What You Should Know About the Iris+ Quadcopter

Photographer Kike Calvo flying drones

This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, which profiles interesting information, thoughts and research into using drones, UAVs or remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels.

A variety of platforms and quadcopters have recently come my way to test, fly and review. I base my reviews on my knowledge of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), which combines practical experience from frequent travels around the world with National Geographic Expeditions and a strong personal interest in the civil applications of quadcopters and other UAVs. The essential tools in my camera bag are upgraded phantoms by DSLR pros, but I am always happy to experiment.

Photographer and National Geographic Expeditions Expert testing the Iris+ quadcopter developed by 3DRobotics. Photo © KIKE CALVO

It is important to understand that no machine is perfect, and as artists and creators, we should get out of our comfort zone to improve.

In recent weeks I have enjoyed flying a stylish blue machine. I have started testing an Iris+. I meant to write this article weeks ago, but I felt I could provide a more accurate and objective feedback, if I had experimented with this machine for a while.

My first step was to gather as much information as possible. This drone is developed by an American company, 3DRobotics. After a little research and some flying, one must agree that Iris+ has a very advanced autopilot system, boasting autonomous missions, and GPS assisted flight.

Photographer Kike Calvo flying drones

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