Camera-Equipped Copter Beams FPV to Goggles for Beautiful Aerial Imagery

We’re getting to the point at which photographers can buy fancy aerial drones without having to sell a kidney. You’ve probably already seen photos and videos shot from camera-equipped radio-controlled helicopters before, but did you know that the camera’s view can be beamed to a pair of goggles, allowing the photographer to be immersed in a first-person-view of what he or she is shooting?

Here’s a beautiful video in which Esben Nielsen shows off this kind of rig through various shoots this past summer in Bornholm, Denmark:

Nielson writes,

The multirotor used to film this is a hexakopter, and is a mix of different manufactures. The frame is a Cinestar8 and the electronics are mostly mikrokopter. The camera controls we built our self.

If you have semi-deep pockets and would like to use one of this copters for your own FPV aerial photography, check out Quadrocopter‘s Cinestar multi-rotor helicopters (used by NASA, Google, National Geographic, and the BBC). The cheapest DIY kit costs around $3,200.

A Cinestar ready-to-fly RC helicopter

For around ten grand, you can buy a ready-to-fly copter, which can be upgraded (for more dough) with stabilized camera mounts, a first-person-view system, and a remote shutter release for Canon/Nikon/Sony cameras.

Update: Here’s another stunning example we just spotted over on Fstoppers:

  • JJ

    The shots of the mountain ranges, awesome! Would love to play with one of these!

  • Leslie78

    FYI, using a radio-control aircraft for *commercial* purposes is illegal in the USA. It’s fine for hobby purposes. The law may change in a few years, but for now you can’t do this stuff for commercials, movies, etc. A real shame that the industry is being held back by outdated regulations.

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    Illegal, you say? how is it that people like Snap Roll Media make their money if what they do is illegal? (Snap Roll Media use a custom built RC helicopter with RED cameras to provide aerial shots for action sports, production companies etc)

  • Bob S

    Wrong. I am a private pilot and commercial drones have been cleared as legal as of Feb of 2012 unless prohibited by local ordinance. The bill was HR 658.

  • Leslie78

    Bob S, you are incorrect. HR 658 protected model aircraft activity for NON-commercial purposes, subject to community based organization standards (i.e. the A.M.A.). It only applies if “the aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or recreational use.” Go read the bill. As soon as you do something commercial, as opposed to hobby, you are outside of that legislation and not protected from FAA regulation. And the FAA has made clear that unmanned vehicles such as model planes are not authorized for commercial uses. Read this FAA Notice of Policy, starting on page 5:
    The authority to operate a model airplane is Advisory Circular 91-57, and that authority “only applies to modelers, and thus specifically excludes its use by persons or companies for business purposes.” If you fly for commercial purposes you need an airworthiness certificate for the aircraft. You should know that if you’re a pilot. I’m not trying to cause trouble — I think the regulation scheme is ridiculous for an RC helicopter that’s a few feet above the ground, and we should do everything we can to open up commercial FPV photography. But right now you could be looking at fines and a shut-down of your business if you are getting paid for RC aerial photography.

  • jatinder Tandon

    great video…i like this