This Amazing Footage Shows Why Drone Journalism Is About To Go Mainstream

    Expect to see broadcasters using unmanned cameras more during 2014.

    Drone journalism is set to go mainstream this year.

    Drones allowed him to get aerial shots of ruined villages.

    And even explore inside ruined buildings.

    But Whyld reckons the use of drones to cover recent floods in England marked the technique's coming-of-age.

    Photographers tend to use small craft that resemble mini-helicopters – not military drones.

    Basic drones for beginners – described as "toys" by Whyld – cost as little as £250.

    But once journalists have learnt to fly then they can take shots that just wouldn't be possible on foot.

    Drones also produce footage from a completely new vantage point, which is very attractive to broadcasters trying to catch people's eyes as they flick between channels.

    Lewis Whyld has also used his vehicles to capture amazing timelapse shots of approaching storms.

    And he reckons that aviation rules means environmental stories will be the main focus for drone journalism in the UK.

    "In the UK you can't fly over congested areas and crowds," he explains. This makes it nearly impossible to use drones to cover major events in city centres.

    More problematically it's illegal for journalists to be paid for drone footage until they attain Civil Aviation Authority qualifications.

    "It's about £1,500 to do the exams and there's other charges on top of that. Your initial outlay may be over £10,000 to get one person trained up with one camera on one helicopter. It's not that straightforward. There's only the BBC and the Telegraph that are doing it in house."

    But most importantly drones also enable news presenters to make some epic introductory shots.