If there is one thing we know for sure, it is that drones are here to stay. In fact, the drone photography industry is expected to grow significantly in the next couple of years. So to give you a little glimpse into what to expect, here are a few predictions for more reliable equipment:
- Equipment will be more reliable and of higher quality
As more and more people start using drones, more reliable equipment is expected to get better and better. Since drone technology has already gone through a lot of enhancements in the last few years, this is not farfetched at all. Case in point, unlike those of the past, today’s drones have several camera options.
While some come with built-in cameras, others come with a variety of mounting options. The cameras can now have a resolution of anywhere between 240p to 1080p, with some even featuring thermal tracking and night vision. Moreover, these cameras come with a variety of lenses that you can either configure or swap around.
2. Regulations will become stricter
With more and more certified drone operators registering with the FAA, the industry is becoming more streamlined. Some countries have even laid out rules to govern this sector. For instance, in many, it is already required that each drone mission has at least one operator. Also, since more civilians are becoming interested in drones, there is definitely going to be a lot more regulation in this area as well.
Ultimately, as drones become more and more accessible, regulations are expected to become more restrictive. Eventually, there will be very few places where you’ll be allowed to fly your drone without a license.
3. More drones will be used for artistic purposes
While using drones for real estate photography and inspections is already a big thing, using them for artistic purposes hasn’t been explored much. However, this may change in the future. With their improved clarity, small size, and portability, they will be used to capture beautiful but hazardous sites like mountain tops.
4. Drones will have a better battery life
When drones were first invented, they would be lucky to even last ten minutes in the air. But now, you can get at least a solid hour out of them. And this is just for consumer drones. Commercial ones can work for several hours. As such, it stands to reason that these times can even double in the years to come.
5. Drones will become smarter and stronger
With Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology quickly gaining popularity, drones are expected to become smarter and stronger. We also expect more partnerships between drone manufacturers and technology professionals like software developers and data analytics specialists.
In fact, 80% of drone companies already collaborate with other professionals to design, create, and manage drone platforms.
6. Drone sensors will get better
Considering how much camera sensors have improved over the years, we expect the same from drones. While current drone sensors aren’t that great, many expect that over time they will be as good as those of modern-day DSLRs.