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 Filming with electric drones for aerial videos & photos 

(HD video monitoring - 3 axis gimbals - DGAC approved Scenario S1, S2 & S3 in France)


 Other videos featuring our drones 





Drone Pictures as a fleet of 4 DGAC-compliant UAVs capable of meeting all your aerial photography needs: Cinema, TV, Audiovisual, Photography, both in urban environments (scenario type S3) and in open country and open sea (scenario type S1) or immersion in uninhabited areas (scenario type S2).


For aerial video from 4K to 6K, single or dual operator in urban or populated areas (as in the countryside) the Inspire 2 Raw/ProRes (S1, S2, S3) carries our 2 3-axis camera pods Zenmuse X5S (M4/3 sensor) or Zenmuse X7 (S35mm sensor) mounted with different focal lengths: from 14 to 90mm, depending on your needs.
HD video and 4K, 5.2K, 6K from H264 to ProRes Raw and DNG. 
Photos 20/24mpix.
For tight budgets, indoor shooting or shooting in narrow spaces (city or countryside), our small quadricopter Mavic 2 Pro (approved for S1 & S3 scenarios) is equipped with a 2/3 axis brushless gondola with an integrated 1-inch sensor camera (28/40mm focal length; 4K video; 20mpix photos). Note that we take it free of charge on all our shoots with the Inspire 2: always ready to meet a specific need not possible with its big 'brothers'! 




To learn more about the video & still cameras that we fly on our different UAVs, see this detailed page.

The principle of a UAV dedicated to photography is quite simple: imagine a flying camera!

 Able to go almost anywhere, very close, very low and quite high (120 meters), to fly with precision in the air, to execute dollyings and panoramas stable and fluid to take your breath away, to fly indoors or between very close buildings, to stay for long minutes in hovering flight, to descend vertically a hundred meters at ground or sea level, in a few seconds.



Whether in photo or video, it is a fabulous tool that unleashes creativity, opens up new horizons both creative and technical, at costs that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. 

Performing spectacular and varied movements in the same flight - such as steadycam, crane and helicopter - has become possible thanks to our specially trained and educated pilot/framer pairs.

However, the drone cannot do everything and will not always replace a Ulm a plane or a helicopter for certain missions (see the pages dedicated to these devices). 


Main Advantages of UAVs (drones)


  • Non-polluting, silent, affordable
  • Easy and quick to implement: just a few minutes are enough to take off. 
  • Multiple elevation points possible over a few hours (depending on distance)
  • Stability and great fluidity of the shot images
  • Proximity to the subject to be filmed or photographed (just a few meters away)
  • Speed of evolution going to nearly 50 kms/h.
  • Great latitude of evolution around the subject because of its maneuverability and reactivity.
  • Thanks to GPS, very precise return to the same point of view at different time intervals
  • Autonomy per flight = 15 to 25 minutes depending on the drone and the weather (multiple successive take-offs after battery change)
  • Carrying a wide choice of shooting systems
  • Very stable and long hovering flight (up to 25 minutes with the Mavic 2 pro)
  • City flight with our DGAC certified UAVs in S3 (prior prefectoral authorization)
  • Variable radius of action according to scenario: 200m in S1 & S3 visual flight limited to 100 meters from the pilot or 1km in scenario S2 (unpopulated area).
  • Remote access to dangerous or impassable areas
  • Operational everywhere in France and abroad



Les Disadvantages lof using drones:


  • The weather conditions must be good to guarantee the result on the images and in particular little wind (< to 40 kms / h for most aircraft, < to 70 kms / h for Inspire 2), no rain because the UAV really does not like water, however it supports snow, cold and very high altitude (under certain conditions).
  • Maximum altitude limited to 120 meters (50m in S2, and variable according to urban area)
  • No direct vertical overflights of people or animals, only lateral overflights.
  • No night flight above 50m without derogation. A night flight is defined 30 minutes before or after sunrise/sunset.
  • Overview of inhabited areas subject to prefectoral declaration (5 working days)


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In 4K we particularly recommend the use on drone of the fabulous Zenmuse X5s camera, or better the X7 in 6K RawDNG and ProRes Raw, or the Mavic 2 Pro for tight budgets.

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Drone-Pictures services are charged by duration, 1 hour, 1/2 day or full day packages. Our Pack Double Inspire 2 always includes a second drone in a standalone unit in order to avoid any possible problem on the main Inspire 2 drone unit.


For longer assignments, a decreasing rate is applied. (see our rates for audio-visual services by drone)

Finally, please note that all our prices include a license to use the images as well as our 'basic' shooting equipment.

We can also take care of the production of short films presenting your activity, company or event. (complete turnkey production of a mixed aerial/ground video clip) and/or a live drone streaming service over the internet.


High demand for drone images in many professional domains

Photos aériennes par drone - GCA TEA LyonPhotos aériennes par drone - GCA TEA LyonVoici ce que donne depuis les airs, un site de 40 hectares dédié à la logistique automobile: des milliers de véhicules Fiat et Volkswagen attendent leur livraison aux concessions ou aux clients finaux sur ces parkings situés à Corbas au sud de Lyon et que nous avons eu l'occasion de survoler par drone pour la communication globale du Groupe GCA (photos 16mpix et vidéos 4K)

When we talk about drone filmmaking, we think at first glance of the audiovisual sector. Indeed, UAV filming has made it possible to produce more precise, stable and impressive shots in the cinema. They are not only used for shooting aerial sequences, but also for close-up shots in motion. Indeed, in this exercise, the UAV is much more stable than a Stedicam. UAVs are also used for television programs, for filming sports competitions (team sports matches, races, etc.) or for filmmaking. 


In reality, the demand for images filmed by UAVs is much more varied. They are also used in agriculture for crop surveillance and plot delineation. In the construction industry, UAVs are very useful for monitoring construction sites and verifying the conformity of structures. Large companies in the transport and energy sectors have developed in-house services that employ UAV pilots to check infrastructures (railways for the SNCF, wind turbines, bridges, electric pylons, etc.). UAVs are also a solution for companies wishing to ensure the security of their sites and buildings. As for the logistics field (parcel delivery), it will involve automated flights when legislation is updated, if necessary.


Drone piloting: skill or profession?

We believe that before being a profession, UAV piloting is a skill that must be added to other skills in order to constitute a profession. For example Pilot and Cameraman, Pilot and Surveyor, Pilot and Farmer, etc...

As far as audiovisual is concerned, equipped with a professional drone with a camera, the drone pilot is in charge of taking aerial shots, fixed or moving. To do this, he uses a tablet and a dedicated application. The UAV is not only used to take pictures for the cinema and audiovisual industry. It can also be used to take measurements (of distance, heat loss, for example in thermography) to obtain useful data in various sectors, such as agriculture, industry, construction and architecture. In order to take pictures, he must obtain overflight authorizations from the prefecture, the DGAC or the army service depending on the shooting locations.


What qualities are expected of a UAV pilot?

UAV pilots must be rigorous and meticulous in their work. In certain areas, particularly when he takes measurements for data analysis, he must have additional technical knowledge relating to the sector of activity in which he operates. He/she must be curious about new techniques and technologies in his/her field of expertise and undergoes regular training. The UAV pilot must also regularly carry out a legal watch to keep abreast of all regulatory updates. Finally, in our artistic field, he must master the tools related to shooting, sometimes editing, and be aware of the latest developments in cameras, optics, video codecs and of course drones!


Drone-Pictures team, pilot & drone cameraman flying the Inspire 2 for a NatGeo filming at Notre-Dame de la Garde in Marseille, France