The world's leading drone-maker DJI has unveiled a camera-equipped model capable of shooting aerial videos in 4K quality.
The ultra high-definition format was four times the resolution of 1080p HD, which meant video-makers had greater freedom to zoom in and crop the Phantom 3 Professional's footage without quality degradation.
The app that controlled the camera-equipped machines too had been updated to allow live video streams to YouTube.
Sales of such drones were increasing among hobbyists and businesses, but experts had voiced concerns that the machines posed a threat to public safety.
The DJI Phantom line appealed mostly to hobby photographers, though it was also being used by professionals as the technology improved. The company's other products, included frames and autopilots, that had been used for Hollywood films.
Drones, though are being used for more than just photography. They find application in search and rescue operations, herding sheep, serving food in restaurants, and even as flying billboards.
According to Eric Cheng, DJI's San Francisco general manager, pilots, whether they were journalists, extreme athletes, or global travelers would not just be able to share aerial videos of where they were, but would also be able to send a YouTube link to their friends and colleagues to show them the aerial perspectives of where they were at any time, something that had tremendous potential for changing the way people shared experiences with one another.
Headquartered in Shenzhen, in the Guangdong province of China, Chinese technology company DJI manufactures a range of products like flying cameras, flying platforms, flight controllers for multi rotors, accessories for helicopters, camera gimballs and ground stations.