In principle, drones may only fly over areas if a minimum lateral distance of 100 meters from people is maintained. This can be undercut, but requires the additional A2 drone license. Overflight scenarios for drones in commercial areas or populated areas are strictly regulated. Only with written permission from the owner, e.g. a company for the purpose of aerial photography, will an overflight permit be issued.Flight restrictions are defined in the national laws of each EU country by so-called geozones.
Since we at INTIMEON DIGITAL MEDIA have different drone weight classes, we can fly more flexibly. Lighter drones under 250 grams can fly with less restrictions to take aerial photos. At the same time, lighter drones are as advanced in camera quality as larger or heavier drones. Outside of populated areas, there are fewer restrictions, such as for landscape photography. In such cases, heavier drones that operate at 4K or even 6K resolution can be used.
Commercial use is also only possible with restrictions, and we have to stick to that. So before we fly over an area, we make ourselves smart with the help of maps or apps. Any drone pilot using DJI drones, for example, can look at the airspace restrictions on their smartphone right before takeoff.
We currently have the A1-A3 drone license and thus in principle also a basic airworthiness requirement for commercial use.In addition, proof of liability insurance must be provided and the pilot's license must always be handy. Drones carry a license plate and must be registered, which leads to quick identification of the drone and drone owner in the event of an accident. So the motto is always "safety first", because this is the only way to avoid undesirable scenarios.
Drones are no longer just a toy or a fun pastime, drones do useful work. When it comes to videography and photography, drones are phenomenal because of their fantastic flight characteristics. A business, a landscape, a building - you name it - is many times easier to film or photograph with a drone. A drone operation costs a fraction of helicopter operations or people having to climb into harsh, dangerous environments to film or photograph.
We have already flown drones in the Bavarian Alps, where normally only alpinists are deployed. The results were not only impressive, but in some cases more precise, effective and efficient than other alternatives.The application scenarios for drones are diverse and range from the simplest aerial photography to indoor flights, special film scenes or action shots. Drones are complex flying objects that guarantee enormous precision and accuracy.
The camera of a drone hangs in a gimbal and can thus balance freely in all directions with the help of electric motors. With this technology, crystal-clear, smooth images and movies can be made, even when the drone is making rapid flight movements. No matter what perspective the drone is in, the camera is always balanced. This not only makes shooting at high altitudes interesting, but is also suitable for fantastic perspectives at low altitudes. For example, complex company buildings can be filmed absolutely professionally indoors and outdoors.
In addition, the DJI drones of almost all models are equipped with 4K cameras that film up to 120 frames per second (framerates). The quality is suitable for TV documentaries, even cinema productions or corporate presentations, the application scenarios are diverse. A gimbal can best be compared to an artificial horizon in an airplane, and it is the gimbal which has helped drone technology to make a breakthrough. By the way, the gimbal now also works great for DSLR cameras and smartphones with top quality and precision. So we not only have drones in use, but also various gimbals for even more performance offerings.
We use lightweight drones under 250 grams for shooting in limited areas, such as commercial areas, residential areas, corporate buildings, etc. We use the DJI Mini where heavier drones are not possible due to excessive legal or terrestrial restrictions. We have already used the DJI Mini drone in the Alps and the recording quality is sufficient to shoot professional aerial footage and videos. For this purpose, the recordings can be post-processed in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Premiere Pro. A clear advantage of a lightweight drone is the ability to film restricted flight areas under certain circumstances.
The DJI mini drone is also popular with professional videographers and even professional drone film companies. When it comes to landscape filming, where there are fewer area restrictions, it pays to use a heavier drone. In such scenarios, we prefer the DJI Air 2S which is very easy to transport and can shoot videos in 4K with stunning landscape shots. So, we have several options to offer our customers an acceptable deal. For simple shots of objects and landscapes that do not require surveying and thermal imaging, our drone setup is well suited and offers quality at affordable prices.
Of course, there are limits to our service program as well. Even though there are countless tempting offers on the Internet, filming with a drone is a topic that should not be underestimated. Copyright, property rights, overflight rights, etc. play a major role and are also taken seriously by reputable companies. People may not be filmed or photographed without written permission without further ado. When job quotes include complex flight scenarios, we always check our licenses, insurance and no-fly zones first.
For thermal imaging, photography or videography, surveying or search operations, criminal reconnaissance flights, tracking flights, etc., we recommend professional drone service providers. In such service offerings, it goes far beyond filming for representative purposes and may serve completely different purposes. In such cases, we always recommend drone service providers who are specialized. Bridge and building inspections, surveys, decay reconnaissance - these are all areas of application and tasks of drone service providers who have years of experience and technical equipment.