Take your own aerial photos with the Swinglet CAM

Over the past year, we’ve shown you a few of the amazing places where Frank has taken aerial photos with his kite, like Petite Tabac, BBQ Island and Manihi. The imagery is certainly stunning, as shown here in this image of Petite Tabac:


However, if flying a kite doesn’t sound appealing to you, a company called senseFly has a product that might interest you — the swinglet CAM. It’s a remote controlled plane that somewhat resembles a B-2 Stealth Bomber, with a 12 megapixel camera attached to the bottom to capture images as you fly!


It also has some innovative features, such as the ability to fly a pre-programmed route based on GPS coordinates.

It’s hard to say what your typical image quality would be with a device like this, but the samples shown on their page are quite impressive, such as the image below:


Detailed pricing information isn’t available on their site, but they told me that the complete system is around $10,600 (USD). I certainly agree with gizmag that it’s not cheap. However, if you’re often needing high-quality aerial imagery, this is certainly a great option to consider.

For more, check out the video below to see it in action or check out their official site.

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