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Can your DSLR Camera Fly? Professional Aerial Cinematography with Quadrocopter CineStar 8 and $9,890

1/22/2013 ISO 1200 Magazine 4 Comments

Do you have $9,890.00? Then, yes your DSLR can fly with The CineStar,  the next evolution in professional heavy lift multi-rotor helicopters.

The results: "amazing"

Drawing on vast experience in the areas of professional aerial cinematography, engineering and manufacturing, Quadrocopter and FreeFly Systems have collaborated to create the ultimate aerial platform.

Extensive R&D has been invested in the CineStar to create a reliable and robust system for aerial video and photo professionals, allowing for longer flight times, heavier payloads and smoother footage.

Obviously you can make a cheap DIY version, there are a lof of tutorials about this.


Henning Sandstrom stopped by FreeFly HQ on his way to Maui to teach me how to film beautiful forest scenes like he does so well!

The weather was really challenging, but we got the chance to do a few flights with the newly completed 3 axis gimbal. This video shows the gimbal with a Sony FS100 and 18-55 lens. 

Henning also was flying his CineStar 8 for some of the zoomed in shots with a 160mm lens equivalent (Canon 100mm lens on 7D)

We shot the behind the scenes with a RED EPIC at 300FPS.

Really fun to get to see how Henning works his magic and get to feed him some huge American cheeseburgers
Technical Properties:

  • Recommended Camera: GH2, FS700, Canon 5D, CX760
  • Weight Including Engines: ~3050g (6.72 lbs)
  • Dimensions: 1000 x 900 x 350mm
  • Max Payload: ~2000g (4.41 lbs)
  • GVW (max): ~6200g (13.67 lbs)
  • Construction: Gen 2 Carbon Fiber
  • Max Flight Time (GoPro HD): ~25 min.
  • Propeller: APC 14x4.7

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Alain said...

Nice post, those are dreamy images isn't it ?

Well, you can easily triple the price because you're going to crash a lot. You can't buy your way into flying r/c stuff, especially complex machines like multirotors.

If you are seriously motivated, count a couple of years to learn and practice (read : crash). The footage is fantastic and seems very stable, but that takes huge amounts of experience and fine tuning, plus very expensive gear. It's actually much harder than learning photography ...

Look for Multirotor forum at to learn, or more simply, to hire someone who knows how to fly (franckly this is the best way to get your shot in 99% of the cases) and you can just inscruct him and press the release.

To see more videos you can look at the Aerial Video channel on Vimeo, there are some really great stuff over there. Just be reminded most of the great guys have 5 to 10 years XP in r/c and 5+ years in multirotors including countless hours of fixing and fine tuning. Don't think money will be enough.

Last but not least, you should not fly over people, that is very dangerous. Who wants 5kg of high rpm falling into people heads ? Keep always safety first and look at images of people with heavy cuts on the hands to make you remember the danger of this. Safety first !


Dave said...

In the U.S., the FAA is harassing/fining/ceasing commercial operators of these devices.

Alain and Dave, thank you very much for your comments.

Alain, I am agree with you, it is really hard to fly with a Multirotor, but the results are incredibles.

I was talking with a friend to do my quadcopter.

It is a long way, but sure I will got it.


Alain said...

well good luck and happy flying then !

you can start your adventure with this :

he has a first quad based on KK2 and HAL that is a great start kit. Take a 9 channel TX/RX from HK, and take the soldering ESC, because you will very very probably have to learn soldering anyway (get a good soldering station). Replace the ESC with some pre-flashed SimonK version. See rcgroups for details.