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Drones are ideal for photographers and videographers looking to capture stunning aerial shots like landscapes, time lapses, action shots and more. The key draw in using a drone is the accessibility. You’re able to get footage that you wouldn’t be able to, even with a helicopter. What many do not know is that beyond the obvious benefits, drones come equipped with a myriad of options and customizable buttons. Here are all the cool things drones can do:

Autonomous Flight Modes

What autonomous flight modes means is that the drone is capable of being “programmed” to take certain shots with you barely having to do any work. Certain modes on the DJI Phantom 4 Pro include ActiveTrack which follows a certain subject around and Gesture Mode which identifies the operators certain movement and takes a picture all by itself.

To enable certain flight modes, make sure your drone is hovering at least 2 meters above the ground. Then on the main screen to the left, click on the remote controller icon to pop up a list of automated flight modes and select the certain flight mode you wish to shoot in.

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Photo via DJI Forum

Photo via UAV Systems International

Photo via UAV Systems International

Obstacle Sensing

Photo via Drone World

Photo via Drone World

One of the major concerns for every drone operator is the idea of crashing into something. Thanks to major technological upgrades, certain drones like the Phantom 4 Pro and Mavic Pro have obstacle sensing and avoidance built into them. What that means is you can essentially fly a drone directly at a wall and it will automatically stop flying a few meters before the obstacle to ensure that there is no crash. This has recently gave operators a little more confidence when flying in crowded areas around trees and buildings. With the Phantom 4 Pro offering 5 direction of obstacle sensing and 4 direction of obstacle avoidance, flying a drone has become even easier!

Beginner Mode

If you still are uneasy about flying and this is you first attempt at it, don’t worry. There is also a beginner mode that will cap the maximum distance upon takeoff to roughly 100 feet and prevent camera tilt to allow the operator to familiarize themselves with actual drone flight and control. This is a great feature to test out in a open park or space to really get the basics of drone flight down before advancing to populated areas and more intricate techniques.

Photo via DJI Forum

Photo via DJI Forum

Broadcast Live To Facebook

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Photo via EFTM

A recent software update has allowed the potential to stream live drone footage to your favorite social media platform such as Facebook and YouTube. Simply select general settings by clicking the top middle button on your screen. Then click the three dots located on the left side of the general settings tab and select Start Facebook Live. Enter your credentials and you will be streaming to Facebook Live instantly!

To get started flying a drone today, head over to Lumoid and browse our vast selection of camera drones. The DJI Mavic Pro is an excellent and compact drone ready for any adventure and the Phantom 4 Pro offers the best built in camera by DJI yet!

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