Ryan Ward an Atlanta Real Estate photographer and Realtor told me last week that after spending more than $100 in repair parts for his AR Parrot drone he's going to upgrade to a bigger drone that can carry more weight.
I've concluded that after crashing and fixing and needing to spend more than $100 more dollars on more parts to get it working again that the AR Drone really isn't the right platform. I've now spent over $700 on a GoPro, the drone and extra parts and the very few times I could get it flying with a camera, the video was too shaky. It's just too close to the maximum carrying weight for it to be stable. Maybe others will have better luck, but I am cutting my losses. Not with unmanned aerial video, but with the AR Drone. I think there are other options that can add value for RE aerial video, but this isn't it. I think true costs will be more tan $1,000 for a good copter and a decent camera that will produce good enough results to incorporate in a video. I don't want to be an r/c enthusiast - just be able to use one to shoot aerial video...the AR Drone came up just a little short for me.
As of right now, I'm trying to find a prebuilt Gaui 330X like this one.
I know that there are a bunch of real estate photographers wanting to use the AR Parrot to carry the GoPro Hero 2 so I feel it's important to pass on this information. Ryan has been doing a bunch of experimentation with the AR Parrot so he's has a lot of experience with the AR Parrot.