SHOTOVER Debuts the U1 Cinematography Drone

SHOTOVER, a maker of high-performance stabilization systems, has launched the SHOTOVER U1, a professional-grade unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed specifically for the broadcast, motion picture, law enforcement and industrial survey markets.

According to SHOTOVER, the U1 accommodates cinema-quality cameras and lenses, including the 6K RED Weapon, ARRI Alexa Mini, Phantom Flex4K and Sony F55 cameras and the Canon 17-120mm, Fujinon 85-300 and Optimo 28-76 lenses.

Additionally, the SHOTOVER U1 gimbal (U1g) can be detached from the multi-rotor drone and used as a stand-alone, gyro-stabilized platform for mounting on, for example, motorcycles, cars, boats or cables. The U1g, which weighs 4 kg (8.82 lbs.), can also be sold separately.

Other U1 features include redundant flight control and battery systems, customized downlink with two HD video feeds, and full stability even at full zoom. The aircraft offers a flight time of 9-22 minutes, depending on payload. The U1 has an empty weight of 10.5 kg (23 lbs.) and a maximum weight, with payload, of 30 kg (66 lbs.).

“The SHOTOVER U1 is the first drone specifically designed for broadcasters and big-budget filmmakers – allowing productions to employ the same professional-grade cameras and lenses they choose for their principal photography,” says Alex Giuffrida, president of SHOTOVER.

The UAV, available for pre-order, will begin shipping in the first quarter of next year.


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