Drone News Roundup: Cinematic Aerial Footage Shot on the DJI Mini 4 Pro, Drone Video of Humpback Whale Surfacing Right Next to Kayaker, and More!

BY Zacc Dukowitz
5 October 2023

This week we’re covering a new video featuring cinematic footage shot on the new DJI Mini 4 Pro.

We’re also covering an incredible drone shot of a humpback whale surfacing near a kayaker off the coast of Long Island, an in-depth guide to drone videography that we made, a drone tour of the Azores shot on the DJI Mini 3 Pro, and Aloft hitting the milestone of one million airspace authorizations granted.

Now on to the links!

Mini to the Max—Cinematic Aerial Footage Shot on the DJI Mini 4 Pro

Mini to the Max | Stunning Imagery From a Mini Drone

This video by YouTuber Stéphane Couchoud was shot entirely on the new DJI Mini 4 Pro. The video features beautiful shots of misty mountains, dense green forests, and rivers running out to the ocean, closing out with an epic shot of surfers paddling across the sea as the sun rises. The Mini 4 Pro has a 1/1.3″ CMOS sensor with Dual Native ISO Fusion—and it’s currently selling for the same price as the Mini 3 Pro (in the standard package). Follow the link below to learn all about the newest drone in DJI’s Mini series.


Drone Video of Humpback Whale Surfacing Right Next to Kayaker


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Sutton Lynch has developed a reputation for his incredible drone footage of aquatic life shot primarily off the coast of Long Island. He often shoots aerial video of whales—like this one of a humpback whale surfacing right next to a kayaker. About the shot, Lynch said, “It’s difficult to fully understand the scale of these whales when there aren’t any familiar objects to compare them to. Realizing that a kayak is about the same size, if not smaller, than just the whale’s mouth helps put things into perspective.” Lynch’s work was recently featured in the New York Times. Follow the link below to see that story, and check out even more of his aerial work on Instagram.


Drone Videography 101: Everything You Need to Know

Drone Videography 101: BEGINNERS START HERE!

Want beef up your drone videography skills? Then this video we made is for you. In the guide, we cover everything you need to know to shoot smooth and cinematic aerial video footage with your drone. From having the right equipment, to adjusting your gimbal settings, to understanding frame rate and color profiles, we’ll walk you through the basic concepts you need to know to get started with drone videography. We’ll also go over five drone shots you can practice to build up your skills, so you can learn how to get the most out of your drone and capture breathtaking videos from the sky. (This video is number 2 in a 4-part series—we’ll be sharing each one over the next four weeks.)


Flying through the Azores with Denis Barbas

AZORES - DJI Mini 3 Pro Cinematic 4K Video

For some drone creators, when they put out a video, we drop everything and watch it—and Denis Barbas is one of those folks. This tour of the Azores Islands features aerial shots Barbas captured with the DJI Mini 3 Pro as well as some behind-the-scenes shots from his phone (the video features extra footage that didn’t make it into the Mini 3 Pro launch video last year). The footage was all shot on Sao Miguel Island, one of the main islands in the Azores. The Azores are an archipelago made up of volcanic islands located almost 1,000 miles off the coast of Portugal. From dense green jungles to beautiful beaches, the video is packed with beautiful aerial footage.


Aloft Hits 1 Million Airspace Authorization Milestone

Credit: Aloft

Aloft recently announced that it has granted over one million airspace authorizations via its LAANC-enabled app. In addition to the LAANC milestone, Aloft also shared that its app has been used for over 30 million B4UFLY airspace safety searches. According to the announcement, airspace authorization requests are up across the Aloft app and LAANC in general, including both Automatic Approvals (AA) and Further Coordination (FC) requests. Follow the link below to get the details from Aloft.


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