FAQs

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What else can UAV’s do? What if I want to use it for something else?

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UAV’s are expected to be a fast growing industry over the next 10 years. Aerial photography is only one of the uses for UAV’s. They are already used in search and rescue, mapping, surveillance, crop imagining and many many other industries and applications. If you’re interested in operating your own UAV, we provide consulting services to help you navigate the regulatory requirements and can put you in touch with others in the industry.

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Do you have samples of your work?

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Of course! Check out our website for videos and pictures: www.topview.camera

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What are your rates?

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Our rates start at as little as $50 for photos for private use. Videos start at $150. The rate depends on a number of factors such as the location, whether its videos or photos or both, number and length of videos required, whether the client wants raw videos or an edited clip.

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How do you fly it? Is it easy to handle?

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You’ll have to hire us to see it in action.

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Sounds cool! How high can you fly? What’s the maximum flight time? How good is the quality?

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Whoa whoa, one question at a time. The UAV can fly as high as 1,000 ft but we rarely require this altitude. Each flight is around 20-30mins. The UAV can take high quality pictures and videos (1080p).

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What about all those privacy issues?

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Although there has been a lot of media attention on possible privacy issues related to the use of drones, these issues are not new and have been dealt with by regular photographers. The same privacy laws that would apply to photographers to protect individual’s privacy, also apply to aerial photography. For example, photographers cannot take a picture of someone and use it to make money without giving them compensation or getting their written permission. In addition, aerial photography is taken at high altitudes (decreasing the ability to individually identify people) and is not usually focused on individuals but rather larger scenes such as buildings, events, parks and rivers.

In addition, our work is client focused, so we only take pictures of what the client wants and this typically involves their own properties, buildings or other public areas.

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What if something goes wrong?

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As part of Transport Canada requirements, all commercial UAV operators must obtain liability insurance. Topview Camera possesses third-party liability insurance for up to $500,000. However, we follow strict safety requirements and have an unblemished safety record.

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Is this even legal?

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Unlike in many countries where the use of drones is partially or completely unregulated, Canada is at the forefront of regulating the use of UAV’s. All UAV’s used for commercial purposes must notify or receive approval from Transport Canada to operate within Canada. Transport Canada sets rigorous standards for UAV flights in Canada. In addition to notification and/or approvals from Transport Canada, coordination and approvals from various other agency’s may be required for flights over specific locations. For example, flights within a certain distance from an airport require coordination with Nav Canada and the Air Traffic Control tower responsible for that airport.

Topview Camera has Transport Canada approval to fly its UAV anywhere in Ontario. With the recent changes to UAV rules in Canada, Topview Camera is now able to also operate in any other provinces in Canada (some restrictions may apply).

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What is aerial photography?

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Topview Camera uses a modern Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) (commonly referred to as a ‘Drone’) to capture videos and photos from the sky. Using a UAV give us the ability to capture creative pictures and videos from a variety of unique angles.