Drones in the Market Place and Alternative Use for Them

What Else Can we use Drones For

There are plenty of other possible uses for drones that the average person may not have thought about. As you read through these, you may identify a couple of them that you would be glad to consider implementing for your own personal use too. 

Cinematography and Action Movies 

Both amateurs and professionals enjoy the idea of being able to use drones for cinematography. This is the art of taking videos or action shots for movies or videos. Drones would be able to get up close to the action and to really capture what is taking place. 

Such images could completely change what is used in the final production. It could add significant detail to what the viewer will be able to identify with in any given scene. The use of drones in films that capture animals in nature would also be explosive. It would allow them to be filmed in their natural habitat without any risk to humans going in and setting up cameras. 

Drones are replacing helicopters for these types of shots. They aren’t as loud as a helicopter. They also don’t disrupt the surroundings like the air that is stirred up by a helicopter. There is also the savings of not paying people to be in the helicopter to get the filming completed.

Recording Action Sports 

Many people find action sports to be very entertaining. Some of the moves and the hits can take place so quickly though that it is hard to visually take it all in. Instant replays help but they don’t always get the details that are controversial. A drone could be able to get up close and personal without it being an invasion of space for the athletes. 

Some action sports have a referee that is right there with the athletes. They have to be close to see the action, but they also have to protect themselves at all times. They have to be ready to move quickly out of the way with the movements of the athletes. The use of drones could allow those referees to have a safer distance away from where all of the action was taking place. 

Real Estate 

Even though commercial use of drones isn’t legal, it still happens. One of the big sectors where it does happen is real estate. Being able to take photos of properties from all angles is important. Capturing the home and the surrounding property from the air is a great way to capture the attention of potential buyers. 

Photography both Stills and Action 

Both amateur and professional photographers use camera drones to get some very unique photos. They find that walking by certain elements doesn’t offer

them the same moment to get the shot as an ariel type of view can. They can also use a drone to get those shots that would otherwise be full of people walking back and forth. You can’t ask a busy street of people to stop while you click your photos! 


Farmers and ranchers are using drones to help them with their business. They may have large areas of land but they don’t want to hire many people to help them take care of it. They may be using drones to help them identify any problems with crop growth or with irrigation. 

Ranchers can use drones to count cattle and they can look for those that may have been separated from the rest without getting on a horse and riding around endlessly. They can also use drones to help them identify any problems such as cattle theft in the area. 

Both farmers and ranchers have to invest time and money in the upkeep of their facilities. The use of drones can be a reliable tool for surveillance and keeping on top of what is going on with their land. There are over 10,000 drones in use in Japan for agricultural purposes. 

Law Enforcement 

There are so many jobs that fall under the umbrella of law enforcement that can benefit from drones. For example, looking for suspects that are on the

run. The drones can find them and they can also determine if those suspects are armed or not. 

Weather Observations 

Getting into the heart of a storm such as a hurricane or a tornado isn’t something someone wants to get themselves into. They are simply too unpredictable and the risk of injuries or death is too great. Drones can be used for weather observations as they can get photos from different angles very close to the storms. These drones are often destroyed, but they can provide a tremendous amount of data and information. 

3-D Mapping 

With the use of drones, 3-D mapping is becoming extremely popular. This process allows the landscape to be carefully surveyed. Thousands of images can be taken in a small amount of time. The drones can produce better results that satellites for creating these 3-D mapping elements. 

They can be guided by GPS so they don’t have to be manually guided by a human. One of the main sources for this type of 3-D mapping is Pix4D out of Switzerland. The images that they had captured were a huge help with the Haiti relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy. 

Wildlife Protection and Documentation  

Many forms of wildlife are in danger of becoming extinct. Environmental issues, poaching, and other factors can make it hard to keep the numbers growing. Drones are a non-invasive way to protect wildlife and to also document where their habitat continues to be found. It can help with estimating numbers that remain in the wild. 

They can also map roads that allow them to reach wildlife to offer help, to add monitoring devices, and to install cameras around a given habitat area. Drones can be used to help identify poaching activities and even capture those responsible due to the images that can be recorded. 

One of the huge efforts in place right now is for conservation of Orangutans in Malaysia and Indonesia. The use of drones has proven to be far more effective to help them than efforts on ground due to the thick forest of their habitat. 

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