DJI partnered with 8KRAW Films in a project to fly the Mavic 3 drone off the highest point on Earth: the summit of Mount Everest.
8KRAW Films is a small Chinese-based film crew that has been producing travel and adventure films for the last few years. While they have focused primarily on China, this latest project pushed them out of their comfort zones and to the peak of the highest mountain on Earth.
“8KRAW continues to pursue the ultimate image. As early as three years ago, we began to try aerial photography of Mount Everest. It was the team’s long-cherished wish to fly a drone at the top and complete the leap shooting,” 8KRAW’s founder and chief director of the film Wang Yuanzong tells sUAS News.
“The light and reliable Mavic 3 with the ultimate image and the warm weather conditions on the summit day finally came true, and I am very grateful to Mount Everest for accepting us and allowing us to see it from a new perspective.”
“This is Mount Everest. The highest point on Earth. A place where describing the weather as ‘harsh’ is an understatement,” DJI writes.
“Together with 8KRAW Films, we developed a detailed flight plan that would allow their videographers to take the ultimate drone flight from the summit — capturing the stunning beauty of the mountain, and the surrounding views, as they’ve not been captured before.”
The team made the ascent in May, and by the 27th had reached the summit of the mountain. The 8KRAW photographers then sent DJI’s top-of-the-line compact drone, the DJI Mavic 3, off that point to capture aerial shots of Mount Everest.
It is very rare to see footage captured from a drone that goes over clouds because of the limitations on how high drones can usually fly, but the environment of Everest provided the 8KRAW film team with this unique opportunity.
During the shoot, the Mavic 3 ascended to over 9,232 meters into the air — over 5.73 miles — to capture stellar shots of the peak of the mountain. The images and video the team was able to capture are remarkable, showcasing more the stellar environment of the mountain than anything else.