There were many takeaways from this year’s CES but one that really stuck with me was the fact that we are getting very close to the day when the image on my television exceeds the resolution my eye is capable of detecting. 4K resolution, or Ultra High Definition (if high definition is 1080p, 4K is 2160p), was one of the buzzwords at CES 2015 because 4K TVs are poised to be an affordable consumer product this year.
The truly amazing thing, though, is the fact that 4K technology can fit in the palm of your hand.
And if it can fit in the palm of your hand, it can be strapped to a drone.
Sony introduced its 4K handicam at CES this year and the very next day DJI was showing off a prototype gimbal for the company’s Phantom drones that can carry the camera. It’s not available to the public yet, but if you have a Phantom or were considering getting one rest assured you won’t need to upgrade to shoot in 4K.
If you are looking for a drone that was designed with 4K in mind, DJI has you covered.
DJI’s Inspire 1 is the poster child for 4K drones. The first evolution of DJI’s Phantom drones, the Inspire’s modular 4K camera is easily detachable and can be used with DJI’s recently announced handheld gimbal camera mount.
So the same 4K camera you use on your drone can be used on the ground as well.
Granted, the Inspire 1 carries a hefty price tag, but it’s the only system that has been designed specifically as a 4K flying camera first and a drone second.
If, however, you are new to droning and don’t want to spend and arm and a leg on a 4K rig, the answer isn’t so much the drone as it is one very specific camera, the GoPro Hero4.
The Hero4 is capable of still image capture in 4K and can be strapped to just about any commercial drone on the market today.
You can check out an in-depth look at the best drones to use with a GoPro right here or just check out the list below
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com