The High-Def Drone Bringing Better Aerial Footage to YouTube

It's a bird. ...It's a plane. ...It's a drone! Photograph: Eric Helgas/Bloomberg Pursuits

Multirotor drones -- remote-controlled machines that fly and hover like oversize insects -- are a quantum leap over your kid’s fitful toy helicopter. The DJI Phantom 2, the latest iteration of a highly regarded drone introduced two years ago, improves on its predecessor with twice the flight time between recharges (up to 25 minutes) and redesigned propellers for greater lift. But what really sets the Phantom 2 apart, Bloomberg Pursuits will report in its Spring 2014 issue, are its widely expanded capabilities in the exciting new frontier of high-definition aerial videography. The Phantom 2 Vision comes with an integrated 1080p camera that transmits real-time footage to any Android or iOS mobile device. For even greater quality video, we recommend getting the base model Phantom 2 and purchasing the H3-2D gimbal, an image-stabilizing attachment that cradles a GoPro Hero3 -- the tiny-but-powerful camera favored by reality-show producers and extreme athletes. Either way, you’ll be able to capture breathtaking footage -- YouTube is full of stirring examples -- that will let you see familiar places in a whole new way. And don’t fret about losing your Phantom should it slip out of range: Its built-in Return to Home feature will automatically send the shiny white bird back to your last location.

Photographer: Sergei Grits/AP Photo

A drone camera follows Norway's Aleksander Aurdal during the men's ski slopestyle final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, on Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Close

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A drone camera follows Norway's Aleksander Aurdal during the men's ski slopestyle final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, on Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

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