Phantom Drone Captures Some Incredible Footage of an Erupting Volcano

Drones (we’re talking about the quadcopter kind, not the military kind) are pretty incredible devices… especially when you toss a camera on them. They tend to be a bit expensive though, starting at around $500 for a lower-level one and going all the way up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Because of this, the drone footage we usually see is done in a semi-safe environment, where the risk of losing it is minimal. YouTuber Shaun O’Callaghan, however, is a bit more brave — if that’s the right word here — than the rest of us.

Using his DJI Phantom with camera attached, O’Callaghan captured the continuous eruption of a volcano on Tanna Island, Vanuatu.

Volcano Drone

The resulting footage is nothing short of astounding, with some shots showing just how dangerously close the drone came to its death, molten lava shooting up past and around the camera–wielding quadcopter. O’Callaghan proudly notes, though, that no Phantoms were harmed in the making of this video… miraculously.

Coming in at under two minutes long, it won’t eat up much of your time, so be sure to give it a watch. And just as a quick unofficial pole: how many of you would be willing to play around with a $1k or so device above a volcano?

(via Gizmodo)

  • DW

    The Earth sharted.

  • Justin Sheely

    Awesome vid! I am really excited about the photographic possibilities using quadcopters.

  • Gannon Burgett

    Had to be Taco Bell.

  • Ridgecity

    I bet you this guy is one of those skaters with a Red Bull budget.

    Edit: of course I was right.

  • Roger Mulligan

    I’ll take a poll for you, but I won’t take a pole for… anyone.

  • Franzel

    Nice footage, but enough with the annoying dubstep.

  • Jake

    Grab it some Chipotlaway.

  • Ken Elliott

    I wish Petapixel would refrain from calling radio-controlled quadcopters as “drones”. Both are UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle), but a drone has an on-board self-navigation control system, while most RC quadcopters are remotely piloted by a human on the ground.

    Yeah – I’ve already lost the argument. I guess I’ll go yell at kids to get off my lawn.

  • Luca

    Mute your speakers, you’ll thank me!

  • Mystic Reality

    The DJI Phantom does have onboard GPS and is capable of flying itself… Being “that guy”

  • Ken Elliott

    Did not know that. Guess I was wrong. That’s twice this year! ;D