What Is a Flying Camera Drone?

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A flying camera drone is a device that records images while going through the air and is either piloted remotely or automatically. Drones are also known as unmanned aerial vehicles or remotely piloted aircraft. They are aircraft without a human pilot inside.

One example of a flying camera drone is the Parrot AR.Drone. This aircraft is a quadcopter, meaning a helicopter with four rotors. Its flight is controlled by a cellphone or tablet. A camera is attached to the aircraft, which can take high-definition pictures or video. Another example is DJI's Phantom 2 Vision, which is also a quadcopter aircraft.