When it comes to high-end pro drones used on big commercials or higher budget promos, one name comes to mind – Freefly Systems. The pro drone specialists, who started the hand-held gimbal craze a few years back with their Movi M10 3-axis gimbal have a long history in creating some of the most admired flying camera stabilisation systems. Last year, Freefly introduced the ALTA 6 a revolutionary autonomous drone designed for the latest digital cinema cameras such as the RED Weapon, Scarlet-W and ARRI Alexa MINI, and now Freefly have announced the next evolution in their pro cinema camera drones – the ALTA 8.
The Freefly ALTA 8 provides more stability and a larger payload at 20lbs compared to the ALTA 6 15lb payload limitation, much thanks to the fact that the ALTA 8 is now an octocopter. The ALTA 8 features Freefly’s amazing Synapse Flight Controller allowing drone pilots incredibly detailed and reliable control over the flight of the ALTA 8. The new drone also boasts a quick setup time – taking 5 minutes from unpacking to take-off, streamlining your production on set, where every second is vital.
The ALTA 8, much like its predecessor, offers both a top and bottom camera/Movi mounting and can support the latest cinema camera offerings from RED, ARRI and other brans as long as the total payload does not exceed 20 lbs. The ALTA 8 is not just a super capable high-end pro drone, but also one that offers a small footprint for easy transport by being able to fold into 50% of its size, thanks to its folding props, folding swan neck booms and innovative quick release mechanisms.
The ALTA 8 from Freefly Systems is one of the most advanced aerial camera stabilisation platforms ever created offering super reliability achieved through rigorous testing and state-of-the-art software and design making it possible for the ALTA 8 to achieve a 45 degree of tilt while still flighting straight allowing for some insane shots to be captured.
High-end pro performance such as this of course, comes at a price of $17,500 and that doesn’t include the Movi gimbal, batteries, radio system, FPV system, abd the lower landing gear, making the ALTA 8 strictly directed at video professionals who are looking to upgrade their current cinema drones and those specialising in aerial photography given the significant investment.
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