For his entry into a quadcopter video contest, YouTube user Questpact had the idea to strap a GoPro Hero 3 camera to his DJI Phantom flyer and send it high, and not so high, above Niagara Falls.
With most tourists opting for a good soaking via the Maid in the Mist boat ride instead of a helicopter experience over the falls, Questpact’s video goes some way to showing what the natural wonder looks like from an elevated position, as well as what you can do with a video camera and quadcopter when you put your mind to it – and yes, the results are pretty stunning.
Though they’re not the highest in the world, Niagara Falls – comprising the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls – does hold the record for the highest flow rate of any falls on the planet, with Questpact’s video managing to capture some of the incredible energy and power generated by the surging water.
Strapping a Fat Shark radio-controlled first-person-view system to his head so he could see exactly what footage he was capturing, Questpact sent his quadcopter over the falls, shooting for 20 minutes in total.
The final video (check it out below), backed with a soothing soundtrack by San Diego band A New Normal, has been edited down to five minutes, and provides some spectacular imagery of this world famous landmark.