How to Use a Drone Camera

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Updated June 27, 2022

The world of photography has been forever changed by drone technology. Many of the best drones have amazing features that allow pilots to shoot truly cinematic footage. So if photography is something you want to get into, below, we’ll explain how to use a drone camera.


  • Drone cameras have revolutionized how people and businesses film and capture photos.
  • One of the best ways to fully use your drone camera is to be familiar with the controls and functions of your drone.
  • Additional equipment is available to enhance the quality of your camera usage.

And for those who have already purchased a drone and need a guide to use it for photography, we have a great guide on how to make a drone with a camera.

Using a Drone Camera

Using the camera is one of the most important parts of knowing how to fly a drone. There are a handful of rules for anyone trying to use a drone camera successfully. So once you’ve gotten your aircraft set up for a flight and have figured out how to trim your drone, it’s time to familiarize yourself with your camera equipment and surroundings.

Insider Tip

Be sure to check your battery level every time before you fly. Ensuring the battery is adequately charged helps to avoid drone mishaps.

If you are still looking for the right camera equipment, you can head into our guide covering the best drone GoPros.

Study Your Drone’s Settings

A large part of using your drone’s camera is understanding the remote controller. The more comfortable you are using the remote control, the better footage you’ll be able to shoot.

Another great thing to do is make sure the latest updates have been downloaded to your drone. If this is something you need help with, you can read our article that explains how to update your drone’s firmware.

Once you’ve mastered the basics of your drone’s remote control, you can then look into the controls that directly affect the movement and function of the camera.

Understand Your Surroundings

One of the worst things that can happen to a drone pilot is a crash that damages or destroys the drone. One of the best ways to avoid this is to survey the area before flying. Checking for things like powerlines is a great way to avoid any issues while filming.

If you want to know more about surveillance drones, you can check out our article explaining what police drones look like at night.

Get the Right Equipment

Finding the right equipment is imperative to using a drone camera to the best of your abilities. And knowing what gear to get often depends on the skill level you operate. For example, advanced drone users should consider purchasing a good gimbal. A gimbal stabilizes the camera and allows it to swivel, ultimately leading to better footage.


Always check for any local regulations before flying your drone. Failing to review the guidelines can result in a hefty fine.


Where can I practice flying my drone?

You should always check any local regulations on your surroundings, especially when near an airport. But other than that, in most open spaces, you should be able to practice flying unless otherwise specified.

What does UAV technology mean?

UAV stands for “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.” The term is usually applied to military drones.

What is the use of connecting the drone camera to my phone?

Connecting your drone camera to your phone allows you a better view to see what you are recording while flying. You can also plan a fight path and track your drone.

STAT: In 2020, the US market for consumer drones reached $1.25 billion. (source)

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