March 14, 2017
Credit to Clem Onojeghuo via Unsplash
On our YouTube channel, you’ll find “How to use a drone for your real estate business.” In it, tech journalist, Simon Cohen, gives a short tutorial on how to use a DJI Phantom 4 R Quadcopter.
Drone photography is becoming an essential part of a REALTOR®’s toolkit because of the unique ability to showcase a property in a new way.
They can capture cinematic-quality videos and images of the properties you’re listing, like fly over the neighbourhood or walk-throughs that make clients feel like they’re in the home.
The great thing about using drones is that the technology has improved dramatically and cost has dropped. You can also plot specific flight paths using a GPS and you can easily use your smartphone to stop and record.
If you are not comfortable with the idea of operating one on your own, you can hire a video producing professional to help you out.
However, if you are interested in operating a drone yourself, you need to make sure you follow a few dos and don’ts as found on Transportation Canada’s website.
- Make sure you have your Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC), since you are flying for work. More details can be found here.
- Fly your drone in good weather
- Keep the drone within your eyesight and not on the monitor
- Respect the privacy of others. If you are taking pictures or video of private property, ensure you have written permission from the owners to do so.
- Don’t fly in clouds or fog
- Don’t fly higher than 300m off the ground
- Don’t fly closer than 150m from people, animals, buildings, structures or vehicles
For more Dos and Don’ts, check out Transport Canada’s page.
Alternatives to the DJI Phantom 4 R Quadcopter: