Biowizard: $2.5K - and still a ROLLING shutter? ...
... meaning distorted movement, like curved propellers and wheel spokes.
C'mon guys - what video needs is a decent GLOBAL shutter, even at the expense of "only" being "HD".
Rolling shutters are for GOPROs, not REAL PRO cameras.
What I am talking about are GLOBAL shutters. Electronic Shutters that read the ENTIRE frame at one instant in time. If you don't know the term, do some research. It is what you need for ACCURATE motion capture.
I've paid my money for lenses that were bright, crystal-clear and sharp to the point of agony - why would I want a piece of lens-design failure at THIS kind of price?
C'mon world, this is Emperor's Clothes time: BAD lenses sold at BIG prices for "Artistic" purposes?!
I've always found a big of old nylon stocking does a brilliant job of softening down a Zeiss Planar or Olympus Zuiko 50mm. And it costs a whole bundle less.
Gimme gimme gimme a GLOBAL shutter. Curved distortion of moving or rotating objects (like helicopter blades) is for $250 GoPros, not $20K cameras.
$2.5K - and still a ROLLING shutter? ...
Cameras made (mostly) of metal, with real dials, real focus rings, etc., are so much nicer than blobs of amorphous plastic controlled via menus. Just being retro styled does NOT mean you are cut off from the latest in electronic wizardry, as my wonderful OM-D E-M1 shows. It looks and handles a LOT like my 1976-vintage OM-1, and yet I can control it remotely via an iPad, process and play with raw images on board, and do so much more than simply spend all my pocket money on spools of Kodachrome 25.
Zebralight SC52, H52 and similar. IP68 Rock Solid LED Torches. ALL you need for LED assistance if you can't be assed to pack a real flash.
(1) As others have said: GET A REAL CAMERA
(2) And if you DO want supplementary light for your iPhone/Galaxy freecam, buy any one of a myriad LED flashlights or multi-LED worklights.
THIS piece of kit does NOT need Kickstarter - items like it are all over eBay and Amazon.
Calvin Chann: Recently a flight landing at Heathrow airport was aborted due to a drone. While I have no problems with them, it is true that a lot of owners are idiots.
A flock of 5kg geese would do a lot more damage than a 900g plastic flying toy. And no-one seems to have worried about petrol-powered model planes, which have been around for decades!
Gotta love LowePro - the bag I bought for my Olympus E-1, 11 years ago, is now holding my OM-D E-M1 and assorted accessories (the E-1 has acquired a hitherto unused soft laptop bag, which works remarkably well*). Still as good as new, LowePro know how to make a bag.
(*)Interesting footnote: put a FAIRLY HEAVY dSLR into a LAPTOP BAG ... then pick it up. You will be amazed HOW LIGHT it feels, compared to being in a camera bag. Especially if you are a MacBook Pro user ...
... even a fairly hefty dSLR weighs SO much less than a MacBook Pro (plus iPad in the sleeve pocket), that the laptop bag feels like it is made of goosedown!
SHOCK HORROR! 500-Tonne A380 Airbus hits 1kg Plastic DJI Phantom 2 at relative velocity of 550mph. Airbus paint slightly chipped, but the GoPro on the DJI survives to tell the tale. #viral
Actually, even a PIGEON (let alone a GOOSE or SWAN) would "win" the impact test with the average DJI drone. The likelihood of a real plane being damaged by a Phantom is next to zero.
Wanna cause damage by aerial delivery? Train a pigeon! They've been fighting our wars since at least 1914 ...
Wanna damage the White House? Train a pigeon!
Nothing more than an idiot setting off fireworks in the immediate approach to an airport would also cause planes to abort landing and/or divert. And that "technology" has been available for longer than aeroplanes. Why are DRONES getting the special treatment?
Biowizard: Funny how America gets all prissy about people playing with plastic flying toys, in case they could hurt someone - but lets its folks run amok with assault rifles and handguns.
Thousands of people are killed every week in the USA by tobacco (principally a US product); around 170 are murdered every week in the USA by firearms. Exactly HOW many people have been killed buy quadcopters?
FiveForm - a SHOTGUN would be a lot easier to use for that purpose than an assault rifle - for the same reason people use shotguns, not AK47s, on pheasant shoots ..
Well thankfully I live in a part of the world where most guns CANNOT be legally owned by private individuals - and there are SO few gun-related deaths in this country, that each one, when it does happens, becomes national news. 150 is roughly the annual death toll in the UK from guns. Still too many, but even taking our smaller population into account, WAY better than the USA. Most of US can see the TOTAL FOLLY of the US Gun Lobby. It's sick, frankly. Meanwhile, leave my drone alone! :-)
Funny how America gets all prissy about people playing with plastic flying toys, in case they could hurt someone - but lets its folks run amok with assault rifles and handguns.
The AIR is extremely exciting. That's what I would want hanging off my drone - quality on a par with a full size DSLR and weight not far off that of a GoPro. Bring it on!
KevinSB: these are not drones.. They are quad copters !!
Esquilo , your logic is good but your research is out of date. EVEN the lowly DJI Phantom can now be programmed, via an iOS app, to fly totally autonomously along a pre-programmed route, using GPS guidance. Just go visit www.helipal.com and read about it.
SIMPLES: these are DRONES. End of.
Gonna require some pretty incredible glass if there is any wish to get close to pixel-level resolution ...
And that's where your model helicopter differs from these quads ... the DJI Phantom (to name just one example) CAN and DOES fly autonomously. You can simply program it with a number of 3D waypoints, and send it on its way. Sure, it isn't a Predator laden with heat-seeking missiles, but to all intents and purposes, it is as much a drone.
I wonder whether DJI will source its camera technology from Olympus? Might even be able to do away with the expensive and cumbersome external 3-axis gimble, if they employed Oly's E-Mx 5-axis IS sensor!
It makes a lot more sense to jiggle a sensor about, than to jiggle the entire camera (as at present on, for example, the Phantom Vision +).
And I would LOVE to be able to use rectilinear lenses with normal fields of view (say 35mm in full-frame terms), rather than the omnipresent fish-eye lenses of today's "action" cameras.