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New BeetleCopter will take your DSLR to New Heights

By Anthony Thurston on January 7th 2014

Drones have been flying GoPro cameras into the sky for what seems like ages now, but what about drones capable of carrying your DSLR into the air? Until recently, I was not aware of any drones that did such a thing. Enter, the BeetleCopter.


The BeetleCopter is the brain child of talented wildlife photographer, Will Burrard-Lucas. Burrard-Lucas developed the remote controlled drone to be capable of flying GoPros and even full sized DSLRs into the air, all for a unique birds-eye look at wildlife. The video below was produce using the BeetleCopter, and it is very impressive.

The new drone comes in three different versions: one designed for use with GoPro Hero 3+, one for use with small mirrorless cameras, such as a Sony NEX-7, and a third version for use with full sized DSLRS, like a Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800. Each version can be controlled by up to two operators, one for the drone and one for the camera.


Features of all BeetleCopters:

  • Stabilized camera gimbal for perfectly smooth video footage.
  • Foldable frames for easy transportation.
  • Industry leading DJI flight controller provides ultimate stability and ease of use.
  • GPS position hold and “return to home” fail safe function.
  • Video transmitter and portable screen allows you to see what the camera sees.
  • Flight time of at least 15 minutes depending on camera weight and battery size.
  • State-of-the-art radio controller for maximum range and reliability.
  • Completely preassembled – ready to fly out of the box!

As you can imagine they are not cheap, even the GoPro version will run you close to $2000 with the DSLR version running upwards of $6,700. But for anyone who has the funds, these BeetleCopters offer photographers a chance to go where they have only dreamed of going with their DSLR.

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If you are interested in learning more about the BeetleCopter, or its ground driven sibling the BeetleCam, you can checkout the Camtraptions website for more details.

[via MNN]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Ben

    $12,500 Australian. Ouch!
    Don’t think I’d be able to justify that even if I were renting it out!

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  2. Claiie

    I could be wrong but drone or multicopter carrying DSLR have existed way before multicopter design to carry a gopro for example by Freefly systems, DJI and more DYI solution.

    Drone/multicopter carrying gopro have just popularized this system by dropping dramatically the price.

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  3. Eric

    Check out the Cinestar 8 from Freefly Systems, interesting alternative. A bit more pricey though. Great Post!

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  4. Phil Wright

    That. Is. Awesome

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