With a summit of over 28,000 feet, flying over Mount Everest may be an impossible task for a regular helicopter – but not for a regular, ready-to-fly consumer drone apparently. A DJI Mavic 3 didn’t just manage to successfully fly over the summit – it also captured breathtaking panoramic shots of Everest and the surrounding mountain ranges.
What makes this so impressive is the fact that the air pressure at such a high altitude is one-third of that at sea level, which essentially means there’s less lift able to be generated by the propellers. Not only that but there’s a high risk of strong winds and extremely cold weather depleting battery life faster or even causing the drone to malfunction. Yet the DJI Mavic 3 managed to fly over Mount Everest, and capture a fair amount of smooth and steady footage all before coming back to land safely.
We’ve seen many drone videos flying over and around mountain ranges in the past, but this video has to be one of the most impressive, both in terms of beauty and the capability of what a consumer drone (the DJI Mavic 3) managed to accomplish.
This is Mount Everest. The highest point on Earth. A place where describing the weather as ‘harsh’ is an understatement. Together with @8kraw_official, we developed a detailed flight plan that would allow their videographers to take the ultimate drone flight from the summit – capturing the stunning beauty of the mountain, and the surrounding views, as they’ve not been captured before.DJI video description
The video was created by DJI in partnership with a Chinese media company called 8KRAW films: @8KRAW FILMS: LingChen, YuanZong Wang, Yan Xie, YouYuan Lu, SUMAN, Qian Ma, ROCKER.
Enjoyed this video? Join us in the Cinematography Drone Forums to discuss and share everything about cinematography drones.