4k ultra hd 300Camera Settings Available on Our Drones (Pictures and Video):

  • ISO - 100 through 3200 (or Auto)
  • Shutter Speed - 30 through 8000 (or Auto)
  • Image / Video Formats - JPEG, JPEG+Raw, Raw, Log (Raw for Images / Log for Video)
  • Image Size - 4:3, 16:9
  • Video Size - 4096x2160, 3840x2160, 1920x1080, 1280x720
  • White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Neon, Custom (2000k through 10000k)
  • Styles - Standard, Landscape, Soft, Custom (Adjust: sharpness, contrast, and saturation)
  • Color - Log or Raw, None, Vivid, Black & White, Art, Film

Quite often, Florida Drone LLC will record in RAW or LOG mode. Read below to find out why:

Note: When we say RAW, we are speaking about pictures (like .jpeg). Raw mode refers to ALL aspects of the picture. When we say LOG, we are speaking about video (like .mov). Log mode refers more to the light and dark areas of a video image.

1. Get the Highest Level of Quality

  • This is one of the biggest benefits. When we shoot in RAW or LOG, we record all of the data from the drone's camera sensor. This gives the highest quality files. And when it comes to our awesome images, we want the highest quality.
  • Look at it this way: all cameras technically shoot RAW or LOG. Yes, it’s true.
  • The difference when you shoot in JPEG format is that the camera does it’s own processing to convert the RAW information into a JPEG.
  • However, the camera is nowhere near as smart as your brain, nor is it as powerful as a computer. When we shoot RAW or LOG, we’re able to do that processing ourself and we can make the decisions on how the image or video should look, and produce way better results!

2. Record Greater Levels of Brightness

  • Levels of brightness are the number of steps from black to white in an image. The more you have, the smoother the transitions of tones. Smooth is good.
  • JPEG records 256 levels of brightness, and RAW records between 4,096 to 16,384 levels! This is described with the term “bit”. JPEG captures in 8bit, and RAW is either 12bit or 14bit. That’s what that bit thing means!
  • The effect this has on our images is huge. Those additional steps of brightness let us make more adjustments (exposure, blacks, fill light, recovery, contrast, brightness) to the image without a significant reduction of quality, because there’s more levels to work with!
  • It’s also easier to avoid or correct posterization in your images when we shoot in RAW. Posterization is the banding that you often see in bright skies, which really doesn’t look good in prints!

3. Easily Correct Dramatically Over/Under Exposed Images

  • Obviously we want to get the best exposure in the drone camera, but sometimes things move fast (especially with drone aerial photography and video!) and we wind up with a dramatically over or under exposed images and/or video.
  • With RAW or LOG modes, we have additional information in the image file, so it’s much easier to correct the image without a drastic reduction in quality.
  • We can also recover more blown out (too white) highlights and clipped shadows.

4. Easily Adjust White Balance

  • When we shoot JPEG the white balance is applied to the image. We can’t just easily choose another option. With RAW the white balance is still recorded, but because we have way more data, it’s easy to adjust.
  • Great white balance and color are essential to an awesome image or video, and shooting RAW or LOG lets us make the adjustments easier and faster, with better results.

5. Get Better Detail

  • When we shoot RAW or LOG, we have access to sharpening and noise algorithms in a picture and/or video processing program that are way more powerful than those found in the drone's camera.
  • Plus, these sharpening and noise algorithms are always improving, so in the future we’ll be able to re-visit our old RAW and LOG files and take advantage of these improvements.

6. Enjoy Non-Destructive Editing

  • When we make adjustments to a RAW or LOG file, we’re not actually doing anything to the original data. What we’re doing is creating a set of instructions for how the JPEG or TIFF (another file format) version should be saved.
  • The awesomness of this is that we never ever have to worry about ruining an image, accidentally saving over, or being unable to go back and make changes. We can always reset the adjustments, and start over again.
  • JPEG and MOV files lose quality every time you open them, make adjustments, and save again. Yes, it's true! It’s what is known as a “lossy” file format. So if we’re making edits to .JPEGs and .MOVs, we always have to be duplicating the image and saving out a new version if we don’t want to lose file quality. Yep, a real pain in the neck, but save the original for this purpose!

7. Get Better Prints

  • Because of the finer gradation of tones and colors we’ll get better prints from RAW files.
  • Even though more and more people are shooting digital, great prints are as important as ever (maybe even more so, due to their relative rarity!)
  • We’ll also get less banding, which really looks bad on a print.

8. Select Color Space on Output

  • Color space is a bit of a complex topic, but here’s a quick tip. With RAW we can choose from any color space when we are exporting it out, so we can adjust depending on the situation!
  • Is the image going on to the internet? Then output in the sRGB color space to ensure maximum compatibility among web browsers.
  • Are the files heading to a client? Save it in the common Adobe RGB (1998) color space.
  • Do we want the widest color space possible? Use ProPhoto RGB.
  • Basically there are different color spaces that work best for different situations, and when we shoot RAW we can export a single image in multiple spaces!

9. Have an Efficient Workflow

  • It’s easier to work through large batches of images when we’re using a workflow centric computer programs for processing images and video. They’re designed to easily process groups of RAW and LOG images.
  • In order to take full advantage of all the benefits of a video processing program, we should be shooting RAW when possible!
  • As professionals, we provide our clients with the highest quality possible. Issues like banding and blown highlights (blow-out) are big deals when you’re offering your clients printed products or video that may end up on television. Achieving proper color balance, and choosing the right color space for the situation are critical as well.

By shooting in RAW and LOG modes, we take control of the drone's camera, and are able to manage these problems to create the best results possible.