Posted: 21st March 2019 | Written by: Colette Flowerdew-Kincaid
Cruising glamorous destinations on board a luxury yacht is, quite frankly, the dream. And whether you’re a keen photographer or not, this is one adventure you’ll want to record so you can enjoy the memories for years to come.
Yet amidst all the fun it’s easy to forget your phone or your camera, and there are some shots that just can’t be taken without a little technical help. That’s where drones come in, helping you to snap that perfect picture, but how do you choose the right one for you?
If you’re planning a luxury yacht charter this season, here are some top tips on the best drones for superyachts in 2019.
Freefly Alta 8
Freefly has spent over ten years perfecting camera movement in order for their drones to capture the most amazing footage, with this latest model offering dynamic camera adjustment of up to 45 degrees.
Using advanced GPS technology it can hold position even in unfavourable weather conditions, while its ‘SkyView’ function allows it to hold a camera on the top of the airframe, creating even more filming possibilities. With a flight time of up to 34 minutes, you have over half an hour to capture all the best angles!
Price: From $17,495
Did you think all drones were made to be above water? Think again with this cutting edge creation from OpenROV - indisputably one of the best drones for superyachts looking to go deeper than the surface of the glittering ocean.
With standout features including dive depth of 100 metres, an impressive three hours dive time, live video streaming in 1080p and hover capability to focus in on sealife, it’s the most advanced model of its kind. What’s more, the Trident is suitable for use in both salt and fresh-water, meaning wherever in the world you’re cruising you’ll be able to capture outstanding underwater footage.
Price: From $1,699
Despite only having been released in January this year, the Parrot Anafi has already shot to the top of our favourites list due to its ultra-high-definition 4K camera and small, compactable design, making it easy to take on your travels.
The Anafi flies stealthily over water, into hidden caves or through tropical jungles, and its extreme weather resistance means there's not much it can’t handle. Enjoy up to 25 minutes of flight time capturing beautiful footage, all for an extremely reasonable price.
SwellPro Splash Drone 3+
The Splash Drone raised a lot of excitement when it was released as the world’s first fully waterproof and buoyant quadcopter drone, and since then SwellPro has only made it better. This miracle drone is built to carry a GoPro, everyone’s favourite action camera, with the addition of a payload release feature for carrying vital safety items.
This latest version also offers updated features including a new S3 flight controller that allows you to fly SplashDrone 3+ safely and smoothly on water, and in rain and snow, making it one of the best drones for superyachts cruising in a range of conditions.
DJI Inspire 2 drone
If you're worried about losing your drone in flight, fear not. The DJI Inspire 2 is a smart drone built with Flight Autonomy cameras, effectively a homing mechanism that allows the drone to retrace its steps back to your yacht in port or at sea. Further highlights include a top speed of 58mph, wind resistance up to 20 knots and a camera capable of 5.2k video. What’s not to love?
Price: From £3,059