Freefly is returning to the drone market with a new model – Alta. While the company is best known for its MoVi camera stabilizers, Freefly got its start in the aerial cinematography industry. The company’s latest release marks the return to Freefly’s roots with a multi-rotor drone that’s ready to fly and designed with cinematographers in mind.
Alta is, quite obviously, a tool for pros, but Freefly made it easy to use. Although there are plenty of ready-to-fly drones on the market, the Alta offers one distinct advantage: the freedom to mount a camera on the bottom or the top of the drone. With a top-mounted camera, cinematographers will be able to gets shots that were previously impossible to achieve.
The drone offers an impressive payload of 15 pounds. Even with a camera and gimbal attached, the Alta’s flight time is approximately 15 minutes. And unlike previous Freefly drones, the Alta comes with its own flight controller, which was the result of “years of fine-tuning”.
Aside from its new drone, Freefly will also be adding new products to its MoVi line, including a stabilizer for large cameras and MIMIC. MIMIC allows a camera man to follow an actor, while the director uses the MIMIC controller to pan, tilt or roll the camera.