DJI is the leader in the field of consumer quad copter video. They have two models that I think are worth comparing.
If you are looking to shoot great video out of the box then the DJI Phantom 3 comes with a built-in camera that connects to your smartphone or tablet. It is easy to setup and use and relatively inexpensive to get started.
DJI 's Phantom 3 brings 4K recording to its most popular drone
DJI Phantom 3 Features
Coptershop: These guys are a small ecommerce DJI dealer with a physical store front in Woodenville Washington. They have competitive pricing, will work with school purchase orders and have knowledgeable staff that can help you make the right purchase or fix your Phantom is you are having trouble. I highly recommend making your purchase here!
As you plan your purchase I want to strongly encourage you to invest in as many extra batteries as you can possibly afford and then a few more! We have four batteries for each of our copter and that covered us for 90% of of the time.
1. Let your battery cool at least 30 minutes after a flight before charging
2. Auto-discharge function will automatically discharge the battery to 65% after 10 days to prevent damage. Store batteries in room temperature.
3. You can always press the battery button to see the charge
4. The Inspire batteries ship with insulation pads for flying in cold weather. Hover for a minute to let battery warm up.
5. If you have more than one battery rotate them so that one battery doesn't get all the use.
6. DJI recommends that you discharge your batteries regularly
*Read your manual to extend the life of this consumable part of your aerial system!
The DJI Inspire 1 has strong carbon fiber arms lift out of sight giving you a full, unrestricted 360⁰ view. Shoot up to 4K video and capture 12 megapixel photos with the Inspire 1 camera. Take complete control of your camera and flight system with a comprehensive mobile app. Everything from manual camera controls to flight telemetry and even auto takeoff and landing are just a tap away. Fly with two remote controllers. One person flies, while the other controls the camera.
Being able to see what the camera on your quadcopter is critical to getting the shot you want but setting up an FPV (First Person View) systems is not easy! That is why I recommend getting a copter that sends a signal to your phone or tablet.
Many of the new copters are designed to use your phone or tablet as your FPV system. Here are a couple things to consider.
Case: If you have invested in an iPad then check out this economic but very protective case.
Sun Shade: It can be difficult to see the screen in the sun so I designed a sun shade out of poster board and velcro. Here is my Sun Shade template.
Filters can dramatically improve the quality of the video you capture! Both the Inspire 1 and Phantom 3 cameras can accommodate screw on filters so I highly recommend purchasing a good set of filters. Polar Pro is a leader in this product.
Carry Case: Invest in a case to protect your copter and carry all your accessories.