posted on Oct, 13 2013 @ 01:14 PM
At over a 1000 bucks I kind of doubt that. At that price the first thing I think of is copper chopper...
Who said they're all over $1000?
There are just three examples that are well under $1000.
I build quadcopters professionally and I can tell you the first link is the frame only, not the entire copter. A copter like that will run you $3500
complete if you build it yourself - $5,000+ if you have a professional build it for you. GPS systems for the copters start at $1000 and go up from
there. Then you have motor costs, ESC, wiring, camera, camera gimbal, video transmitter/ receiver, and R/C transmitter/ receiver. The other links
were low end copters and the bumblebee one is without flight controller, GPS, and transmitter/ receiver.
This industry is booming right now and the majority of these copters will be used by aerial photographers. Please remember aerial photography is NOT
NEW. It's been around since the first airplane, this quadcopter experience is just a cheaper and easier way to achieve the same professional
photography without having the expense of commercial aviation licenses and aircraft.
The FAA knows this and is working to provide legal airspace for this industry by 2015.
Bottom line, no conspiracy here just basic capitalist economics. Expect to see a lot more of these in the coming years. Yes they are being utilized
by law enforcement and fire fighters but 80% of the quadcopter industry growth will be private photographers and media.