Dronies Are The New Selfies

Make way in your Instagram feed for flying-camera panoramas.

Squishing yourself into a cameraphone frame with your bestie is so early 2014. Why rely on your outstretched arm when you can include a sweeping vista and aerial approach to your selfie?

Camera drones are gaining popularity for educational and business uses such as beefing up real estate listings with high-flying photos. But if you trust your remote drone-steering skills enough not to take your own head off, they can also offer flexibility and artistic options for creative selfies. A group of NYU students recently set up a "dronie booth" at the ITP Spring Show, and Vimeo has launched a channel dedicated to dronies.

Now, direct-to-consumer efforts to sell the appeal of dronies are stepping up. The staff at photography site and online store Photojojo took a "workcation" this week to Costa Rica and made use of the Phantom 2 photography drone for a pretty impressive group shot on a (terrifying-looking) bridge over the rainforest.

The Phantom 2 with Vision Camera

The Phantom 2 retails for $1,299 (or $959 with a GoPro mount), so they probably won't be filling the skies at concerts or baseball stadiums in the immediate future. But heads up.

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  • Dave Amirault

    Just a heads up, the gimbal / camera on the Phantom 2 Vision + is a complete POS. It breaks if you give it a stern look, and the image quality is completely inferior to the GoPro.