Drone with a zoom lens.

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With the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland is being repaired Amey the company that's doing the work sent a inspection drone up. They have added a sort clip to YouTube. It shows what it would be like to have a zoom lens.


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My money is there was a helicopter involved. Absolutely no way would a drone have a zoom lens, much less one with that much of a zoom ratio.
 
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If you'd managed to get to the drone show you'd have seen several large drones with zoom and 4k camera, Lumix seemed popular on quite a few. It looks like the drone in the photo has 2 x 3 inline props, saw same at the show and it had a big camera on
 
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Small zoom lenses aren't hard. Small zoom lenses that can do 4K video really well ARE hard. Not impossible, just currently expensive. That thing probably costs a bit more than the average Phantom.
 
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That was nice having a high speed zoom on it. It could be set up on the Inspire but you definitely need a 2nd person to use the zoom to the full extent of its ability.
 
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The MR they used was an AscTec Falcon 8, regularly used in Civil Engineering surveys. As for the zoom camera, it could be one of many cameras available if you have the ££££ I think the minimum spec Falcon 8 with the Trinity control Firmware/Software is about £15,000. A professional zoom camera system on board is many tens of thousands more. This type of gear is way beyond DJI spec.

 
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My money is there was a helicopter involved. Absolutely no way would a drone have a zoom lens, much less one with that much of a zoom ratio.
No Helicopters around that day sparky. Toorboy a member on here did have his P3 up the same day.

 

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