The costs of using full sized aircraft for photo/video is prohibitively expensive in most cases. Be it photos for real estate agents, video for a tourist attraction etc..
And as the cost and difficulty of operating RC flyers capable of lifting good quality cameras has dropped, it has created a niche market for RC pilots with their "rigs".
A popular "standard" RC helicopter for aerial photo is the T-REX 600 a 3D heli with lots of mounts and mods available.
Quadcopters are the perfect platform for this, the extra propellers gives extra lift and stability ensuring a smooth ride.
Of all the RC Quadcopters out there one of the most popular ones is the unbeatable Gaui 500X, it's low price tag and excellent performance makes it a perfect choice for your first serious platform.
It has ample lift capability and quite a few custom mounts exist already, for instance:
|GoPro Hero2 - The Perfect Camera for AP|
What can Aerial Photography/Video be used for?
- Photo and video for real estate agencies
- Photo and video of tourist attractions
- Video for commercials or movies
- Covering sporting events
- Stock photo and video (Good nature footage sells easily on "stock" sites)
- Powerline inspection
- Search and rescue
And a whole lot of other things, even just for fun! A lot of people attach cameras to their aircraft to be able to fly in first person view (FPV) using a camera such as the GoPro Hero2 and FPV goggles for direct video transmission.
You can also take it a step further by attaching the camera to a motorized gimball mount and utilizing a head tracking system, move the camera by moving your head around!
The sky is the limit(pun intended)!