amazon.

And here’s the video for DJI Mavic Pro.

Impressive, isn’t it? You can pre-order it at B&H or at Amazon.

I’ve been watching a few specs comparison videos to determine which one to buy. Contrary to the initial disappointment in the soft focus of the images captured with the the Mavic Pro, it turned out that those who reviewed the drone didn’t ‘tap’ on the phone screen to ‘focus’ the objects.

However, it is still not as sharp as DJI Phantom 4 for video quality. But, most reviewers noted that they thought the images captured with the Phantom 4 was too sharp anyway, so they didn’t mind at all.

As for me, since I am going to carry both my Canon camera gear and a drone, the compact size and the light weight may be the main reason why I would settle for the Mavic Pro if I get one.

GoPro definitely has its own ‘eco-system’ developed, and the Karma Grip seems like a great tool to use for stabilization.

But, I am not yet sold on the Karma’s some lacking features, such as the follow-me and longer distance flying capability (Mavic Pro can fly over 4 miles, when the Karma can only fly up to 0.62 miles). It is a disappointment, to say the least.

For now, I am still waiting to see the real quality comparison videos of both Karma and Mavic Pro in the next coming days and weeks. Till then, I will enjoy watching the awesome drone videos and study how I am going to film landscapes when I go out there.

DRONE VIDEOS FOR INSPIRATION

Following is a small collection of drone videos that I enjoyed watching on Vimeo in the last few months and made me look forward to visualizing what kind of aeriel shots I would like.

If you can, watch them in 4K (not all of them, but some were shot in 4K), which is how it was intended to be shown. You will appreciate the sharp quality of the images.

Hope you enjoy.

Aeris Acuti

AERIS ACUTI from Martin Heck | Timestorm Films on Vimeo.

An Aeriel Perspective of Nordland

An Aerial Perspective of Nordland from Michael Fletcher on Vimeo.

Hang Son Doong

Hang Son Doong from Ryan Deboodt on Vimeo.

The beauty of the Lofoten

The Beauty of the Lofoten | Aerial Video in 4K from Dennis Schmelz on Vimeo.

Northern lights shot with a drone

Northern Lights shot with a Drone from O Z Z O Photography on Vimeo.

Jordan from the air

Jordan from the Air from Matador Network on Vimeo.

Vindur

Vindur from Madebyvadim on Vimeo.

Which is your favorite? Do you have a drone? Which one? If not, are you interested in getting one? What features most appeal to you? 

Thanks for reading.

 

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