Recently, my PureView friend Peter Meijs hinted something about working with a drone to do some spectacular shooting with his Nokia 808 PureView. Of course, I contacted him directly to write a post about his experience.
Today he sent me this – I think – no less than sensational post. I’m proud to share it here, at the PureViewClub. Everything you read below is written and captured by Peter Meijs (aka Pixel Peter on Flickr).
Choose your drone and your shop
Suppose you own a Nokia 808 PureView and want to do “drone photography” on a budget, here’s how I did it. First I looked for a partner to share the adventure and to cut cost in half. I “conspired” with my photoclubfriend Peter van Doorne. He is always in for adventures and thinks perpendicular to my thinking so he is my ideal sparring partner.
Initially I looked for a DJI Phantom drone but Peter van Doorne suggested a Blade 350 QX. On the internet we found: “The Blade 350 QX quadcopter is a solid package for anyone looking to get into aerial videography. It does not pack the same punch as the DJI Phantom series of quadcopters, but at its price point, $478 for a RTF (Ready To Fly) version it offers a decent value at the entry-level market”.
Peter van Doorne found a shop “Modelbouw Bloemendaal” with the Blade 350 QX instock. Bloemendaal is close by for us and the shop turned out to be a real specialist. The choise of a “physical” shop and not an “internet” shop proved to be important because we knew nothing about model airplanes and we had to ask many questions. But let’s first see how our setup looks:
On a budget, but photos with high IQ
The Nokia 808 PureView weights 170 grams. Our goal was not to make videos but photos. We both want high quality photos be it that I go for “nature” and “people” and Peter van Doorne for “architecture” “garden” and “social”.
I am rather experienced with the Nokia 808 PureView and I thought that the combination of low weight, big sensor, PureView technology and features should make the Nokia 808 PureView useful for drone photography. The results even surpassed our expectations.
The Blade 350 QX costs about half the price of a Phantom drone and an anti-vibration camera mount is included. That mount is based on rubber joints and has optimized dimensions for a GoPro camera. To this mount we fixed the Nokia 808 PV with rubber straps.
The Nokia 808 PV has no optical image stabilization but the rather basic rubber joint approach of the Blade mount proved to be sufficient. Our pictures show that a so called Gimbal construction (more axis gyroscope stabilization) that costs between $ 300 and 400 is not necessary. At least not for drone photography during daylight.
Next picture (from the manual) shows the details of the Blade camera mount.