No Commentary Necessary — “Phantoms and Waterfalls” Edition

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The most amazing thing about this video, at least to me?

It was filmed from a DJI Phantom Quadcopter using a GoPro Hero 3.  The former runs somewhere in the $700 range, I believe. And the latter is about $400 at the top end. You’d also need a camera mount to do what YouTube user QuestPact (otherwise known as Animation Fascination’s Matt Quest) did, so that’s another $700 or so. Throw in the amusingly-named Fat Shark “radio-controlled first-person-view system” at around $350 (so that Matt can see what his chopper’s seeing), and you’re talking about spending $2,200 for some of the most amazing (and HD, don’t forget!) aerial footage you’ll ever see.

That’s an incredibly rough estimate, I know. Is there a ton of extra equipment that’s been added to that little copter that I’m not accounting for? Probably. And I’m guessing there have also been a lot of special modifications made to bolster its pilot’s confidence that it can actually survive such a harrowing journey. But still… Can you imagine how much it would have cost you to get footage of that same quality and from that same stunning vantage point 20 years ago?

Mind, boggled.

About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, being amazed by his (currently) lone daughter, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.

  • Dale

    It is pretty footage.

    Private citizens have long had the ability to create surveillance drones, and it becomes easier with each passing year. Such drones can be used for benign purposes, such as this video, or they can be used for less legitimate activities, such as snooping on neighbors or scouting a site prior to a break-in.

    • Joseph Susanka

      True enough, Dale. Hopefully, most folks will move in Matt’s direction, rather than the less… benign possibilities.