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9 Eye-Popping Drone Videos

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Drones. You know, quadcopters. Or radio-controlled copters. They go by a lot of names, but everyone just seems to call these flying gadgets “drones” these days. The only thing more fun than flying one? Capturing video while you’re doing it. As you’re about to see, the results can vary widely between amazing, bizarre, and just plain scary. These videos might help you decide to buy one, or inspire you to make your own incredible aerial drone video.

9. Over Niagara Falls, Without the Barrel

There’s only so much of Niagara Falls’ majesty you can enjoy from behind a guard rail. Watch in full 1080p glory as a DJI Phantom soars right over the top for stunning views normally available only to birds.

8. Behold, the Glory of Yosemite!

This 7-minute tour of Yosemite National Park takes you on an aerial tour of some seriously majestic spots, from streams to forests to mountain peaks. It’s enough to make you want to visit there in person!

7. So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish

Take a whale-watching cruise and you might be lucky enough to spot a few of these majestic creatures from afar. This lucky drone-ographer captured way more than a glimpse, and something far more remarkable than just a couple whales.

6. Oooh! Ahhh!

You’ve seen plenty of fireworks displays from the ground, but what would the view be like from within those bursts? This intrepid pilot steers his drone straight through the action, and the results are dazzling. Best of all, the drone survived.

5. Night Flight

Los Angeles may not have the architectural majesty of, say, Chicago, but it sure is gorgeous at night–as evidenced by these silky smooth images of the city captured with a DJI Phantom and GoPro camera.

4. What Goes Up…

Remember, it’s a drone, not a bird. Watch what happens when this rather pricey model soars out of range, then eventually loses power. Luckily, the independently powered camera captures what happens when gravity strikes. Don’t let this happen at home, kids.

3. Angry Birds, Indeed!

What with airplanes, helicopters, and the occasional rocket, you’d think birds would be accustomed to mechanized airspace intruders by now. Apparently not. Watch what happens when some feathered friends decide man wasn’t meant to fly.

2. Making Sweet Music Together

No, this can’t be happening. But it is. Drones are playing instruments. And doing it well. Watch with your jaw on the floor as these hexrotor ‘copters play, in perfectly programmed synchronization, everything from drums and keyboards to guitar and bells. In your face, puny human musicians!

1. The Drone Swarm of Your Nightmares

Ever wonder what might happen if drones get organized? Check out these mini quad-copters flying in seemingly miraculous formations. Then order one yourself; these prototypes paved the way for inexpensive (and insanely fun) fliers like the Hubsan X4 H107.

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