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Great Camera Drones, Our Top Eight

Great Camera Drones, Our Top Eight

A guide for the aerial photographer and videographer by Team PhotoDrone It‘s no secret that rotor drones and aerial-camera systems are a match made in heaven. With the increasing quality of cameras and downlink video links and the amazing developments in flight controller and stabilization systems, getting those exciting bird’s-eye-view images is easier than ever […]
LiPo C-ratings and what you need to know

LiPo C-ratings and what you need to know

What do charge rates mean, and is there a noticeable performance difference between high and low rated packs? Charge rates are just what they sound like. It is the amp rate at which you are capable of charging a specific battery pack. Most commonly you will see this at 1C, 2C, and all the way […]

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Drone Travel: Picking a Case

Drone Travel: Picking a Case

What’s the best type of case for traveling with drones and accessories? Answer: A hard-shell, polyethylene case is superior for both transit and shipping. Look for name brands with strong replacement warranties in the event of freak failures in the handles or otherwise. Also look for optional or included locking mechanisms and  ergonomic features, such […]
Drones: Expert Tips You Need to Know

Drones: Expert Tips You Need to Know

13 Pro Tips for Better Flying, Filming, and More Fun When you get your first multirotor, you’ll probably have a barrage of questions about this new endeavor. Here at RotorDrone Magazine, we hear many different “getting started” questions, so we reached out to our experts for their solutions. Now that I have a multirotor where […]

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Drones & Future Tech

Drones & Future Tech

There is no denying that the consumer 3D printer is quickly coming of age. There is growing competition among companies to find new and less expensive ways of automating the process of making real world objects out of virtual ones. But while for some companies the imperative is to improve quality and performance, others focus […]
Drones Light up the Night!

Drones Light up the Night!

I recently had the fortune of test flying three independent light sources for nighttime flying. Depending on what your project is, you might want to illuminate the crops below you; a person walking or in a vehicle; or your background hills, buildings, etc. Aircraft used for testing purposes were the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced and […]

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Drone FPV Antennas

Drone FPV Antennas

Welcome to the wonderful world of antennas, its language and culture; to the aperture family (effective and scattering), the lobe family (main, side, back, and grating); to beam widths, directivity, and gain. Antennas are three-dimensional and live in a world of beam area, steradians, square degrees, and solid angle. Antennas have impedances (self and mutual). […]
Drone Photo Tips from the Pros

Drone Photo Tips from the Pros

Learning a new craft, such as filming from a drone, can be a time consuming adventure. As with any learning curve, advice from experts in the field is invaluable and worth its weight in gold. That’s why we asked eight of the best aerial shooters we know to share their tips and tricks on how you can improve your […]

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The Frame Game

The Frame Game

As the FPV drone scene expands, better and faster craft emerge. Propellers, motors, flight controllers, and speed controls all fulfill the need for speed. But it’s the airframes that hold all of the components together that are seeing the biggest evolution. And while the established names continue to dominate, there’s an undercurrent of independent makers arriving who are building […]
Soldering up a drone racer power board

Soldering up a drone racer power board

The first step in getting your drone racer ready is by soldering the ESCs (speed controllers) to the power board. Here is one soldering method our Senior West Coast Editor, John Reid uses on all of  his racers.
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