The authorBruno Ravera was born in Genoa in 1974. Always a pioneer in the application of new technologies, in 1996 he began to devote himself professionally to the world of internet sites, which he soon joined as a creative medium with digital photography, also in its infancy.
Author of various publications and winner of several awards, he has exhibited his works in numerous exhibitions. In 2013, as a natural evolution of the passion for images, information technology and an aeronautical patent, he experimented with the use of drones to become, in 2014 with Drone Genova®, one of the first 80 recognized pilots in Italy (today over 4000 ) and to found in 2015 the
DroneItalia.net network, thanks to which it provides air services throughout Italy. Always in constant personal and professional evolution, since 2016 he has included aerial photogrammetry in the portfolio of services and in 2017 the images obtained from tens or hundreds of photographs, to arrive at 2018 with an experience, portfolio and archive of videos and aerial photographs without equal.
Today, drones designed specifically for filming are capable of climbing to over 100 m altitude and traveling at nearly 50 km / h. They transform into flying cameras, on which it is possible to choose any framing, and the images, very stable thanks to their motorized arms, are displayed live on our smartphone.
We tested four of them: the Bebop, the featherweight of the French manufacturer Parrot (450 euros), its two main competitors, the Chinese drones of Xiro and DJI, twice as expensive. Out of curiosity, we added the top-of-the-range drone from the American 3DR (1,300 euros).
The clear winner of our tests is the DJI Phantom Standard thanks to its excellent price-performance ratio. It is more reliable than its competition and its images are remarkable. In front of him, the drones of Xiro and 3DR are struggling to justify their price difference.
If an alternative to the DJI had to be found, it would be the Parrot, at a more affordable base price and because it is the only one that can fly properly inside a home. Too bad it is less efficient and less reliable than its competitors.
Before investing, know that these drones are not toys. Their piloting is not obvious on the first try, and the risk of destroying them on the first take-off, or even of being injured, exists. Note also that these drones all suffer from reliability problems (connection between the remote control and the drone, precision of the autopilot, etc.).