I've enjoyed playing with number one son's home made tricopter, but this week the "proper" flying camera arrived in the department. It's a Phantom Quadcopter. We took it for a flight today, launching it carefully from the middle of a deserted playing field near the university.
It is awesome. The camera stabilization is astonishing. The pictures are incredibly smooth and very high quality. The device uses global positioning to allow it to hover at one point above the ground. There was a fair bit of wind around, but the device was completely stable. Apparently it's very easy to control, although I lacked the nerve to have a go myself. And anyway, I was taking pictures.
The battery is good for quite a long flight and there are also coloured lights. We took long a tiny toy quadcopter as well, as you do.
This was great fun to play around with, and you can even get one with a camera built in too.