7 Incredibly Impactful Drone Videos

Date Posted:20 June 2017 

Of all the technological advances Back to The Future predicted, drones are miles above the rest. No longer are we restricted to filming from expensive helicopters, sourcing stock aerial shots, or just keeping our feet and camera on the ground. Drones have unlocked a whole new realm of photographic possibilities not only for those behind the lens, but for viewers.

There are certain drone videos that leave you so awe inspired that you must share it for all to see, and here are 7 incredibly impactful drone videos that have done just that.

1. ‘An Aerial Perspective of Nordland’ – Michael Fletcher

This drone video captures the ethereality of Nordland, Norway. Surrounded by mist and mountains, the drone’s footage is not only captivating, it is expertly produced and executed. Using the DJI Phantom 4, photographer Michael Fletcher has managed to capture Norway’s most outstanding mountain ranges and lakes with impeccable cinematography.

An Aerial Perspective of Nordland from Michael Fletcher on Vimeo.

2.‘At the End of the Cul-de-Sac’ – Paul Trillo

This entry makes the list due to its innovative use of drone technology. Shot in one seamless take, Paul Trillo’s At the End of the Cul-de-Sac proves that drones are not merely built for landscape for photography.

"At The End Of The Cul-de-Sac" short film by Paul Trillo from Paul Trillo on Vimeo.

3. ‘BALANCE’ – Tim Sessler

Tim Sessler’s BALANCE showcases the aerial brilliance of Manhattan, New York. However, this is no ordinary fly-over of the Big Apple. Sessler has played around with abstract angles with his drone, granting viewers a completely different angle on the Empire State Building and the New York skyline. Instead of just producing creative shots, Sessler has formed a poignant critique on society that sets this piece apart from other drone videos.

BALANCE from Tim Sessler on Vimeo.

4. ‘Sardine Run 2016’ – Shark Explorers

Diving into the deep blue expanse, this drone video brings us incredible shots of whales, dolphins, and sharks. When the drone is underwater, the breath-taking images makes one almost forget that there is another world just above the surface. This will be particularly impactful for aquatic lovers.

Sardine run 2016 from Shark Explorers on Vimeo.

5. ‘Lake of Fire: Drone Footage of Icelandic Lava River’ – Barcroft TV

This is where drones come into their own, reaching and investigating phenomena that are rarely captured at such proximity. Molten lava crackles only mere feet away from the lens, almost melting the device. What we are left with are spectacular images of parts of Holuhraun, a lava field almost the size of Manhattan, in Iceland.

6. ‘DJI Phantom, Niagara Falls’ – Questpact

Filmed with a DJI Phantom 1 and GoPro Hero 3 Black, this drone video, although not featuring the most seamless transitions or the most artistic direction, nevertheless captures captivating shots of Niagara Falls that are well worth a watch. It also shows a more realistic look at how unedited film appears straight from a drone camera.

7. ‘Skynamic Drone Showreel 2014 (Close Range Aerial Filming)’ – Skynamic

This showreel showcases the wide variety of shots a drone can produce, whether it be for commercial or artistic purposes. While the live action captured by these drones is truly astounding, it’s enlightening to see some behind-the-scenes footage of how they used their drones to capture (and keep up!) with certain action shots. If you haven’t been tempted to use a drone before, this video will change that.

Thinking of buying a drone?

Before you take the plunge into buying a drone for yourself, here are some tips to keep in mind when shopping for the perfect addition to your videography kit.

  • If you are a beginner, make sure to start off small. Flying a drone isn’t as easy as it often looks, so you’ll want to opt for an inexpensive, durable model that can withstand some false starts and unexpected drops.
  • If you plan on using your drone for purely recreational purposes that has a built-in camera unit, pay close attention to camera resolution, recording format, and field of vision (FOV). Even though the drone isn’t for professional use, that doesn’t mean that you want substandard footage.
  • Professional models offer greater camera resolution, battery life, and FOV. However, these do come with much larger price tags. If you are planning on attaching a camera, or purchasing a drone inbuilt with a camera, you should consider purchasing a gimbal. Not only will this stop your camera from shaking, it will also enable you to play with different angles in your shots.

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