Drone Takes Striking Footage of Santa Cruz from Above

Ralphie Aversa

So when I say "drone," you say ... government secret? Cover-up? Military strike? Even if none of these is the case, the answer "breathtaking views" probably wouldn't make it onto the "Family Feud" survey board. But if you're not already in the know about all the good things drones can do, this cool video may change your perspective (no pun intended) on the pilotless planes.

Filmmaker Eric Cheng strapped a GoPro HD camera to a DJI Phantom Quadcopter and used a remote monitor to capture footage of Steamer Lane, a popular stretch for surfers in Santa Cruz, California. Using footage from seven flights, each four minutes long, and an hour of editing time, Cheng highlights the scenic coastline while showcasing some very cool technology.

The DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter sells on Amazon.com for $679, with the GoPro mount and remote included. It comes ready to fly, so you can take it out of the box, attach its propellers, and send it off. In addition to cruising around, the drone also has the ability to hold its position in midair.

Viewers of Cheng's video on Vimeo are singing his praises. Comments range from a simple "Stellar" to a proclamation that the video was "one of the best I have seen."

Aerial footage of surfers at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz (DJI Phantom) from Eric Cheng on Vimeo.