An important part of the quadcopter market these days is being able to mount GoPro cameras, as hobbyists and professionals alike are drawn to the prospect of taking breath-taking aerial views. The latest GoPro camera on the market is the incredibly versatile Hero3, which can be mounted on pretty much anything, so appeals to lots of different markets. But as for quadcopters goes, what’s the best quadcopter drone for GoPro?
There are several best quadcopter drone for GoPro on the market that can all be adapted to mount a GoPro including the DJI Phantom, Parrot AR. Drone and the Bumblebee. All three offer different features and functions and vary substantially in price.
Best Quadcopter for GoPro
The DJI Phantom is one of the most expensive of the quadcopters but it is also one of the best, so you get a lot for your money. With an integrated GPS system, very stable flying and many other features that enhance safety and prevent crashes, the Phantom is the likely first choice for many people who wish to mount a GoPro camera; Having a quadcopter that is easy to control and fly, plus responds well to requests, is very reassuring when you have expensive camera equipment attached to it. It is even more comforting to know that the DJI quadcopter has a return to home function. This works when control of the quadcopter is lost or controls are switched off; the quadcopter recognises this and will make its way back to the original point of take off.
In contrast to the sturdiness of the DJI Phantom, the AR.Drone is less robust and more prone to crashes and subsequent damage. Plus, the Drone is nowhere near as easy to control as the DJI Phantom. Therefore, the peace of mind offered by the hardy DJI Phantom outweighs any other advantage the Drone may have.
One negative thing about the DJI Phantom is that aerial video footage taken from the quadcopter can sometimes be inferior quality, due to the well-known “jello-cam” effect. This is when vibrations from the frame of the quadcopter cause the camera to shake, thus distorting video film. However, there is a solution for this in the form of upgraded carbon fibre propellers (at extra cost). These rigid and sturdy propellers give additional stability to the quadcopter, making the flight smoother and thus reducing vibrations, which in turn minimises the “jello-cam” effect.
Another slight negative is that the GoPro (especially the Hero3) camera does not always attach properly to the mount provided with the DJI Phantom, nor does it allow the camera to stand vertically. Therefore, it is probably a good idea to buy the specially made GoPro gimbal mount.
The DJI Phantom is best suited to large, open spaces and if you wanted to use your GoPro in smaller, tighter spaces, then perhaps the Phantom is not the most suitable option.
Also as a word of caution, because the WiFi connection for the GoPro and the WiFi connection for the Phantom transmitter share the same frequency and bandwidth at 2.4GHz, turning on the preview function on the GoPro will cause interference with the drone’s operation, potentially causing the drone to be out of control.
Overall, when you weigh up all the pros and cons, the DJI Phantom proves the best quadcopter for GoPro. The quality is second to none and the integrated systems (such as GPS and IOC) improve safety and lessen the risk of serious damage.
Check out the Phantom DJI Review by Vidmuze:
To see more reviews on the DJI Phantom with GoPro, click here.
Check out the latest DJI Phantom 2 with the built in Zenmuse H3-2D Gimbal, here.
For those of you who have the Parrot AR Drone 2.0, watch the video below to learn how you can modify your quadcopter to carry a GoPro.
DJI Phantom vs Parrot AR Drone 2.0 – Side by Side Comparison