Whether you’re looking to spy on your new neighbor or take photographs for your business, the greatest drones can use cameras for many purposes. And if you need a device that can take aerial photos or process HD video transmission, read on as we show you how to make a drone with a camera.
Also, for those just getting started on building a quadcopter drone from scratch, we have a great article explaining how to design a drone. And if you have a drone that already has a camera and wants tips on using it, read up on how to use a drone camera.
Knowing how to install a camera on a drone is as useful as knowing how to hide from a drone. Making a drone with a camera isn’t difficult if you have some basic electrical know-how. It can even be more manageable than knowing how to make an obstacle avoidance drone or how to get your drone out of a tree.
You can glue a styrofoam shim under the camera lens to increase the likelihood of capturing clean video.
And of course, if you do get your drone stuck in foliage, you may need to check out our article explaining how to replace done propellers.
STEP 1 Research Suitable Cameras
If your camera’s too heavy for your drone, it won’t fly. So research your drone’s load capacity and make sure that you get a camera that it can handle.
STEP 2 Check the Drone Frame for Mount Screws
STEP 3 Connect the Camera Wires to the Power Distribution Board
STEP 4 Mount the Camera
Connect the Battery Monitor to the Motor Wires
Power on the Drone and Test the Connection
Make sure to use a cable tie or electrical tape to secure all camera and motor wires. Failing to do this can lead to wires getting caught in the propellers.
How much does a drone camera cost?
The cheapest cameras can be around $20, but top-quality cameras that take amazing photos can cost thousands.
Where can I fly my drone?
Regulations vary from location to location. Go to the FAA website to check out their drones and aerial vehicles guidelines to best understand where you can or cannot fly your drone.
Do I need a license for commercial drones?
Commercial drones require a special license. Again, the FAA website has information regarding the licensing of commercial drones.
STAT: For the best footage, get a camera that can shoot video in 4k. (source)