Privacy will soon become a concept taught in history class, considering we’re constantly developing better technology at least partly designed to take it away from us. The Aeryon HDZoom30 Camera is a 620g camera with 30X optical zoom and up to 60X digital zoom on a 20MP sensor, which means it can focus on objects as far at 1,000 ft. away with enough sharpness to recognize a face. It’s mounted on a 3-axis stabilized gimbal which makes the video pretty smooth even from that far away, and since it weighs barely more than 1 lb., it can easily be mounted on a drone. The image below, for instance, pictures the HDZoom30 on Aeryon’s Skyranger drone. And if you want to get an idea of just how mind bending the zooming abilities are, we recommend watching the video.
We’re not sure how much it costs but it’s probably not cheap. Then again, it’s probably incredibly less expensive than the traditional stabilized telephoto lenses mounted on helicopters that law enforcement have been using for years. And that means that soon enough you’ll probably be able to buy one at your local Best Buy.